Resources

Welcome to my Resources page for travelers and photographers. As a long time traveler and photographer, I have accumulated a lot of tips and resources along the way. I hope you find these helpful, I’ll be adding more articles here along the way:

1) What camera/lens/gear are you using?

I am a big believer that vision, not gear, makes an image. The gear really doesn’t matter and with DSLRs getting cheaper and mobile phone cameras getting better, that’s more true than ever. But, if you are interested, here is my photography gear. To a lot of readers’ surprise, this is a very short gear list. That’s because I believe in packing light and packing for versatility and my small gear bag has never failed me

2) How do I take travel images like yours? 

If you are serious about becoming a professional photographer, then study photography. You don’t have to go to school and get a photography degree but you need to study the subject nonetheless. When I first started learning photography, I taught myself by reading all the relevant books, websites, and blogs I could find. I locked myself in the dark room for hours everyday and went everywhere with my camera.

For travelers and just want some basic tips on improving their images, here are 3 tips to improving your travel photographs, and 3 more tips on taking even better travel pictures.

3) Do you photoshop your images?

Yes, I edit my images regularly. You can spend hours learning Photoshop but for those looking for a quick answer, here is a simple resource I created to help you photoshop

4) How have you managed to go to all these amazing places and become a photographer all at 20 years old? 

In 2011, I had my first taste of serious travel when I spent 8 months in and around Europe. In 2012, I set out to document parts of Asia, the Caribbean, and Scandinavia.

There are a lot of myths around how I managed to travel and build a portfolio at a young age. Before anybody was going to hire me as a photographer, I gave myself photo assignments. I saved up money by working jobs while I was in university, I looked for opportunities that could send me abroad like participating in an academic exchange program at my school, and then instead of wasting my savings on partying abroad, I travelled to specific countries with the distinct goal of building my travel photography portfolio. Still, the first 10 months as a travel photographer was not an easy transition, but I was focused on my goal. 

5) Lessons from other photographers

One of the best ways to learn is from those who are currently doing what you hope to one day accomplish. I’m lucky to have gotten the chance to learn from National Geographics photographer Joe McNally and receive lessons from a strong line-up of famous photographers who had taught on creativeLIVE. They taught me many valuable secrets of the trade and I’ve shared them on this blog.

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