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7 stories to read this weekend

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It’s been a week of work and getting back into the groove of Singapore after a great business trip to Geneva. There was also time to post some fun facts . But its time to kick back and smell the flowers and share a whole heap of inspirational content for a travel photographer.

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6 places to share your photos online

How to share images online

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For a travel blogger, clicking the picture is just the first stop in the journey. Finding the right platform to share the photographs is one of the most crucial aspects of building a travel community and marketing your photos. Here are 6 of my favourite places to share my travel photos.

Smugmug: My main website is hosted on Smugmug. So, by default, every photo of mine lives on Smugmug. For people who have not heard about it, Smugmug is a really versatile tool  that is built for professional photographers with uniquely designed themes and a robust platform for selling your prints online. Smugmug’s pro package offer unlimited storage and has tons of customisation options. I could not recommend it highly enough. Visit it at

Instagram: Instagram is the poster child of the mobile phone revolution and I am absolutely hooked. Instagram’s amazing one touch click and share and its unique use of filters makes it a perfect tool to share photos from my everyday life. Instagram is available on for iPhones and Android phones. It’s community is more than 150 million strong. Download the app on your phone and get addicted.

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Pintrest: A lot of great things have been written about Pinterest and they are ALL true. I love the look and feel of this website. For a travel photographer, easy layout and quick loading of photos are crucial and Pintrest does these with aplomb. For January 2012, comScore (a leading web traffic company) reported the site had 11.7 million unique U.S. visitors, making it the fastest site ever to break through the 10 million unique visitor mark. Users can create multiple boards to share different category of their photos. You can also create continent specific boards to further categorize your travel photos.

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Flickr: Flickr is the grand daddy of image sharing, I end up cross-posting my images onto Flickr primarily as a backup of my images. Flickr is a great place to network with other bloggers who use it to host images that they embed in blogs and social media. The advantage of Flickr is also that it shows up really high on search rankings and can boost the discoverability of your images. Flickr had a total of 51 million registered members and they have a really cool app for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone 7 operating systems.

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500px: One of my favourite websites. I can spend hours just browsing this space and discovering the amazing breath of photos here. But this is a place to share the best of the best photographs and see how it stacks up with professionals.  In terms of interface, members are allowed to comment on each others’ photographs, vote for them and favorite them. They also have the chance to follow each other. Each user has a flow and an activity page where his/her activity within the 500px community appears. 500px is a great website to find new photography ideas for shoots and one of my personal goals as a photographer is to get featured in the Editor’s choice section one day.

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Stumbleupon: Stumbleupon is a fantastic source of referral traffic for your website or blog. In October 2011, StumbleUpon announced that it had over 20 million registered users of the service. The key to succeeding here is to ensure that you are using Stumbleupon regularly. Installing their apps and using the web bookmarklet will help you connect with the best stumblers out there and build your connection.

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Google+ : The large photo dimension for Google+ makes it a worthwhile place to share your interesting photos and I use it a lot to tap into the large photographic community Google+ has gathered.

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Five tips to capture great photos on a business trip


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 A large percentage of jobs these days include an element of business travel. It could be a conference, meeting other branch offices or just some face time with key stakeholders. Travel can be to another branch office in a neighbouring or full-blown international travel. While some of us enjoy it, many begrudge the long and arduous flight journey and uncomfortable hotel stay. But it also gives you a great opportunity to go out there and capture some great photographs. Here are 5 top tips on getting the most of the business trips.

Wake up early, subsequently sleep early: Most business meetings begin at breakfast time which means, you can squeeze in a couple of hours in the morning to get out of your room to cover one photographic destination each day. Most business trips also involve some kind of a social event where you’re served a few drinks. Resist the temptation to go overboard and always use the excuse of jet lag (if applicable) to retire to your room at a reasonable hour. The early morning sun can present great photo ops.

Ask locals specific questions for specific places: There is no substitute for local knowledge . But its not very helpful when you ask a local ‘What’s good around these parts?” You will have to figure out what you like shooting and ask specific questions. For eg: On my recent trip to San Francisco, I asked people where is the best place to get a sweeping view of the city and a majority of the people recommended Dolores Park. And indeed, the photos did not disappoint.

Have a camera with you at all times: This is the golden rule for all photographers at most times, but it becomes even more crucial during travel so you can capture any interesting subjects or shots that you come across. On my trip to New York, I saw some cop cars covered with snow and I absolutely loved it.

 Use in-flight guides and destination magazines: Most flights, especially the international ones have ‘Destination Guides’ on the TV screens or as a magazine. Spend some time reading about the place you are getting to and take note of the weather to help you plan your stay better.

Research the destination before hand: A bit of research always helps and uploading the pictures to various social networks helps you connect with like minded photographers so you can see different perspectives of the same place. Flickr groups are fantastic for this sort of thing. Also check with travel blogs and get their take on it. If you are planning a trip to Sydney, please feel free to send me a note using the contact link up top and I would love to share my tips for this beautiful city.

Hope this helps you make the most out of your business trips. Do you have any tips to share? Sound me out in the comments.