Making great travel photographs is an art form. It requires attention to culture, landscape, history and your unique experience of the place. Travel photography works all of your photography muscles: landscape, documentary and portraiture. For this important subject we reached out one of the most seasoned travel photographers, Mark Comon.


Travel Photography:  The Secrets to a Great Adventure

When you travel you want to share your adventure with family and friends.   There is a formula to producing good travel photographs and great travel presentations.  Take the “National Geographic” approach to your next week-long adventure or weekend get-away.

Tell the Story
Travelers and photographers want to tell the story of the adventure and share our feeling for the location.  The secret is to remember these goals when snapping your photos and while organizing your photo book and slide show.

Find your Title Photograph
Begin with an informative title photos.  Let the audience know where you are with images of well-known landmarks (Golden Gate Bridge, Eiffel Tower) and photos of signs or descriptive images (Santa Fe 10 miles).  Make your titles interesting by including people wherever appropriate.


Show the Natural Beauty
You visit remote locations because of the natural beauty.  Bring back beautiful scenic photos to make your audience jealous!  What drew you to this place: mountains, oceans, rivers or architecture?  Show the beauty and scenic grandeur through your photography.

Include Local People
A visit to India would not be complete without photos of Indians. Photograph the local people to bring the audience in contact with the place. Nothing says more about a locale than the people that live there. Use wide-angle lenses in close for groups or crowds (the market place in Marrakech) and telephoto for faces and candid images.  Always learn the local customs and respect their rules, regulations and privacy.


Shoot the Details
Capture the local flavor by capturing pictures that are unique to your destination.  When in Italy great photographs have the taste, smell, and feel of Italy.  What photos makes you feel the location: the marketplace with street vendors, the town square with old men discussing politics or the beautiful stained glass windows in the cathedral.  Search out the local images and bring them home.

Back home is the most difficult process…. EDITING!  Keep only the best, dispose of the rest.  Be ruthless to only show your best photos.

We hope this helps you snap and keep the right pictures on your amazing Vacation.


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By Chuck G.

I will begin with saying my Alaska photo trip with Paul’s Photo, Creative Photo Academy was the best of all my trips so far.  I can assure you that that would not have been the case had I purchased my equipment on-line just to save a few dollars.  I can also attest that the trip was a total success because of the two co-leaders, Mark Comon and Robert O’Toole.

Soaring eagle
In Flight.jpg

In preparation for the trip to photograph the coastal brown bears of Katmai National Park in Alaska, I purchased a Nikon D810 camera and a Nikon 300mm f2.8 lens from Paul’s Photo to augment my D800e camera and my other lenses.  After Mark assisted me in choosing the equipment that would most suit my needs I said I was going to have difficulty getting all my equipment in my camera bag.  Mark asked me to bring in my bag and he helped arrange it so it all fit in safely (try that on-line).

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First day in Alaska was so great felt as if I could have gone home then and been happy.   On the second day we were fording streams in our waders and the water was rather swift.  I was almost across the last one when I lost my balance and fell into the water with both cameras and lenses.

Mark working
Mark cleaning the cameras

Mark helped me up and immediately took my cameras apart removing lenses batteries and memory cards so the water could drain.  He then assured me they were Nikons and would be OK.  Well they were not Ok with the exception of my D800e which began to work the next morning.  So at the beginning of the third day I have a camera body but only normal and wide angle lenses to use.  Robert steps up and loans me his Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 with a 1.4 teleconverter to use and Mark pulls out a D750 that I can use as a second camera with my 24-70mm. These two guys saved my trip and included are some images that I would not have taken had it not been for them.

But the story does not end there.  As soon as we were back in civilization in Anchorage, Mark emailed his contact at the Nikon Service center in Los Angeles letting him know that I would be bringing in my equipment and to do all he could for a good customer of both Paul’s Photo and Nikon’s.  Nikon Service was quick to evaluate the equipment and give me the estimates.

I will end by saying that I would not have received such good service and a great trip if I had purchased my equipment on-line or at a big box store.  Please support your local camera store.

Again my gratitude goes to Mark Comon and Robert O’Toole.

Blonde Bear