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6 OUTDOOR GEMS FROM EGYPT by Amr Tahtawi

This is a Practical Guide for Travellers Who wants to get the best out of Their visit to Egypt. Coasts, Canyons, Oasis, Hot springs, mountain ranges, virgin diving and snorkelling spots or even Caves, You name it!

Siwa Oasis
SIWA OASIS, QESM SIWAH, MATROUH GOVERNORATE, EGYPT

One of the best kept secrets in Egypt's western deserts, stunning mysterious of all Egypt's oasis. A Place Where kiss sky surreal and magical nature outdoor beauty everywhere you go. Let alone the fascinating ancient pharaonic temples and hot spots like Cleopatra bath, Where the timeless queen herself used to enjoy bathing. The stunning desert landscapes Instantly will hook you and leave you speechless. Make sure to enjoy a Bicycle ride around esta truly unique region, visit the impressive remains of the ancient fortress town of Shali and maybe one of the beautiful own locally traditional handicrafts.

Marsa Alam
MARSA ALAM, QESM MARSA ALAM, RED SEA GOVERNORATE, EGYPT

Famous for it's beautiful virgin Diving and snorkelling locations and superb beach and clear fresh air. Located far enough from the city to give you the feeling of different planet and take you back in time with the sea shore Camping with the beautiful cool breeze.

Nuweiba
NUWEIBA, QESM DAHAB, SOUTH SINAI GOVERNORATE, EGYPT

The Gem of eastern Sinai Peninsula, shines all year long. Splash and party all day long feast + + star gazing all night long. The cost line of esta region is almost Entirely With Peaceful covered huts and friendly Bedouins. The Sea in front of you and behind the Canyons, you choose your adventure.

St. Catherine
ST CATHERINE, QESM SHARM ASH SHEIKH, SOUTH SINAI GOVERNORATE, EGYPT

One of the best places to explore mountain ranges Egypt has to offer. Perfect for camping, star gazing and snowy outdoors in the winter specially from december to january and above all a holy land 'Moses' with divine greenery spilled around on the rocky lands. 

White Desert
FARAFRAH, NEW VALLEY GOVERNORATE, EGYPT

Most justifiably one of the well- known desert destination in Egypt yet it present itself with fresh new look and feel for every visit you take there. The Amount of unearthly and beautiful wind-carved rock formations shaped in the form of giant mushrooms and chicken is unmatched to any desert in the world. It's amazing to enjoy a lot of tours and safaris in esta 300 kilometers protectorate.

Alexandria
ALEXANDRIA GOVERNORATE, EGYPT

Well known Alexandria outdoors is so cozy and dreamy specially in "The Montazah" His Majesty Farouk Where area, king of Egypt used to stay When I wanted to relax. This all-year-Mediterranean thrilling costal city will take your breath away, just let it all to the sea and friendly helpful people there, let alone it's only 2:30 away from Cairo.

2014 stands.. by Amr Tahtawi

Land, Sea & Air ( click the photo above for a close-up experience )

Looking back at 2014 as it ended few days ago I stand in gratefulness of how beautiful, creative, inspiring and fun this year was for me!

I stood 1200 time to briefly capture a memory i’d like to keep for myself and it turned out i have plenty that i decided to share some ( 50 images ) with the world as a motivating vibe to a more awesome year ahead. I’m very excited to see the adventures, happiness and inspiration 2015 has to offer me and my loved ones and of course to announce several great news soon (stay tuned travellers. you'll love it ;). 

Some of my Brief captured moments :

1- Eating French-made dessert in a french park early morning.
2- Riding an old vintage bike while cycling around SIWA.
3- The moment i bought La Alhambra tickets and held them in my hands with awe.
4- Happiness rush moment while mountaineering on "Sefsafa" mountain.
5- Standing in front of that ALIVE sunflower bouquet in my walk around Paris.
6- Enjoying a quiet moment in a boat alone in the Nile river.
7- Stepping inside Euro Disney with excitement and freedom.
8- Getting ready for Egypt Photo Summit 2014 event 4 hours before opening.
9- Enjoying unreal landscapes in white desert, Egypt
10- Mentoring some of my favorite students inside a very oriental timeless location in Old Cairo.

A big THANK YOU to all my friends and fans who gave me positive vibes and helped me be more creative and be part of the amazing Egyptian and global photography community.

Happy byebye to 2014. WELCOME 2015!

6 UNTOLD TIPS FOR BETTER TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY by Amr Tahtawi

I’ve read many lists online giving “traveling photographer tips” that didn’t appear to be written by real practicing traveling photographers for passionate, aspiring travellers and photographers. Here’s some personal tips learned from my 6 years of travel experience on the road. I hope they work for you: 

1- Experience life itself, first!

Shot by my partner  Bassi Hamid  while scouting Spanish coast of  Malaga .

Shot by my partner Bassi Hamid while scouting Spanish coast of Malaga.

It's a common misuse of our artistic skills as traveling photographers to just start firing the shutter once you've reached a new destination instead of experiencing it in the first place, understanding it and enjoying it. One way to help you kill this habit is to Scout any given location for a better, fresh angles and moods that gives your photographs a unique, fresh look and feel.

2- Connect and make new friends as a person, not as a camera

Photographing people in far away foreign countries brings some challenges, tension, language barriers, and unfamiliar customs. But when you’re abroad, it’s most important just as at home to gain trust of others and this will allow you to photograph Local people rather than tourists as they really are in their shops, favorite hangouts, and even their homes. Always emit a positive vibe and approach your subjects not as a camera but as a person - Let your smiling face be the first thing they see and ask permission to shoot when you feel it’s right.

It's always a good idea to Learn a few complimentary words like "beautiful", "wonderful" and "Thank you" to help people feel comfortable and look natural in front of a camera.

3- Shoot in "Themes"

"Downtown Cairo" is a series of themed shots i took for Cairo's amazing downtown architecture. Click on thumbnails above for the full story behind each shot

"Themes" will improve your story-telling skill through the lens and help you focus on what interest you as a traveling photographer and you won’t feel overwhelmed by wanting to capture it all at once.

Themes can be created daily with a fresh one everyday or per the whole trip duration and you can change it anytime. So, if you are shooting architectural beauty in Andalusia and the perfect street portrait came up, shoot that too. My point is that when you discover a new place, it’s impossible to absorb everything in a few days and that's where "Themes" help.

4- Travel Light

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If it's a country you're visiting for the first time with no photo plans in mind, never pack everything you "think" you need. Take only the essentials, two lenses: 1 zoom + 1 prime lens or 1 wide + 1 zoom. This extremely comes handy if you plan to do some hiking or trekking and it help you focus and live the moment more than you think.

5- Keep it Natural

One of the most influential and inspiring photographers of all time, Henri Cartier Bresson never used flash in his photographs. A practice he saw “impolite…like going to a concert with a pistol in your hand” learn how to use the beauty of natural light and enjoy it before you jump to buy that latest expensive flash.

6- Don’t stop Traveling

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A good travel photographer must keep his/her portfolio alive. Keep on traveling, and you don’t have to travel far away for “good” travel photography. Try to bring the beauty of your own local town. Travel to the other side of your city or attend the next music/Art festival to keep your craft and imagination fresh.