Travel photography involves the documentation of an area’s landscape, people, cultures, customs and history
A travel photo is an image that expresses the feeling of a time and place, portrays a land, its people, or a culture, and has no geographical limitations.
Travel photography can either be created by professionals or amateurs. Examples of professional travel photography can be found in the National Geographic magazine. Amateur travel photography is often shared online through photo sharing websites like Flickr or niche travel photography websites such as TrekEarth.
Each place we visit has its own particular look, character, and ambiance. Photographs should capture all of these qualities, to do this, we need to think and feel as much as look when setting out to make photographs. There are probably many other interesting aspects of the place you may not be aware of. That’s where research comes in. Professional photographers spend a lot of time doing research. This helps figure out what’s there—what the place is about and what subjects are needed to be covered. Read brochures and travel books. Go to libraries, bookstores, or onto the Web. Talk to people who have been there. Pick up travel information at the country’s embassy. Find whatever you can that is relevant, and pour over it.
Understanding the customs and traditions of a place is very important, you want to be sure you act in a way that is not rude or offensive while you are there, and it’s hard to know what’s acceptable and what isn’t.
When you see a place for the first time how do you feel? What do you notice about the place right away? Blistering sunlight? Mysterious fog? A particular building? Whatever it is, remember it. First impressions are invaluable flashes to creative interpretation.