Introducing The Visual Guide to Travel Photography: Sunset on Koh Samui

Introducing The Visual Guide to Travel Photography: Sunset on Koh Samui

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?

The Visual Guide to Travel Photography

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:

Sunset on Koh Samui: Long Exposure Noise Reduction and Using Neutral Density Filters

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Comments ( 5 )

  • Michelle

    Do you need a DSLR to get anything from this book & video set? I have a high quality point & shoot.

    • Ed Graham

      The videos will be geared more towards DSLR shooting (as is the one from Koh Samui), however the book will apply to all kinds of cameras. There’s even a short chapter called “Put Your Wallet Away” that talks about exactly that.

  • Tracey h

    Hi there I enjoyed your video very much. Have you thought of putting more of these videos together as well, to produce a visual digital video book that can be watched say, on ipad! I am planning long term travel through asia and world wide and i want to take my cannon eos110 d with me.
    I have a couple of questions please
    1/ I will be carrying a rack sack, so I could do with some info on how to best carry my camera body and two lens, (i read your blog on separate camera amd lens )do I buy a special rucksack that will carry them all in plus other travel stuff or lens bags to store the lens in, then put them In a normal bag which I will carry on my front. I have to think about space. ?
    2/ I am really struggle to switch my camera over to manual from auto because i have trouble remembering permently the basics of photography such as f stops, aperture and such , I do struggle with maths so I’m wondering if that has something to do with it. Is there a best way to get it all to sink in ? Or is there a good method I can use to start teaching, myself this elusive information
    Thank you tracey h

    • Ed Graham

      Hi Tracey, thanks for the suggestions. The completed Visual Guide video series will include at least 5 downloadable videos from various locations around the world. Each video will cover a popular travel photography situation such as shooting markets, night photography, and more. The book will include a section on how to pack your camera gear and what to bring.

      As for your second question, you don’t need math to take good pictures! Manual mode is overrated; try using aperture priority mode. This forces the camera to figure out the math while you concentrate on what’s important: taking good pictures. If you want to fine tune your exposure in aperture priority mode you can just use exposure compensation. It’s easy and it gets the job done.

  • Amanda thePanda

    Love it! I’m really getting into a bit of photography right now so would love to see more of this!

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