Photography is a wonderful hobby, as well as a career if that is your passion. It gets you to appreciate sights around you by providing you with different ways to view your environment. Aside from that, it’s a great way of flexing your creative muscle.
Much like any passion, sometimes you need that extra inspiration to help you boost your love for photography. One way to do that is simply by changing up your environment. That change of pace will offer you another variety of sights to behold and view through your lens.
If you’re interested in finding places all over the world that would be wonderful to capture through your camera, then this article should help. Below are eight travel destinations that will reignite your passion for photography through its sheer unique beauty.
1. Santorini, Greece
Santorini is a beautiful world-renowned place known for its sparkling blue waters that make the famous white houses stand out all the more. You can get to Santorini fastest by taking a flight to their national airport located around the Kamari village.
You can enjoy Santorini’s beautiful sunsets and capture it as the light of the sun glints over the seaside view. Of course, since Santorini is quite famous, you might have to deal and fight against thousands of tourists who also want to revel in the beauty of Santorini.
Although Santorini is quite small, if you’re going there for a photography retreat, then you should take a week at least to enjoy the sights and get the most that you can while you’re there.
2. Tekapo, New Zealand
New Zealand is one of the best places to go if you’re looking to do some landscape photography. It’s a great way to find the many beautiful faces of nature all in one country. Try and look for unique places that aren’t just in the mainland because there’s plenty that New Zealand has to offer. One of these places is Lake Tekapo, New Zealand.
You can find Lake Tekapo right in the South Island and can reach it through a relatively long three-hour drive. However, the view is definitely worth it. You can stay in a lot of lodgings that are somewhat near the lake so you can go there with ease.
Lake Tekapo is a beautiful shooting location year-round, so you can’t go wrong from going there anytime you want.
3. Rome, Italy
Another popular travel destination (and for good reason!) that you should go on a photography retreat in is Rome, Italy. It has a noticeable cultural potency in the air, from the food to the architecture. Both of which are great photo subject matters.
There’s nothing like letting historical architecture inspire you to find beauty wherever you are. The churches themselves are big pieces of art that you will take inspiration from, so are the plentiful piazzas around the city.
Since it’s a popular place of travel, then you should make sure that you are prepared for the droves of people who are likely going to be taking photos like you are. Just remember to be respectful while you take pictures.
4. Angkor Wat, Cambodia
The main tourist attraction in Cambodia is Angkor Wat because of its beautiful temples. Although you’ve probably seen photos of said temples a hundred times, there’s still nothing like viewing it for yourself and doing your take on it.
Try to play around with lighting if you can. To do that, you should consider going there early or staying there late to see how the sunlight plays with the view in Angkor Wat.
5. Petra, Jordan
Petra in Jordan is an exciting place filled with sandy architecture and unique culture. Since it’s a place that is located in the middle of desert canyons and mountains, you have to prepare yourself for the hot sun bearing down on you when you’re taking photos there. This is why it’s recommended that you only pack carry-on size luggage with you for this trip.
Although you can visit a lot of sights in Petra, Jordan, in one day, it won’t cover even half of the beauty that Petra can give.
Some of the sights that you would want to see are the Treasury (Al Khazna), Petra Main Pathway or The Siq, and the Monastery.
6. Tuscany, Italy
Tuscany is the best place to enjoy the beautiful Italian countryside. Your primary subject matter for your photos in Tuscany is going to be their beautiful gardens, vineyards, and green sloping landscapes.
There’s also the quintessential Italian villages perches atop steep hillsides to take in, as well as the beautiful farmhouses among the rolling green hills.
7. Marina Bay, Singapore
If you’re a photographer that’s into city sights, then Singapore is a great place for that. The Marina Bay at night is a fascinating place to be where you get to see gorgeous human-made beauties like Helix Bridge and the SuperTree forest.
Marina Bay is the perfect place to take in the spectacular Singaporean light shows as well, which features a dazzling array of laser beams set in front of the iconic Marina Bay Sands building.
8. Mt. Fuji, Japan
Mt. Fuji is an iconic sight if you’re in Japan. The issue you’re going to have when you’re there is to make sure that the weather is clear. Otherwise, it’s going to be challenging to get a clear view of the mountain because of the clouds.
Therefore, you should dedicate a few days or more to be able to ensure that you won’t miss out on this natural wonder.
Quick Travel Photography Tips
Since travel photography means you’re going to go to sights that have been photographed before, you want to be creative with it. Some tips to follow are the lighting. Look for exciting lighting opportunities for these well-known tourist spots.
Aside from that, it would be best if you played around with camera angles to see different perspectives on a popular place. Go early, or anytime when you think there will be fewer people so that you get to play around with the area more.
All of the travel destinations above offer an exciting sight for photographers. From the city view to natural landscapes, there is much to behold all over the world. If you’re looking for inspiration, then try and change your environment to switch things up.
Author – Geraldine Mills
Alex is the owner and lead writer for Click and Learn Photography. An avid landscape, equine, and pet photographer living and working in the beautiful Lake District, UK, Alex has had his work featured in a number of high profile publications, including the Take a View Landscape Photographer of the Year, Outdoor Photographer of the Year, and Amateur Photographer Magazine.