If you are passionate about photography and travelling, you can combine these two hobbies wonderfully. We have collected some ideas for particularly spectacular travel photos and also the best time to travel.
Hardly any other hobby is as versatile as photography. Landscape and nature photography in particular takes enthusiastic amateur and professional photographers to places whose breathtaking beauty cannot be captured often enough.
Photo tours are a great way to see the wonders of our planet through your own eyes and lens, while getting to know the country and its people and broadening your horizons. Guided photography trips offered by renowned tour operators often combine visits to numerous beautiful photo locations around the world with thematic workshops that provide participants with the necessary expertise to take gorgeous snapshots.
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Advantages of guided photo tours
Guided photo tours are usually led by enthusiastic photographers themselves. They know exactly where you should set up your camera to get the best perspective on the beauty of the country and its people. Depending on the type of photo trip or workshop you book, the offer includes guided tours to the most beautiful photo hotspots in the world as well as practical background knowledge for perfect photo shots and subsequent image processing.
After the trip, for example, the captured impressions can be impressively presented as a photo on canvas. Really good photos are works of art that deserve to be staged in style.
But our photo travel locations do not only invite true fans of photography to send their senses on a journey and collect unique impressions.
Peru, Machu Picchu
Peru is one of the most popular locations for photo tours around the world. Here you can discover the fascinating beauty of the Inca culture, and that means lots of very special photo motifs to experience up close.
Machu Picchu has been handed down as a sacred place of the Inca culture and is today one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The Inca village was built in 1440 at an altitude of 2350 metres on a mountain in the Andes. In 1910, the sacred place, which had sunk into the depths of the jungle, was rediscovered by American naturalists.
A photo trip to Machu Picchu is especially worthwhile from April to October. The Inca village high up on the mountain can be reached either on foot via steep serpentines or by coach.
Iceland, the wild volcanic island
Iceland is a place of wild natural spectacles. Volcanoes, water and light phenomena characterise this primeval island. It is no wonder that Iceland has always had a strong attraction for photography enthusiasts. Here, the natural forces of the elements can be captured and transformed into impressive works of art.
The south of Iceland in particular attracts visitors with its changing weather and light phenomena and the fascinating play of colours that nature has to offer. Black sandy beaches, ice formations, fascinating sunrises and sunsets and the popular Northern Lights, which are of particular appeal to nature photographers, alternate here in great variety.
Especially the geothermally active areas of Iceland are a true paradise of impressive motifs and natural phenomena for photographers all year round.
The Aurora Borealis, the Black Beach around Vik, Godafoss and Haifoss are just a few of the hot spots that nature lovers among photographers should not miss. A photo trip through Iceland is best done by camper.
Provence, a dream of lilac and lavender
Picturesque is probably the term that best describes Provence with all its original French charm. Here, time seems to move more slowly and the world seems a little smaller, but all the more charming for it.
It almost seems as if Provence is completely covered in a lilac veil in spring and summer. Vast fields of lavender spread their special magic and a pleasant scent that covers everything in the warm summer air. In addition, there are original and picturesque villages that exude their very own flair and always invite you to linger and enjoy.
In Provence, photographers can also capture a very special natural phenomenon: The Milky Way. In the surroundings of Oraison, there are natural plateaus in the middle of beautiful lavender fields, from which the Milky Way can be seen with the naked eye at night in good weather. A natural spectacle of a very special kind that is unparalleled in the field of night photography.
A photo trip to Provence is especially recommended in July and August, when the lavender fields are in full bloom and offer a breathtaking sight.
The Moselle, romantic river valley in Germany
Even in the middle of the German-speaking world, there is a destination that is well worth a visit for photographers. The Moselle valley offers numerous places full of romantic beauty. In the many small winegrowing villages along the glittering riverbed, tradition is still writ large. Picturesque terraces invite you to taste the wine and, of course, to take countless beautiful pictures.
A hike through the vineyards offers many a picturesque vantage point from which the Moselle valley shows its most beautiful side. Especially in late summer and autumn, when the vines are in full fruition, you can capture dreamlike nature shots here.
A good starting point for a trip through the picturesque Moselle valley is the town of Cochem with its medieval Reichsburg castle. From here, many other beautiful photo spots along the Moselle can be reached in day trips. Eltz Castle and the famous Moselle Loop also grace photo shoots time and again. Especially in the evening hours, when the sun disappears golden behind the horizon, magical moments can be captured here.
Kenya, the Masai Mara National Park
Africa is considered home to breathtaking natural spectacles and wild freedom. One of the most popular photo hotspots in Africa is in Kenya, more precisely in the Masai Mara. This nature reserve in the middle of the world-famous Serengeti offers breathtaking landscapes and fascinating wildlife that can be experienced up close in many places.
Tip: To make the safari a success, you should be clear in advance about the best time to travel, necessary equipment and prescribed rules of conduct. Which animals can be seen in which national parks can also be helpful for planning.
As part of a guided photo safari, nature photographers can capture impressive spectacles here, which are particularly inspiring due to their fascinating play of colours. This destination is particularly recommended in the months of July to September. During this period, the magnificent sunrises and sunsets are particularly impressive. In addition, during the summer months you can observe the migration of the zebra and wildebeest herds that have found a home in the Masai Mara.
Those who do not want to limit their Africa trip to nature photography alone should not miss a detour to one of the numerous villages of the Maasai culture. The locals are very open-minded towards tourists and are happy to share the peculiarities of their ancient culture with interested visitors.