Travel Photography Tips: 02

Travel Photography Tips is a section giving a variety of advice for using photography while traveling. The usual advice goes something like this, “the best camera is the one you have with you” or “use only your cell phone”.  Both are useful tips, but this section will go beyond that.

The camera on your cell phone can be useful for more than just taking photos for your Facebook or Instagram accounts. While traveling last year and this year I have used my cell phone camera to act as bread crumbs so that I can find my way back to where I am staying.


Varanasi, 2015

Last year in Varanasi, I was staying just off of one of the main ghats. There was no way I was going to remember which one. So, when I stepped out onto the ghat I turned around and took a photograph. The name of the Ghat was written on the wall. This is true of all of the Ghat’s in Varanasi. From this I knew the name of the Ghat and the exact stairs I needed to take to get back to where I was staying.

On my recent trip to Kathmandu, I photographed my walk through the neighborhood I was staying in. The neighborhood is just off the Ring Road (the road that circles the Kathmandu Valley). I photographed the entrance to the neighborhood. At the entrance there is a bus stop and it had the name of the neighborhood written on it in Nepali and English. Then I photographed each spot where I had to turn a corner. Thus, I never lost my way. Last year I stayed in the same place and I had gotten lost. Having the name of the neighborhood in a photograph was also helpful when I had problems communicated with taxi drivers.

Just something to think about while traveling. Here in Udaipur I run in to tourists all the time who are lost and I got lost here too when I first got here.

Happy Travels and Happy Photoing!


Bus Stop at Ring Road (main road), 2016


First fork in the road, must stay right.


Stay right here as well.


Enter through the blue gate.


Go left at the purple house.


Follow the brick walls.


Up the hill towards the small temple.


Finally take a left at the blue gate.


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By |2016-11-14T23:04:40-06:00October 26th, 2016|Travel Photography Tips|3 Comments

About the Author:

Betsy Williamson is an assistant professor of art in the state of New Mexico. Before coming to New Mexico for this job she was an adjunct professor throughout Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, teaching photography and art appreciation. Between September 2015 and May 2017, she took a break from teaching to pursue art, research and life in India. Now she is back to teaching and part-timing it in India.


  1. edischwager October 27, 2016 at 12:41 am - Reply

    My heart bleeds. I remember Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan National Park and so on from many visists around 30 years ago. It seems to me like yesterday … – Thanks!

    • Betsy November 5, 2016 at 2:51 am - Reply

      You have to go back! I adore Kathmandu. I wish I could figure out a way to live there. 🙂 Nepal and its people are amazing!

  2. edischwager October 27, 2016 at 12:43 am - Reply

    Reblogged this on edischwager.

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