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postheadericon Planning is the Key to Good Travel Photography

Brian Osborne Photography


When I ask in one of my classes what people enjoy taking pictures of, the top answer second only to their children and families, is travel.  This makes sense does it not?  We travel for pleasure and to experience different places but nothing is better than bringing home images that will forever help us to recall the special memories we had and the places we saw.  Now I am biased in that if there is a scale between tourist and photographer, I am way on the side of photographer.  Therefore, the advice below is from that prospective.  However, getting great photographs when we are traveling requires a good deal of photography skills and planning.  Many people approach photography as if it is easy and when something great happens, they know enough to get the shot.  The problem is that is not always true.  I believe what is required to get great images is learning more about photography, practicing and then planning.  In this post, it is the planning that I want to concentrate on.  Planning, what comes to your mind when you think about not only planning a trip but planning for getting great shots?  Here are a few of my thoughts:

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postheadericon Crystal Cove State Park – California

Crystal Cove State Park is not just an ordinary beach along the beautiful Pacific coastline, it is a park that boasts wooded canyons, open bluffs, beautiful tidepools, and an offshore area designated as an under water park.  It is used by people looking to swim, surf, sunbath,  fish, mountain bike, and hike.  It is also a spot that had great dining and quaint historic cottages available for rent! 

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postheadericon Seagrass Flats #4: Anna Maria Island Accommodations

We just got back from a wonderful stay on Anna Maria Island, Florida where we stayed at Seagrass Flats # 4, an adorable and affordable beach condo located just across the street from one of the best parts of Bradenton Beach!  This 2 bedroom 2 bathroom condo was fully stocked with everything we needed to make our vacation complete!  It was actually our second time staying here and we look forward to coming back again in the future.  It is in a great location on the island and is close to everything!

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postheadericon Hanauma Bay

Hanauma Bay

– Ahhh….one of my favorite beaches!  There is something so soothing about being here.  We’ve snorkeled different reefs and these are OK, but the way you are almost surrounded by the elevations makes laying here all day just perfect.

The calm waters of the bay provide perfect conditions for floating over the reefs. The bay floor is actually the crater of an ancient volcano that flooded when the exterior wall collapsed and the ocean rushed in.  The reefs are filled with a diverse population of marine life and we were lucky enough to see/swim with a sea turtle while we were there (among many other species of fish).

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