For the novice photographer, there’s little better than standing in front of a jaw-dropping landscape, taking great photographs and having wonderful mementos of your trip. A beautiful landscape photographs easily no matter your comfort level with a camera, which makes it easy for you to capture inspiring images as a new photographer.
Consider adding these locations to your list when planning your next photography travel destination:
Atiu, Cook Islands: Atiu combines pristine white sands, azure water and tranquil beaches that won’t be crowded with visitors. Capture sunsets or sunrises with your digital camera for dramatic effect. If you crave something different, explore the famed limestone caves or take a guided trek through the jungle that surrounds Atiu — and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife.
Rangiroa, French Polynesia: The name “Rangiroa” means “vast sky,” and the sense of perspective you get from this French Polynesian atoll certainly makes for stunning images. Rangiroa is the world’s second largest coral atoll, and promises stunning diving and snorkeling for visitors. The unique vista of the atoll will make for some excellent photos of sea, sky, flora and fauna. If you love diving, this is a can’t-miss location.
Kuna Yala, Panama: Kuna Yala, the land of the indigenous Kuna people, offers eco-tourism at its best. Bask in the sun and sand on pristine beaches, sleep in thatched huts or in waterfront hammocks, and photograph the native people on a tour of Kuna villages. Because the Kuna have passed laws geared to preserve their environment, you can enjoy a tropical vacation without the crowds or chain hotels.
Gili Islands, Indonesia: The Gili Islands combine everything you want in the perfect tropical vacation. Legend has it that a magic ring that surrounds the islands makes visitors not want to leave. With coral reef snorkeling, pristine beaches, warm waters and friendly natives, who can blame them? These islands are also remote, so they offer a respite for crowd-weary travelers looking for natural beauty to photograph. Driving is forbidden on these islands, so get ready to travel by bicycle or by horse-drawn carriage.
Cape Tribulation, Australia: Capture the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef without the crowds at this nearby down-under World Heritage site. Cape Tribulation offers scenic beaches, an oceanside rainforest to explore with your camera, mangrove boardwalks and turquoise rock pools. The diverse terrain here is sure to make for stunning images and give you practice shooting landscapes, macro, and micro images.
Cape Verde, Africa: Off the coast of Senegal, Cape Verde offers 10 biodiverse islands with a unique African beat. You’ll encounter many species of plants and animals unique to the region, giving you a chance to capture wildlife that you can’t capture anywhere else. Cape Verde also offers quiet beaches and sunny splendor without a horde of tourists. You’ll have the beach to yourself to practice your shooting skills.
Bora Bora, Tahiti: Renowned as a classic honeymoon destination, Bora Bora offers mountains and valleys perfumed with hibiscus, white sand beaches and warm emerald waters, and poolside luxury resorts and spas where you can relax after spending the morning photographing the lush landscape. Don’t skip a sunset cruise; the light at that time makes for stunning photographs.
You’re guaranteed great shots at any of these picture-perfect locations, so add these tropical wonders to your bucket list. When you travel, bring along your camera’s manual to read more about its settings during your flight so you are ready to get that perfect shot.
Holly is an Indianapolis native who loves traveling. She’s been all over the world and loves planning trips almost as much as taking them. In her spare time, she enjoys blogging on behalf of Sears and other great brands she uses.