As the weather warms up, you’re probably just dying to post some humble-braggy photos of your toes in the sand or that bikini bod you’ve been working on all winter. Luckily, pro photographer and TravelChannel.com host Lizzy “Snaps” Sullivan recently visited the Bahamas and shared some of her tips for taking “like-worthy” beach shots!
Here are some of her suggestions:
1. When shooting underwater, don’t bother with expensive waterproof housing. You can get amazing photos with a basic underwater point-and-shoot if you know how to use it!
Time is running out to enter to be the next Travel Channel Star! If you think you’ve got what it takes, submit your video online by April 15. In your video, be sure to tell us what your unique perspective and travel specialty is. Are you a foodie, a scuba diver, a history buff? We want to know! Tell us what makes you stand out from the crowd.
A few reminders: Don’t add any music, avoid showing any logos, and if you’re shooting on a smartphone, hold it horizontally!
For more information on what we’re looking for, take a look at the full list of guidelines, as well as our do’s and don’ts.
Dreaming of warm sunshine, wide stretches of sand and a frozen drink in your hand? Yeah, we are, too. This weekend, take an (imaginary) journey to some of the best beaches in the 2 states that everyone in the Northeast wishes they were in right now: Florida and California.
Tomorrow night at 11|10c, tune in to Marianela’s Best Beaches, where Argentine model and Travel Channel beach expert Marianela Pereyra gives her unique perspective on some of America’s most beautiful stretches of coastline.
Get up-close and personal with sharks in Key West, FL:
Learn to make a bonfire at California’s Dockweiler Beach:
Think you have what it takes to be the next Travel Channel Star? You’ve got until April 15, 2015, to submit a video to prove it! But before you whip out your smartphone to shoot your own video, consider these tips. You’ll thank us later, when you’re the host of a brand-new series for our digital platforms.
1. If you’re using a smartphone, shoot it horizontally.
Yes, you typically text and Snapchat — and do whatever else you do — while holding your phone upright. But we’re begging you: For this one thing, just turn it sideways! We have yet to see an online video player or a television set that’s shaped like an upright iPhone.
Also, try your best to hold it still — no one wants to feel as though they’re on an amusement park ride while listening to you talk about your trip to Bangkok.
2. Don’t add any music.
Don’t get us wrong, we love music! (P.S. Follow us on Spotify!) But not for this. If you add music, we won’t be able to use your video anywhere because of a little thing called music rights. So please, leave Beyoncé out of this. READ MORE
Do you have what it takes to be the next Travel Channel Star? If you think the answer is “yes,” then prove it! Submit a video online by April 15, 2015, that best showcases your travel perspective and highlights the travel moment that changed you.
Watch as our own Bert Kreischer demonstrates what we’re looking for:
Remember: Videos should be only 2 minutes long and shouldn’t have any music.
Upload your video now!
NYC Skyline by Lizzy Snaps
These days, everyone thinks they’re an accomplished photographer, but believe it or not, there’s more to travel photography than cropping a photo into a square and slapping an Instagram filter on it. We caught up with professional photographer Lizzy Sullivan, aka “Lizzy Snaps” and followed her around New York City in an all-new web series, You Get the Picture, as she climbed lampposts, crawled on the sidewalk and chased down interesting subjects — all in the name of capturing awesome New York City photos. Watch as she demonstrates how to Capture Sidewalk Stories, Photograph Urban Food, Take Nightlife Photos and Add Life to Landmark Photos.
Here are her tips on shooting city skyline photos:
Check out (just a small sample!) of the amazing photos she took while we were filming, and then head over to our all-new web series, You Get the Picture to learn how she captured them!
Go behind the tent for a look at one of America’s last traveling sideshows in our brand new web series, All American Sideshow. Watch as the World of Wonders Sideshow kicks off circus season with eye-catching headliners including sword-swallower Tommy, knife-thrower Spif and “Diva of Danger” Sunshine. These daring performers share their unique take on travel while living in a tractor-trailer and entertaining the masses in towns across America.
When they’re not on the road, the sideshow crew heads to Gibsonton, FL. Dubbed the “weirdest place in America,” Gibtown has long been the winter retreat for the carnie and circus community. Watch as sideshow owner Ward Hall harkens back to the days when you could find yourself bellying up to the local bar with a giant, a bearded lady and the “living half-girl.”
To see even more freaky performances, check out the rest of the All American Sideshow web series, and get a look at some behind-the-tent photos.
As the snow falls (once again) on parts of the Northeast, we’re daydreaming about sunshine, sand, bikinis, paddleboards, windsurfing and, well … you get the point.
But why should we tell you about these sandy slices of paradise, when we can let the lovely ladies of TravelChannel.com show you. Close your weather app, look away from the windows and let Marianela and Kinga transport you to some of our favorite beaches.
Explore the US Virgin Islands with adventurer and host of The Wild Side, Kinga Philipps:
Tour some of Florida and California’s best beaches with our beach expert Marianela Pereyra:
Can’t get enough of our beautiful beaches? Check out this year’s winners for Travel’s Best Beach Awards, and then watch as Marianela visits the California and Florida coasts in search of some of the best sunny spots.
Does winter storm Janus have you holed up inside for the foreseeable future? Are you dreaming of sunshine, a glass of chilled white wine and an idyllic countryside? Get inspired for your next trip by escaping to Florida’s beaches, California’s wine country and Nashville’s local haunts with some of Travel Channel’s best new video.
Soak up the sun on Florida’s beaches with Marianela Pereyra.
Take a bike tour of California’s wineries with Ryan Van Duzer.
Explore Nashville like the locals with Shane-O.
The day has finally come. Almost a decade after the release of the first Anchorman film, Ron Burgundy and the KVWN San Diaaaaago news team are back. Yesterday marked the highly anticipated (and cameo-packed) release of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, where anchorman (NOT anchorlady) Ron Burgundy and his news team take their … er… talents … to “GNN,” the very first 24-hour cable news network. READ MORE