Travel Photography For All
I am Viktor Elizarov the founder of PhotoTraces.com. If you share my passion for landscape and travel photography and you want to improve your skills by learning different aspects of the trade, this page is for you.
Today, in the era of globalization, travel became more accessible to everyone, photography equipment is more affordable than ever before, and the internet is full of learning resources. Even with this, travel photography can still be overwhelming when you are just starting and want to take your passion to a new level or even make it more than just a hobby.
I believe that most of this frustration comes from the remarkable number of choices in photography equipment, editing tools, processing techniques, and learning resources. When you start, it is not always obvious what is an essential part of the learning process and what is not.
My goal is to simplify the process of learning travel photography by providing only essential and high-quality learning and inspirational resources.
Most Popular Resources on PhotoTraces.com
In recent years, Lightroom became the most important tool for any type of photographers. These days, it is more useful and effective than Photoshop. Lightroom covers three crucial aspects of photography: Photo Organization, Photo Editing, and Publishing. If I had to choose the only tool to recommend to a beginner, it would be Lightroom.
It is no wonder then that the most popular resource on my blog is my Free Lightroom Preset Collection.
This collection represents 10 years of my experience of editing and processing photos and reflects my personal style and my artistic vision. Just download the collection and I promise that it will help you to improve your photography, save time on processing but, most importantly, it will demonstrate how I approach the process of editing photos. And, if you need further help, the collection comes with a tutorial.
Free Lightroom Presets
- Free Lightroom Preset – Travel Collection
- Tutorial: How to Use PhotoTraces Free Lightroom Preset Collection
- What is Photoshop Lightroom?
- Introduction to Lightroom Rapid Editing System
- The Minimalist Guide to Editing Family and Vacation Photos in Lightroom
- Understanding Aperture Priority and Why You Should be Using It
- Learning Shutter Speed With Shutter Speed Chart
- Learning Aperture in Photography With F-Stop Chart
- What is ISO in Photography?
- Back Button Focus: Why and How You Should Be Using it
HDR Photography Tutorials
I am a big proponent of HDR photography. The realm of HDR photography allows us to make photographs as close as possible to human experience by bridging the gap between what the human eye perceives and what the digital camera can actually capture.
My main motivation for using HDR processing is not to achieve the “HDR Look” but, is something completely opposite: to create natural and balanced photographs.
Most Popular HDR Photos on PhotoTraces
Finding the Perfect Destination
One of my main goals as a travel photographer is to discover amazing destinations around the world and share them with the followers of my blog. First, check the DESTINATIONS section of the blog where I feature some of the most interesting locations I have been privileged to visit and photograph.
Most Popular Photo Destiantions
Also, check this roundup article where I asked my colleagues, the top travel photographers in the industry, to share their favorite photography destinations. Top Travel Photographers Reveal Their Favorite Photo Locations
- Top 21 Beach Photography Tips
- Low Light Photography Tips
- Sunset Photography Fundamentals and Actionable Tips
“Deconstructing Photo” Blog Posts
When I publish a new photo to my blog with the detailed breakdown on how it was taken and edited, it goes into the “Deconstructing Photo” category. I have learned that the most popular feature of these posts among the readers is Before & After demonstrations
- Golden City (San Francisco)
- Rio De Ca’Tron in Venice (Italy)
- Sunrise Over South Shore of O’ahu (Hawaii)
- The Tree Stub at Cypress Cove in Point Lobos (California)
- Sunrise Over Kailua (Hawaii)
- Climbing the Sugarloaf at Montmorency Falls (Canada)
If you check any photography publication (web or print), everyone wants to sell you a new piece of equipment. Camera manufacturers spent years trying to convince the beginners that “you are as good as your photography equipment” which is absolutely far from the truth. My opinion is that photography equipment is the least important part of the equation when you are just starting.