Travel Photography

Great travel images shrink the world and expand your mind.
Photo by Olympus Gallery Superfan Mason Morris with the OM-D E-M10 Mark II

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Rachel Rudwall

@rachelroams | Over 127k followers

“I saw the alchemy of perspective reduce my world…to grains in a cup. I learned to watch, to put my trust in other hands than mine. And I learned to wander. I learned what every dreaming child needs to know – that no horizon is so far that you cannot get above it or beyond it.”
– Beryl Markham

I’m Rachel Rudwall, and if you want to know what it’s like to climb Kilimanjaro, paraglide with a hawk, or ice climb while simultaneously shooting a PBS show, I know all about it. As an Emmy-nominated on-camera host, producer, speaker, writer, and photographer, I’ve traveled all seven continents, lived in three countries and journeyed through 70 nations. My storytelling adventures range from on-air hosting for the Travel Channel and ABC to producing shows like “Ice Road Truckers” and “Ax Men”.

FOLLOW RACHEL’S TIPS TO CAPTURE AMAZING PHOTOGRAPHY OF YOUR NEXT TRIP

1 All the best shots have a cool vantage point. But sometimes you need to get dirty to find a creative perspective. Get on the ground, get up in a tree, and try taking shots from angles most people wouldn’t consider. Use a camera with a tilting or articulating touchscreen to help you frame your shot from unique angles.

2 My camera’s Aperture Priority Mode is my best friend for travel photography. I only have to worry about setting my aperture and my camera automatically figures out the shutter speed and ISO. This setting simplifies more complicated in-the-moment calculations needed to nail the perfect shot. It frees me to be more spontaneous.

3 Getting people in your shot adds a sense of scale and perspective. Plus, people can relate to other people. Just remember to always ask permission before snapping someone’s photo. You can get yourself in trouble if you don’t.

4 Travel light. Smaller gear eliminates so many hassles, especially if you’re out shooting all day. Mirrorless cameras like those in the Olympus OM-D series are so much more comfortable to carry compared to traditional, bulky DSLRs. Even the lenses are smaller and let you be more mobile, so you’re always ready to nail that perfect shot.

5 Ditch your tripod. I rely on my OM-D’s built-in image stabilization system to get clear, crisp photos, even if I’m moving and shooting at the same time. It's great to be able to shoot handheld and know your shots won’t come out blurry.

6 Every travel photographer needs a go-to lens. Mine is the M.Zuiko 12-100mm F4 IS PRO because it has the ideal range to capture a variety of scenes. If I’m shooting subjects like wildlife from a distance, I rely on the M.Zuiko 40-150mm F2.8 PRO. And for portraits and landscapes, I use my M.Zuiko 17mm F1.8.

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  • CAPTURE YOUR BEST TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY

    Travel is full of fantastic photo ops. Don’t leave them to your smartphone. Step up your travel photography with the OM-D E-M10 Mark III. This OM-D makes it easy to shoot and share your very best images. The simple-to-use tilting screen and touch menu controls let you quickly frame your shot and customize settings. With built-in Wi-Fi, enjoy wireless uploading and sharing with friends and followers. And with the E-M10 Mark III’s shake-free image stabilization, you’ll capture sharp stills and smooth 4K video while hand holding your camera, no tripod needed!

  • CAPTURE YOUR BEST TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY

    Travel is full of fantastic photo ops. Don’t leave them to your smartphone. Step up your travel photography with the OM-D E-M10 Mark III. This OM-D makes it easy to shoot and share your very best images. The simple-to-use tilting screen and touch menu controls let you quickly frame your shot and customize settings. With built-in Wi-Fi, enjoy wireless uploading and sharing with friends and followers. And with the E-M10 Mark III’s shake-free image stabilization, you’ll capture sharp stills and smooth 4K video while hand holding your camera, no tripod needed!

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Robert Penchick

@robertpenchick | www.penchickphoto.com

“Travel and Photography have gone together since the invention of photography. Recording and sharing images of far away and not so faraway places continues to play a major roll for those of us that love to visually capture and share exciting places we have visited.”

I’m Robert Penchick and I’ve had the privilege of traveling and photographing both professionally and as a personal art form for most of my life. I’m always ready to pack my cameras and suitcase (in that order) at any time! Though exotic locations offer exciting visuals, more often my travel photography takes me closer to home. I especially enjoy shooting interesting architectural subjects. I like to use dusk and the early evening hours to capture my subjects under dramatic lighting. As a Technical Support Specialist at Olympus America, I have switched from my previous camera to the lightweight and incredible optics of Olympus cameras and lenses, ideal for all traveling photographers. So get out there, eyes wide open, and capture the many beautiful things that surround you both far and wide!

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GEAR TO HELP YOU GET THE SHOT

Check out our top travel lens picks that pair with the E-M10 Mark III.

M.ZUIKO 17MM F1.8

(34mm in 35mm equivalent)

This all-metal, wide-angle prime lens is ideal for dramatic street shots, landscapes, and portraits. Its fast aperture makes the most of low-light environments.

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M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42MM F3.5-5.6 EZ

(28-84mm in 35mm equivalent)

This ultra-slim zoom lens is ideal for everyday convenience. It extends and retracts automatically when the camera is turned on and off, and the smooth 3x electronic zoom is whisper quiet.

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M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-150MM F4.0-5.6 II

(28-300mm in 35mm equivalent)

This weatherproof 10.7x zoom is an easy single-lens solution for traveling light. It covers a huge focal range – from wide angle to telephoto – in a convenient lightweight design.

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M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 9-18MM F4.0-5.6

(18-36mm in 35mm equivalent)

This ultra-wide angle zoom is your landscape and cityscape go-to lens. You’ll capture more in every shot and enjoy a compact, durable construction that won’t weigh you down.

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