Introducing The Visual Guide to Travel Photography: Sunset on Koh Samui
The Visual Guide to Travel Photography
I’ve been quietly working on something big for quite a while. It’s The Visual Guide to Travel Photography, a book and video package that cuts right to the heart of taking your best travel pictures.
I’ve seen too many travelers spend hundreds of dollars on nice camera gear, only to take the same kinds of pictures they were taking with their point and shoots and cell phones. This means disappointment and wasted money. Fortunately, it’s easy to take amazing travel pictures, and it has nothing to do with what kind of camera equipment you have.
That’s what The Visual Guide to Travel Photography is all about it. It’s direct, it’s succinct, and I really like the way it’s coming together. It’s what I wish I had access to when I started taking travel pictures years ago.
The book will be ready by the end of the year. For now here’s a look at the title page. What do you think? Is this something you’re interested in?
Sunset on Koh Samui
While the book will be the heart of The Visual Guide, videos will be a big part of the package too. That’s why I’m happy to present the first eight minute video here and now, shot on Silver Beach in Koh Samui, Thailand. Like most travelers, when I take pictures on the road my primary goal is always to enjoy the travel experience. If I happen to get a good picture out of it too, then great! The video makes a point of showing how you can incorporate good travel photography into your regular travel experiences.
The video also talks about adapting the always changing travel environment. I expected good weather to last all day, but a torrential downpour occurred about an hour before sunset. This had the benefit of clearing the beach of the people (good for photography), but the overcast sky eliminated any chance of the capturing golden yellows and brilliant reds typical of sunset photography. Blue hour photos tend to work better in situations like this, and that’s exactly what I did. Adapting to a changing environment is something travel photographers need to be able to do.
I hope you enjoy the short video!
I talk a bit about long exposure noise reduction and finding your exposure time when using a neutral density filter. You can read more about that in the PDF Addendum here: