How to Shoot Good Travel Photos Even in Bad Natural Light

Using natural light in your travel photos can land you with some amazing images, even if you think the light might be “bad” from the offset. Here’s an 18-minute video fromphotographer Mitchell Kanashkevichthat shows how to harness natural light for powerful imagery.

How to be Happy With Your Travel Photography

This 8 minute episode of Ian Wongs Digital Darkroom series explores the thought process while taking travel photos, how to manage expectations, and the importance of taking photographs just for fun.

Do You Have a $4,000 Travel Photo Sitting on Your Hard Drive?

Have you ever wondered what your travel photos are worth? Most people take travel photos for themselves to remember the experience or share on social media. To each of us, these photos are priceless, but what are they worth to others? This is the question I asked myself back in 2012, and I have been […]

Take Better Photos by Breaking the World Down Into Elements

Today I want to share a super-simple idea that, if you can grasp it and put it into practice, I guarantee will really help your photography. Break the scene down into elements What we are basically doing as photographers is looking at the world, identifying interesting subjects, and organizing them accordingly. I think the best […]

Traveling Wont Make You a Better Photographer

When I was 20, I was dissatisfied with my photography. I felt like I was being limited by where I lived. I thought if I wanted to become a better street photographer, I needed to live in Europeto photograph the romantic streets of Paris, the back-alleys of Prague, and the bustling streets of London. But […]

Capturing Compelling Compositions

Every great photograph consists of three key elements. First and foremost composition, then lighting and, of course, the moment. Look at any great image and youll notice these elements. What part of the image caught your attention? More often than not, it will be the compositional structure that sets the scene. A poorly composed photo […]

The Art of Knowing: Thoughts from a Photo Trip to China

For my recent trip to China, as Ive done before, I planned and I planned and I planned. I made detailed maps, took notes on locations and hints as to the best vantage points. I scoured everything to ensure that my time there was incredibly well-invested in capturing the best images I could manage within […]

The Ethics of Photographing Slums

My eyes are filled with tears because of the smoke. The plastic particles in the air are irritating my lungs. I’m climbing this mountain with my two friends. The ground under my shoes feels funny.

How to Use Composition Templates to Improve Your Photography

When doing photography in general, and in my case travel photography, the use of a photography template can be very beneficial and help improve the overall performance. By photography template I mean pre-defined, well-known and efficient photography composition templates that are recurrent and relevant in photography, and fit popular good taste. Knowing your usual and […]

How to Shoot Street Photography While Traveling

One of my passions in life is travel. I love to travel, experience new cultures, try new foods, meet new people and, of course, take photos while Im traveling. “Street photography” tends to be a very specific genre, and everyone has their own definition.

5 Photos in 24 Hours: How the Time of Day Affects a Photo

Travel photographer Mohamed Hakem recently visited Siwa, the largest oasis in Egypt and one of the most remote inhabited places on Earth. While there, he did a bit of experimenting. He took 5 photos of the same location over the course of 24 hours, showing how time of day changes a photo. Hakem shared the […]

Why The Camera Matters, But Not in The Way Youre Thinking

For as long as Ive been photographing, Ive always had a soft spot for gear and the technical side of photography. In the beginning, I was obsessed with getting the best camera I could afford, which, ironically, was a refurbished entry-level Nikon DSLRnot exactly the pinnacle of camera technology at the time. For the years […]