The clock is beginning to run out on the year 2021 and that means it is about time for my annual post on my Top Travel Photos of the year. To be completely honest, when the year started, my hope was that this post would be filled with wonderful pictures from my autumn trip to Egypt, Jordan, and Israel. However, the COVID-19 curse put a dent in my travel plans once again and left me scrambling to change my travel plans this autumn. As frustrating as it was to have to push back my trip, I was extremely blessed to be able to go on several incredible adventures this past year. From those adventures, I was able to capture several great photographs that I am very happy with. The purpose of this annual post is to share these photographs with you in the hopes that it inspires you to plan your next big adventure.
If you’re a budding mobile phone photographer, you’re probably already well versed in most editing apps. It’s not all about apps and editing software, though. A lot of what goes into photography happens before the click, and it’s really handy stuff to keep in mind as you go about your photographic journey.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Like all photography, and all things in life really, travel photography takes time and practice to really become good at it. Inevitably, you will run into some bumps along the road. I have met experienced photographers who have been shooting for decades who have told me that even they have to discard shots because of issues.
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.
In this tutorial, I am going to walk you thru some of the most fundamental and basic edits that you can make to your photographs to show you a workflow that you can use to help improve the wonderful vacation photos that you take.