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By: Taylor Miles Miles


Travel photography is a branch of commercial photography that has helped the world become a smaller place, from the most vivid images of the Taj Mahal to the finest mural's on the cathedral in Italy, there is nothing that has not been depicted in pictures. Travel photography has been made immensely popular by travel magazines, and cultural magazines like the national geographic. One of the most exciting and challenging aspects of travel photography is capturing the cultural aspects of a particular country or region. There have been so many wonderful and explicit pictorials of various countries, that it is almost impossible to ignore the wonderful impact travel photography has had on the lives of so many people.

Travel photography has so many facets that its almost impossible to discuss all the various facets that are involved in travel photography, one can however attempt to lay out a basic description as to what kinds of travel photography exist. Based on the subject of the photograph, travel photography is divided into the following

Photographing culture and people

This is without a doubt the most challenging aspect of travel photography, for one simple reason the subjects are not always in the ideal conditions for photography, unlike still photography and photographing the natural aspects of a region, photographing the culture, the traditions and the dresses of people around the world can be quite a daunting task. No matter how difficult the task, an image does say a thousand words, and the best photographs in the world depict people of various cultures working, celebrating and mourning. Photographers have travelled to the farthest corners of the world to bring back some breathtaking and poignant images.

Cultural photography has become more and more popular with photographers who love travelling, there is a wide array of topics and aspects that a travel photographer can choose, from the shoes of the world, to the indigenous houses that make up the thousands of year old culture in Mongolia. If there is a creative idea then a travel photographer will get it. One of the popular ways of showing the diversity in culture the world over, is to show the way people celebrate, television channels have long been depicting marriages, and celebrations the world over, a way of travelling without ever leaving your homes as they call it.

No matter how diverse the cultures or the occupations that the people are engaged in the world over, travel photographers have made it simpler for people to not just see, but imagine the lives people are leading the world over, no wonder photographers are taking up travel photography everyday. The reason is simple if people the world over want to know how the world lives, then there is a definite market for the photographers that capture and encompass the cultures, and people of the world. Just like any good artist, all it takes is an imagination and an eye for a story. More and more travel photographers are working on stories, where a series of photographs are taken that depict the lives of people the world over, it could be the way fishermen in Vietnam live to the lives of call centres worker in India. There is a story, all it takes is the creative imagination of a travel photographer.

360 degree views and composites

Different from landscape photography in that 360 degree views are way more panoramic, and are photographed either using a specialized 360 camera, or by creating a composite of individually taken photographs, some of the most breathtaking 360 degree views are of the pyramids, the skyline of Florence, and the natural beauty of the grand canyon, there is a certain amount of charm and awe associated with 360 degree view. An increasingly popular method is to merge together photographs to create a larger photograph, sometimes it is not possible to photograph larger monuments, in this case travel photographers usually take multiple photos of a single monument and later merge them to create a more complete, and authentic view.

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