I don’t think I’ve ever met a photographer who isn’t obsessed with travel photography. Granted, travel photography is all the rage right now due to social media platforms, but travel photography has been around since mass photography started.
People crave new experiences, and in an art form like photography where the goal is to bring new experiences to your audience, travel photography just makes sense.
But, there are dozens of types of travel photography, and thousands of places to pitch your travel photography, and it’s really easy to suffer from information overload while trying to research them all.
If you, too, want to start your travel photography career but don’t know where to start, then these travel photography tips may help.
Practice Traditional “Travel Photography” Shots in Your Own Backyard
Before I get into how you can start practicing your travel photography in your own backyard, it’s important to highlight the main types of travel photography.
Street photography is both its own photography niche as well as an important part of travel photography. It’s been proven that pictures with people in them are much more likely to both catch and hold people’s attention, so you’re going to have a tough time selling any of your travel photography if you don’t throw some street photography in with it.
Food photography (along with most of the photography categories on this list) is rapidly expanding right now. The “foodie” trend continues to gain traction as people find traveling to new countries more and more accessible. Food is a major factor in where people decide to travel, especially for groups known as “food travellers” who solely pick their travel destinations on the cuisine in those countries.
Landscape photography is also an important aspect of travel photography because it gives your viewer one distinct photo with one distinct feel about an entire country, or maybe an entire region of the world. When you’re using landscape photography as part of your travel photography, you’ll not want to focus on it very much, but rather focus on getting a handful of shots to showcase the natural beauty of that location.
Now that you understand the types of travel photography you should be practicing, get out into your hometown and practice them.
Not only will this help you to build a mini-portfolio, but it may just help you discover some incredible things about the town you call home.
Be Prepared to Travel Smart
Traveling smart means a few things to me: it means traveling on a budget and traveling safely.
But, these two things are typically at odds. The safer neighborhoods usually cost more money, so you need to research your destinations thoroughly (I’ll touch more on this in a moment) and understand where you can make compromises.
For instance, using shared living spaces like hostels is a great way to save money while traveling, while also ensuring you are going to be space in that city.
All great beginner travel photography tips have one thing in common, though. In order to save money in the long run, you need to spend money in the short run.
Make sure you always have a traditional U-lock in your camera bag (most hostels have lockers you can rent for your items) and invest in a locking suitcase.
Plan Long Trips Efficiently
Portable Professional is used to long, international trips and this is exactly the type of person you’re going to want to meet when you start to plan your first long trip for the first time.
If you’re proficient at researching international destinations on your own, that’s a phenomenal skill that I’d love to pay you to do for me, but if you aren’t that’s okay. Chances are, you know someone in your life that has been to your destination before.
And if you don’t, then there are a ton of online resources created by people like the woman behind Portable Professional who have traveled to your destination before and can walk you through all of the boring bureaucratic things, like where and how to submit your visa requirements and what types of vaccines you need.