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National Geographic

Hot Date: Spencer Wells’s Human Study

JANUARY 23 Spencer Wells, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and director of the Genographic Project, has spent the last seven years collecting DNA samples from people around the globe in order to create a genetically based map of human migration. See him present the project’s latest findings, and discover how scientific tools are helping to answer the question: Where did we come from? Roy Thomson Hall, 8 p.m., $39.50 to $59.50; call 416-872-4255 or click here to reserve.

Hot Date: National Geographic’s Lenses of Wonder

National Geographic photographer Mattias Klum

NOVEMBER 1 & DECEMBER 6 Photographer and filmmaker Mattias Klum guides you through some of the Earth’s natural wonders in Being There: On Expedition with National Geographic. Marvel at Klum’s still images and high-definition video from Botswana’s Okavango Delta and the rainforests of Southeast Asia. Then dive into the blue at Ocean Soul: Photographing the Underwater World for National Geographic and discover the vast, veiled world that exists beneath the waves. Brian Skerry leads you through the glacial waters of the North Atlantic and the coral reefs of the central Pacific. Roy Thomson Hall, 8 p.m., $39.50 to $59.50; visit here or call 416-872-4255 to purchase tickets.

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.

Our Take: National Geographic Traveler’s Top 10 Foods in Quebec

St-Viateur Bagel. Photo by Backpack Foodie.

National Geographic Traveler’s blog post on top ten foods to eat in Quebec was en pointe. The list recognizes the French Canadian staples that most tourists know and love; the number one choice, of course, is poutine, the gooey combination of cheese curds and gravy. (more…)

WheresAndrew and ReidonTravel, on travelling within Canada

Andrew Evans on an Ontario lake. Photo: Brian Gratwicke

Two notable writers from major travel publications have been traipsing throughout our home and native land recently. Andrew Evans (@WheresAndrew in the Twitterverse) is National Geographic Traveler’s Digital Nomad. He toured Ontario exclusively for the past month, Tweeting, vlogging and blogging his findings along the way. (more…)

Contact Photo: Daily View #21

The Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival—the world’s largest festival dedicated to the display and discussion of the photographic arts—returns to Toronto this month. There are more than 225 exhibitions to see between May 1 and 31; each day Where Toronto offers a peek at one of them.

Today’s Pick:

Artist: Willis T. Lee
Title: Tapestry Wall in the Dome Room, Carlsbad Cavern National Monument, New Mexico (© National Geographic Society; courtesy of Stephen Bulger Gallery)

See It @ Stephen Bulger Gallery, May 1 to June 5, in a display of vintage prints from the National Geographic Collection.

For more on this exhibition, click here.