Weekly Travel Photos: Paricutin Volcano, Mexico

If available, always try and make sure you get one with a live travel guide, instead of a prerecorded one. Pay attention to where the guide is located on the bus (in good weather, they’re almost always on the top level). Sit as near to them as possible, so whenever there’s a break in their spiel (stuck in traffic, or they just ran out of things to say), feel free to ask them your own questions… Now you have your own personal, local, travel advisor.

9) Have holiday pictures taken now. Do not wait until the last of November for holiday pictures. All the major department store and professional photographers are prepared to take holiday photos early so be sure to get them done early. There is nothing wrong with dressing up for the holidays in October and having those pictures done.

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Unless you understand some simple camera basics, your disappointment will continue. However, I promise you that if you learn how a camera works, you’ll start creating many memories at the touch of a button.

Instead of using purchased pictures for your walls, your pictures will do just fine. You can do so many things today with pictures. Travel Pictures is not something you will find too much information on. You might want to check RandomTravelpics. They can be copied, cropped, and shrunk to stamp size or expanded to poster size. You can make collages, and shadow box wall hangings using your travel pictures. The best way to accentuate these precious hangings is with the proper lighting.

You can even use an old game board to hide the ugly breaker box cover. Try making a photo display from a Scrabble board. Glue the Scrabble trays to the board. Put pictures in small frames and set them on the narrow trays. Use Scrabble tiles, if you want, to describe the picture. Glue the tiles beside the pictures to name the person in the picture or to create a word that describes the person. The photo display doesn’t necessarily have to be family photos. It can be made from vacation pictures or another theme. Add button magnets to the back of the Scrabble board to stick it to the breaker box door.

For a variation on this project, use the 5 x 7 sized pouch to make a collage that is easily framed or can be tacked to a bulletin board. There is also a 9 x 11.5 size available… this would be great for making memory placemats. The larger size would accommodate larger pictures, photos and brochures. You could place a map of the area you visited, marking all of the stops you made along with pictures inside of the placemat.

Want to get in on the local flavor? Try sitting in on the Friday night drum circles downtown at Pritchard Park. Attendance is free and fun is mandatory. There is almost always a festival going on somewhere nearby. Belle Cher is the largest. It is held the last weekend of July every year. This massive party features hundreds of musical acts. The city closes over twenty downtown blocks to showcase the event. There are rides, crafts, music and thrills in abundance. It gives visitors a chance to interact with Asheville’s unique residents.

Here’s another photo from Venice, in which I photographed St. Mark’s Basilica and Campanile reflected in the window of a shop across the square. The shop was located in an arcade separated from the square by stone archways. The reflection was so clear that it was almost like looking through a window, yet where the archway blocked the reflection you can see the interior of the store, making for a dual image. I took plenty of more traditional photos of St. Mark’s that are successful for other reasons, but I like this one for its unusual perspective.