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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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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.
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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: 10.5 x 0.4 x 9 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: #519,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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I haven't gotten to all the written portion of this book yet because I'm so enamored with the emotion behind the images that I keep going over and over them. From what I've read so far though, Nick's book gives me just what I was looking for; the storytelling strategies of photography. I stumbled upon Nick's website a while back and he's been a "muse" for my own photography for a while, so I was thrilled when this book came out. I'll continue to read Photo Trekking for my own travel photography tips.
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PHOTO TREKKING comes from a professional photographer who offers keys to the new generation of travel photos. From breaking into the travel photo industry to shooting great, unique photos on location, this pairs full-color, often full-page shots of scenes and people with the author's tips on what makes the photo outstanding. Photographers who travel and intend on documenting their experiences - especially for income - must have this!
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I was very impressed with this book. I heard about it from another photographer and thought I'd check it out and I'm glad that I did. It's a great read. I might be reading through it again pretty soon. It's a great guide to travel photography, lots of great tips and information.
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