Want Travel Tips? For Photographers? You're Definitely in the Right Place
Trip planned: Flights, Accommodation, Transport. Bam!
Got your gear ready, (carefully) selected and packed? Cool, just gotta find some space for a few clothes. As a keen photographer, I've done a modest amount of travel in my time, across various continents and lived abroad too in the far east.
If you're planning a trip anytime soon – whether across the globe or just a couple of hours away from home, no doubt it'll be geared towards taking epic pictures!
Luckily, we've got some great go-to guides prior to your travels and when you need some tips whilst away too (you'll be taking your smartphone, right?)
If there's anything I've learned, it's that different countries require different prep – kinda sounds obvious, but hear me out.
For example, as someone who lives in the UK, I don't need huge checked-in luggage, tripods, heavy wide angle lenses if I'm planning a 3-day trip to Marrakesh to photograph the markets, mosques and medinas. You get the gist here.
Let's Get to Our Top Travel Tips & Guides
Destinations – Roundups and Individual Locations Just for YOU
Here we'll show you some ideas in case you're stuck for where to prick that pin on your huge world map at home! Choosing a destination should be about pleasure, i.e. you've got to want to go there – don't photograph the Namibian Desert if anything above 75 degrees is too warm for you, just because the sand dunes are to die for.
Choose somewhere sensible but equally inspiring!
Here we've got some roundups and individual location guides.
- 10 Best Cities For Street Photography…In The World!
- 7 Unmissable Travel Destinations for Every Photographer’s Bucket List
- Western Ukraine Is The Place To Be For Photographers This Autumn
- The Remarkable Colours of Morocco: 27 Incredible Photos
- How to Select a Travel Photography Workshop: A Costa Rican Experience
- How to Avoid Clichés in Travel Shots
Culture Shock. Getting to Know People, Places & Sites
Culture to me, is one of the ultimate beauties, honors and pleasures about traveling to a new destination – whether you're photographing or just being a pure tourist soaking in the whole way of life surrounding you. Here are some top tips to guide you through this.
Culture is in itself a reason to travel. The people, the architecture, the history – learning new things and taking images of surroundings you're not used to is one of the wonderful experiences photography can offer.
Personally, I like to get away from the crowds every now and then and look for different opportunities, keep my camera handy and enjoy the journey.
- How Photographing Locals Can Give a Sense of Place in Your Travel Photography
- Use Your Social Skills For Intimate Photographs
- 15 Easy Tricks For Getting Better Photographs
Packing Smart & the Beautiful Art of Minimalism
As I mentioned before, plan ahead on this one as much as possible. There's nothing more depressing than lugging a ton of expensive gear through an airport just to find out half way through your trip, you'll likely only be using half of what you brought!
So unless you're specifically going on a trip which requires specialist and specific gear, aim to minimize your load.