Finding the perfect location is the big part of travel photography. Before you start thinking about shooting techniques and composition, you have to do extensive research and planning. For me, it takes a couple of weeks, prior to the trip, to pinpoint all the locations I want to visit and photograph.
This time, I decided to hack the process and instead of doing heavy lifting myself, I asked top travel photographers to share their favorite photo locations around the world.
I asked every photographer one specific question:
If you had to choose what would be your favorite photography location?
So here are their answers!
Richard Bernabe is an Internationally renowned landscape, wildlife, and travel photographer and author. Contributing Editor, Popular Photography Magazine
Deadvlei is tucked away among the largest sand dunes in the world in Namibia’s Namib-Naukluft National Park. This large clay pan is littered with ancient camel thorn trees which allow for an infinite number of compelling compositions and surreal natural landscapes. At the risk of sounding like hyperbole, since many locations are referred to as such, but in this case the claim really is true: Deadvlei is a true photographer’s paradise.
Josh Cripps is a wilderness photographer, international traveler, and adventure enthusiast living in California’s breathtaking Sierra Nevada mountains. During beautiful sunsets you will often hear him yelling like a lunatic.
As you might expect, any area named after the most famous landscape photographer of all time is going to be breathtakingly beautiful. And the Ansel Adams Wilderness in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains is certainly no exception. This vast wilderness boasts crystal clear lakes, numerous small glaciers, and stunning 13,000-foot peaks. There are no roads into the wilderness and access to the area is limited to a number of foot and stock trails. Two of North America’s most famous hiking trails, the John Muir Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail, also run through the Ansel Adams Wilderness. The remote nature of this wilderness gives it an almost primitive feel, as if it’s a landscape completely separate from our modern lives. Because of the endless opportunities for stillness and serenity it provides, along with its photogenic grandeur, the Ansel Adams Wilderness is at the top of my list for photography destinations.