When people think about travel photographers, they imagine them jet-setting around the world with a camera bag slung over one shoulder. What they don’t realize, however, is that travel photography is as challenging as it is exciting, with hours of planning going into each shoot.
As a travel photographer, whether you’re heading to a location for a few days or a couple of weeks, your time will be limited each day. It’s important to carefully plan your trip in advance to make the most of every hour. Here are a few things you should have in place before you head out on your next travel shoot.
1. Where Are You Going?
You likely already have a general idea of where you want to go, but do you really know the area? If you’re interested in photographing the Colosseum of Rome, you may also want to visit the Forum nearby. If you’re spending time among the icebergs and glaciers of Antarctica, consider the wildlife you’ll want to photograph while you’re there. By learning as much as possible about your destination, you’ll avoid missing great opportunities and regretting it later. But remember, some of the best photographs come from being open to the unexpected.