TTT: Review pictures in advance

December 2, 2008 at 7:06 am 1 comment

If you’re like me, your favorite souvenirs from your trips are your photos.  You may also be like me in that you are not an especially creative photographer and have trouble coming up with unique perspectives while taking pics.  For this Travel Tip Tuesday, I’m advising that you do some browsing of pictures of the places you plan to visit on your next trip.  You might see an amazing picture taken from Notre Dame with a gargoyle helping to frame it.  Then you can try your hand at re-creating that pictures instead of just snapping the usual Paris cityscape after your climb.  Trust me – this is something that’s absolutely worth the time.

Where do you find inspiration pictures?  I have a few ideas for you:

  1. Do a Google image search.  The more specific you are in your search, the more useful the search.  For example, instead of just searching for “Barcelona,” search for “Parc Guell, Barcelona.”  That beautiful sunset picture above came from the second search, and I’d have loved to have seen that picture and have a shot at recreating it when I visited the park.
  2. Look on or another online art website and check out professional photography for sale of the places you’ll be visiting.
  3. Head over to Flickr or Picasa and search for pictures people have taken and posted on those sites.
  4. Check out the work of travel photographers.  For example, you can view Tommy Hyunh’s work at  I really love his perspective.  He has galleries for Cuba, Mexico, USA, Guatemala, Vietnam, Belize, Norway, Israel, Tanzania, Iceland, Venzuela, and Canada.

Images: Notre Dame gargoyle over Paris from Liquid Luma; Parc Guell, Barcelona from Mor (bcnbits) via Flickr; Washington monument from Phoenix Masonry; Parliament, London from Darkness and LIght.


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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Laura  |  December 2, 2008 at 7:47 am

    A little inspiration for next time you are in DC – especially for photographing the cherry blossoms. I have seen this photographer’s work at a few markets and love it. I am thinking of buying a few pictures even though I see most of the monuments/buildings everyday! Enjoy!


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