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.
- Planning your route
- Packing for a journaling trip
- Mixing up the shots
- Finding your voice
- Importing GPS data
- Geotagging in Lightroom
- Editing and laying out the journal
Skill Level Intermediate
(thoughtful music) - Hi, I'm Ben Long, and tomorrow I've got to get out of town. Now I know that sounds maybe a little suspicious but what I mean is I've got to leave. I've got this place that I've got to go. I've got 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 to 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 geo-logging and geo-tagging as I go. Geo-logging is the process of using a GPS device to keep track of where you are as you are traveling. Geo-tagging is the process of using that geo-logged data to store location information in your photos so 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 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 that 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 might sound like a non-sequitur to throw into a photography course, but maybe you're like me, you go out, and you go to an event 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 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 record those experiences with photos and words.