The Photographing Tourist

The Photographing Tourist

The Photographing Tourist: A Storyteller’s Guide to Travel and Photography

By David Noyes

ISBN: 978-0-9965239-0-5

LCCN: 2015910124

Trim Size: 10”X8” (Landscape)

Pages: 224

Cover Price: $29.95

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Beautifully illustrated with more than 300 photographs from around the world, and featuring twelve magazine-style travel narratives, The Photographing Tourist takes you on a journey to remote corners of our fascinating world. Through a blend of tips, techniques, advice, anecdotes, and stories, this book will help you develop the well-trained eye of a travel photographer and inspire you to explore new places and cultures in more depth than a simple snapshot can reveal.

The Photographing Tourist explores the photographic challenges of traveling on a guided or escorted tour—the “tour” in tourist. Filled with stories about isolated cultures, exploring local life, and challenging personal adventures, this storytellers guide to travel and photography reads like an eight-month collection of your favorite travel magazine. From environmental portraits and local lifestyles, to landmarks and sacred places, the chapters explore different photographic subjects that a tourist photographer will encounter. Sprinkled throughout the book are also technical shorts with valuable information on elements of design, composition, depth of filed, exposure, using lines, and developing a point of view.

The Photographing Tourist was written to be a timeless book that is as much about the experience of traveling as a photographer, as it is the techniques of travel photography. You will learn to think differently about travel and photography and to investigate a destination as part of the human condition. Above all, this book will encourage you to truly cherish your chance encounters as you photograph the world.



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“In short, your book is the finest travel photography book I have ever seen!”

Roy Stevenson
Stevenson has had over 800 articles published. Thirty of his stories have been cover features. His work has appeared in over 180 magazines, In-flights, newspapers, and e-zines around the world. Roy Stevenson


“David. I have some idea of how much creative energy goes into producing a book like yours—and yours is stunningly beautiful. I knew that I would be moved by the photos, but I am equally enjoying your writing. I particularly love the spirit of your book—some travel writing is, frankly, arrogant and snobby—it’s the “I have had cultural experiences that you will never have because you, dear reader, are just a tourist…” You write with such wonder, warmth and inclusion for both the places you visit and for the reader.

You have had brilliant and unique travel experiences that go to a depth that is way beyond tourism—and yet you write with a spirit that makes it seem accessible. It’s encouraging and values travel in all its forms. I so appreciate this. I wish more Americans would get a passport and experience this beautiful planet and its myriad cultures. I’m sure your book will inspire its readers to do that.

Thanks for providing me with the perfect book to curl up with as winter descends.”

Anne Batzer



What a heartfelt, loving body of work. Your passion rushes through the veins of every page. Your love of the human condition is palpably genuine.

With all the great images you’ve published, none touches me more deeply than the Pokot woman on p. 25. That one belongs in the upper echelon of great photography. Delight with what you’ve shared with the world.”

John Weiss

John’s photographs are in numerous public and private collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, among others. John received his university’s Excellence in Teaching Award, and is also the recipient of the 2006 Teacher of the Year award from the Santa Fe Center for Photography.


“David, you’re a wonderful photographer…what can a say, “WOW” your photos are simply stunning. As my goal in life is to inspire people to travel a better way through encounters, experiences and immersion, I’m in awe of your work.”


Nicholas Kontis is a respected travel industry insider and founder of