8 Benefits To Becoming A Travel Photographer Even Though You Are an Amateur

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by D. Scott Carruthers

Do You Love Taking Pictures?

Becoming a travel photographer is one of the most exciting career paths any budding photographer can take. As commercial flights get cheaper and traveling is more emphasized as a hobby rather than a luxury, more photographers find themselves wanting to pursue their passion for images and explore unknown parts of the world.

In this post, we will be discovering the eight benefits of becoming a travel photographer.

#1 Getting to see new places

Travel photographerIf you are an adventurer by heart, how exciting would it be to walk on paths you’ve never taken and take photos of places you’ve never been before? Most of us work like it’s a routine that we always dread. When you are a travel photographer, there’s never a routine. It’s always an adventure.

#2 Embracing other people’s culture

Travel photographerThe ignorance of someone’s culture is a result of the lack of knowledge about it. When you become a travel photographer, you open your mind to a culture that’s entirely different from yours. You will give yourself the opportunity to change perspectives if you have to, and show appreciation and respect for people on a different part of the globe.

#3 Collaborations with international brands

Travel photographerIf you persevere as a travel photographer, you may have the opportunity to partner with global brands that can sponsor your trip. For example, a resort from an exotic island can contact you to take photos of their place, and sponsor your trip going there. Publishing companies from other countries can also contact you if your pictures of their landmarks and nature stand out from the rest. Another example would to have the chance to promote a product that you use to take your photos, such as a camera or an accessory.

#4 Meeting other travel photographers

travel photographerIf your dream is to go to the known wonders of the world first, there is a chance that you will stumble upon another photographer who shares the same passion as you. You will get to learn from their experiences, and they will be glad to share with you tips and tricks on how to capture great photos during your travel. If they are a veteran in the area, they can also show you the best spots to take photos, and even ways to help you get around the area more efficiently and affordably.

#5 Appreciating wildlife

travel photographerBeing a nature travel photographer is a life-changing experience. In this opportunity, you will get to witness landscapes, water forms, animals, plants and other aspects of nature that you may not have the chance to see if you chose a different path. You get to appreciate the diversity of the natural world, of how the seasons change in color, of how the light and dark come into play and respect the cycle that is life.

#6 Flexible lifestyle

travel photographerHow many of us begrudgingly wake up to an alarm, brush our teeth, get our morning coffee and slave our way to a 9-5 job? Many of us do. However, being a travel photographer means you get to escape this rigid routine. You don’t have a Monday to Friday like others do. You get to choose your schedule and work as early or as late as you want, depending on your goals. Many aspire to have that flexible lifestyle that travel workers usually have.

#7 Minimalist way of living

travel photographerA travel photographer is always on-the-go, and must always be looking out for new opportunities to explore the world. When you become one, it means that you must be ready to get rid of all the clutter of material things in your life. Most of these things you won’t be able to bring with you as you tread on this career path. In fact, you will be liberated from the materialism that people have when they don’t travel as much. Your mind will be opened to acquire only things that matter, and that should usually fit your travel bag.

#8 New culinary experiences

travel photographerMany travel photographers are also foodies. That is why one great benefit of treading on this career path is to be able to taste the food and drinks of different countries. Travel photography can expand your culinary tastes to include different ways to prepare meals, snacks, drinks and other delicacies you wouldn’t have tasted otherwise if you took a different route. Experimenting with new foods is an exciting part of traveling that you might not want to miss as a photographer.


If you love photography consider these eight benefits of taking your hobby to the next level.


D Scott Carruthers is a professional photographer based in Anaheim, California. He gained recognition in his early years as a budding photographer as his works were featured in many local publications. He has covered events with public icons and celebrities. For more information, you can visit his website at http://www.carruthersphoto.com/.


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15 responses to “8 Benefits To Becoming A Travel Photographer Even Though You Are an Amateur”

  1. Norah Colvin Avatar

    To benefit from the benefits, I’d have to do more travelling! It’s interesting to see what they are though – a great lifestyle for some.


    1. Marsha Ingrao Avatar

      Time to enjoy life, Norah! Even the staycations are a great opportunities for photos. 🙂


  2. Michelle James Avatar

    Photos of travels, whether my own or other’s always fascinate me. I could sit and look at them for hours. This is a fantastic post, Marsha.


    1. Marsha Ingrao Avatar

      I agree. Dennis Scott did a great job. I love his photos, too! 🙂


  3.  Avatar

    I would have loved to have been a travel photorgrapher in another life lol. I’ve enjoyed sharing my photos on my blog and writing my version of ‘travel walks’, albeit as a most definite amateur! But to make a living out of it would be amazing. Fantastic photos. Really enjoyed this guest post, thank you Marsha 🙂


    1. Marsha Ingrao Avatar

      Thanks so much for commenting. I wish I could take pictures like Scott’s, too! 🙂


  4. DGKaye Avatar

    Loved this Marsha. I should think a photographer’s life would be a wonderful career. Just taking in life’s beauty of getting to see new places. But I don’t think I’m cut out for the minimalist life, lol. 🙂


    1. Marsha Ingrao Avatar

      I don’t think so, either Deb. I’m not either. I also hate carrying a heavy camera. I used to, but I’m spoiled by the ok shots I can take with my phone. They work well for blogging, and I don’t have the eye for professional photography. I’ve learned a few tips that help me, like the rule of thirds. 🙂


  5. Terri Webster Schrandt Avatar

    Very informative post! Thanks for sharing your expertise. While I’m not a travel photographer (yet), I do love capturing images of places to where I travel (even locally) and always have something ready for a blog post!


    1. D. Scott carruthers Avatar

      Yes, it is great to capture images anywhere you go. Great for practice as well before you travel. Thank you.


      1. Marsha Ingrao Avatar

        There’s more to it thank practice, says I who have thousands of pictures including a few good ones. I’m not sure I’ve ever timed mine as well as you did.


    2. Marsha Ingrao Avatar

      You take some wonderful pictures, Terri. You should do a guest post for Always Write. I’m love taking pictures, but I’m always open to advice. 🙂


  6. Carol Avatar

    The culinary experiences might even include poke! Great article.


    1. Marsha Ingrao Avatar

      LOL! I don’t think so!


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