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The Travel Photography Book

Step-by-step techniques to capture breathtaking travel photos like the pros

Learn how to take professional-quality photographs when you travel, using the same tricks today’s top photographers use! If you’ve ever dreamed of making such incredible travel photos that when your friends and family see them they say, “Wait a minute, this is your photo!? You took this?” then you’re...
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Scott Kelby


272 pages


6 x 9in


Soft Cover- without flaps





  • Chapter 1: Doing the Research Before Your Trip
  • Chapter 2: What Makes a Great Travel Photo? It
  • Chapter 3: Gear and Settings
  • Chapter 4: Travel Photography Accessories
  • Chapter 5: Capturing Images of People
  • Chapter 6: Composition
  • Chapter 7: Other Cool Stuff to Shoot
  • Chapter 8: When to Shoot with Your Phone Instead
  • Chapter 9: What to Shoot
  • Chapter 10: Sharing Images from Your Trip
  • Chapter 11: Travel Photography Tips & Tricks
  • Chapter 12: Editing Your Images
  • Chapter 13: Photo Recipes to Help You Get the Shot

4 reviews for The Travel Photography Book

  • I have read several photography books by this author, and, in my experience, Scott Kelby does not disappoint. I’m looking forward to reading his take on travel photography. His introductory chapter he tells of a research website where a “worldwide community of serious photographers“ give tips on good shooting locations around the world. What a great tip! Like I said, Kelby exceeds expectations. I think it would be fun to explore this site even if one is not traveling :-).

    So, the author continues to come up with ideas for travel photography that I don’t recall seeing in other books I’ve read on the same subject: for example, he tells us to log onto stock photo websites to get some ideas of what to shoot in specific places. Not that we want to precisely duplicate other photos, but to give us ideas of where to hang out and when to shoot. Kelby is making much of the preparation stage for trips and I think he’s right. I know that it helps in nature photography to know where the birds hang out, and which species are there each season. Much more likely to score some keepers that way.

    He reminds us to check our white balance setting often to make sure we don’t have green or blue people! And, speaking of people, Kelby also tells us that we should include people in our travelogue photos even if it’s the architecture or the landscape we are emphasizing. Reminds me of my parents‘ 1950s slides which are almost all devoid of people and just full of mountain and forest scenes. Nothing I need to keep there! What we want is to see people in travel photos. Tells more of a story, even gives scale and perspective.

    This book is as useful for a beginner as it is for someone who’s been shooting for many years. Kelby talks about the basics we need to know for settings and travel photography such as which f-stop to use, how to avoid blurry shots, and which lenses to bring and where to use them. Even though I have been shooting for several years, never hurts to go over the basics! He also includes plenty of information for the more advanced photographer. And I think it’s very useful to have that information in a book and travel photography because I’m guessing a variety of photogs read books like these, not just beginners.

    Kelby stops along the way to suggest an app or two such as the PhotoPills app which he says packs a lot of information that’s helpful when you’re traveling. For example, the precise time of sunrise, or the blue hour. I will definitely be checking that out. I appreciate that Kelby doesn’t gloss over things and really goes into useful detail on just about any topic I can imagine having to do with travel photography. And then the author suggests something most professionals never suggest in their how-to books: when using your phone camera instead of your more “serious” camera makes more sense! For example, he suggests shooting any panoramas you might want with your phone because it’s so much more convenient. Glad to hear it, because I do that with certain wildlife landscapes. I applaud Kelby‘s humility and practicality in making smartphone camera suggestions. And sometimes Kelby’s sense of humor shows even in his headings. One chapter he entitled “what to shoot and what you can skip :-). For example, he advises us to skip shots filled with tourists — indeed!

    In the concluding chapters Kelby not only tells us about post-processing in very useful detail, he also tells us something quite necessary in today’s world: how to share images with other people. His tips include not only sharing on the obvious social media platforms, such as Instagram, but also that you might want to create a photo book, print some of your photos, and even create a portfolio of your trip.

    There is nothing about Kelby‘s book on travel photography that is not useful and so much that I have not seen elsewhere. He is also a good and efficient writer as well as occasionally and appropriately humorous. It is a manual I will re-read when once again I travel, after our pandemic is over.

  • (verified owner)

    I have followed Scott Kelby for over 20 years and consider him one of the foremost teachers for professional and hobby photographers. After having taken his Travel Photography Tips course on the KelbyOne website, I needed to collect and consolidate all the information that Scott packed into the course. Seeing the book available, I knew I had to have it. It does not disappoint! All the tips and tricks from the course are collected right in this little book. I can now avail myself of the many tips from the course at any time just by opening the book. As photographers, we all are constantly looking for new ways to create unique scenes in our cameras and process them to gain that “wow” factor. This book is jam packed with the information to enable any photographer at any experience level to do just that. I’ve been a photographer for over 50 years, and yet I always learn from Scott Kelby. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to engage in continuous learning.

  • (verified owner)

    Good morning Scott.

    I’d be happy to write a review. Before I write a review I want you to know that I found a ‘dust spot’ on page 21. (This one always makes be a bit queasy because I never want to get in a situation where I can’t have my camera gear with me on the plane.)

    Kelby has done it again! The Travel Photography Book is well written and a terrific resource. It gives the traveler excellent comprehensive information as to How, Where and When to capture the very best photos from your travels. I particularly liked how Kelby gives you examples of his photos and the recipes as to how they were taken. The recipes include the Gear, Settings, Key Techniques that were used. He also writes about Editing/Post-Processing your photos after your return.

    The end result of reading this book should take the traveler from shooting just snapshots to shooting incredible photos that will become Wall-Hangers.

    All in all, I would give this book 5 Stars.

  • (verified owner)

    Scott Kelby is the best photography book author around! I have bought every book he has published and will continue too. His writing style is easy to comprehend and is something you can use immediately. Love his books!!

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