Updated on 

September 9, 2021

How To Become Travel Photographer

For all you shutterbugs out there, have you ever dreamed about making a living from taking photos? Perhaps travel photography is the right choice for you. In this article, I will tell you how to become a travel photographer.

Before we get into that, though, let's take a look at what makes an awesome traveling photographer:

- Must be able to think on their feet and react quickly (to get interesting shots while staying within their budgetary and time limits)

- Have some knowledge of photography (angle, composition, lighting)

- They must know what makes one image better than another (composition, angle, lighting)

All these factors make up the basic requirements for any successful professional; but if you want to break into the industry and really stand out from the rest of this highly competitive field, you need to know a little more.

Let's look at some more qualities that make an outstanding travel photographer:

- Self-starter (no one is going to hold your hand and let you take photos for them; if that's what you're looking for, then maybe this isn't the career path for you)

- Love experimenting with new techniques/equipment (to be constantly improving their game and creating images like never before)

- Able to think outside of the box (travel photography is not everyday photography; it requires unique situations, angles, etc.)

A lot of these things seem pretty obvious but some less noticeable traits can help boost your chances of success.

For example, it's a good idea to know how to take photos from different angles and how to make use of natural light sources during the day as well as at night time. That way, you can impress clients faster because they will not have seen those kinds of images before.

All these qualities are helpful for quick thinking on the job and set yourself apart from other photographers but there is also a skill that is more specific to travel photography: adaptability.

If you want to be a travel photographer then you need to consider yourself someone who thrives in situations where there is no clearly defined "right" or "wrong." Being able to work quickly and improvise your way out of any sticky situation will greatly improve your chances of getting the shot you want.

With all this in mind, how can you get started? Here are two ways that I recommend:

Option One

Work For Other Travel Photographers With this option, you will be gaining exposure to a real-world setting where you get to see up close what it is like for travel photographers to work together.

The best thing about working for other professionals is that they are generally willing to share their knowledge with people who are trying to get into the business.

They can tell them what equipment they use and how they use it, which angles have worked for them in the past etc. This way, you can learn from someone else's experience while still making your own path just as successful.

If there is an experienced photographer that you know, then this is probably the fastest way to get started. You can also try hitting up local travel photographers and offering your services for free (or at least very cheap) in exchange for some on-the-job learning.

Option Two

Go It Alone This option gives you more freedom to choose the type of images that you want to take but it also requires a lot more time spent on self-teaching through blogs, photography books, youtube videos, and other forms of media.

The biggest advantage of going it alone is knowing all of your decisions come from yourself; no one else will be telling you what to do or not do. But there are some disadvantages too - if something goes wrong then there's no one there to help and if you aren't constantly improving your skills then you're going to get left behind.

In conclusion, no matter which path you choose, the most important thing is that it's a path that works for YOU. In this field, there really is no "one size fits all" solution because each person has their own unique style of photography and ways of working.

But with enough practice and training, anyone can become a travel photographer...they just have to find the right way for themselves.

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