The Fastest Route to Becoming a Travel Photographer

The life of a travel photographer is filled with adventure, and one of most satisfying profession for your perpetual wander-lust. It seems like it is one of the easiest skills to master, because all you need is a camera and a plane-ticket right? Well, it is not easy as it looks because this domain is swarmed by a millions of creative soul, and the competition is stiff.

This little guide contains the secret-sauce to become a top-notch travel photographer in no time. As you read through every word till the end, you’ll learn what it takes to become a rock star travel photographer.

1) Learn photography – Buy a camera and understand the nuts and bolts of how it works. Formal education is not necessary, when it comes to creative skills, talent is latent and with a little practice it shapes to fruition.

2) Travel and tourism courses – Although not a mandate, a diploma course in travel and tourism will act as a leg to stand on to prove your passion for the industry. When you know the ABC’s of travel and tourism, it shows your ability to fit in right away. It makes you stand out in a crowd, and more like a blue chip investment for the employer.

3) Pick a niche – What this means is, you need to stand out from the swell of creative-heads. Your unique perspective around the world should show through your portfolio. The idea is to create an insignia style where viewers look at your photos and say “Woah! I know who clicked that!” Niche photography comes in the form wild-life, people/culture or landscapes.

4) Don’t try to hit two birds with one stone – The path to becoming a successful travel photographer is rife with challenges. To say the least, it will test your mettle. You have two roads to be taken; you can either go for a distinct job that allows you to travel frequently or get into travel photography from the get-go. In my journey, I started out with the former choice, where I was sent off-site for my projects. You have to briefly assess what’s your position and take a call on how you’d like to start.

5) Create a portfolio and a blog – As a travel photographer; you must create a booklet of your best photographs in the form of an electronic booklet (PDF). Every client will take a glimpse of your portfolio before they hire you for a project. Along with it, a well-written blog will tell the story behind your portfolio that makes viewer connect with your pictures on an emotional level.

6) Get ready to sell your services – The one skill that really will turn you from good to great is to learn the art of selling. What’s the point of clicking breathtaking photographs and not getting paid for it? Snap photo’s as many as you can, but the bank lies in getting it sold to the right buyer. Squash your fear and cold-call NGO’s, travel institute, Magazines, Hotels or Government tourism board. The more you tell, the more you sell. The more you sell, the bigger your bank.

7) Learn the Art of Story-telling – Travel photographers are essentially people who tell stories through pictures. In order to become an influential photographer, story-telling is the life-blood to your growth. You’ll attract business in bulk if you can tell the tale by painting stories through both photographs and words.

8) Capture emotions and not only photos – This applies to every type of photography, not just travel. A click from Goa will justifiably be upbeat, but a photo from an orphanage will reflect the state of affair of the orphans. A common mistake made by newbie photographers is snapping photos without a purpose.

9) Practice patience – With the overwhelming pressure associated with travel photography, a lot of people become irritable and impatience. Some of most mesmerizing photographs come to life when it is anticipated or rather calculated. A beam of the first sun-rise over snow-lapped mountains or maybe calm blue sea with a gleam of sun-set does not come without patience and planning. Also, make your sure you fit in empty windows in between your itineraries to wander-about, sort of like planned-spontaneity.

Don’t believe the myth of 10, 000 photos needed to turn you into a travel photographer. It can be your first shot or 100th snap, what really matters, is that you keep your nose to the grindstone and you will definitely see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Travel Photography Tips

Summer time is the perfect time for snap happy people, and for anyone heading to an exotic destination for a well deserved break. Tourists all over the world capture priceless memories forever and their top-quality images are then stored away never to be seen by anyone.

Travel photography is a great hobby for any holiday goer, and with a few helpful tips you can bring home some great images that you can enjoy forever. If your images are better then normal you may be able to make some cash from them.

The key to travel photography is to make your images appealing to a wider audience than normal. You want to capture the mood and culture of a new place. You need to be able to sell a holiday through a photo.

Tips on what to photograph:

Taking landscape images in a far-off land can be tricky. The light conditions may be very different from what you are used to. Exposure may also be very tricky to calculate. If you are in doubt, bracket your shots to ensure that you will get the perfect image.

Travel photographers should start their day as the sun is rising. This is the best time to capture mood in a landscape image.

Night time urban landscape pictures will always make an interesting shot when exposed correctly. Use a tripod to ensure that your image is sharp.

Food shots can be very memorable, try to include the waiter or anything that you normally don’t see at home. The interior and the exterior of restaurants can also be photographed.

Take pictures of local signs, buildings and famous landmarks. Be very careful with the position of the sun. Try taking images when the sun is to your side. This will cast long shadows along the front of the building. Use a polarising filter to cut out any glare from the glass in buildings.

Photograph the people. Travel companies are always seeking interesting people images. Photograph people eating food – people working – children playing – local police, fire fighters and any other service people in the area. Make sure that they are doing something interesting.

Visit local markets. This can make very interesting photography. Take plenty of images of the local stalls and the sellers. Take pictures of the different foods and anything else that you think may be unusual.

Travel photography may also be an immense financial trip for the professional photographer. Photo publishers are always seeking new material and are always on the look out for new talent.

When you return home with your images make a copy of each. Label each image with a brief caption. Its best to do this straight away when the holiday is fresh in your head.

Any holiday goer with the ability to use their lens correctly has the potential to sell their images. All you need to know is what makes a good travel image. You don’t need to be a top class photographer to profit from taking pictures of far-off places.

Preserve Your Travel Memories in Style With Travel Photo Books

Relive your travel experiences with travel photo books! The journey, the adventures, and the fun of your travels are immortalized in your photographs. Experience the same thrill and joy every time by creating your travel photo album.

From skiing in Vermont to exploring the dense forests in Africa, travelling is always enjoyable and memorable. We all take pictures during travels. Wherever you go, anything you see, you just click away with your camera. But once you’re back, all those photographs are simply forgotten either still within your camera or on your computer’s hard disk. Need a solution? Go for travel photo books!

Travel photo albums give you a chance to relive those wonderful moments and adventures every time you look at the photos. Nothing beats the thrill and pleasure of seeing your travel photos in a printed form. But before you begin to make a photo book based on your travels, always select the right photos that you wish to see in your photo book. Here are a few tips on how to take photographs during travels.

Try To Get Natural Shots of People
While taking pictures of local people, always ask for their permission. At first the person you are photographing will definitely feel shy, so in order to get the best shots, try to make them comfortable. Interact with them and bring out their natural expressions. The best travel photo books are created with natural looking snaps that give the real essence of your travels.

Find Humor around You
Humor and photographing go hand-in-hand during travels. You will come across some funny sign or store that will catch you eye. Capturing photos of tourists in funny situations is an interesting way of showing the cultural differences around the globe. But always remember that the pictures you take should not be at the cost of hurting someone’s thoughts or privacy. Travel photo albums showcasing such peculiar moments are sure to make you laugh for years to come.

Get Some Shots with a Twist to It
Do you love taking pictures in front of popular landmarks and monuments? Most of us, take pictures in front of such places giving standard poses. You can add a dash of creativity to your pictures by posing in different and funny ways. Such photos depict the fun that you are having and the thrill you felt on visiting these places.

Now, you have your photographs ready, you could also make a journal photo book, by adding a few comments between the photos describing the moments before the snap was taken. You could also ask your friends who accompanied you on such trips, to quote their experiences in your journal photo book.