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Photo Trekking: A Traveling Photographer's Guide to Capturing Moments Around the World Paperback – March 16, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Amphoto Books (March 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0817432809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0817432805
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #709,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

NICK ONKEN loves to take photos. He has traveled the world to produce stunning images for such clients as Nike, Bank of America, and Lamborghini, as well as nonprofit organizations and publications. His work has been published in such magazines as Marie Claire, Seventeen, Cosmopolitain, Smart Money, and elsewhere. Nick lives in Brooklyn, New York. To learn about his work and insights, get photo tips, and read his blog, visit www.nickonken.com. For live updates, follow him at www.twitter.com/nickonken.

More About the Author

In a baby picture that documents Nick Onken's first encounter with photography, he's holding a Kodak 110 Instamatic. Upside down. Not taking a photo. Probably trying to get it in his mouth or balance it on top of something. Though, the thing did look like a building block, give the kid a break. He was only 3. And the sun was in his eyes.

Obviously, this wasn't a moment of clarity for Nick that the camera was his tool for creation. It wasn't until 20 some years later that he actually put it to use.

After developing a passion for art, Nick became a graphic designer and spent five years graphically designing things. And it was cool. And it went well. But when he started taking photos for a couple of his clients he got noticed and decided to get serious. So he took the camera out of his mouth and started pushing the button. A lot.
 
Today, after shooting for clients like Nike, State Farm Insurance, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, and Lamborghini, Nick is quickly spreading his philosophy of photography.

A big believer in living in the moment, his photos follow suit. With a designer's eye, he's constantly searching for that perfect moment to tell the whole story. And the pursuit of these moments has taken him around the world. His love of travel has recently collided with his career and he's published his first book, Photo Trekking. It's also moved him from Los Angeles to New York City this year, abandoning the beautiful weather and tropical views in favor of subway lunatics and urban skylarking. The latter of which obviously lead to more interesting moments. You'll never catch a palm tree doing back flips on a crowded train.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Hitchen on May 13, 2010
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There are some helpful tips in this book. I like that it includes the camera/lens settings for each shot (as I believe all such books should) and things like equipment checklist and travel tips. The book is well laid-out, organized and visually stimulating, with plenty of nice compositions and well edited images. It's the kind of book you could throw in your carry-on and take with you on your next vacation, then use as a guide to capture some great images, not the regular vacation snapshots we are used to seeing. Also some good tips on how to take photos and stay safe in unfamiliar and potentially dangerous locations. Definitely would recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Dutile on July 4, 2010
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Photo Trekking is a very well paginated and simple to read book on commercial travel photography. I found it exceptionally informational on both advanced practices (pre and post production, branding, selling) and simple tips to look out for including composition, movement, focus, etc. The photography is stylistically unique and different than most classical travel books you will find. It's a great read for the new age of personal vision and style and I highly recommend picking it up.
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By JJLouis on April 3, 2014
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Loved adding this to my collection! Great photos from his travels and great writing about his career in travel writing. Highly recommended.
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By Tony on June 27, 2013
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A good portfolio book if you like Nick Onkens photos, as I do. Other than that, there's not much new information in the book that isn't available online at his site.
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By Carlos Silva on December 26, 2011
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Been a fan of Nick's for a while, after discovering his blog. Nick's travels and photography skills shine here, while covering the challenges of not just the modern day working photographer, but a travel photographer as well. As someone who's been around the world a bit, the tips in this book are valuable and his advice to those wanted to work in the industry or just be a better photographer while on the road are invaluable.

I had this book on my wish list for a while. Thankfully, Santa got it for me this year! I'll have this book on the coffee table for a while.
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