From cherry blossoms in Kyoto to the auroras in Iceland, this blog offers tips and gear recommendations to help you immortalize the world's beauty via your lens.
The yearning to set out on a journey and photograph the heck outta a destination can strike at any time–just ask Bilbo Baggins! It doesn’t care about the season or whether you have work. It just is. And who says you have to wait until summer to visit the best places to travel? We sure don’t!
And that’s why, we’re here to populate your travel calendar with ideas to help you see the world–no matter what time of year it is. Want to discover the best places to travel in winter? We’ve got your back. Need to be a part of something spectacular in September and immortalize it through your lens? Now, you can!
Below, you’ll find a list of places you, an avid photographer, can travel to scratch that urge and click away. By season! We’ve also added our best photography tips so you can capture the true beauty of each place.
Here’s what’s blooming in this season:
The best places to travel in summer are:
If there’s one thing all photographers know, it’s how crucial timing is. So, go traveling in autumn to capture the best colors:
Create incredible photographic opportunities in:
Don’t just start snapping once you’re on the ground. Instead, we recommend:
Do some research on exactly where to go. For instance:
Great pictures result from visually appealing compositions, so look for unique angles, patterns, and perspectives, whether you’re photographing tulips or the wildlife in Patagonia.
Similarly, Oia has been photographed to death. Create diverse and picturesque opportunities by exploring the other lesser-known parts of Santorini, such as Fira and Imerovigli.
The main thing that the local weather affects are the lighting conditions. For instance:
As a photographer, you’d already be familiar with the importance of natural light and the golden hour. Utilize that time to the max in Santorini, for instance, which is famous for its captivating sunsets. Get to your vantage points early and fiddle with compositions until you find a combination that works for you.
At the same time, when photographing the interior of an ice cave, you may want to experiment with off-camera flash for selective lighting. You can also shine a flashlight to emphasize specific elements.
Similarly, while Iceland is among the best places to travel in September, you won’t be able to capture the true intensity of the Northern Lights if you don’t head away from the city lights and light pollution.
Finally, the blue hour, the patch just after sunset, is when the lights and decorations at Christmas markets are at their most magical and atmospheric. Make good use of it!
No photographer will risk visiting the best places to travel without the right gear. So, here’s what you should be packing:
You would also need a variety of lenses, including:
Even the most expert photographers know it’s not always enough to be present at the best places to travel. If you want to show the true essence of a place while preserving its authenticity, the images will need a little bit of post-editing and processing. We have two recommendations in that regard. Firstly, always shoot in RAW format since it allows greater flexibility during editing. Secondly, keep dropping all your work in your DropEvent folder as you go. Find out how to do that here. That way, it will remain safe, easily and immediately accessible, and shareable via a QR code.
Wedding photography has evolved and expanded to birth a whole new subdomain, i.e., destination photography. If you’re planning to get married in another country, you can hire a destination photographer to document your event.
Besides giving you the opportunity to travel to new places and marvel at nature, travel photography also opens the way for you to meet new people and learn about other cultures.
Budding photographers can follow these steps to kickstart their careers: