The basics

"To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place... I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them” Elliott Erwitt (Magnum photographer).

If you have a bag of film or a few memory sticks to fill, most photographers can find every place interesting. When you travel you have more time for observation and can celebrate the diversity of the new environment through photography. Taking a tour can certainly open up a world of new techniques to try. The digital presentations, advice in the field, adventure and travel fun will shoot you along the learning curve with every click of your shutter.

Options for beginners

Many beginners worry about their equipment. If you are joining a tour or going it alone, do not be concerned if you don’t have a 600mm lens like your fellow traveler or expensive equipment. You can take good photos on a point-and-shoot or a standard 50mm lens. The most important thing is to have a good eye and utilize the light and composition. Good equipment helps but the basics are more important.

If you really want some direction to aid your travel photographs join a tour group that is going to a particular location or following a subject that interests you. If you plan to do it on your own start with locations close to home like the beach or nearest national park.

Options for advanced

Once you’ve settled on getting involved in photography you may wish to upgrade your equipment. This doesn’t necessarily mean a huge outlay of money. Additions like a tripod, polarizing filter or additional lens can be a start.

If you have exhausted the local national parks, beaches, islands, cities and other locations nearby start going inter state or internationally for new subjects. If you find wildlife photography is your thing you might consider a journey to the Galapagos Islands or even an African wildlife safari. If you like market scenes the bazaars of India, Nepal or Tibet might fascinate you. Or if it’s landscapes you seek go to the soft fields, moors and gardens of Britain, the beauties of Provence or the idyllic isles of Greece.