Guide to Becoming a Travel Photographer

Being a travel photographer is a lot of people’s dream job, but there’s more to this profession than simply shooting nature. You can, however, achieve this dream if you are willing to put in a lot of work and purchase the needed equipment.

Step 1: Gather Supplies

Perhaps the most important first step of being a travel photographer is purchasing the right equipment. You need a really good digital SLR camera, a tripod, a telephoto lens and a macro lens. The tripod is necessary since you will probably be sitting a long time, and it helps prevent muscle soreness. Plus, you need a tripod for taking images with a telephoto lens. As you zoom out, you increase the change of getting blurry pictures, but you need this type of lens to zoom in to far away objects.

Step 2: Take a Workshop

Before you can take amazing travel pictures, you need to know how to use your camera and how to take landscape photographs. Taking a workshop or class will help you learn and perfect these techniques.

Step 3: Learn from the Masters

You need to learn from the people who are most successful at this type of photography. Purchase photography magazines and books, and then really study what these photographs have done. Look at each piece with a discerning eye, and try to understand why the photographer shot the photo the way that he did. Think about what lighting and angles were used and what effect it had on the audience.

Step 4: Figure out Your Niche

Once you learn about the business, figure out what you want to do. Do you want to take photographs for National Geographic? Or, do you want to create art landscape photography? This will help you figure out with whom you need to connect and network.

Step 5: Practice

Practice as much as you can and build up your portfolio. Your portfolio is how people will get to know your work, and it will help you create your reputation. The more work that you do, the better you will become.