What makes a great travel photo?

Author's Note

As a professional photographer and road trip junkie, I'm addicted to that rush of throwing my camera and camping gear into my car and zooming down the highway. If there's anything I've learned, though, it's that really great travel photos don't happen when I'm in "zoom" mode.

The best images always happen when I take the time to slow down, take a long, deep breath and stay still long enough to soak up what's happening around me. After all, it's not the camera that understands what makes an image work. It's awareness. And the cool part is that with just a smidgen of practice with a camera, anyone who works on their awareness can make a picture worth remembering.

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