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Take Better Photos with National Geographic’s New Book

By Carissa Bluestone

Eighteen megapixels, four lenses and thousands of bucks later and your travel photos still lack pizzazz? You might want to preorder National Geographic’s newest book, Complete Photography, due out October 14. The hardcover contains 408 pages of advice from long-time National Geographic shooters and is splashed with several hundred of the magazine’s most arresting photographs. The tone isn’t terribly engaging, and advice like, “Photograph food near a window, if possible, where the soft, indirect light makes it look the most natural,” won’t impress experienced shooters. But the rest of us will find plenty of insider tips covering everything from camera basics to the peculiarities of underwater photography, all simply and clearly laid out. National Geographic is meting out some teaser tips on its blog leading up to publication.

For more travel-photo tips, check out Stuck in Customs, the most popular travel photography blog on the interweb, and Burn magazine, by Magnum photographer David Alan Harvey.

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