The Traveler's Journal  
Press Releases - The Traveler's Journal

Informative Press Releases for Travel

Press Release information you can use!


The following information is provided by the travel supplier or its public relations representative. The Traveler's Journal can accept no responsibility for the accuracy or validity of any material in this section.

Where To Go Next for Friday, June 6


Today's Travel News
Friday, June 6, 2008

Taking Good Travel Photos

By Judi Janofsky and Rich Steck

Digital cameras have taken the guesswork out of photography. Take a shot, if it's not what you expected, shoot it again. Often again, again and again until you get it just right. To save a bit of time and space on your ---- card, here are some tips to help you get it right the first time.

The Rule of Thirds. This is the number one best photo tip: visually divide your frame into thirds, both horizontally and vertically. Then place the subject at one of the intersections you've created (as opposed to placing it in the center). It will give much more weight to the subject and better balance to the photo.

Divide your photo into thirds and place your subject at one of the intersections giving it more weight.

Horizons. Never place the horizon in the center of the frame. Place it low to accent a pretty sky or sunset. And high to emphasize distance or objects in the foreground.

Patterns. See an interesting fence or colorful fishing boats lined up in a marina? Find repeat patterns in colors or shapes, isolate them and shoot up close for the most dramatic effect.

Close Ups. If you want to improve any photograph, move closer. Fill the frame with your subject and you'll have a more exciting photo. For flowers, use a close-up filter or macro-lens. If you're still using film, use a faster film (ISO 400) to minimize camera shake.

Want to improve a photograph? Move closer.


Recent Articles
Travel Impressions, one of the country's largest tour operators selling destinations worldwide, is offering a special promotion for golf and spa aficionados with its Back Nine & Spa Time package available at participating hotels and resorts in Mexico, the Caribbean, Hawaii, Arizona, California, and Central and South America. ...More
Carnival Cruise Lines, the world's largest cruise operator, will launch the first year-round cruise program from the Port of Baltimore with seven-day cruises aboard the 2,124-passenger Carnival Pride beginning in fall 2009. ...More
Travel Impressions recently launched its TI Gay & Lesbian Travel program and a related website,, to help travel agents become involved in the growing gay and lesbian travel market. ...More

There's plenty for kids and their grandparents to enjoy in Spain this summer - and the trip doesn't have to break the bank. Besides glorious weather and miles of beaches, this is a land of genuine centuries-old castles and mighty fortresses where families can relive history together. The country also offers lions and hippos in the world's newest immersion zoo, sharks and penguins in Europe's largest aquarium - both in Valencia - and street performers and magicians along Barcelona's famed Ramblas. ...More
In the midst of the worst economy in more than a decade, it's no secret that Americans have little disposable income. Record-high housing foreclosures, $4.00/gallon gas and an airline industry in what can be best described as "flux," highlight a laundry list of challenges faced by the travel industry this season. Now, as the summer travel season kicks off, the big question - "will they travel?" - is about to be answered. ...More
Time is running out to enter for a chance to win one of five dream vacations to Hawaii's top islands including Maui, the Big Island, Kaua'i and O'ahu. Celebrating over 60 years of serving Hawaii vacationers, United Vacations has teamed up with the top hotels in Hawaii to provide out-of-this-world vacation packages for one bang-up sweepstakes. Vacation hopefuls such as honeymooners, romantics, culture-seekers or those who just plain dream of taking in all the beauty and splendor of Hawaii have a real life chance at saying 'aloha' to their vacation dreams. ...More

The Goodstone Inn & Estate has announced that it has been honored with admission into Select Registry, Distinguished Inns of North America, the premier innkeeping association in the United States and Canada.

Loreto is a picturesque destination comprised of 155 miles of Baja California Sur coastline, 466 miles of sea and 14 islands bound by the azure waters of the Sea of CortÚs to the east and the vast Sierre de la Gigante Mountains to the west.

In Napa Valley where the land provides abundant food and wine as well as a livelihood for its residents, sustainability is encouraged and admired. At Silverado Resort, the environmental program is always being adjusted and expanded to go beyond the obvious methods.

Emirates Hotels & Resorts' 4,000 acre Australian luxury conservation resort, Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa, has reached its first milestone with the completion of the first of 40 villas, and the planting of the first 1,000 native trees on site.

The Stoneleigh Hotel & Spa in Uptown Dallas announces the opening of the NEW Spa at The Stoneleigh. The strikingly modern 5,200 square-foot luxury spa complements the $36 million renovation of the legendary, Art-Deco hotel re-opened on March 3, 2008.

The Empire State Building is undergoing a major makeover: a $500 million renovation to conserve, restore and recreate the lobby to its original 1930s glory; new Art Deco-inspired security and observatory uniforms recently unveiled; and a gift shop re-fit and remodel which will sell souvenirs exclusive to the Empire State Building.

Delta Air Lines announced it will transport the internationally-acclaimed art exhibition, Breaking the Veils: Women Artists from the Islamic World, on the airline's inaugural flight from Amman, Jordan to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) on Friday, June 6.