According to the Photographic Society of America, an image from Travel Photography “expresses the characteristic features or culture of a land as they are found naturally.” That statement hints at how wide the genre is when you consider the numerous, very diverse societies around the globe. That diversity is not just between regions, as even within a single country, cultural forms and expressions often vary greatly from one location and from one group of citizens to the next. The diversity also exists in the wide range of landscapes, flora and fauna which the travel photographer can select from as he composes his images. The multiplicity of choices makes Travel Photography an exciting field for any photographer to get into. It does, however, require as much diligence as any other genre of photography if you wish to excel in it. If you are interested in photographing popular sites, then one good habit to cultivate is getting to a location in the early or late hours so that you are shooting in the soft, natural glow of either sunrise or sunset. The twilight hours definitely add a warmth to photos that is very difficult to recreate even with the best of editing software. getting to locations before they become besieged with tourists. You can also consider sticking around until most or all of them have left. By either arriving very early or staying until late, you are able to capture images of a space at your own leisure. Removing the human element isn’t always desirable, however, as the presence of people can help viewers of the photo to judge the scale of the elements within it. This is shown in the photo above where the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority treated travelers (who were stranded in Abu Dhabi due to the eruption of a volcano in Europe) to special tours of the grand Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque.