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Photography is a great way to create a record of your travels, but it isn't the only way. Keeping a written journal as you travel is a time-honored way to keep track of your experiences, moods, and impressions.
In this course, author and photographer Ben Long explores the tools and techniques behind modern-day travel journaling. Ben takes us on a road trip across the Southwest to detail a variety of methods for documenting the salient moments of a trip. Ben discusses and demonstrates software and hardware tools for capturing the notes, images, and location data from your trip, and assembling them into a journal that you can share with others or keep as a personal memento of your travels. He also shares tips on publishing your journal as a PDF or a printed book. Along the way, he provides insightful advice on establishing a balance between documenting your travels and experiencing them.
Hi, I'm Ben Long and tomorrow I've got to get out of town. Now I know that sounds maybe a little bit suspicious, but what I mean is I gotta leave, I got this place that I gotta go. I've got a, a gig in Oklahoma so I'm going to ride my motorcycle from here in San Francisco to Oklahoma.
And I'm going to take some time doing it. I'm going to try and enjoy the trip. It's going to be a nice fall ride across the Southwest. As I usually do, I'm going to be taking some pictures. But I'm going to be doing some other things on this trip. I'm going to be geologging and geotagging as I go. Geologging is the process of using a GPS device to keep track of where you are as you're traveling. Geotagging is the process of using that geolog data to store location information in your photos, so that you know exactly where you were when you took any particular picture. In this course, we're going to take a look at the hardware that I'm using to do that.
The software that I'm using to tag my photos. But we're also going to look at some cool other things you can do with that data. Some different ways that you can visualize your trip and see where you've been. Along the way, I'm also going to be journaling. Now that may sound like kind of a non sequitur to throw in to a photography course. But maybe you're like me. You go out and you, you go to an event or, or go on vacation or something, and you take all these pictures and you come back. And you adjust them and you edit them and maybe you print some of them. Maybe even hang some on your wall. But for the most part, you just have these pictures. What do you do with them? One thing you might do with them is use them to tell the story of something that has happened in your life.
And one way that you might tell that story is by creating a journal out of those photos. Either simply a photo book, or as I'm going to do, an actual journal that combines photos and words. So come along with me now as I head off on my bike across the Southwest where I'm going to see the sights, and experience all sorts of things, and records those experiences with photos and words.
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