Is taking your camera on vacation just a distraction?

Whenever we went on vacation, my ex-boyfriend would complain about me bringing my camera. “Put it away,” he’d say. “Enjoy the moment! Take in what’s in front of you with your eyes!” But he couldn’t have been more wrong. Far from being a distraction, photography helps you immerse yourself far more fully in a destination than aimless sightseeing ever could.

Ever since explorers took photographers with them to record their discoveries, travel and image-making have gone hand-in-hand. Today, with the rise in quality camera phones and digital equipment and picture-sharing sites like Instagram, photography tourism is booming. There’s a reason – and it isn’t just to brag about our adventures on social media.