My longstanding infatuation for photography began in my teens. I have fond memories of walking with my dad to locations where he would photograph and I would be his eager assistant. Year after year, I became more enamored with the creative thought behind photography and how every little nuance affected the photograph so differently.
Photography is about much more than just taking a snapshot at a new destination. A great photo captures more than the moment. It captures a feeling. As a new photographer, you are just learning some of the tricks of manipulating light and composition.
Truly inspiring locales make you want to experiment. It is easy to spend an entire day taking a million photos using different camera settings from different angles in different light. The only real way to become a better photographer is to practice taking pictures. Here are five destinations that are sure to inspire, so pack your backpack camera bag for adventure.
If you are interested in landscape photography, there are few places as breathtakingly beautiful as New Zealand. From Wanaka and Mt. Taranaki to Mt. Aspiring National Park, New Zealand has a dozen picturesque landscapes sure to bring out the best photographer in you.
If architecture piques your interest, plan a photography trip to Rome. This one city alone has displays of some of the greatest works of architecture and ancient engineering in the world. The old structures, buildings, and intricate architectural details are a photographer’s dream.
Denali National Park
Denali National Park in Alaska combines majestic landscapes with abundant wildlife. You should opt for a sturdy backpack camera bag for this trip. You will likely find yourself hiking to remote areas for the best shots of animals in their natural habitats. You could encounter bald eagles, grizzly bears, and moose along with many other beautiful creatures.
When in doubt, always run from a grizzly. (don’t do that. It is the worst advice ever). However, I still don’t understand how people think they would just stand there if a grizzly came charging at them!
Streets full of brightly colored fabric amidst an even brighter culture, India is a wonderful place to shoot vibrant photos of people and urban life. Indians are often open to photography, but remember to be polite and respectful. Sometimes a longer lens allows you to be less intrusive and really get those reflective, candid shots of city life.
New York City
Image credit: Nessa K. Photography
Some of the best street photographs start out in New York City, New York. The city that never sleeps is full of unique characters that practically beg to be captured in all their glory. The streets of Manhattan offer photo opportunities 24/7.
Get out your travel calendar and renew your passport, because the world is full of beauty just waiting to be shared. Invest in a sturdy bag that will protect your camera and lenses through miles and miles of travel. Then hit the road, jump on a plane, or venture out your back door, and start shooting.