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19 Top Travel Books For Photographers

Here are 19 travel books specifically designed for photographers who's holiday will involve quite a bit of photography.

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Booking and planning your annual summer holiday is something we all take great pleasure in doing and if you're planning on taking a photo or two while on your vacation, you'll probably find a travel guide specifically designed with photography in mind useful. 

These books can give you insights into not-to-be-missed locations, where top viewpoints are, what sites are best at certain times of the day as well as plenty of other top tips. The books below cover a range of travel destinations. Plus, some also offer more generic, but equally helpful, tips. Most can be previewed before purchase so you can decide if the book's for you and some are also available as Kindle editions as well as in print. 

We also have a top general photography themed book list that's well worth checking out as it includes all sorts of photography subjects. 


Photographer's Guide The Lake District The Photographer's Guide to The Lake District

With over 50 brilliant locations, including lakes, tarns, waterfalls, viewpoints, caves and stone circles, this is a pretty in-depth guide for photographers visiting the Lake District. There are detailed directions of each area, including maps and where to park, and advice on the best time of day / year to visit each location. 

This guide's by Long Valley and we've recently written a feature all about Long Valley guide books that's well worth checking out. 

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Lonely Planet's Guide to Travel PhotographyLonely Planet's Guide to Travel Photography

The best-selling Lonely Planet's Guide to Travel Photography is written by internationally renowned travel photographer Richard I'Anson. In the book, he shares his  wealth of experience and knowledge about travel photography in this jargon-free guide to taking better photographs. As well as advice on how to capture amazing travel photos with digital cameras, Richard also shares tips on how to capture great results with smartphones, drones and action cameras. The book's pretty much jargon-free so it's easy to understand and features some brilliant examples of travel photography. 

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Travel Photography: The Leading Guide to Travel and Location Photography Travel Photography: The Leading Guide to Travel and Location Photography 

Whether you are at a local beauty spot or thousands of miles from home, this title will have the tips you're looking for. This revised and extensively improved second edition, written by leading travel photographer Steve Davey, takes you from the vital preparation and selecting of equipment, to the ins and outs of being on the road. Broken down by technique and photography style, rather than destination, the layout of this book makes it easy for you to decide what kind of picture you're trying to take and find, at a glance, the right techniques for you.

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The Photographer's Guide to the Peak DistrictThe Photographer's Guide to the Peak District

For those who are fans of the Peak District, this guide takes you on a journey through many brilliant locations, including gritstone edges, limestone dales, reservoirs and waterfalls. As with the Lake District guide, this book details directions to each location, including maps, where to park and satnav information. There's also advice on what time of day / year to visit and a table of sunrise and sunset times for the area.

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Travel Photography: A Guide to Taking Better PicturesTravel Photography: A Guide to Taking Better Pictures

This travel photography guide features high-quality images and covers people, landscape, urban and wildlife photography, plus a chapter on video. Mostly, the books for digital users, however there are notes for film users throughout. It's a great guide for those wanting to go from shooting holiday snaps to more, what would be described as, travel shots. 

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Travel Photography Footprint Travel GuidesTravel Photography Footprint Travel Guides

This in expensive guide is written by acclaimed author and photographer Steve Davey and  it covers everything that you need to know about travel photography. This includes exploring locations with your camera, preparing to head out on a day's excursion, plenty of technical stuff as well as hints and tips about virtually every travel photography scenario you can think of. The book is laid out well, is easy to follow and features some great photos. 

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The Photographer's Guide to the Yorkshire DalesThe Photographer's Guide to the Yorkshire Dales

Another guide by Ellen Bowness, this time it's looking at the Yorkshire Dales. As all the other Long Valley guides, there's plenty of locations featured that are well-worth visiting along with detailed directions, satnav info and maps. These guides are suitable for photographers of all levels and are printed in A5 so they fit easily into camera bags. 

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Insight Guides: Travel PhotographyInsight Guides: Travel Photography

This practical and informative guide will appeal to keen amateurs as well as complete beginners and covers everything from the history of travel photography to digital processing and the sharing and selling of your own images. Sections include a destination calendar which highlights when places are at their most photogenic, advice on lighting, composition, camera settings, exposure and lenses.  There's a glossary to help with jargon and even advice on what you should do to prepare for your trip. 

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Lonely Planet's Ultimate Travelist: The 500 Best Places on the Planet...Ranked Lonely Planet's Ultimate Travelist: The 500 Best Places on the Planet...Ranked 

We know this isn't directly linked to photography, however it is bursting with inspiration on what you can photograph and where. As well as the popular tourist destinations, lesser-known hidden gems are listed and they're all accompanied with insightful write-ups and inspiring photography to get you motivated.

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Peak District Through the LensPeak District Through the Lens

This book is written by ePHOTOzine member James Grant and it's an insightful guide into some of the most picturesque places in the Peak District. The book is filled with lovely images from James as well as the inside information on the very best locations to shoot, it also includes lots of extra information on camera setting and preparing for and shooting in the environment. You can see what ePHOTOzine thought about the book in more detail over in our review section

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Cornwall Photographing Cornwall

The images in Photographing Cornwall capture some of its most stunning locations: cliffs, stacks and arches of the coastline; beautiful beaches; heather-clad moors; wooded valleys; ancient farmed landscapes and the remains of an industrial past. Cornwall is pictured through the seasons and revealed in all its moods. As well as top images, you'll also find technical details as well as the map reference to the places the shots were taken from. 

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EnglandThe Travel Photography Guide to England

In this guide, you'll find a diverse selection of England's photographic highlights. From historic buildings to beautiful landscapes, the book is packed with ideas to help photographers capture vivid and memorable pictures of the locations they visit. There are plenty of worthwhile locations listed, some of which you may not have even visited before which is a bonus. Some say the maps could be better in it but overall, it's a good guide for those seeking location inspiration. 

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Peak Landscape and Light: A Photographer's Guide to the Peak DistrictPeak Landscape and Light: A Photographer's Guide to the Peak District

Aimed at photographers of all abilities who are keen to improve their landscape photography skills, Peak Landscape and Light showcases leading photographer Karen Frenkel’s images of the Peak District as well as explaining where to go and what to do to get that special, once-in-a-lifetime shot. Karen shares the technical and practical knowledge she has built up over many years working as a professional photographer as she takes you on a journey through  the ever-changing seasons of the Peak. 

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NorfolkNorfolk for Photographers: Pocket Guide to the 100 Best Places and Locations

This guidebook focuses on the 'where and when' rather than the 'how and what'. More than a traditional travel guide, this book is aimed at the photographer and it supplies a list of the best locations across the county. This includes the inspiring coast, the atmospheric Broads, charming towns, impressive churches, castles and ruins.

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Photographing Cornwall and Devon: Including Dartmoor and ExmoorPhotographing Cornwall and Devon: Including Dartmoor and Exmoor

This is a photography location guidebook for Cornwall and Devon. Author and professional photographer Adam Burton describes 70 of the best locations in Cornwall, Devon and West Somerset for photography. Featuring 300 stunning photographs, including detailed advice on how to take great photographs, this guide. 

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Photographing North Wales: A photo-location guidebook Photographing North Wales: A photo-location guidebook

Author and local North Wales photographer Simon Kitchin describes over 100 locations and several hundred viewpoints for the reader to visit, illustrating each chapter with lavish images. Each location chapter starts with an overview describing historical, literary, geological, and natural history features including the photographic potential of a location. Suggested photographic viewpoints are described at each location along with advice on how to take the best photographs whilst there.

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The Photographer's Guide to ScotlandThe Photographer's Guide to Scotland - Skye, Glen Coe & the Trossachs

This book covers some of the most photogenic areas - the spectacular Isle of Skye, the iconic area of Glen Coe and the tranquil Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. Also included are The Road to The Isles and the Lochalsh area as many will pass through these on their photographic pilgrimage to Skye. Suitable for all levels of photographer, from beginner to professional, this guide is packed with locations, directions, maps and charts to help you capture the best photos possible. 

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Photographing the Lake District Photographing the Lake District

This book is a comprehensive photographic-location guidebook for those venturing to the Lakes with their camera. The book guides the reader to beautiful places and gives advice on how to take the best photographs when there. The locations include: Lakes, Fells, Valleys, Waterfalls, Cottages & Farmhouses , Woodlands, Rivers, Bridges, Boats, Jetties, Wildlife, Classic Views, Landscapes & Panoramas, Villages, Shows and Events, Historic Houses, Castles & Gardens. Chapters include advice on camera and lens choices, composition, exposure, depth of field, sunrise and sunset photography, how to catch a rainbow and how to photograph waterfalls.

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The Photographer's Guide to LondonThe Photographer's Guide to London

If you have a city break in London planned then you might want to pocket this guide for your trip. Packed with helpful advice, such as great viewpoints for each location and the best time of day to visit, it's a really handy guide that's perfect for photographers of all levels. The book covers a  wide range of location types and includes street maps along with practical information such as opening times, admission fees and nearest tube stations.

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