My Shot Lists for Travel is an app created by travel photographer, author and international guide Ralph Velasco.

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My Shot Lists for Travel creator Ralph Velasco

“I created My Shot Lists for Travel because I needed it and nothing of its kind existed in this format before.  The iPhone is something that’s with me all the time and I’d had enough of carrying around a sheet of paper and pen with my shot list on it.  Having a customizable shot list in my pocket is an invaluable tool.”

~ Ralph Velasco


Ralph is a travel photography instructor and international guide who has photographed in over 50 countries on 6 continents.  He’s the author of “Ralph Velasco On Travel Photography: 101 Tips for Developing Your Photographic Eye & More” as well as the creator of the My Shot Lists for Travel app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch®.  His newest eBook is called “Essence of a Place: A Travel Photographer’s Guide to Using a Shot List for Capturing Any Destination” and in it Ralph expands on the shot list concept.

Ralph was selected one of the “Top 100 Travel Photographers in the World for 2014” and chosen   “Open Photographer of the Year” for two years in a row by the Professional Photographers of Orange County.  Recently he was selected one of the Top 10 Travel Photography Bloggers by USA Today’s 10best.com.  He’s also the founder of The Photography Boot Camp, and consumer advocate and National Geographic Traveler columnist Christopher Elliott selected this blog as one of the “11 Best New Travel Blogs of 2011.”  RalphVelasco.com was also selected one of the Best Travel Blogs of 2012 by Washington Flyer.

Tours Ralph Has Led Around the World

  • Spain
  • Turkey
  • The Adriatic
  • Morocco
  • Mexico
  • Tuscany
  • Central Europe
  • Bhutan
  • Nepal
  • Iceland
  • Cambodia
  • Chicago
  • San Francisco
  • San Diego
  • Death Valley
  • Joshua Tree
  • People-to-People programs to Cuba

Teaching Experience

  • Saddleback College
  • Santa Ana College
  • REI Outdoor School
  • Julia Dean Photo Workshops
  • U.C. Irvine Extension
  • City of San Juan Capistrano
  • Irvine Fine Arts Center
  • City of Newport Beach
  • City of Orange
  • Calumet Photo

Speaking Engagements

  • TBEX – Travel Bloggers Exchange (Lloret de Mar, Spain)
  • 4th Annual IOETI Conference (Cairo, Egypt)
  • The Travel & Adventure Shows
  • New York Times Travel Show
  • REI Stores
  • Orange County Fair
  • Distant Lands Travel Store
  • Irvine Fine Arts Center
  • The Circumnavigators Club
  • Various Meetups and Camera Clubs

Past and Present Memberships

  • Photographic Society of Orange County
  • Photographic Society of America
  • Travel Photographers Network
  • Visit Newport Beach
  • Professional Photographers of Orange County
  • The Circumnavigators Club

Professional Exhibits

  • Whittier Law Library
  • Newport Beach Public Library
  • Newport Beach City Hall
  • Bistango Restaurant and Gallery
  • Balboa Island Artwalk
  • Santiago Artwalk

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