Travel and Photography: Off the Charts 1st Edition

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"The commercial and travel photographer discusses what kind of equipment to take (film vs. digital, that is the question), light and lighting, what kind of clothing to take, as well as technical concerns (proper composition) and content (what subjects to photograph)..Includes gorgeous color photographs." - Chicago Tribune, Sept. 24, 2006

"Travel Photography: Off the Charts is an instructional manual containing technical information and guidance from this well-known master. It includes advice on equipment needed and clothing to wear, but also composition and what to photograph. There are even chapters on security and health. For those who want to learn more about travel photography or the stlye used by Lou Jones, this is a great resource." - Apogee Photo Magazine, August 2006

"Lou Jones is a commercial and art photographer. He knows his way around a camera and, more important, he knows how to get the image that he wants." - Sunday Eagle/Chicago Tribune

"Lou Jones offers advice on how to organize your photographs and tackles such diverse subjects as health, transportation and security. Includes gorgeous color photographs." - Chicago Tribue (review published in the Sunday Eagle)

"It's not hard to be swept into Jones's exuberance for his subject. Beginners and more advanced photographers alike can glean insight into the mystery of what seems simple but takes skill: a great photo" -Necee Regis, Boston Sunday Globe

"The book's layout mixes short narratives and quotes with beautiful photographs linked with informative text. It's pleasing to the eye as well as the mind. It will work well on the coffee table and, even better, will fit in your travel bag." -Necee Regis, Boston Sunday Globe

"Any day now, Lou Jones will be declared a national treasure. An impossible to classify photographer-he's adept at sports, photojournalism, travel, commercial, studio, editorial and advertising-he's an astute and witty observer of the world at large. Those lucky enough to be on the recipients' list for his postcards from the road-these days they're e-mail messages-treasure his poetic observations of people, places and cultures.
For the rest, there's this book, a compilation of a road warrior's notes and the accumulated lore of 30-plus years of photographic experience. It's a freewheeling exploration of travel photography that touches on just about everything: what cameras and lenses to carry, what to shoot, what clothes to wear, how to handle your money and how to keep yourself healthy. For good measure he throws in the 11 commandments of travel photography. Each photograph adds relevance to the text by illustrating the subject at hand: lighting, exposure, composition, lens choice and so on.
Travel + Photography: Off the Charts is the next best thing to sitting down for a long conversation about photography and the world with a man eminently familiar with both."

Book Description

Herein you will find examples that will reveal the secrets, debunk the myths, and explore the romance of travelling with a camera.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (July 27, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240808150
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240808154
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,496,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lou Jones' eclectic career has evolved from commercial to the personal. It has spanned every format, film type, artistic movement and technological change. He maintains a studio in Boston, Massachusetts and has photographed for Fortune 500 corporations, international companies and local small businesses including Federal Express, Nike and the Barr Foundation; completed assignments for magazines and publishers all over the world such as Time/Life, National Geographic and Paris Match; initiated long term projects on the civil wars in Central America, death row, Olympics Games, and pregnancy; and published multiple books. Jones' assignments have taken him to over 50 countries in Europe, South America, Africa, and Asia, and 48 of 50 States. He has been on location at NASA, Boeing, Universal Studios, British Telecom, Mitsubishi and Saab.

Raised in Washington, DC, Jones graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with degrees in Physics. But soon after embarked on a career that would have him taking pictures of headhunters in Borneo and guerrillas in Central America, flying upside down with aerobatic pilots, skulking around opium dens in Singapore, sailing on ancient tall ships and gigantic aircraft carriers and being incarcerated in more foreign jails than can be remembered. He has also photographed twelve successive Olympic Games.

He is equally well known for his moving social commentaries. During the 1980s much time was spent on CODELs (COngressional DELegations) documenting government, military and rebel leaders. The end of the decade had him witnessing Perestroika and the fall of the Berlin Wall. In 1990, the Museum of Afro-American History commissioned Jones to honor women with "Sojourner's Daughters," an exhibition highly recognized by the community. This project led Aetna to hire Jones to photograph their annual African American History Calendar through 2013.

For his photography, Jones has been awarded many accolades from organizations like Communication Arts Magazine, Art Directors Club of Boston, Travel Photographer of the Year and International Photographic Council (United Nations). Nikon recognizes Jones as a "Legend Behind the Lens" and Lowepro has honored him as a "Champion". Because of his connection with Sports Illustrated and his many years photographing the Olympics, Lou Jones recently starred in an episode of the popular reality television show The Moment hosted by Kurt Warner on the USA Network. For the full episode, visit

Jones has exhibited his eclectic imagery in colleges and schools such as Trinity College, Texas Tech University and New England College, and in collections at the Smithsonian Institution, DeCordova Museum and the African American Museum in Philadelphia. His photography is owned by various collections including the Fogg Museum, Wellesley College and the University of Texas.

Jones has served on the boards of directors of numerous photographic associations, societies, and museums. He has been president of the New England chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), a member of the ASMP National Board of Directors, and a board of directors of the Photographic Resource Center, Boston, Massachusetts. He is a charter member of the Advertising Photographers of America (APA) and co-founder of CDIA (Center for Digital Imaging Arts), Boston, Massachusetts. He currently sits on the board of directors of the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, Massachusetts.

In addition, Jones lectures and teaches workshops all over the world, including at the PhotoPlus Expo in New York City, the George Eastman (Kodak) House, the Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University, New England Camera Club Council's annual conference, and Estúdio Brasil in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The first book Jones published, Final Exposure: Portraits from Death Row, earned Jones the Ehrmann Award from Massachusetts Citizens Against the Death Penalty. Since then, he has published numerous other books including Travel+Photography: Off the Charts and Speedlights and Speedlites: Creative Flash Photography at Lightspeed.

Jones' work has remained relevant, progressive and current throughout. He has mentored dozens of aspiring artists and documentary photographers. He has been an advocate for artist's business, legal and historical rights, and visual literacy in all corners of our daily lives.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Conrad J. Obregon VINE VOICE on September 26, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is aimed at the inexperienced travel photographer and discusses considerations relevant to taking photographs on the road. The book does not deal with photographic technique except in the most cursory manner, such as pointing out the existence of histograms on digital cameras, but not detailing an explanation of their use to adjust exposure.

After a brief discussion of equipment and a comparison of film and digital for the traveler (digital is less likely to be harmed by x-rays), the author writes about topics like clothing, composition, what to photograph, research, editing, security, health, transportation, language and money. Most of the topics will seem like common sense to an experienced traveler. For example, Jones advises the traveler not to wear clothing which will call attention to his or herself. I would think this should be obvious to most travelers, but I have seen the clothing that some people wear when they expect to be photographing strangers, and they could have used this advice. Similarly the advice not to carry large sums of cash around while traveling seems self-evident. But once again, some people do, so I suppose the advice is warranted.

I really expected the advice on what to photograph to be meaty, but once again, most of the material seemed self-evident. For example, the author suggests taking pictures of people in traditional costume. But sometimes it's difficult for a traveler to find people in traditional dress. I'd have liked to know how the author found people wearing such garb. The chapter on what to photograph seemed to mostly deal in broad generalities.

Now it may be that taking pictures while traveling is no different than taking any other kind of picture.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Scott Eccleston on March 12, 2007
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This book is a delight, a book that you feel fortunate to have in your hands.

And it's really more than one book - it's five books in one cover, this is how I read it.

Book 1: It's a picture book.

You can't just open it and start reading; it's just not that easy. Why? Because starting with the very first page you are greeted with Lou Jones images. Lou's pictures are more than what you first see, more than the initial point of focus. As your eyes start to move it is grabbed by another point of interest, and then another. And then you realize that what you were looking at was not a picture about one thing; it was a story about many things.

After you absorb all of the pictures on page one, curiosity has you turn the page to see if there are more to follow. Each time you turn page, you are rewarded with up to four images. And before you know it, you've reached the last page, grateful for the almost 200 pages that make up this book, and a little disappointed that you have reached the end.

Book 2: It's an instruction manual.

There are roughly 150 images in this book, some taken for his commercial clients, others taken over several Olympics, and still more taken during Lou's travels all over the globe. Along with each image you also get the how and why the images were taken, information that would interest anyone with even the slightest curiosity of photography and the photographic process.

1. Where the image was taken

2. Why Lou thought it was an image was worth capturing

3. What the conditions were (weather, lighting, etc.)

4. How the conditions were overcome (lens choice, shutter speed, tripod, etc.)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Donald Gurewitz on January 10, 2007
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As a professional travel photographer, I can unequivocally endorse Lou Jones' "Travel and Photography" as simply the best book available on the subject. It has a tremendous amount of useful information for the serious amature and the experienced professional. Although I do this for a living, I have found one useful idea after another in this wonderful volume. It has everything you could think of asking about--and more, much more. The book is actually mistitled: it should be "How to Travel--and Take Great Pictures Too", because the book really discusses photography in the context of the art of traveling--how to go to new places and really see and experience what these places have to offer. Every insight is illustrated with a story from Jones' experience, and it makes the book a pleasure to read--something much more than just a useful handbook. Jones is one of the best and most versatile photographers shooting today, and this is a must read for anyone, amature or professional, with a serious interest in travel photography.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Vin on September 24, 2006
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Lou Jones has put together a book that any working photographer as well as a photography enthusist should have in their library. Travel and Photography: Off the Charts is full of pictures as well as information based on Mr. Jones' experiences traveling through many countries. If you're going to the next town or around the world, this book is worth having.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jo Cush on September 22, 2008
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"Travel and photography" is a must have survival guide for any traveller or enthusiastic photographer. It is a lonely planet, survival guide and photography book all rolled into 1.

This book fitted perfectly into the front of my backpack and travelled with me through 18 counties. With each border crossing, each extreme change of climate and the ever change in culture, this book guided me along on how to capture the ultimate moments.

In this book Lou Jones offers his expert advice of what equipment to carry, how to deal with any lighting situation along with composition tips, as well as sharing his own personal travel experiences and gives advice on how to travel safely, how to adapt to different cultures ("On another country's turf, they're right and you're wrong") and how to overcome various illnesses that come hand in hand with traveling.

If you are thinking about going traveling around the world or just across the state, this book will guarantee that your photographs will capture the excitement and beauty of this world that made you want to go travel in the first place.
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