Top 10 Tips for Photography Abroad

Written by Glenn Asher-Gordon

Publisher's Note:

Taking photos can be as challenging as can be, especially to me. These tips are so inspiring that I honestly cannot imagine my life without a camera. I am so grateful to Glenn for sharing valuable information which is very useful to new photographers and for you who is passionate about photography. 

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                          Glenn Asher-Gordon

I am a happy, young and enthusiastic photographer who specialises in taking pictures of landscape and wildlife. Though I normally take photos while travelling abroad, I capture Events professionally in Leicestershire and beyond. 

I enjoy bringing my love of nature into my wedding and event photography wherever possible. When shooting portraits, I like to focus on the interplay between people or pets, trying to capture something of a person's spirit that indefinable quality that makes them unique. Visit me at Gray Gordon Photography. 

Whether photography is a hobby or profession, the following tips are essential to improve and master your passion. Remember, just because someone has an expensive camera doesn't mean that they're a good photographer.

  • Respect your Environment
Most importantly of all, look after your surroundings. Do not destroy delicate plant life, endanger or frighten an animal just to get a good shot. If you truly value the beauty of your subject, please take the time and care to protect it.

Basking by the Sea  - Photo Courtesy of Glenn Asher-Gordon 
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  • The Early Bird Catches the Worm
And the early photographer catches the early bird, catching the worm. Be prepared to put yourself out a little if you want to get that stunning shot.  Really, attention-grabbing or thought-provoking shots rarely fall onto your lap, you have to go and look for them.
  • Dusk 'Till Dawn
Getting up early leads me nicely onto my next tip.  There is a reason why photographers get up before sunrise and stay out after sunset; the light is soft and beautiful here.  Unfortunately, there is nothing pretty about the bleached-out skies of the midday sun.

  • Failing to Plan, Is Planning to Fail
Think about what equipment you will need to get a good shot that day.  Simple things such as a fully charged battery, a waterproof cover or a tripod can be essential. I once forgot my underwater camera on an excursion to swim with Galapagos Penguins and will always regret it.

  • The Eyes Have It
If you are taking photographs of wildlife, particularly head-shots, it is vital to get the eyes of the animal in focus. The eyes convey so much of the life and soul of an animal so when composing your shot, be sure to keep this in mind.
  • Patience is the Watchword
Photography can often be boring. There, I said it! Hours sitting alone, waiting for the perfect shot are not much fun, especially when nothing is happening. However, don't give up - you will get more hours of pleasure from a framed photo on your wall, than you lost waiting to take it.

  • Practice Makes Perfect
Whether it's a DSLR, a 'point and shoot' or even the latest smart phone, it's important you get to grips with your camera's settings before you head abroad. Don't miss that once in a lifetime opportunity simply because you couldn't turn the flash on in time.

  • People Power
Taking shots of the locals is often one of the most pleasurable aspects of photography abroad.  Ask permission beforehand or gesture with your camera if you don't speak the language. Don't be afraid, I usually find people are more than happy to do this and the worst they can say is No.

  • Constructing the Perfect Photo
Architecture abroad can be fascinating, with no two countries exactly the same. Try getting up high or shooting from low down for more interesting vantage points and compositions. Look out for striking lines and angles or get in really close for that often missed detail.
  • And Finally.....
Don't live your life through a lens the entire time you are on holiday. The scenes you see through a viewfinder do not compare to taking in the real thing with your own eyes. Use your photographs to remind you of the magic and beauty you witnessed, but make sure you do witness it!

Author's Bio

Glenn is a professional photographer and a 'non-professional travel writer from Leicestershire, England. He shares his skill on all things photography, travel, wildlife and a few other things. See more of Glenn's work at and get inspired on all things at

Most importantly of all, look after your surroundings. Do not destroy delicate plant life, endanger or frighten an animal just to get a good shot. If you truly value the beauty of your subject, please take the time and care to protect it.


  1. Really grateful and honoured to be part of 'From a Travellers Desk'. Cheers Freddie.


    1. Thank you Glenn for sharing your passion with our readers. You will always be a part of our travel blog.

  2. ok :D aware, thank you very much!


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