In the old days of photography, the underlying rule was "F8 and be there." In these days of digital auto-everything, it's basically "charge battery and be there." But if you want to aim higher, here are nine things I've learned as reporter who takes a lot of pictures and sees a lot of pro photographers at work. (I'll be sharing more at the L.A. Times Travel show Saturday and Sunday.)
Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger Mary Forgione likes to hit the dirt when she's on vacation. An avid hiker and runner, Mary likes speed-touring cities on foot and sightseeing by running marathons.