Category: General Photography

Enhance Sunset Photos in Eight Easy Steps

We have all be in the situation where we experience an absolutely amazing sunrise or sunset during our travels, snap some pictures that we cannot wait to get home and show to our family and friends, only to discover that those pictures are completely underwhelming when you get home and review them. First off, don’t beat yourself up. Not only is it not your fault as a photographer that the photographs didn’t turn out as amazing as you expected, but it is very easy to fix sunset photos that you have taken so that they look like the wonderful works of art that you were so excited to share. In this guide, I am going to walk you thru an easy-to-follow eight step process for enhancing your sunset photographs. Not only is this process easy for just about anyone to follow, but all of this editing can be done with your smartphone.

My Best Travel Photos from 2020

At the end of each year, I like to take a retrospective look back at my travels and the best travel photos that I took throughout the year. Not only does this allow me to reminisce about my year of travels, but it is also a great way to grow as a photographer. You learn a lot about what works and doesn’t work with your photography by going back and reviewing the photographs that you take. For instance, which lenses worked and didn’t work in certain situations, which photography techniques you deployed in certain situations that either enhanced your photographs or maybe didn’t work out the way that you expected. Even the bad photographs that you take can help you learn how to be a better photographer moving forward.

The Art of Travel Photography – Ten Useful Tips for Photographing Landscapes

As a travel photographer, there is a lot of subject matter that you are going to want to photograph during your travels.  This includes the wonderful people that you meet and their cultures, interesting cityscapes and buildings that you come across, beautiful wild animals that you see on safari or out exploring, and of course the beautiful landscapes that you get to enjoy.  Out of all of these subjects that travel photographers get to photograph, my favorite by far is photographing breathtaking landscapes.  There is something so moving and awe-inspiring about photographing a landscape that is so beautiful that it hardly looks real.  If you don’t know that feeling, then I would suggest you start seeking out those landscapes and start exploring them.

My Top 30 Travel Photos of 2019

When I look back at it, I think 2019 was a really good year for me for both travel and travel photography.  I was extremely blessed to visit some truly breathtaking countries and capture what I think are some really quality photographs.  As has become my tradition, at the beginning of each January I like to share with you what I believe are my best photographs from the year before.  These are photographs that I am extremely proud of and very excited to share with you.  I hope they inspire you to travel as much as other photographs that I have seen have inspired me to explore.

My Nightmare Experience Creating a Travel Photo Book with Snapfish

As an avid travel photographer, I love to take photographs when I travel.  In addition to writing about travel and sharing my photographs on this blog, I really enjoy documenting my travels with my travel photographs in photo books.  For years I have used the Snapfish website to build and print my photobooks and I have been a very happy, loyal, and satisfied customer.  However, that all changed this past holiday season and the experience was so bad that I feel obligated to share it with you in hopes that it happens to none of you.

The Art of Travel Photography – Tips for Mastering Street Photography

One of the most widely-used forms of photography practiced by travel photographers is undoubtedly street photography.  As travelers, we spend a good deal of our time traveling throughout cities, as well as small towns and villages, interacting with other people and learning about the local culture.  As visual travel story-tellers, we will often photograph our interactions and experiences in these places.

Picking up a camera and taking pictures of people and scenes within the hustle-and-bustle of a city might sound easy, but getting great photographs of these experiences that really tell an authentic story can be quite difficult.  In this guide, I am going to give you some of the top tips that I have picked up over the years for taking great street photography shots.  If you practice these tips, you should be ahead of the game in taking street photographs that tell the authentic story of your travels.

The Art of Travel Photography – Tips For Shooting in Winter and Snow

While shooting pictures of cold and snowy locations can be both fun and beautiful, it can also be very challenging.  The presence of snow can really take your pictures to another level, but it can also reek havoc with your ability to capture images correctly.

In this guide, I am going to give you some pointers on how to make your next photography venture into the land of ice and snow a success.  By following these tips, you should be able to capture some truly amazing photographs that will wow your family and friends.

The Art of Travel Photography – Tips for Taking Pictures in Low Light

We have all been in situations when traveling where we want to take a picture of something really beautiful or cool that we see, but the pictures just don’t seem to turn out because there isn’t enough light.  It can be a really frustrating feeling, I know.

Back when I first started getting into photography, I took a road trip to Banff National Park in Alberta.  Along the way, I stopped off at Glacier National Park for a day.  Glacier was a park that I had long wanted to visit because of its absolutely gorgeous vistas.

Unfortunately, it was very overcast with scattered ran on the day I was there.  Not only did this put a big damper on my hiking plans, but it made getting good pictures of the park incredibly difficult.  I was heartbroken to see the quality of my images when I got home and viewed them.  I am still bummed out about those pictures to this day.

In order to prevent something similar from happening to you, I am going to pass on to you a wealth of knowledge I have accumulated over the years on how to make the most of the limited light you might have when taking travel pictures.  So they next time you are in a dimly lit building or venturing out on an overcast day, you will be prepared.