6 Of The World's Best Places For Travel Photography in 2017

Who doesn't love traveling and taking amazing photos along the way?!? The world is such a beautiful place and capturing all the wonders and great locations in photos is such a great feeling.

We found a beautiful list of the world's best places for travel photography in 2017 on Forbes and we had to share a few of the destinations with you today. 

 

Lofoten Islands, Norway

Photo credit: iStock via Forbes

Photo credit: iStock via Forbes

Dubai

Dubai skyline in an approaching storm.Photo credit: iStock via Forbes

Dubai skyline in an approaching storm.Photo credit: iStock via Forbes

Hawaii

Molten lava ocean entry at Kilauea, Hawaii. Photo credit: iStock via Forbes

Molten lava ocean entry at Kilauea, Hawaii. Photo credit: iStock via Forbes

Vermont

Covered bridge in Bennington, Vermont.Photo credit: iStock via Forbes

Covered bridge in Bennington, Vermont.Photo credit: iStock via Forbes

Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef aerial shot. Photo credit: iStock via Forbes

Great Barrier Reef aerial shot. Photo credit: iStock via Forbes

Croatia

Old town Dubrovnik, Croatia. Photo credit: iStock via Forbes

Old town Dubrovnik, Croatia. Photo credit: iStock via Forbes

To see the entire list of world's best travel photography locations and to read a little about each destination, check out the original post on Forbes


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Need A Little Inspiration? This Guide Can Help!

Are you an aspiring photographer who has always loved taking photos but just never really got into it fully? Or, perhaps you love photography and have a dream to start your own photography business. No matter what level of photography you are at, just like anything in life, you need inspiration, encouragement and motivation to achieve your dreams and goals in life and with your passion of taking photos.  

Some people get motivation from family and friends, others by taking classes and continuing to learn and perfect their craft. Some people even like to read books by other photographers to find their inspiration.  

A Photographer's Dream: A Woman's Success is a wonderful guide written by Brooke Bustillos where she walks you through her personal journey from being a struggling businesswoman to someone with a six-figure salary doing what she has always dreamed of doing... photography! 

Do you feel like you have been lacking in motivation to get up and start your photography business? Has your business not been as successful as you hoped and you want to reflect on what all you need to do to fix it? Or, maybe you just need a little inspiration to help begin your journey into photography.

Whatever stage you are at, this guide can bring you the inspiration you need. It will help you get up and go after your dreams. Brooke will teach you how you must always push past the tough times that will come your way and will help you feel so motivated with confidence that you can achieve your short and long term goals. 

If you need some motivation, you need to get your hands on this guide now! Start believing in yourself, grab your camera and get out there and shoot for the stars! 

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Photo Of The Week

Today's photo of the week was taken by Angela Vondra of this up-close-and-personal bumble bee. 

We Want To Feature Your Work!

Do you have some really amazing photos you have taken recently or some of your past work that you simply love? We want to see! Each Tuesday, we will be featuring a "photo of the week" right here on the Camera Giveaways blog. We are looking for anything from amazing landscape photos, a gorgeous wedding or engagement shot, sports or animal photography, an awesome fashion photo...whatever you want to share, we would love to see!

Email your photos to contact@cameragiveaways.com with the subject "CG Blog Photo Submission" for consideration. In your email be sure to include a description of your photo, your name and company name as well as website and social media links. Please... no watermarks! If this information is not included, your photo will not be included.

3 Ways To Spice Up A Dull Location

There is nothing fun about trying to take an amazing photo with a dull location showing up in the background. It has probably happened to most of you where you find yourself taking portraits, at a wedding or even while taking landscape photos, and the location is just not as artistic as you would like. No matter what it is that you are shooting, there are plenty of ways you can spice up a dull location and we want to share 3 ways with you today.

1. Add In Some Extra Lighting

Adding in a little bit of light can really make a difference in spicing up your location and making the photos look great. Take some time when you arrive at the location and scope out unique details of the background that would be great to draw a little extra attention to with the lighting. 

2. Think About The Time Of Day

You may find that a specific location may be boring at one time of day, but may look totally different at another time. It is always important to scope out your location, so perhaps visit the spot at different times prior to your shoot to see what time of day is best. See what it looks like either early in the morning or late in the evening. Or, think about how the scene would look at night. Each time can bring a totally different look to the photos even though you take them from the exact same spot. 

Photo credit: wildpianist via Flickr

Photo credit: wildpianist via Flickr

3. Snap Photos From Different Angles

Just snapping a photo while you are standing straight in front of your subject is wonderful but if you move to a higher or lower angle to take the same photo can make it stand out that much more. While preparing for your shot, try and  visualize different angles you can try out. Perhaps you are photographing a family at a park and you can get up on top of a table or playground to shoot them from above. Or maybe you can try lying in front of the subject you are photographing so you photograph them from below catching a great background of the blue sky in the distance.

These are just a few ways to spice up a dull location when you are taking photos. If you are out taking photos and find yourself in a location with a less than stellar look to it, be sure to consider all of these options to take the best photos you possibly can. 

If you liked these tips, here are a few more you may enjoy: 


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Photo Of The Week

This week's photo of the week was taken by Robert Buss when he was riding a four wheeler through the mountains of Wyoming. 

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Do you have some really amazing photos you have taken recently or some of your past work that you simply love? We want to see! Each Tuesday, we will be featuring a "photo of the week" right here on the Camera Giveaways blog. We are looking for anything from amazing landscape photos, a gorgeous wedding or engagement shot, sports or animal photography, an awesome fashion photo...whatever you want to share, we would love to see!

Email your photos to contact@cameragiveaways.com with the subject "CG Blog Photo Submission" for consideration. In your email be sure to include a description of your photo, your name and company name as well as website and social media links. Please... no watermarks! If this information is not included, your photo will not be included.

Great Weather Photography From 2016

The last year brought with it so many significant weather events and Kevin Ambrose captured many of the different weather situations that he witnessed in the Washington D.C. region throughout 2016. We saw all of his photos in an article he wrote in The Washington Post and we wanted to share a few of them with you today. 

Kevin said in his article "It’s great to live in a city with four distinct seasons." We hope you enjoy his photos below! 

Distant lightning from a departing thunderstorm, July 19, 2016. Photo credit: Kevin Ambrose

Distant lightning from a departing thunderstorm, July 19, 2016. Photo credit: Kevin Ambrose

Sledding at the Capitol after Snowzilla, January 25, 2016. 

Sledding at the Capitol after Snowzilla, January 25, 2016. 

A small thunderstorm during sunset at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, June 12, 2016. Photo credit: Kevin Ambrose

A small thunderstorm during sunset at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, June 12, 2016. Photo credit: Kevin Ambrose

Ducks on the Tidal Basin with Cherry Blossoms in full bloom, March 26, 2016. Photo credit: Kevin Ambrose

Ducks on the Tidal Basin with Cherry Blossoms in full bloom, March 26, 2016. Photo credit: Kevin Ambrose

The Harvest Moon rises above Washington D.C., September 17, 2016. Photo credit: Kevin Ambrose

The Harvest Moon rises above Washington D.C., September 17, 2016. Photo credit: Kevin Ambrose

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial with heavy snow, February 15, 2016. Photo credit: Kevin Ambrose

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial with heavy snow, February 15, 2016. Photo credit: Kevin Ambrose

Kayaking Great Falls during autumn, October 23, 2016. Photo credit: Kevin Ambrose

Kayaking Great Falls during autumn, October 23, 2016. Photo credit: Kevin Ambrose

A stormy sunset at the Manassas National Battlefield Park, October 14, 2016. Photo credit: Kevin Ambrose 

A stormy sunset at the Manassas National Battlefield Park, October 14, 2016. Photo credit: Kevin Ambrose 

Great Falls frosted with snow, March 4, 2016. Photo credit: Kevin Ambrose

Great Falls frosted with snow, March 4, 2016. Photo credit: Kevin Ambrose

Autumn sunrise at the Tidal Basin with the Jefferson Memorial, November 13, 2016. Photo credit: Kevin Ambrose

Autumn sunrise at the Tidal Basin with the Jefferson Memorial, November 13, 2016. Photo credit: Kevin Ambrose

This photo is so unique and really showcases how beautiful each of the changing seasons can be. Here is a photo taken by Kevin Ambrose where he spliced together a photo from each season from the exact same spot in Washington D.C.  

Photo credit: Kevin Ambrose

Photo credit: Kevin Ambrose


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4 Tips To Taking Beautiful Winter Photos

Winter is here and the snow has started falling in many places around the world bringing chilly temperatures but beautiful winter landscapes. Just because there is snow does not mean that you can not get out and take amazing photos. There is nothing better than capturing the beauty and serenity of the snow. 

Today, we want to share 4 tips with you to help you take beautiful winter photos. So bundle up, grab your camera, head outside to build a snowman and take some awesome photography! 

1. Plan Ahead

During the winter months, the sun sets much earlier in the day so there is not as much daylight to photograph in. You want to make sure you plan ahead based on the location you are shooting in and the type of photo you are trying to get. If you will be up on a mountain and want to get the sunrise, make sure you know what time that is. Also, be sure to dress warmly. There is nothing worse than being outside trying to take that perfect shot and be too cold without a big coat, hat and gloves. Be sure to dress in layers so you can have as much warmth as you need.

The cold is also bad for your camera and battery as the cold weather eats up that battery faster than normal. Be sure to carry a spare along with you, perferrably wrapped up and kept in a warm bag.  

Photo credit: PhotographyLife.com

Photo credit: PhotographyLife.com

2. Play Around With Your Camera's Exposure

Snow is bright so it bounces light around and fills in spaces in photos that would typically be a shadow. But, the problem is that your camera will probably read all of that snow as light. When there’s too much light in an image, it underexposes the photo making it very dark. When you are photographing snow, you will want to experiment with adding more exposure, so be sure to play around until you find what you like and what looks best in the photos you have taken. 

3. Pay Attention To White Balance

Something else that can be challenging when taking photos of the snow is the white balance. White balance tells your camera what color temperature the scene is that you’re shooting in. Sometimes while shooting in the snow, you may get a blue hue. To keep your snow white in photos, experiment with your ‘Cloudy’ or ‘Shady’ white balance settings to see which one warms up the photo and works best in the exact lighting that you happen to be shooting in. 

Photo credit: northernlightsiceland.com

Photo credit: northernlightsiceland.com

4. Look For More Color

During the winter months, it is not very colorful. The green. colorful leaves are gone, there are no colorful flowers along the landscape and many times when it has been snowing, the sky is grey.  That can give you some pretty dull shots which of course is alright if you are trying to capture a great black and white photo. What you need to do is look for any little bit of color you can find and try and capture it - no matter how subtle it may be. Use the orange and pink of the sky during the sunrise or if you are photographing people in the snow, use the afternoon sun as it shines in their faces. 

If you plan to take photos in the snow, these tips are sure to help! Here are a few other photography tip posts you may enjoy: 


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11 Best Of The Best Wedding Photos of 2016 Chosen By Junebug Weddings

Junebug Weddings has just come out with its list of the 50 Best of the Best Wedding Photography of 2016 and the photos are just stunning. While every single photo is amazing in its own way, we have chosen 11 to share with you today. 

Photo credit: Rachel Photographs/Junebug Weddings

Photo credit: Rachel Photographs/Junebug Weddings

Photo credit: Anchor & Veil Photography/Junebug Weddings

Photo credit: Anchor & Veil Photography/Junebug Weddings

Photo credit: Ken Pak Photography/Junebug Weddings

Photo credit: Ken Pak Photography/Junebug Weddings

Photo credit: John Barwood Photography/Junebug Weddings

Photo credit: John Barwood Photography/Junebug Weddings

Photo credit: Roy Nuesca Photography/Junebug Weddings

Photo credit: Roy Nuesca Photography/Junebug Weddings

Photo credit: Victor Lax Photography/Junebug Weddings

Photo credit: Victor Lax Photography/Junebug Weddings

Photo credit: Custavo Franco Fotographia/Junebug Weddings

Photo credit: Custavo Franco Fotographia/Junebug Weddings

Photo credit: Wertvoll Fotographie/Junebug Weddings

Photo credit: Wertvoll Fotographie/Junebug Weddings

Photo credit: Danelle Bohane/Junebug Weddings

Photo credit: Danelle Bohane/Junebug Weddings

Photo credit: Two Mann Studios/Junebug Weddings

Photo credit: Two Mann Studios/Junebug Weddings

These are truly some amazing photographs that showcase what an amazing year it was for so many wedding photographers out there! We look forward to seeing more awesome work throughout the year ahead! 

To see all of 50 of the photos chosen in the Best of the Best Wedding Photography 2016, visit Junebug Weddings


 

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Photo Of The Week


Today's photo of the week was taken by Dennis Lubach at a rodeo in Deadwood, South Dakota in July 2016. Dennis used a Nikon D300S 28-300mm.

 

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Do you have some really amazing photos you have taken recently or some of your past work that you simply love? We want to see! Each Tuesday, we will be featuring a "photo of the week" right here on the Camera Giveaways blog. We are looking for anything from amazing landscape photos, a gorgeous wedding or engagement shot, sports or animal photography, an awesome fashion photo...whatever you want to share, we would love to see!

Email your photos to contact@cameragiveaways.com with the subject "CG Blog Photo Submission" for consideration. In your email be sure to include a description of your photo, your name and company name as well as website and social media links. Please... no watermarks! If this information is not included, your photo will not be included.

 

What Are Your Photography Goals For 2017?

The year is coming to a close and what a year it has been! There have been so many great moments, some sad ones, and tons of others in between... but we hope that each and every one of you have a positive outlook on the year ahead and have some wonderful goals for your photography in 2017. 

It is always fun to have a goal for the upcoming year especially when it comes to something that makes you happy... like taking photos. Take some time in the next few days to evaluate your photography throughout the past year and how you want to move forward in 2017. Perhaps you just began your photography business and want to double the amount of clients over the next year. Maybe you take photos as a hobby and really want to explore different subjects to photograph and make more time for your passion alongside everything else you have to do in life. Or, you may have always thought about photography and this year is the one you plan to take a class and learn as much as you can. 

We believe that if you love photography, you need to take photos. This year ahead, try making it a priority to take a photo every single day. At the end of 2017, you will have 365 different photos to show and we are sure you will have learned something along the way. 

Camera Giveaways is excited for another great year. We have so many great blog posts in the works that will show you some awesome photos and provide you with great tips and tricks for your photography. We will also be continuing with our Photo of the Week (read more about how to submit your own photos here) and have even more camera giveaways for you to enter. (Have you entered our current giveaway? If not, be sure to do so here).

What are your photography goals for 2017? Share them with us below. 


Throughout the year, we have seen some amazing photos and had some great blog posts that you all seemed to enjoy. Here are a few of our favorite posts from the year in case you missed any of them:

3 Essentials For Building A Photography Business - Want to start your own photography business? These tips will help you get started. 

Photo credit: Golden Vision Photography via SnapKnot

Photo credit: Golden Vision Photography via SnapKnot

6 Tips To Take Beautiful Bridal Portraits - Photographing a bride is such a beautiful thing. Here are 6 tips to make sure you capture her perfectly! 

8 Ways To Make Money With Your Photography - Looking to turn your passion into a business or just to help make you a little extra money, then this post will give you some great ideas! 

5 Minute Video On The History Of Photography - This is a cute video that shares a quick history of photography. 

Photo credit: Photo District News

Photo credit: Photo District News

3 Things To Think About If You Are Hiring A Second Shooter - Do you need a second shooter to help you photograph a wedding or large event? This post gives you 3 things you need to consider. 

7 Important Facebook Tips For Photographers - Social media is so important and Facebook is a very popular platform you want to make sure you are on. Be sure to read these 7 Facebook tips to be sure you are utilizing Facebook as best as you can.

7 Easy Steps To Improve Your Photography - These tips will help any photographer improve their work! 

In A Photography Rut? Here are 5 Ways To Get Out! - Finding yourself in a little bit of a photography slump? Here are 5 ways to help you get out. 


 

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