I am a national parks buff – I mean I am really crazy about traveling to national parks all over the world. As a family, we have been known to pack our bags at the drop of a hat, load up the car and head out for a visit to our fabulous national parks. National parks provide some of the best landscapes and vistas you can find.

Because much of the land and natural resources are protected, you really get to see nature at its very best. There is so much to see, do, explore, and of course, photograph. Photography in national parks offers incredible opportunities to create some amazing photos and memories!

Additionally, there are a huge number of photographers who make a living photographing landscapes, animals, and vistas in these national parks – talk about it being a dream job.

But photography in the national parks is not an easy slam-dunk. There is a lot of preparing to do before and during a photography trip to a national park. This guide outlines a few important things to keep in mind when planning a trip to photograph your favorite national park – preparation beyond what is in the local guides, understanding rules and regulations (dos and don’t), playing well with other photographers a.k.a ditch the cloak of entitlement, making the most out of your trip and getting the shots you want, and most importantly, enjoying yourself in some of the most magnificent places on earth!

I hope this guide is useful as you plan your national park trip. One of the most important events in history was the establishment of the world’s first national park on March 1st, 1872. Since then, thousands of national parks, national monuments, and preservation areas have been set aside for the enjoyment and pleasure of the common person.

So get out there and enjoy nature while creating some amazing photos and tag me in your experiences – #karthikagupta or #memorablejaunts. I would love to follow along your adventures.

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Guide to photographing national parks
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