Photo Inspiration: Travel Photography From Around The World Project

Photo Inspiration: Travel Photography From Around The World Project

Peter-West-Carey-Oregon2012-0205-1287Today I am starting a new (semi-)regular series on DPS. On this site we have great content with step by step instructions, gear reviews and information on all forms of post processing. I want to add to that content a form of inspiration that mixes practical tips for every day shooting and an appreciation for the wider world around us. It will be a form of travel voyeurism and exploration, one country at a time.

While I will be starting with countries I have visited and have familiarity with, that list will only last so long. I want this to be more of a community project and I will be contacting various photographers with expertise in a particular country(ies) to be highlighted in posts. I will be looking for great images that represent the chosen country and will gladly accept images from professionals and amateurs alike. Anyone with a high quality image and information on how to help others take the same shot are welcome to apply.

To that end, I will be taking initial submissions via a contact form on my site. If you have outstanding photos and helpful knowledge for a particular country, please let me know. I will then be in direct contact with you if your content matches the caliber of shots for DPS.

You will retain all rights to your photo if it is used and you must be the copyright owner (and must have taken the shot). You will also be asked to submit a short two sentence description and information to help others achieve the same shot. I want this to not only be about wonderful travel photos, but also about helping each other in the process.

Each post will have 10-40 images that show an unfamiliar side of the country. No postcard shots we’ve all seen before. If submissions for a particular country are high, I will include a photo from as many different photographers as possible. If not many people have traveled to a particular country, more images from each photographer will be included. It’s about quality and opening things up to as many different points of view as we can.

Once the project is in swing, this post will be updated with a list of posts per country. It would be a good idea to bookmark it now and check back every week or so if you are not already subscribed to the DPS RSS feed.

I look forward to not only highlighting the beauty of this world, but also the gritty reality and fascinating variety it holds. I also look forward to showcasing great photographers from all parts of the globe right here on DPS.

Countries In Order Of Appearance:

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Peter West Carey leads photo tours and workshops in Nepal, Bhutan, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles and beyond. He is also the creator of Photography Basics - A 43 Day Adventure & 40 Photography Experiments, web-based tutorials taking curious photographers on a fun ride through the basics of learning photography.

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  • Edmund Wong March 1, 2013 04:13 am

    Hi Peter,

    I will be heading to Incheon,Korea tjis coming April 4th - April 10th for Wedding Photography. Pls advice on how can I help you on this special project of urs.

    Thank you.
    Edmund Wong

  • alebaffa March 1, 2013 03:18 am

    I really would like to participate too! I have a lot of images from to India on my Flickr account. You can take a look here: .

    In case you find something interesting, just tell me.


  • MYRK January 21, 2013 07:23 pm


    I am a free lance photographer based out of Saudiarabia. This is an amazingly introvert society and has lots of challenges for Photographers however it also present some great opportunities.

    I have some pictures that i have showed on my facebook page and would like to contribute these to this collection if needed.


  • Jose N January 21, 2013 01:28 pm

    Hi Peter,

    What else can I say that was not said on all the above comments!! Simply fantastic initiative.
    How do I get you updates for Travel Photograpy, please?
    Many thanks.

  • Jan January 11, 2013 07:32 pm

    Hi, I would like to participate.
    Last year I was in Namibia, an amazing country and a paradise for photographers.
    I could also participate in a post about Jordan (Petra and Wadi Rum for example).

  • sean January 11, 2013 05:16 am

    Looks like I missed a few countries listed already, but I've been to some other ones and have images from our trips. Is there a list of future countries you plan to do?

  • Bob B January 11, 2013 04:04 am

    Great idea - would like to participate in future stages of this. I have lots of travel photos.

  • MYRK October 22, 2012 07:53 pm

    Sounds like a great idea. I am an amateur photographer based in Saudiarabia and travel across the MEA region frequently. I would like to participate in the project. please let me know how to proceed further!

  • Keith October 17, 2012 03:57 pm

    You have some errors in your piece about New Zealand, Tirau is not far from my home, the sculptures are in corrugated iron, not cardboard!. There are two large buildings, one is a sheep, the other next door is a dog and there are other sculptures too

    Also the correct spelling is MARAE not marai

  • Leandro October 16, 2012 06:53 am

    This is an amazing idea, so my places to visit and only one life to do it.
    To bad Argentina isn't listed, we have some beautiful landscapes here.

  • Nikhil kumar September 11, 2012 04:14 pm

    Hi Peter,

    I would love to contribute towards your venture in India. I have been covering up areas and streets of North India on my own expense for sometime and would love to contribute something. Please do let me know if you need any demos or photographs

  • Jeremy August 3, 2012 02:30 am

    I recently spent 5 weeks in Ghana, Africa as part of the world health initiative. I ended up with about 400 gig of photos and video. If you do a series on that region let me know and I'm sure I could find something to contribute. Cheers!

  • Samantha Jenkins July 31, 2012 05:28 am

    This is very cool. I have travelled to Korea, Cambodia, Thailand, Shanghai China, Colombia, Ecuador, Chile and all over the U.S. In 2013 I will be living and working in Kathmandu, Nepal. I am only starting to become a photography fanatic so I really love the tips on photography and have really begun to enjoy on a different level the amazing photography out there to some of the places I have already been. Love this site.

  • hurworld June 24, 2012 09:06 pm

    I have some photos from my trip to the Galapagos and Cuzco/Inca Trail, if you are doing features on those countries.

  • Gonzalo June 24, 2012 04:49 am

    Grear Project! I travelled through Asia and Europe for 6 months in 2010, I may have some nice pictures, let me know the next countries that will be in the project.


    Gonzalo from Uruguay

  • ted madamba June 13, 2012 01:00 am

    hi, just recently viewed DPS Cambodia travel photos ... should you post some sort of 'rejoiner' photos, will be glad to pitch in ... more power to DPS

  • Louis Bryant April 15, 2012 04:49 am


    Moving to south Korea in the fall for a year, I would to submit images from my stay as part of the project

  • Dave Battarbee April 13, 2012 07:58 am

    I am very much an amateur and I doubt whether any of my images are good enough for DPS. I would, however, be privileged if you could use any of them.

  • Di Pietro April 4, 2012 05:40 am

    I have photos from Portugal and romania. Wait for your invitation, I have also from cape town ...

  • Joni Dusek March 28, 2012 12:47 am

    I will be traveling to South Korea in September, but I'm thinking you probably don't want another Asian destination so soon. I'll be shooting for two weeks throughout South Korea including military bases. I love your site, btw!

  • Benoit Lépine March 26, 2012 02:44 am

    I have some pictures from Hawaii and from Montreal that, if they are to your liking, could be used in one of your posts.


  • Olivia Griselda March 3, 2012 04:43 am

    Hi there! I'd like to submit pictures of Singapore, but the contact form link doesn't work anymore :( Could it be fixed?

  • Andy February 27, 2012 07:45 pm

    Quick question.. Is that mount Taranaki/Egmont in the top image?

  • sabira February 18, 2012 10:59 am

    great project, looking forward for this post.


  • Prakash Bang February 17, 2012 05:01 pm

    I have over 6000 images of over 200 destinations shot across 33 countries. None of the images are digitally enhanced. The idea behind my travelogue was to be of help to the next traveller in the chosen destination. Hope this could be of help.

  • ChefMike February 17, 2012 06:09 am

    The link didn't post...Let's try that again.

  • ChefMike February 17, 2012 06:03 am

    This set is from January 2012 (a couple weeks ago). I was in Marco Island, Florida, along the very South end of the Florida on the Gulf Coast. These shots are a combination of patience and planning. I am still pretty new to wildlife photography and wanted to catch birds doing what birds do. At one point I stalked a white heron for 20 minutes while it stalked that chameleon. The bugs at dusk were a lot of fun as well but well worth the results. I hope you enjoy.

  • Dr.Bob February 14, 2012 06:02 pm

    I wholeheartedly agree with Marks comment, as it is probably the largest problem in travel photography.

  • Bigda Shehajada February 14, 2012 03:51 pm

    Wow!!..This is nice..hope I can contribute..

  • MsKirpi February 14, 2012 01:45 pm

    I'm looking forward to seeing the posts! I spent a few years in Turkey a decade or so ago, and had many great not-otherwise-seen shots. But they were pre-digital, and when I try to scan them on my home scanner, the quality suffers a bit. So I'll just have to be content with looking at the posts here, and with looking at my scrapbooks! I'll see what I can do with the scanned photos and maybe I can do a flickr stream of some of them. It'll be a challenge for me!

  • Scottc February 14, 2012 11:14 am

    This is a very interesting project, I really look forward to seeing the future posts.

    Not "billing" anything here, I've traveled to a lot of Countries and make no claim of expertise in any, and Venice is quite popular I imagine.

  • Erik Kerstenbeck February 14, 2012 02:33 am

    Cool....what better place to start than The Cloud Gate in Chicago! (Or as it is called...The Bean)

  • Massimo Belloni February 14, 2012 01:11 am

    Take a peek at my site: maybe you will find something interesting... :-)

  • Stila February 13, 2012 09:05 pm

    Thumbs up for this project! I can't wait to know what the first country will be. It surely will be so inspiring for everyone wishing to take beutifiul travel pictures...

  • Mark February 13, 2012 04:19 pm

    What I'd be interested in is details of how to do scenery justice (cityscape, landscape, beach etc) when you don't have the light i.e. you are at a place at a point in time and cannot be there for sunrise or sunset for whatever reason and it's either: cloudy/overcast like the UK often is or brilliantly sunny, often annoyingly glare-filled so, like Australia can be. I'm often left thinking in the case of Australia that HDR is needed due to the glare blowing the exposure latitude of even a full frame DSLR out.

  • Mridula February 13, 2012 03:43 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful project.

  • raghavendra February 13, 2012 01:08 pm

    I wish many would join this.

  • Jeff E Jensen February 13, 2012 11:18 am

    This is a great idea, Peter! Someday I'll be independently wealthy and will be able to travel the world. Till then, I'll look forward to these posts.