Expert Interview: Kevin Raber About Taking Better Vacation Photos

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Kevin Raber has been taking photos since he was 12 years old. He’s owned photo studios, run color labs, and been the vice president of a camera company. He’s met some of the greatest photographers in the world and traveled to some of the most amazing places on the planet.

His advice to those who want to take better photographs on their vacations is simple: “Shoot from your heart.”

We recently checked in with the CEO and publisher of to get more of his advice on how amateurs can take better photos of their travels. Here’s what he had to say:

King Penguins on South Georgia Island by Kevin Raber
King Penguins on South Georgia Island by Kevin Raber. Taken with Phase One 80mm lens, 1/250th sec. f/5.6 ISO 200

Where are your favorite places to shoot?
I love the Polar regions, and continually visit both north and south on a regular basis.

Where in the world have you taken some of your most memorable/favorite photos?
Antarctica; Svlabard, Iceland; and New Zealand.

Stockiness Iceland by Kevin Raber
Stockiness Iceland by Kevin Raber. Taken with Sony a7r II 34mm (24-70mm lens) 1/500th, f/9 ISO 400

What are some of your vacation photo pet peeves? What would you tell amateur photographers to stop doing?
Stop using selfie sticks. Stop and see the landscape before shooting it.

What type of gear would you recommend to novice photographers who want to take better vacation photos?
Start simple, and as you get better, up the game with gear. The gear doesn’t make a photographer; the ability to see does.

There are plenty of easy-to-use cameras that yield great results. Start small and simple. Identify what your needs are and then select a camera that works for you and meets those needs. A good sales person at a camera store can be a big help with this.

What types of conditions do you think make for the most dynamic, interesting vacation photos?
Golden hour is my favorite. Sunrise and sunset. There’s beautiful light, and everything looks so good at that time.

Sunset on Iceland Coastline by Kevin Raber
Sunset on Iceland Coastline by Kevin Raber. Taken with Sony a7rII, 16mm (16-35mm lens) .8 sec, F/22 at ISO 50

What are some easy ways we can use photo-editing software to improve the final product?
First thing’s cropping. You can crop for the subject and eliminate distractions. Next would be the ability to correct exposure and color, especially if you shoot RAW.

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Interview provided by Connection Model

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