Travel Photography Critique

Over at my hot off the presses travel photography YouTube Channel, I’ve started to run some travel photography critiques.  The video below is the first of the ones that I’ve done.  The images are by Ric Gazarian of

Now, photo critiques might seem a bit harsh.  They might even seem pretentious, right?  Of course, photography is an art and it’s meant to be left up to interpretation.

However, photography is more than an art, it’s a technical trade as well; anyone that tells you one way or another is missing half of the story.  Sure, there are artsy things one can do with photography, but to complete that art, you need to do things right technically as well.  And while every image’s worth is subjective, a critique is incredibly important to the growth of the photographer.  Even if the photographer doesn’t agree, it forces them to think beyond their own ideas and methods.

For me, the growth I made as a photographer based purely on photography critiques I received from others was the single most important thing I did after switching to a DSLR.  When I was trying to get my work accepted to a couple stock photography sites, I went from thinking my work was amazing to realizing how far I had to go.  It took me three attempts to get my portfolio accepted.  The first time I had 9 of 10 images rejected, all of which I thought were perfect.  Sometimes, of course, it just takes another person’s eye to see where improvement needs to happen.

Anyways, if you want a critique of your travel photography, head over to flickr and set up an album with 5-10 of your best images.  Then, shoot me a message via my contact form with the link to that   I promise that I don’t get harsh with anyone.  I’m here to give you constructive criticism and help you all improve as travel photographers.

Author: Brendan van Son

Author: I am a travel writer and photographer from Alberta, Canada. Over my years as a travel photographer, I have visited 6 of the 7 continents and more countries than I have any desire to count. If you want to improve your skills, be sure to check out my travel photography channel on Youtube . Also, check out my profile on . to learn a little bit more about me and my work.

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  1. Hi Brendan,

    I came across your article ‘How I Make Money as a Travel Photographer in 2015’. I essentially want to do the same thing you are doing. I am 24 years old and left my job as a photo editor for a celebrity website in NYC to travel around Asia & Australia for the next 6 months. I am currently a month in and I want to start getting into being a digital nomad. I went to school for photography but I haven’t had much luck in actually selling my photos. I was wondering if you had any advice as I’m not really sure where to start. I tried uploading my photos on Shutterstock but it’s been frustrating with photos getting rejected and I haven’t made any money yet. I signed up for TandemStock but they are only accepting photographers through referrals now :/

    Eventually I would like to combine my passion of travel and music together. I really love EDM so I would love to be able to photograph concerts and festivals on behalf of a company. I just don’t know how to start. I’m not sure if my website is up to par yet to send to people. Would you mind telling me your thoughts on my website? I’m still uploading more photos and writing more blog posts, although I really don’t like writing that much. My website is

    If you have any advice as to how I can start making money as I travel I’d love to hear it.

    Thank you!

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