5 TIPS ON HOW TO TRAVEL LESS LIKE A PHOTOGRAPHER

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The unnecessary amount of shit I bring when I travel

Traveling and being a photographer is a huge pain in the ass. Not only do I bring unnecessary amounts of shit (see image), I also shoot an inappropriate and unhealthy amount of photos. On a five to eight day trip I will take anywhere from 1,500-2000 pictures. Now you’re probably asking yourself, “Of what?” I don’t know, every bathroom I’m in. The bed in the hotel. The pictures on the wall. The breakfast buffet. You name it, I don’t want to forget it. Now in my defense, I believe that’s the reason (forgetting) behind my obsession. I travel a lot for pleasure. That coupled with my terrible memory it’s pretty easy for trips to blend together and remembering what was where, and where was what. Shooting all these pictures helps me remember my travels when I’m reminiscing. I consider this to be a valid point, that being said, I don’t recommend it and below I will explain how to avoid the pickle I’m in.

Back to equipment. The amount of redundant crap a pack in my carry on is obsessive and compulsive to say the least. I have a Nikon D7000 back up in case my D7100 fails. I have a backup point and shoot. I have an emergency underwater camera incase mine fills with water. I have back video cameras, for backup video cameras. SD Cards. SD Card Readers. It’s crazy, I know. But again, I’m a photographer, this is what I do. I can’t help it. What I can help is giving people like you some insight on how to not turn out like me.

As a photographer you naturally see the aesthetics of the world we live in, often in ways the average person does not. I don’t have a lot of time for personal work so I’m always afraid I might see that perfect angle on a building Buffalo, or miss out on that amazing group shot in Curacao. This is what leads me to bring cameras for every situation.

It’s hard for someone like me to take a step back and say ‘hey, leave the camera in the hotel room’ and I think that’s a hard thing for a lot of people to understand about photographers. Over the years I’ve been getting better though. I’ve created a list of helpful tips that I’ve been using on trips lately to ensure I get to enjoy myself, the culture and the food, but still leave time for shooting.

  1. Buy a good point and shoot. Camera’s like the Nikon P310 or Canon S120 are amazing little cameras with big sensors, wide apertures and amazing HD video. Throwing that in your pocket to go to dinner instead of lugging around your DSLR will set you free.
  2. Set aside one day to do all your heavy shooting. Bring your DSLR and shoot anything and everything you possibly can, once you’re SD card is filled with 2,000 photo’s you’ll feel you got everything you need and be less inclined to walk past that same building you saw yesterday and shoot it 20 more times.
  3. Give your camera to a friend. You’d be surprised how many people travel and never take photos. I’m always worried if I don’t take a picture, we will have no memories of our trip. If I see someone else is shooting, I can leave my camera alone and enjoy my time.
  4. Bring smaller SD Cards. If you treat your DSLR like a film camera and use 4GB SD Cards, you will spend less time taking pointless photo’s because you have limited space, only important shots will be worth your time.
  5. Get a great universal lens. There is nothing worse that lugging around a big DSLR and on top of it bringing your wide angle, zoom and low light lenses on top of it. Sigma just released their new 18-35mm f/1.8. Sure it’s $700 but it’s probably the best all around travel lens you can get. Save space and time swapping lenses so you can spend more of it taking in the places you are in.

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WRITERS. ARTISTS. MUSICIANS. PHOTOGRAPHERS. FLIM MAKERS. WHY BRANDING IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS YOUR ART

Nike may have done it best with it’s ‘Just Do It’ campaign, or perhaps even Apple’s ‘Think Different,’ but today branding is not just pigeon held to large coorperations. Today, being a writer, artist, musician, flim maker or photographer is not enough, and branding is just as important as the art you’re creating; until you know that, you’re nobody, you’re just another artist.

If you don’t know by now, I’m a huge fan of Medium. Since joining, I have never felt more cultured and inspired by the thousands of people who contribute their thoughts, ideas and stories. I came across one story bywww.medium.com/@pacdude called ‘In Defense Of Miley Cyrus.”https://medium.com/@pacdude which blew me away because it was so true and indictive of not only what she is doing, but what I have been trying to do as well as a photographer and artist. His article talks about how Miley Cyrus is not just some rogue drug addict degenerate. All her tweaking, licking and butt naked wrecking ball riding has been meticulous, premeditated, calculated branding moves by a business women. And it works. She sells albums, she sells herself. She knows exactly what she’s doing. It’s her brand. This is something the greatest cooperations like Nike, Apple and Google have been doing since their inception. It’s something the greatest musicians of all time have done; The Beatles, Elvis, Madonna.

Photo by: Lucian McAfeehttp://www.lucianmcafee.com

Before I got into photography I was a musician. I’ve been playing music since I was a kid and it’s all I’ve ever wanted to do. Unfortunately, I was never able to make anything of it. It doesn’t matter if I thought what I was creating was any good, or even if my friends or family thought my music was any good, nobody gave a shit, and I think I know why. Every band I was in was just ‘another band.’ My cousin is in a band called ‘The Vitrolum Republic.’ (http://www.thevitrolumrepublic.com) They arne’t pop. They aren’t rap. They arne’t country. They classify themselves as ‘Gypsy Noir.’ I have absolutely no idea what that means and if you try to google it you’re bound to get more search results auto correcting you to Pinot Noir that any helpful information on their genre. But It doesn’t matter. What matters is not only is their music top notch, they have branded them selves. Everything from their clothes, to the instruments they play, to the gorgeous hand painted canvases painted by artist Sue Lawton (http://www.suelawtonart.com/blog/) that they put up behind them at every show, seeing a performance by The Vitrolum Republic is an experience. You feel transported to some early 1900’s circus/tarot card reading thing. And it doesn’t matter if you can’t describe what you’re seeing and listening to, the fact is everything they are doing is making them into something bigger than what everyone else is doing. Their whole package is their brand, and it’s working.

Art by Kelli Anthonyhttp://www.kellianthony.com

Kelli Anthony (http://www.kellianthony.com) is stud from Chicago, Illinois I have never met. Why? I have no idea because I live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin so there is pretty much no excuse that we haven’t, but he’s a guy I’ve been talking to and following for a while, and he’s also a guy like me, who has branded himself. #swave. #catholic. #milk. His pop art and the way he brands himself is something I admire as a photographer and as an artist because he has created an identity for himself. He’s not just another photographer. He’s not just another artist. You can spot his work in an instant and you know what you’re getting when you’re getting Kelli Anthony. He is constantly pushing his brand on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Being a photographer I follow many of them, but there are few who separate themselves from the rest. As a photorapher you not only want people to shoot you because you make great photo’s, but you want them to shoot you because you’re you. Because they want Kelli Anthony. Because they want Martin Moore. Because they want YOU. Because they want people to know that they just didn’t get some person off Craigslist to do their shoot, they got that person. I’ve never felt more strongly about this with photographers as I do today. I feel like there is a evolution, no, a revolution, happing with photographers today where branding is what is going to set you apart from everyone else who can get their hands on a DSLR.

http://www.caseyneistat.com

Casey Neistat makes movies. He started off creating a show with his brother Van on HBO called ‘The Neistat Brothers’ and then shortly after became a YouTube sensation (CaseyNeistat — YouTube) with his short films, and recently made a commercial for the Mercedes Benz CLA Project. Casey has also created a brand for himself. His USA loving, stop motion, I can build anything I will do anything attitude has purpelled his art and made him one of the most sought after film makers you’re gonna find today. People love him. People copy him. People are inspired by him. Despite his success with campaigns for Nike and Mercedes Benz, 90% of what made Casey who he is, is his story telling ability and his brand. Almost everything he is most certainly proud of, he films is on Canon point and shoots. Film quality doesn’t matter. What matters is his stories, how he tells them, how he adds his brand to them. It’s how you know his films, his Vine videos and his commercials are Casey Neistat flims, and no one elses.

Today, being an artist is more than just the art you create. Should it be that way? Fuck no. But it is. Everyone is a musician. Everyone is a writer. Everyone is a photographer. Everyone is a film maker. Sometimes what you’re creating isn’t enough. Sometimes that one story you wrote, or that song you made that everyone loves, or that photograph you shot is a hint. A hint that there is a niche meant for you that you can exploit and grow into that you didn’t even know was desired by you or anyone that wanted it. You don’t have to be so accessable to be successful. You can be niche. You can create a brand for yourself. When you realize that, and embrace it, you and your art will automatically create a brand everyone will notice, then, you can grab the reins and ride the shit out of it.

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YOU DON’T LIKE SELFIE’S? WELL I DO AND HERE’S WHY

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Urbandictionary.com’s definition of a ‘Selfie’

 “A picture taken of yourself that is planned to be uploaded to Facebook, Myspace or any other sort of social networking website. You can usually see the person’s arm holding out the camera in which case you can clearly tell that this person does not have any friends to take pictures of them so they resort to Myspace to find internet friends and post pictures of themselves, taken by themselves. A selfie is usually accompanied by a kissy face or the individual looking in a direction that is not towards the camera.

I take a lot of photo’s of myself. A lot. Probably more in one week than most people do in one month, but I’m ok with that. You see, the thing is, I’m a photographer, so part of me can’t help it; like people who swear a lot or sex addicts. I think the main reason though is that anytime I’m with friends and family or I’m traveling, I’m always the one with the camera. I’m always there taking those great shots of you at your wedding, or your 50th birthday or your trip to Las Vegas. Everyone one I know has amazing photo’s of themselves and the places they’ve traveled to and the important events in their lives, because I’m always there to take them. They know they don’t have to. It’s fine, I don’t mind, I enjoy it, but most people never stop and ask if I want my picture taken.

I get a lot of shit from people asking me why I’m always taking pictures of myself and how I really must like myself a lot. It actually hurts a lot when people think that, because all I want to do is share the great moments of my life with my friends and family just the same way that they do.

Derek Zoolander (not an actual person)

I don’t think most peoples beef with selfie’s is the fact that it’s an uncomfortably close-up shot of someones face, I think it has more to do with the fact that when people take photo’s of themselves by themselves, they all end up looking like the Zoolander calendar. Same stupid face with zero consideration to where they are or what’s in the background. Their ‘selfie’ isn’t telling a story or documenting anything other than the fact that they still have that big nose or shit eating grin.

When I take a photo of myself I like to keep ‘myself’ secondary and what’s behind me and in front of me the center of attention so that you know exactly where I am and what I’m doing, what story I’m trying to tell.

A lot of people also ask me ‘why are you always wearing sunglasses when you take photo’s of yourself?’ that’s an easy one. Because when you take a selfie and you’re looking directly into the camera it’s just fucking weird, and when you look away it looks like you’re pretending you don’t know that you’re taking a picture of yourself. I’m not sure which one looks worse, but wearing sunglasses solves both of these problems.

I personally enjoy’s the photo’s people take of themselves. They have more sole and personality. It seems the collective opinion is that most people hate Instagram photo’s of your food, or those six photo’s of your dog you just posted in a row trying to catch a frisbee; and don’t get me wrong, your new baby is cute, but it would be nice if you took a picture of something else once and a while.

Hopefully my story has given you some insight into why I shoot the kinds of photo’s I do and perhaps also given you a few tips on how to make your own photo’s more intersting.

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UP IN THE AIR: MY FIRST PORTFOLIO BOOK AND WHY IT’S SO IMPORTANT TO ME

 

I flew for the first time when I was twenty years old. I flew one time, one way, and that was it. Portland, Oregon, was the destination. I would not see the sky again for almost ten years. I’m not sure why I didn’t fly again, I just didn’t. Perhaps I was caught up in the hustle and bustle of being in my early twenties discovering who I was. Maybe it was college or my career; whatever the excuse, traveling was absolutely, one-hundred percent not on my radar. And neither was photography.

“I had never seen anything so mesmerizing. Back then, photography wasn’t but a thought in my mind.”

Fast forward almost a decade and I meet my wife, who has traveled all over the world. I’ve met a lot of people in my life, but for some reason she was the one who got me interested in traveling. First stop: Las Vegas, Nevada. We couldn’t have picked a more scenic and beautiful city to fly to. I remember so clearly what it was like to see the clouds break at 30,000 feet and below, witnessing the orange, red and brown desert and mountains of the western United States peak through. I had never seen anything so mesmerizing. Back then, photography wasn’t but a thought in my mind. Sure I had taken classes in high school and learned to develop my own film, but nothing really ever came of it. Until that moment. I couldn’t get my camera out fast enough; back then a five megapixel Kodak point and shoot. Nevertheless, I started shooting away. I think that was the moment I became a photographer.

Chicago, Illinois

Arizona Desert

Dominican Republic

Younge-Dundas Square Toronto, Ontario

Mt. Hood, Oregon

If you’ve ever visited my website www.martinmoorephotography.com or anything that shows my biography, it goes a little something like this: “I started shooting pictures just like everyone else, and what started as a hobby, slowly grew into a full blown passion. To me, capturing the aesthetics of the world we live in is natural, and wherever, and whenever I shoot, I strive to create something profound and unique.” I never could pinpoint when photography found me, but like I said, if I had to guess it was on that flight to Las Vegas. That day not only did I fall in love with traveling and being up in the air, but I fell in love with photography too.

This book is not only a portfolio of the work I’ve done over the past five years, but also a pictorial biography of the places to which I’ve traveled. My hope is that who ever is flips through these pages finds the same excitement and joy looking through the photos that I’ve taken, in hope that they might recognize them as places they have traveled to as well.


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I’M HEADED TO ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO: AND ‘BREAKING BAD’ MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE SOMETHING TO DO WITH IT

If you don’t like ‘Breaking Bad’ it’s already time for you to get the hell out, you’ve overstayed your welcome. You make up 0.00000000001% of people who just don’t like something 99.9999999999% of people do. It’s not your fault, but you’re gonna have a rough life trying to explain to people what your deal is.

Now, on to my adventure. This summer my wife and I are headed to Albuquerque, New Mexico. You may or may not know but that is also the city ‘Breaking Bad’ was filmed. Now I know what you’re thinking, ‘You like Breaking Bad as much as the next guy but you wouldn’t plan a whole trip to Albuquerque just because a show you liked (a lot) was filmed there;’ and you would be right, we aren’t going to Albuquerque just because Breaking Bad was filmed there, but we ARE going to to Las Vegas, Nevada for five days and Southwest has an $89 flight from LAS to ABQ. So you can see the pickle we’re in.

© ColoradoSkiHistory.com

Now Albuquerque, New Mexico has a lot of cool stuff to offer. Besides about five casinos, great food, ton’s of Native American history and being just 45min from Santa Fe, Albuquerque also features the Sandia Peak Tramway, a 10,000ft. + climb on the third longest and highest tram that will make the hardest of hard asses shit their pants. Then, there is also places like Twisters.

Twisters is a little chicken joint on the outskirts of Albuquerque, some of you may know it as Los Pollos Hermanos. They have the ‘Heisenberg Booth’ and a few other neat things inside the restauraunt reminicent of the famous chicken brothers fast food restauraunt.

Twisters aka ‘Los Pollos Hermano’

There is also of course the Walter White House, Hanks and Marie’s House, Jesse’s house, Crossroads Motel and the car wash just to name a few. Here is a link to the self guided tour. http://imgur.com/gallery/MfFcu

So, my wife and I love new cities and experiences just as much as the next guy but Albuquerque, New Mexico was never really on the bucket list. After stumbling upon Southwests $89 flight there on our way home from Las Vegas and finding out all these places from Breaking Bad were available to check out, we decided to head there for a couple days before we headed home. Hopefully it’s cool, if not at least we will get some good fried chicken and knock New Mexico off the list. Eat your heart out Walter White.

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50 BY 50: MY GOAL TO SEE ALL 50 UNITED STATES BY 50, AND HOW I’M GOING TO DO IT

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My Goal To Visit All 50 United States By 50 And How I’m Going To Do It.tin Moore

I few years ago I bumped paths with a trucker and we got talking about travel and how he had been to all 50 of the United States of America. Now that may or may not sound impressive to you, but to me, it was something I instantly wanted to accomplish. I started thinking about how the United States had one of, if not THE most diverse set of landscapes anywhere in the world, all accessible without a passport. Alaska, Texas, the Florida Keys, the Nevada Desert, the Rocky Mountains, Pacific Coast, New England, the Midwest, the Gulf Coast, Hawaii. There is nowhere else in the world were you can visit that array of landscapes coupled with the culture and people that come along with it, and it’s all right out our front doors ready to be seen.

“It’s easy to forget how big the United States of America is; the third largest country in the world just under Canada and Russia.”

Just the logistics of trying to plan trips to all 50 states is enough to make it seem impossible let alone trying to do it by the time I’m 50. It’s easy to forget how big the United States of America is; the third largest country in the world just under Canada and Russia. Time is the other factor. If you were to visit one state every year from the day you were born, it would take you until you were 50 years old, so since we only have so many holidays we can take per year, visiting multiple states per year to achieve this goal is a commitment.

Napa Valley, California

Graceland — Memphis, Tennessee

French Quarter — New Orleans, Louisiana

Map in my office. Red Pins=Places Traveled. White Pins=Places to go.

I have a map in my office that is a constant reminder of my goal. This year I turn 34 which also marks the half way point of 25 states with my upcoming trips to Texas, Utah, Kentucky and New Mexico. One of the problems I never foresaw was what do I do about all the states I really don’t give a shit about? Nebraska, Kansas, Delaware, Iowa? What am I going to do in Iowa? Spending money to travel to places I have no real interest in was another road block I didn’t plan on having to confront; then I found away around it, add a trip within a trip.

This August my wife and I are traveling to Las Vegas, Nevada. New Mexico and Utah have never been on my radar to travel to solely, but when I stumbled upon an $89 flight from LAS to Albuquerque on Southwest I said “why not?” After a little research and discovering Albuquerque had a lot to offer and Santa Fe was only an hours drive away, I decided to tack on three extra days to our trip and visit New Mexico. What to do about Utah? Well, it turns out Zion Nation Park in Utah was also only a three hour drives from Las Vegas and one of the best National Parks in the country. Since we will already have a car while in Las Vegas we will spend a whole day there as well. adding side trips into a main trip not only makes your travel even more adventurous, but it also makes achieving a goal as grand as this one more accessible.

So incase you were wondering what States I HAVE been to, here is the list so far in absolutely no particular order:

  1. Washington
  2. Oregon
  3. California
  4. Idaho
  5. Nevada
  6. Montana
  7. Arizona
  8. Texas
  9. North Dakota
  10. Minnesota
  11. Wisconsin
  12. Michigan
  13. Iowa
  14. Illinois
  15. Indiana
  16. Missouri
  17. Arkansas
  18. Tennessee
  19. Mississippi
  20. Louisiana
  21. Ohio
  22. New York
  23. Florida
  24. Kentucky (May 2014)
  25. Utah (August 2014)
  26. New Mexico (August 2014)

Houghton, Michigan

Las Vegas, Nevada

Pacific Ocean — Oregon Coast

So what do I do about the other 50 States? Next fall my wife and I are planning to fly into Washington D.C. and from there spend two weeks seeing the entire New England area and upper east coast. The best part about the upper east coast is that each major city is only a few hours from the next, which makes getting to them particularly easy once you’re already there.

“It will be the trip of a life time.”

We start our trip off in Washington D.C., Baltimore, Maryland; Philadelphia, Pennslyvania; Arlington, Virginia and Delaware. After that we head to Atlantic City, New Jersey and NYC for a few days. Then, New Haven, Connecticut; Providence, Rhode Island; Boston, Massachusetts; Maine, Manchester, New Hampshire and Vermont. It will be the trip of a life time and I really cannot wait to meet the people, see the sites and experience life in the upper east coast.

Arizona Desert

Bridge of the Gods, Washington

Magnolia, Mississippi

Sailing — Key West, Florida

Julien Dubuque Bridge — Dubuque, Iowa

San Antonio, Texas

I’m not sure If I’ll ever reach my goal of seeing all 50 States by the time I’m 50 years old, but I damn well am gonna try. I’ve always encouraged people to travel because there is something about being out of your element; meeting new people, trying new food and seeing and experiencing new things. The United States has a lot to offer with it’s people, it’s beauty and it’s history and culture.

I’ve always said I’m saving Alaska and Hawaii as my last two. Alaska will be number 49. There are some incredible cruises you can take up to Alaska from Seattle which I think would be an incredible experience. Hawaii will be my last state. Why you ask? Because it’s Hawaii, what better way to go out.

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TRIBUTE TO CARING 2014

Every year I donate my time and shoot ‘Tribute to Caring,’ an event that is held every year to raise money to help underwrite free mammogram screenings, cancer health education programs, financial assistance to patients in need and related health services with a special emphasis given to women and minority populations. This years event was held at the InterContinental Hotel in Milwaukee.

Being surrounded by such nobel people who have donated their time, money and efforts for this cause is always extremely humbling, and I am honored that they have chosen me year after year to photograph their event.Each year the “Tribute To Caring” event consists of a dinner, silent auction and runway show. Again all of the proceeds help underwrite free mammogram screenings and other breast cancer related services to women and minority populations.

These are a few of the many great shots I captured during the runway show at the InterContinental Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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