Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video What kind of journal do you want to make?, part of Travel Photography: Geologging and Journaling on the Road.
There are a lot of different ways to journal and lot of different end products that can come out of that journaling process, and none of them are right or wrong. Course traditionally, journaling meant writing in a notebook and if you're a paper or notebook nerd, you're living in like the Golden Age of notebooks right now. There are just all these beautiful notebooks that you can get at an art supply store or a stationary store snd if you like writing by hand, that's a those are great options. I find writing by hand, one thing that's nice is it makes you slow down. it, when, when you've gotta take the time to get every word down there, by hand it makes me go a little slower.
It also makes me tend to make fewer entries because it takes so long so, I don't actually do a lot of analog journaling. I am a digital journal and that's not just because of the speed at which I can type but because, there's a lot of digital media that I tend to want to bring into my journal. Mostly photos but as you're going to see some other things. So before you get started, on a journaling project and I've got a very specific journaling project. I'm going to journal through a particular journey. Before you get started you want to kind of give some thought to what it is you're going to do.
How are you going to journal? These days, the kind of most obvious journal is the blog. Here's a, a typical blog that a friend keeps. She's got photos up. She's got text. With current blogging software that's out there, that you can probably get just from your ISP or through a blogging service. You get a lot, lots of other cool things built-in: tags, categories, these nice little menus for showing recent entries. That kind of thing. I think of blogging as differently, as, as different than journaling though. Blogging is something that you are, trying to put out kind of in a finished form, in real time, as you go, right away for other people to read. That puts you in a different voice.
That puts you in a different mindset when you're writing. That's a different thing than journaling. If that's what you want to do, that's fine. If you do want to stay in that journaling mindset, you might still find the blogging software's a good way to go and maybe you just don't want to tell anybody else about it. Another way to go, is as a photographer simply to do a photo journal of some kind. Document your experience with pictures and then later try to find a way of sifting them, collating them, organizing them and presenting them. A friend and I went to Turkey a few years ago and she shot a lot of pictures and put together this beautiful, photo book, that was just a journal of our trip.
She did a great job with the layout. There are, there is no text. There are some titles here and there but really the pictures are telling the entire story. So that's another way to go. What I'm going for though is something different. I want, what she's got here on her blog, photos and text. But I'm not going to be doing it in a real-time way where other people can reading, read it. I'm going to keep it internal and it may just stay there. I don't know. It may only be ever some, may only end up being something that only I will ever read. It may be something that I will put out for more public consumption amongst friends, or relatives, or things.
What I'm going to use as a model for this trip is something that I've already done. A couple of months ago, I drove a very small, very inappropriate car from London to Mongolia as part of charity road rally called, The Mongol Rally. Along the way, I was keeping a journal. I was using my iPad. I was using my phone. When I got home, oh, and in that journal, I was including a lot of photographs. When I got home, I was able to take that electronic journal and output it as a book. It my journaling software spit out a PDF file that I was able to send to a book printing service and get this nice physical journal made.
Having it in a physical form is really interesting. It was exciting to take it out of the box and go, oh, wow the trip really happened. again, this is part of the way that you reflect off of journaling sometimes to understand what it is you've done. So you're going to want to make some decisions about what you want to do. You might want to go even farther in terms of the media aspects than I have and say, well no, actually I want video, and I want audio, and my final presentation is going to be some kind of multimedia thing that gets displayed on the web or shown on a projector to people that I have over at my house. Whatever.
The important thing is that you have at least an idea of it before going in, because you need to know what kind of media you're going to gather along the way. So you're going to see me shooting pictures and doing a lot of writing and cobbling together a printed written journal of these events in the next few weeks.
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