13 Best United States Travel Photography

List Updated July 2020

Bestselling United States Travel Photography in 2020


National Geographic Complete National Parks of the United States, 2nd Edition: 400+ Parks, Monuments, Battlefields, Historic Sites, Scenic Trails, Recreation Areas, and Seashores

National Geographic Complete National Parks of the United States, 2nd Edition: 400+ Parks, Monuments, Battlefields, Historic Sites, Scenic Trails, Recreation Areas, and Seashores
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020
  • From recreation areas and trails to historic sites, from nature hikes to seashores, this comprehensive travel guide and reference to the United States National Parks has been completely revised and updated, with a brand-new cover, more than 30 new photos,

2018 National Park Foundation Wall Calendar

2018 National Park Foundation Wall Calendar
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020
  • Features beautiful full color photographed images for every month of the year.
  • Includes Holidays and Observances
  • Keep your appointments and Birthdays organized in one place!
  • Perfect for office spaces, bedrooms, classrooms and more!
  • Makes a great gift for friends and family!

Humans of New York : Stories

Humans of New York : Stories
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020
  • St Martin s Press

National Geographic Guide to National Parks of the United States, 8th Edition (National Geographic Guide to the National Parks of the United States)

National Geographic Guide to National Parks of the United States, 8th Edition (National Geographic Guide to the National Parks of the United States)
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020

Humans of New York

Humans of New York
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020
  • St Martin s Press

America's Beautiful West 1 Hour Dynamic Nature Film

America's Beautiful West 1 Hour Dynamic Nature Film
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020

A Connecticut Christmas: Celebrating the Holiday in Classic New England Style

A Connecticut Christmas: Celebrating the Holiday in Classic New England Style
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020

Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2018

Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2018
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020

National Geographic The National Parks: An Illustrated History

National Geographic The National Parks: An Illustrated History
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020
  • The National Parks: Illus Hist

New York in the Snow

New York in the Snow
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020
  • ILEX

Tutshi Lake - Yukon Fine Art Photography Print United States Travel Photography Living Room Art

Tutshi Lake - Yukon Fine Art Photography Print United States Travel Photography Living Room Art
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2020

A Small Town Love Story: Colonial Beach, Virginia

A Small Town Love Story: Colonial Beach, Virginia
BESTSELLER NO. 12 in 2020

How to Photograph the Milky Way

How to Photograph the Milky Way
BESTSELLER NO. 13 in 2020

Travel Photography Tips: Subjects to Photograph While Traveling

It doesn't matter if you use a point-and-shoot compact or a pro-level d-SLR. If you're starting off with a new camera, get to know it very well.

It doesn't matter if you use a point-and-shoot compact or a pro-level d-SLR. If you're starting off with a new camera, get to know it very well. You wouldn't want to come back and find out your pictures could have been better if only. . . Get familiar with the controls by taking several shots. Read the manual and bring it along. You never know when you will need it. The important thing is that you have to be well acquainted with your equipment. Know its capabilities and limitations. That way the chances of you coming back with more keepers will be greater.

The travel photographer needs to be a multifaceted creature: trekker, "foodie," culture vulture, social animal. You have to have tons of energy to be able to walk to those out-of-the-way places, have the guts to try exotic cuisine, have a feel for indigenous lifestyles, and have a PhD in good manners and right conduct. That's aside from being a photographer's photographer. That is to say able to work quickly when the magic light appears for a few seconds, have an eye for detail to be able to see those patterns, and have the patience of a monk to be able to wait until the last ounce of light disappears, capturing the dynamism of events and pulse of festivals.

Now here are a few samples of what you can photograph when traveling:

People

It helps to observe your subject. This will enable you to anticipate movements and expressions that will enable you to get that great picture. Placing your subject in the proper context, like his/her profession, interests, or background, makes it more interesting.

Lifestyles

If you're looking for a subject that captures the lifestyle of a people, be on the lookout for local activities, native attire, cuisine, livelihood, ethnic musical instruments, tools, vehicles...anything that gives a place an identifying characteristic or attribute is a subject worth shooting. Using a wide-angle lens will allow you to get close to your subject and include more of the surroundings. This will capture the quintessential flavor of the place.

Customs

Always respect local customs or religious practices. Ask permission from the priest when taking pictures inside religious establishments or sacred places. Show reverence and behave appropriately. And always respect other peoples' culture. Obey restrictions that may be placed on your picture taking. Be discreet so you do not interfere with the proceedings. This way you're more likely to be accepted by the people and get better images.

Be aware that in many tourist spots, those charmingly dressed natives may expect to be paid. If you don't mind paying, settle rates before you start pressing that shutter.

Places

When traveling, try to photograph subjects that are unique or found only in that place. Something that can distinguish it from any other place, something that gives it an identity. Think Statue of Liberty in New York or the Eiffel Tower in Paris. It doesn't have to be monumental. It can be as small as the Tarsiers of Bohol or as large as the Calayan Rail of Calayan.

Patterns/Events/Action

There are a lot of other subjects that the traveler can shoot aside from landscapes and architecture. Be on the lookout for unusual shapes, patterns and interesting details. Summer means food, fiestas and festivals; sports, surf and sand; recreation, rites and rituals.. .there is just so much going on. The challenge is to edit out everything else that would otherwise clutter your shot. After all, photography has very little to do with the things you see and has everything to do with the way you see things.

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