Travel Photography: Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know

In the words of Ansel Adams…

You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” - Ansel Adams

But how do you make a good photograph?

In this no-nonsense interview, award-winning writer and photographer, Matt Gibson reveals how he makes a good photograph AND how he uses travel photography to grow his blog.

Travel Photography

Matt Gibson shooting a sunset.

You’ll learn:

  • Why travel photography is critical to the your blog’s success
  • How you can skyrocket your blog’s traffic using photography
  • Strategies for making money from your photos
  • How to use photos to boost newsletter subscribers
  • Essential gear for newbie (and expert) photographers
  • Common (but often overlooked) tricks to taking good photographs
  • The #1 most “overrated” piece of equipment
  • How to safeguard and backup your photos while traveling
  • And much more!

So what are we waiting for?

Let’s get started…

Watch Matt’s Interview on Travel Photography

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Resources & Notes

Matt’s Travel Photography Gear

  • Bodies: Nikon D600, Nikon D90
  • Lens: 20mm prime, 35mm, 50mm, 100-300mm
  • Other: GoPro Hero 3, Canon G10, Samsung Galaxy S4

Travel Photography Interview Questions:

  • Matt, tell us a little about your photography background?
  • How do you use your photography on your own blog?
  • How has photography helped improve your travel blog?
  • Do you make money from your photography? How?
  • How can travel bloggers use photography to help improve their website and traffic?
  • Should bloggers upload/submit their photos to other websites to gain credibility and traffic?
  • What kind of gear do you use?
  • What camera features and gear would you recommend for a newbie?
  • How much should a newbie photographer plan to spend on a camera and gear?
  • What’s the most overrated piece of photography equipment?
  • In your opinion, what makes for a good photo?
  • What are your top three photography tips for newbies?
  • Looking back, what advice would you have given yourself when you first started?
  • What software do you use for editing your photos?
  • How do you back up your photos when you travel?
  • What are the best online resources for finding free and creative commons images?
  • What travel and photography bloggers do you follow?
  • How can travel bloggers sharpen their photography skills?
  • Any other thoughts?


  1. Very interesting interview!
    Thank you for sharing.
    I also love doing posts only around photos. Just did one about camels… I had a lot of fun. Thanks for confirming this is a great way to post.

  2. OH!! very nice interview… Thank you for posting…

  3. Lynette Gerber says:

    Hi- please help. Why am I not able to sign up for the free course offered on every page? (Grab your free 24 part course )

  4. Truly a great post and interview! Thanks for sharing such an informative piece of content with us.

  5. You can take your own artistic photos by giving special attention to a few basic elements of composition. Do you have a portfolio?