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.
There is a good reason why famed movie director Peter Jackson picked numerous locations on New Zealand’s South Island to film his iconic Lord of the Rings trilogy. There are few places in this world with as many breathtaking landscapes waiting to be photographed as you will find on the South Island. From majestic glaciers to the towering mountaintops of the Southern Alps, to Milford Sound and the breathtaking fjords and sounds of Fjordland National Park, the South Island is a playground for travel photographers. From the moment you land to the moment you depart, you will not want to put your camera down.
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.
Milford Sound is one of this world’s most stunningly beautiful locations, but it can also be a very challenging location to photograph. Between heavy moisture, ever-changing weather conditions, and rocking boats, it can be difficult to come away from a visit to Milford Sound with the high-quality photographs you desire. If you aren’t prepared, you may come away from a visit to Milford Sound without any eye-popping shots, or worse yet, without any working camera equipment.
In the tenth installment of my photography planning for the trip, I am going to cover our tenth destination, which is Fox Glacier and Arthur’s Pass. I am going to outline the research I did on what the top photography locations in the Fox Glacier and Arthur’s Pass area, where it is best to photograph in those locations, which time of day it would be best to photograph the locations, and what type of photography equipment I will need to get my desired shots.
In the ninth installment of my photography planning for the trip, I am going to cover our ninth destination, which is Wanaka. I am going to outline the research I did on what the top photography locations in Wanaka are, where it is best to photograph in those locations, which time of day it would be best to photograph the locations, and what type of photography equipment I will need to get my desired shots.