Travel photography incorporates many other areas of photography. Street, landscape and architecture are all part and parcel of what travel photography is.
It is the feeling of a time and place. Some images remain timeless, others reflect the moment in which it was taken, portraying the land and its people.
What Is Travel Photography
Photographing while traveling covers such a wide variety of subjects in wildly different circumstances.
Travel photographers need to have many adaptable skills and versatile nature.
Successful professional photographers need skills that far surpass photographic knowledge. They need rigorous organization, a dab hand at researching and planning.
To be outgoing and social is also an advantage. It’ll make it easier to get portraits of people you encounter on your travels.
Language knowledge can also really aid you in getting the best shots possible. There are many websites where your images can be stored and shared.
Some, such as 500px offers a platform of communication between photographers. Here, they can rank photographs and offer advice.
Traditionally travel photographers earned money through Stock photography, magazines, and commercial projects.
Nowadays, the stock photography market has become saturated. Due to this, more and more photographers are using innovative methods of earning a living.
Many photographers teach through workshops, classes and photo walks. They can also advertise on their travel blogs, and sell images through smaller, more specific clients
Travel photography is the widest photography genre. It incorporates landscapes, cityscapes, street photography and documentary.
Your style will denote what kind of images you take. Do you prefer capturing people? Are you more interested in situations?
The whole idea of showing another country through its people and places is time-consuming. But can reward you with breathtaking images.
Everyone’s idea of travel is different. Some go away for the weekend, others plan a whirlwind trip covering tens of countries in a very short period of time.
If you are the road trip kind, this article is for you. It gives you all the information on what you need to plan.
Firstly, you’ll need to figure out how to get around. Will it be your car, a rental or even hitch-hiking? Next is the route.
Break everything down into stages and steps. This way you can account for unseen mishaps and problems.
Casey Kiernan is an award-winning photographer, cinematographer. He has captured stunning time-lapse and images that can be seen all over the place.
In this review, we run through his Iceland Photography workshop. Unlike traditional photography workshops, this one took place with the use of campervans.
For all the in’s and out’s on why this workshop is highly recommended, read our review here.
Packing Your Bag
Everyone needs a checklist to pack their travel bag. I can’t leave the house without forgetting something.
Travelling requires a few more items than your keys, wallet, and – I’m sure there was something else.
Pack an item, check it off. If you don’t have it, figure out if it’s necessary or not.
Think about where you are going, and do they have the things you might need to buy? And don’t forget to update your list after each trip.
Always picture the worst case scenario, and have a backup plan. Two if you are super organized and/or anxious.
As a travel photographer, you’ll be constantly moving around. A heavy backpack full of equipment will get tiring, very fast.
Learning how to capture travel photography with minimal equipment is a blessing. That way, you’ll enjoy your journey much more.
Think about your lenses. Perhaps one or two non-fixed focal length (zoom) lenses are much better than five fixed (prime) ones.
And don’t take anything you might not use. It is a waste of space.
We all try to take too much stuff. The general idea for clothes is to lay out only the bare minimum and then halve it.
Too many times have I traveled with someone who doesn’t follow this rule. Then they ask me to carry their bag. You can imagine my response.
Reduce your stuff as you don’t want to carry it everywhere. Pack your camera equipment first, and then clothes if you have any space left.
And use your clothes to pad your equipment. Socks over lenses work great.
Read here for more great packing hacks to get you started on the right foot.
Essential tools for your journey cover you and your camera gear. It is so difficult to get out and photograph if you don’t have the right accessories or clothing.
Etip gloves allow you to use your camera and smartphone without taking them off. Good shoes or hiking boots mean you are prepared for any occasion.
The only place you won’t want them is at the beach. So take flip flops too.
Our extensive guide gives you more items that you and your travel photography will benefit from.
There are thousands of camera bags out there. Some are specifically designed for different genres.
Here, we have grouped together the 45 best travel camera bags that you can find. Our post covers 15 different topics.
No matter the area of travel photography, you’ll find something. Portability, carry-On, and heavy protection are just a few you will see.
On your travels, you are likely to come across the genre of urban photography. Here, you’ll find urban exploration, street, and nighttime photography.
What you might need for these areas may differ from regualr daytime shooting. For one, low light conditions warrant the need for a tripod.
You can incorporate light painting if you have an external light source. Or even capture more of the environment by using a wide angle lens.
Read here for all the essential gear items to ensure you don’t miss that moment.
The best travel camera is the one you will want to use as much as you can. A DSLR might be too heavy and cumbersome for a short city trip.
But, you may decide that the extra quality and range of lenses are needed on a longer trip.
There are many types of cameras to use. And each one has its advantages and specific purpose.
Read our article here on all the help you’ll need.
An ideal travel camera is versatile, lightweight and takes great photographs. There is no space or time or anything else.
A DSLR is a go-to camera for capturing high-dynamic range images and even video. Mirrorless systems also have their place as they are super silent.
Perfect for those candid street photos, or shooting those monks during their daytime prayer.
You might decide that an action camera (like a Go-Pro) is also helpful. You would be right, but be careful of that wide angle. Getting-in-close will be your action word.
All three systems have their place, and now it just depends on what you will capture. Or just get all three.
A camera bag needs to have quick access. Travel photography is going to require you to stay on your toes and keeping your eyes open.
It’s a wide world out there, with ever-changing landscapes and scenarios.
It needs to protect your gear, maybe even stop water getting to your very expensive equipment.
You would also benefit from having something that doesn’t scream ‘tourist carrying very expensive equipment‘.
Read our article here for the best choices of bags, covering all needs and circumstances.
A tripod helps you capture long exposures and stops movement in low light conditions. It also allows your arms a little rest while keeping your camera safe.
I know, they can be heavy and a burden when you don’t need them. Yet, there are lightweight carry-on choices that can fit in your bag.
You also don’t have to take it with you on your daily scouting sessions. But it is there when you need it. Better to have it and not use it than the alternative.
Read here for more information on tripod choices for all your travel photography needs.
You and your travel photography will benefit from accessories. You might be in a place where buying an extra battery is either not possible or very expensive.
Grab an alternative system before you go. Make sure you have something with you to take off that tripod plate you forgot about.
It could save you, and won’t make your trip about that photograph you DIDN’T take.
The other 19 accessories are here, so dive in and let’s get equipped.
How To Start
Your camera settings are going to come down to your subject.
What are the light conditions? How do I want to portray it/them? Is it dark already?
These are the things that denote whether you are photographing with low shutter speeds. Or a high f/stop. Perhaps both
The ISO shouldn’t stray too far from 100, if at all. The quality of your image is paramount.
By all means, use Aperture Priority (A/Av) or Shutter Priority (S/Tv) to make it easier. But try and utilize manual above all else.
Your photography style separates you from every other travel photographer. Believe me, there are thousands who fit into this category.
Finding your style will take time and practice. It isn’t something you can develop overnight.
There are many areas that your photography style will form. Perhaps you use the same specific mood or feel. Or concentrate on the same color range.
Some photographers are noticeable by the camera angles they use. If someone recognizes your images without seeing your name on it, you’re on the right path.
Travel photography is not about your camera. It isn’t even about where you are.
It is about the stories you tell with your captured images. The way you take these stunning images is through research.
Researching your location will let you know what is available to photograph. And the best time to capture it.
Going deep into a culture lets you see all of its inner workings. This lets you experience foods and areas that tourists are not privy to.
Read our article for the other eight rules of travel photography.
Now you have the gear, know how to pack and planned your first road trip, there are a few other things to look at.
How are you going to capture all these places you encounter? One tip suggests not being afraid of photographing people.
The residents of an area can be just as important as the scenery. Read the other nine tips here.
Traveling safely with your camera ensures you can enjoy yourself and keep photographing.
Having an item or camera stolen can really put a dent in your experience and your budget. Insurance could be a viable option.
By covering up your cameras’ brand and model, you can really deter thieves looking to take your gear. This is best done using black tape.
Using padded cases makes sure that your camera and lenses are protected against all knocks they will encounter.
This is a great way to keep your lenses in and out of your bag for your extra protection. You can also use them separately on a strap or belt.
How to stay safe while traveling should be the most important aspect of your photography.
This is how you ensure that you enjoy the place you’re in for the time that you are.
Hurting yourself is the fastest way to ensure a diminishing comfort level. You want to photograph for as long as you can in each area.
Read our article here on the most important travel tips to keep you safe.
Your aim, whether you’re photographing to keep or to sell, is to return home with stellar photographs.
We have 10 tips that can really help you get the most out of your travel photography.
People are key here. They have the potential to give your viewers a sense of their culture, and therefore, their location.
The subtlety of hinting within travel photography creates interest.
Read more to learn the other 14 tips to help you take stunning images of your travels.
From stepping out into the wide world, you’ll find yourself photographing more than usual. Some of the images you want to take will be in low light conditions.
They could be scenes of inside buildings or shots of when the sun goes down. You’ll need a tripod if you want to keep the resolution high.
It is also a perfect chance to work with the little amount of light you do have. think about long exposures of motion blur, or contrasted, low-key portraits.
You can, of course, be a travel photographer without fancy locations and a huge kit bag. It might be a well deserved holiday you decide to capture a few shots.
Even then, your photography will look much better with a few tips behind them. Choosing the right spot to photograph first is the number one tip.
You might also find that waking up and shooting before everyone else gets there is the way to go.
If you’re headed toward the city, then this article is for you. You’ll find great tips for short trips, or extended stays.
Knowing the best time to shoot for the city you are going to it the number one tip. The sun might be best at 3 pm when it hits just right.
For me, it is being able to research areas I can capture from, providing a new frame or perspective. You’ll find great tips here.
Travel photography blogs serve as great inspiration for us photographers out there. You can see what other people are up to.
Not only do they show what is possible in other locations. They also show you, almost real time, where that specific photographer is.
This can serve as a great aid in your photography. How? You can ask them questions and talk to them about what they learned from each place.
Read our 16 best travel photography blogs for 2019.
You can literally go anywhere in the world and take photographs. And if you use a few basic compositional rules, you are halfway there.
Perhaps your scope is too big and you need to refine it. This list is here to do just that. Every different country, every different culture will offer you something different.
Be it landscape, food or architecture. Think about what you are interested in, research and research some more.
When is the best time to go, and how do I get there? These are the questions you should be asking yourself.
There are some places in the world that are the most famous and important for photographers.
It might be down to the sites’ significance. Or that the areas are stunningly beautiful, and offer a remnant of a former time.
Utah Park is a National Park that Ansel Adams made famous. Stonehenge, well…is Stonehenge.
For the other 10 locations, you need to delve into our article.
Some places are known for their architecture. Most of them show up in the film The Fall. They provide a visual playground, making photography a must.
For the ten best locations, read our article here. Then get packing already.
Japan is one of those mystical places. It feels very Western while still holding a sense of an older time. It is both traditional and futuristic at the same time.
For some travel photographers, Japan is placed on a pedestal as one of the best places to capture. It is a haven for interesting food and neon scenes.
Here, we have 20 images for your perusal. Next thing to do is book a ticket. Oh and read our Guide To Photography Etiquette in Japan.
Europe is a beautiful place to photograph. Namely, because there are so many different forms of architecture in such small areas.
Famous places are, well, for lack of a better word, famous. Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower, and The Brandenburg Gate are all world renown.
This means people travel from all around the world to see and photograph these delights.
Capturing these sites are becoming more and difficult to capture in unique ways.
You’ll need our article here for the best tips and practices.
From Venice Beach to The Getty Centre.
From Central Park to Times Square.
From Shinjuku to Hamarikyu Gardens.
Japan, like anywhere else on the planet, has a photography etiquette that should be followed when capturing images.
Every country has customs and rules to follow, and due to their culture and history, Japan has some that you might not have considered.
Some are common sense, such as asking for permission if photographing people up-close. Others, are specific to locations. In Japan, some areas have banned selfie sticks for example.
Read through our list to make sure you are doing everything you can to stick to these guidelines.
From the Palace of Westminster to St. James’ Park.
From The Eiffel Tower to Aligre Market.
From Academia Bridge to Burano.
From Trevi Fountain to the Piazza del Popolo.
From El Born Barrio to Sitges.
From Rijksmuseum to The Royal Palace.
From Széchenyi Thermal Baths to the Budapest Parliament.
Taking It Further
A shot list is a helpful reminder to ensure you get a wide range of images. No matter where you go, you will have the same or a similar list.
People, going about their daily life or capturing food. these things exist in almost any residential areas.
Research your location, write down your list and use it. This way you leave knowing what you have and what you need.
Carnivals are a type of event that happens worldwide. From Brazil and Mexico, through to Venice and Thailand.
Each one is slightly different in size, magnitude, length, and mise en scène. Even the meaning will have a different base or concept.
This street, documentary and event style photography needs tips to capture effectively.
You can read our list of the most important tips here.
Using specific techniques for travel photography can help you to create interesting images. Changing your perspective is an approach that many photographers miss.
Getting high changes the scene to something more dramatic and special as we rarely see the world this way. Use a drone or find a high vantage point.
Unusual angles also create interest as the viewers will stay stuck to your image trying to work out what it is. Great for abstract or fine art photography.
Read here for more techniques to use in the field.
If you feel stuck in a rut, and find yourself photographing the same topic in the same style, you need a jump start. Go bold, or go home.
Go and photograph something that might shock the viewers, and even scare you.
A volcano, for example, is something, not all travel photographers capture. Perhaps their sanity and survival instinct won’t allow them.
But it will set your photography apart and display your willingness to go above and beyond.
Read our article for more ideas on shocking your photography.
While traveling, you will come across many subjects where you are presented with mixed light.
This term refers to the different temperatures of light you will come across on a day’s shooting.
On a midday shoot, your images will come out a little cool. Not 90s cool, but cool with a blue tint.
This is because the daylight is coming from a blue sky. An overcast day acts as a light diffuser and will give a white light.
Want to know how to make the color a little warmer and richer? You are going to have to read our article to find out.
There will be times where you want to record yourself while traveling. Either for memories or for proof you were in a specific place.
What to do if you were on your own? How do you manage to capture yourself in a scene?
Luckily there are a few ways you can do this. The first way would be to use a tripod and a 10-second delay.
For other tips and techniques, you’ll need to read our article here.
Compositional rules exist to help create interest in your images.
These can be layered for maximum effect, turning a somewhat dull image into something awe-inspiring. Using reflections is a great place to start.
These can be in the windows of shop fronts as you photograph that Cuban street. Or they could be from pools of still water after heavy rainfall.
These repetitive images are great for the viewer as they add depth and another dimension to your subject.
More compositional ideas can be found here, in our article.
Taking photographs of yourself is an art form. Some photographers are better at it than others. Knowing how to capture yourself while traveling gives a great advantage.
Either you are recording yourself in the frame as proof you were there. Or to add your own take on a scene, making it personalized.
Read our tips here on how to take great travel photography with you in it.
Many photographers prefer to shoot in black and white. You can do this in-camera by changing the cameras’ settings.
I prefer to do it with my street photography as it stops me from becoming distracted by color. By utilizing black and white, you look at your subject and scene in a different way.
Here, you focus on the contrast of a scene. Its texture and shapes seem to pop out more. These black and white images all revert back to being color at home, giving me more choice.
Read here on why you should look at the city in black and white.
Photographing people on your travels adds story elements to a scene. They also add a sense of scale to large or difficult to gauge subjects.
They can make or break an image. Having people in a scene can change the meaning of a scene easily. ~Although, they aren’t always the easiest to capture.
Our article runs through how you can capture pictures of strangers easily.
As a travel photographer, you are documenting the people and places you visit. Each new location brings forth new moods, feelings, light, people and visual elements.
With most areas of photography, research is key. This lets you know what you can expect in each new area.
Knowing what to expect means you can change your camera and personal gear accordingly. This leaves you one step ahead of other photographers.
Be prepared and start by reading our what you need to know article.
People make the place. You get a sense of culture and livelihood from the people in the scene of a photograph.
What they are wearing and doing tells you what kind of people they are. It also lets you know in what time period they exist and what area of the world.
By capturing the place and its people, you start to tell a story. This is what truly makes a travel photography image.
Look beyond that facade, and delve in deeper. See what exists behind the mask propped up for tourists.
For the most part, the people in your scenes will be going about their daily life. You won’t want them posing, as it feels unnatural and unrealistic.
But now and again you’ll want to capture smiles. either from the people you meet traveling or those natives who add the culture and meaning to the shot.
Having a handy tip list such as our will help you break the ice. No matter the location or circumstance.
Knowing a little about cropping can really help to boost your travel photography. What you leave in is just as important as what you leave out.
Only you have the capacity to change the whole meaning of an image using this simple technique.
You could just benefit from cutting away some of the unwanted negative space around a subject.
This lets you hone into the subject, creating something more interesting. Read our thoughts here about cropping.
Remember; you can always take away from your image…but you can’t add to it.
An ND filter is an essential piece of kit to have. They allow you to capture long exposure shots in the harshest sun.
Not are they easy to assemble, but they are quick and easy to use. They can incorporate well into time-lapse projects too.
The biggest benefit is their ability to make people disappear. This can be especially helpful in very tourist heavy locations and sites.
The idea of travel is beautiful. Visiting the Eiffel Tower in all its glory must be truly elevating.
But, in reality, there are tourists who take up all the space in, under and around the monument.
It isn’t the solitary paradise you imagine. If you can’t photograph it at 5 am in the summer, then you’ll need our article here.
Just as there are great images, there will be tons of images that don’t make the cut. Some of those will be downright terrible. Don’t let this put you off.
I am yet to meet a photographer whose entire photographic history is perfect. Your images can benefit from a little insider knowledge.
Here is a list of mistakes you should learn to avoid. Number one being; don’t bring too much equipment.
If you’ve left your tripod at the hotel, you’ll find another way to stabilize your camera. Don’t rush back to the hotel and risk missing that great sunset landscape photo!
Utilizing an external hard drive is the most important way to safely store your images once they are out of your camera.
Backing up in the field means that you need to find a solution to keep your images safe, far from a computer.
Having a system that will copy your images from your memory cards means not having to buy more of them.
A week’s photographic journey could have you carrying around seven 32 GB cards.
This system is prone to losing a card, getting it dirty or accidentally wiping the wrong card. Check out our article for better alternatives.
If you find that your travel photography is a little stagnant, why not try a small documentary project. It could kick start your creativity.
When I backpacked across Thailand, I spent my time capturing street photography by documenting people, architecture and street scenes.
If I came across an area that wasn’t particularly interesting, I turned my focus towards ‘Tuk Tuk’s’. These modes of transport differed from each new city, town and village.
Looking at the areas I visited in a different way, allowed my creativity to bloom.
Train photography is a very special niche in travel photography. This might be something you aren’t interested in. But, we could prove you wrong.
Photographing trains can add very creative elements into your images. Creative blur from trains could be a story or visual element you are missing.
Capturing them with long shutter speeds allow for creative motion blur. The lines they create act as leading lines into your scene.
Read our article here, and you could use trains in some of your image processes.
Travel photography incorporates more than just documentary, street, and food photography. Landscapes can also fall under the same category.
Depending on your location, waterfalls may be prevalent. They are also very interesting subjects to capture, allowing you to harness your creativity.
As waterfalls employ the movement of water, you can freeze the action, or use a motion blur. Something like this helps to make the scene more interesting.
Read our six tips on how to capture breathtaking waterfall imagery.
The Northern lights or Aurora Borealis are lights in the sky, found in the Northern hemisphere.
They are created by the collision of gaseous particles in the Earth’s atmosphere with charged particles released from the sun’s atmosphere.
The result is fantastical green lights, often seen from Norway, Iceland and the Arctic circle, et al. Needless to say, they provide scenes for very beautiful images.
Capturing them, in all their glory, needs a few tips and tricks. You’ll find them all here, in our article.
Panoramic images are a great way to show the landscapes you encounter. This way, you are not restricted to one single perspective or view.
Many scenes will show you more than what you can capture with one lens. By using a standard lens, you also limit the distortion found with wide angle lenses.
After capturing many images on a horizontal plane, they are then stitched together. Everything you need is right here, in our article.
On your travels, you are likely to come across beaches, strands, and banks. They are great areas to show sunsets, sunrises, and possibly, stories in your work.
Beach photography needs a little consideration to capture perfectly. Our list here will give you all the tips you’ll need.
After a little research, you will capture them with interesting compositions, perspectives, and exposures.
From Mount Cook National Park to Lake Matheson.
From the Seljalandsfoss Waterfall to the Goðafoss Waterfall.
From El Capitan to Ansel Adam’s most iconic image.
Smartphone Travel Photography
Using your iPhone for travel photography has numerous benefits. The first one is that you already have one.
You don’t need to buy anything else, no expensive DSLR body and no need to stress over a prime or zoom lens.
The second most important thing is that it takes great images. With the inbuilt camera app, you can shift the focus and even add or subtract exposure values.
It is lightweight, fits in your pocket and can even house lenses if you so wish.
The iPhone is there when you need it, so no changing settings or thinking about different shooting modes. Perfect.
Many travel photographers export and capture to fill their Instagram feeds. It can be a very lucrative business, especially if that photographer has many followers.
The first step, to follow in their footsteps to capture great images. How do you do that?
Capturing for Instagram needs a few specific points to consider. Such as the square ratio that Instagram is famous for.
Read other tips we recommend you consider here, in our article.
By travelling with your iPhone, you will definitely benefit from taking advantage of a few apps. By using VSCO, you can edit your images on the move.
This simply designed app works on editing your images. You can use its presets to change effortlessly to black and white, or use sliders to create or tweak your own styles.
You can even change the color and tint of your images. VSCO also doubles up as its own social network, where professionals and amateurs alike share their snaps.
Or they can be exported to your photo library for Instagram, or any other social media platform.
Fine Art Travel Photography
Fine art landscape photographs are those that look at the scene in an artistic way. There is an underlying concept from the photographer, which comes out in the image.
This style is far from a snapshot, and can show a story or can even represent something more innate to the photographer themselves.
To create fine art landscape images, you need to consider why you look at the landscape.
What is it about the landscape that attracts you? Answering this will help you get deeper into the subject.
Fine art street photography is also something that the photographer puts a lot of themselves into.
These could be a series where a specific topic is covered. Rather than just photographing what you see, you actively seek out images that fit your idea or concept.
This could be storytelling through visual representation. Our article suggests that this intention allows you to look at the street in a different way.
It encourages you to develop your own style, which is the height of artistic characterization.
Architecture is a great subject that can benefit from a fine art representation. Great architectural images show the form, texture or shape of a building or structure.
By looking at architecture in a different way, you create fine art. The artistic element comes from stepping away from general snapshots of structures.
It looks at the meaning behind a series of images that work together. This fine art architectural photography comes from working a scene.
By moving around the subject, you start to delve deeper into the subject and are able to photograph it differently.
One area of travel photography is wildlife. Travelling is not done by sitting in a cafe, watching the world go by.
Many people will actively seek an alternative to their usual life and will visit the countryside or nature.
By looking at nature and wildlife with a concept in mind, you aim towards a fine art portrayal of what you experience.
To be considered fine art wildlife photography, your images need to be full of your own creativity.
You are not just simply documenting the landscapes and creatures you come across. But showing them in an imaginative light.
One way to accomplish this is to look for dramatic lighting.
All you need to improve your wildlife travel photograph is our article here. You’ll find 10 tips on making your images better.
First of all, make sure you are using the right settings. If you have a moving subject that you want to freeze, then use fast shutter speeds.
Change your perspective, change your position and keep on your toes.
Your travel photography might be away from the maddening crowds and tourist sites. your images could focus on wildlife, animals, and safaris.
Our guide here looks at the challenges you will encounter when capturing these photographic avenues.
You’ll find information about equipment items, how heat is going to affect your workflow and how to use weather to your advantage.
Ethical Travel Photography
Ethics are very in travel photography. As you go to any other culture or nation, it is important to respectfully and accurately portray those you photograph.
These images will have an impact on the world and have the potential to change other’s views, based on those images.
You have a responsibility to our subjects and who they reach. One way to make sure your travel photography stays as ethical as possible is to research.
By researching, you learn about their cultures and might find that photographs of women are unacceptable, for example.
Tipping is the act of giving someone money in exchange for a photograph of them. Usually, it is a local person in a local environment who adds something to the image.
It makes the image possible. But you might find these locals will ask for something, usually money, to be in your image.
To pay or not to pay, that is the question. This is something that many travel photographs will be faced with many times.
It could be that no one asks you for money, as it isn’t their custom. In this case, it’s probably not a good idea to start it.
Read our thoughts on this topic in our article here.
A fixer is basically a person who fixes something for you. Not your car, but your experience and opportunities.
They are the locals that speak the language, know the contacts and can show off the hidden highlights of a place.
Usually, these fixers have worked closely with photo and non-photographic journalists.
They can be expensive, based on their experience and their lack of competition, but are incredibly useful.
Read more here on how to source fixers for your travel photography.
A travel photographer provides imagery for the $1 trillion global tourism industry.
This might be for magazines, newspapers, and books aimed at marketing, information or documenting cultures and events.
Being a professional travel photographer means making money from your images. This can be done in multiple ways, to help you travel more and take more images.
One way is to sell your prints. The images that you capture can be sent to these publishing houses. Or you can sell them as artwork to spruce up someone’s wall.
Having a strategy for capturing the best images is just one tip from photographers who make a living from their travel photography.
This is done by researching the place or culture you want to visit and photograph. Giving yourself time to learn is important.
It allows you to be better equipped to deal with the setting or scenario. Better organization means less time needed to grab that perfect shot.
Read here for the other nine tips on how to take better images, and get paid for them.
Selling your travel photography images can be one area that photographers might overlook.
Photographers tend to be great at capturing stunning sunsets, but tend to lack the business acumen to be able to sell them.
Firstly, the images you take need to be very good. No one is going to buy a substandard image since there are many perfect images online.
Every scene is different and needs a different approach. Make sure you use the most out of your equipment.
Push the boundaries of that tripod and take images that show you know your camera inside out. People will notice that extra effort.
There are more places to sell your travel photography than ever before. It is becoming easier and easier to be a freelance travel photographer.
Flight prices drop and more avenues open up for exploration. It doesn’t matter who you are, or where you are – you can sell your images.
One thing that does matter is having your images organized. This means using an online photographic portfolio or album.
This gives the viewer, or potential buyer, all the information they need without having to chase you down.
They won’t chase you down, they will just move to the next person in line.
Read our article here for all of your travel photography selling needs.
Post-Processing Travel Images
Going from capturing your travel photography to the editing stage is a whole different ballgame.
Preferably, you would benefit from photographing in a way that helps your editing process.
Whether your photographic techniques reflect your post-processing or not, you would definitely benefit from a workflow.
This might differ somewhat between editing on the road and post-processing your images at home.
One way to keep hold of your photographic organization is to create a different Lightroom catalog for each journey.
For other great workflow tips, read our article here.
Rarely are travel photography images perfect SOOC (straight out of the camera). There will need to be some tweaking or adjustments involved.
There are many programs you can use to edit your images. Post-production is an art unto itself. Knowing how much to do is the tricky part.
For the 10 best tips, have a gander at our article here.
Lightroom is one of the best tools for post-processing. It hosts a great library system for effective image storing.
On top of that, it is simple to use the adjustment area for all modifications.
One great tip is to adjust your camera profile. This is an area that a lot of photographers overlook.
The camera profile area of the adjustment panel corrects various optical issues. These issues are commonly found with lenses, such as vignetting and distortion.
By going to the Lens Corrections tab and selecting Enable Profile Corrections, you start with a corrected image. Neato!
When it comes to editing your travel photographs, the file format you choose will have a big impact on the final outcome.
Choosing raw over jpg stores more information in the image. This allows for more play in the editing stage.
Here, you can play around with the exposure and other local adjustments. All without losing the quality of your image.
Read all of our editing tips here.
Adobe Lightroom presets are a great way to edit your photographs fast. You upload them to your Lightroom preset folder, and they are free to use them as you wish.
They adjust your image at the click of a button. Exposure values, shadows, and highlights are a few modifications that could change due to the preset.
Others are more extensive, changing the tone and colors of an image to emanate a certain atmosphere.
Here are a few free presets for you to work with to get more from your images. If you need some help installing these presets, see our article here.
Everyone knows a photographer. If they are going off on some wild or adventurous travels, this list is for you.
These gift ideas are something that photographers never plan for, yet they are super helpful.
If they are going to a place where the local language has 15 ways to say typhoon, the shutter hat is a great addition to their gear.
Small, lightweight but practical in saving your camera from rain. It goes up in seconds, faster than you can say flash flood.
Read our article for more great ideas to show them that you have their photographic back, as it were.
Do you know a photographer who never stops moving? Some of us have to keep moving to work or feel productive.
As a travel photographer, you NEED to keep going to strange and wonderful places. In this field, you can’t spend too long in one place.
For gift ideas for these voyagers, anthropologists, and globetrotters, see our article. They could even be gifts for oneself.