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.
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.
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.
In this installment of my Art of Travel Photography series I am going to talk to you about one of the photo editing processes most commonly used by photographers today. This editing process is a bit more advanced, but I am going to illustrate the process for you in very easy to understand terms and simple to follow steps.
You can learn to predict how amazing or dramatic a sunrise or sunset will be, and I am going to show you how. With some practice, you should be able to determine just how colorful and dramatic a sunrise or sunset will be, or won’t be, just by looking at some simple weather factors. So take good notes and be prepared to WOW your family and friends with your ability to predict sunrise and sunset awesomeness!
If you have been following our blog, you know that I am a big proponent of doing the proper planning before you travel so that you get the best shots when you are there. It is a huge piece of my travel photography workflow. Sure, you’ll probably get some great shots if you just wing it, but you are likely to miss as many great shots as you get.