Travel Stock - First steps

Heidelberg Autumn, Germany

Moving my first steps into travel stock photography is proving to be a worthy experience both in terms of the richness it brings and in terms of the arsenal of new tools it adds to my photography.

Time to share the experience.

Florence, Italy

The first thing I learnt is that the place where you live is someone else's exotic part of the world, so it's the first one worth shooting to get the grasp with Travel. I started with Frankfurt and its surroundings, in Germany, exploring well known subjects but trying to add a twist or two to make them interesting.

Frankfurt by night, Germany

Before you embark on a new shooting adventure research the location, look at what others have shot: I usually research Dreamstime's collection to see what is currently there, then move to other collections both in Micro and Macro to have a broader view. It helps me understand as much as I can about the culture and the vibe of the place I'm going to visit, to collect ideas. Then... don't copy it, but add your own interpretation: it's all about how you see a city, a country, not about how others have seen it before. You want to bring your personal feelings to the table that will make the place unique again.

Venice at sunset. Italy

St. Michael's Mount, Cornwall, England

And it's all about the light. Don't shoot at midday, use that part of the day to scout locations, look for good compositions, understand where the sun is going to be and prepare for the sunset or sunrise, when the light is glorious, ready to be captured.

Don't forget to add some night shots as well, where the light is not provided by nature, but can be still add something interesting to the scene: cities literally explode with colors at night.

Heidelberg Red Castle, Germany

Most of all, have fun: when you are enjoying it, brilliant images come by themselves.

Photo credits: Francesco Carucci.
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I'm a travel and landscape stock photographer outside of my daily desk job, spending most of my spare time chasing the Light; the rare glimpses of it I manage to capture are here.

All landscapes and cityscapes are available for beautiful fine art print and canvas on my personal gallery.

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October 05, 2009

Excellent shots. The light really makes them special. It includes also always a bit of luck to be at the right spot at the right time. Catching a rare moment or getting a unique special photo of a place that has been photographed a thousand times gives some extra adrenalin which is why I also like travel photography a lot. And I also started in my old neighbourhood. The wine grapes in my portfolio are just a few km from my parent's house.


October 02, 2009

great collection, and lovely pics, looking forward to seeing many more of your travel shots


October 02, 2009

Nice shots and tips. Most important tip is how to get to travel to exotic locations :^). If only I could.

If I ever do get to travel abroad, I'll take the advice, and write the trip off as a business expense.


October 01, 2009

You have very beautiful travel photos! Excellent tips. Thanks for sharing :0)


October 01, 2009

fantastic tips! hope to make use of them in my next travel holiday :) thanks!


October 01, 2009

Beautiful images, love Frankfurt by Night!


October 01, 2009

I agree, great!


October 01, 2009

Thanks everyone :)


October 01, 2009

Simply great! Thanks ;)


October 01, 2009

I like the colors, Francesco!


October 01, 2009

Beautiful photos:)


October 01, 2009

Great Photos, Frankfurt by night is really wow. I Have added this image to my company lightbox as we download images for travel magazine, this one could be the right one for future use.


October 01, 2009

Absolutely brilliant photos, Francesco!