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Lisa Michele Burns

Hello! I'm the founder and photographer behind The Wandering Lens. With 14+yrs experience as a professional travel and landscape photographer, all advice found on this site is from my personal experience on the road. I hope it's useful for your own travels and would love to hear in the comments about your trips and experiences around the world.

A Guide to Photography Locations in Banff National Park

A Photographer’s Guide to Beautiful Places in Banff National Park… Glacial Lakes – Waterfalls – Rugged Peaks + so much more! By Lisa Michele Burns As mist wafts through the valley and snow capped...

Setting the Scene: Aerial Photography

Aerial Photography Tips, Camera Settings + Gear Advice Capturing an alternate perspective of a scene is always exciting, perhaps never more so than when taking aerial photos. With the world beneath and a never...

Gear Talk – A Review of the new Olympus OM-D E-M1X

Hello Gorgeous – The Olympus OM-D E-M1X has arrived! Hiking through the frozen tundra of Finnish Lapland in -20degrees, the Olympus OM-D E-M1X slung over my shoulder, I was in awe of the pastel...

Perspectives: Photographing Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto

Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto for Photographers Fushimi Inari Shrine aka Fushimi Inari Taisha is that oh so photogenic place where bold red torii gates weave their way into the foothills of Kyoto’s Higashiyama Mountains....

The Best Photography Locations in the Lofoten Islands

A Guide to Photo Spots in the Lofoten Islands, Norway They’re rugged, wild and oh so beautiful. The Lofoten Islands are fast becoming one of the most popular destinations for photographers and this guide...

I Know A Place – Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

I know a place… Where the animal kingdom roams as far as your eyes can see… Where stars have an extra twinkle and the sun exudes a blanket-like warmth… Where roars, quacks and trumpets...

Paris Photography Locations – A Guide to the Best Photo Spots

A Photographer’s Guide to the Best Paris Photography Locations, France *Updated December 18th, 2018 Paris evokes a feeling of wonder. Avenues exude French character; monuments portray elegance with gothic architecture, not to mention the...

Step inside the Hoshinoya Tokyo – A Visual Hotel Review

An oasis where contemporary Japanese architecture is fused with inspired elements of a traditional Tokyo ryokan… Zeitaku. Luxury is typically associated with lavish décor, fancy restaurants and extravagance sans limit but hidden within the...

A Photographer’s Guide to Tokyo, Japan

Your curated list of Tokyo Photography Locations Tokyo is Japan’s bright shining star; a city of neon lights, towering skyscrapers, Japanese cuisine (yum!) and a culture that’s a magical blend of quirky and quaint....

Gear Talk: The Freedom of Photographing Tripod Free

It’s a question most photographers ask themselves while packing for a photo trip; will I need my tripod? Personally, to be totally honest, about 95% of the time my answer will be no. The...

Golden, BC – Alpine Adventures at Purcell Mountain Lodge

Visual Hotel Review – Purcell Mountain Lodge Coordinates – 51°15’39.1″N 117°18’56.1″W Flying over alpine wonders in a private helicopter, gazing upon landscapes you’ll be exploring in the coming days as you keep your eyes...

Revelstoke + Golden, BC – A Kootenay Rockies Photography Guide

Your curated travel guide to Golden and Revelstoke, British Columbia. Roam where the woods appear taller, the alpine views are uninterrupted, and the vibe is all about outdoor adventures. Welcome to the chilled-out national...

How to Stand Out as a Photographer Today

Photography: Getting your work seen in a Saturated Industry Photography as an art form and potential career has grown in leaps and bounds in recent years. With technological advances, accessibility to high quality equipment...

Closer to Home – Port Macquarie Photography Locations

A Guide to Port Macquarie Photo Spots + Scenic Locations They say the further you go the more you’ll find but you know what…sometimes there’s also beauty lying right in front of your own...

Visual Hotel Review: Reefsleep Experience, Great Barrier Reef

Sleeping under the stars on Hardy Reef in the Whitsundays There has always been something special about waking up to the sound of the ocean. The gentle lapping of waves and soft whistle of...

5 Photography Experiences to have in the Whitsundays

Exploring the Photogenic Whitsunday Islands Bring your camera along for the adventures as you explore one of Australia’s most beautiful collection of landscapes throughout the Whitsunday Islands. From sea to sky and all the...

A Guide to Photogenic Landscapes + Locations in the Whitsundays

In the calm waters of the Coral Sea, a collection of 74 Whitsunday islands await visitors with their fish filled waters, snorkelling hot spots and lush coves aplenty ready for sailors to float on...

Improve Your Photographic Eye in Ten Steps

Developing A Photographic Eye – One of the most important elements of photography Travel photography isn’t all about having the biggest and best camera. Sure some nice equipment and a great lens can help...

Beneath the Surface – Underwater Portrait Photography

The underwater world is like a blue watery canvas ready and waiting for your creative ideas. Of course there’s marine life and natural formations like rocks and coral to photograph but adding your own...

Isle of Skye Photography Location Guide

A Photographers Guide to The Isle of Skye, Scotland A little like crossing to Jurassic Park, the Isle of Skye appears like a land of mystery, intrigue and complete natural beauty. Whether you’re arriving...

Setting the Scene: Golden Hour Photography

As the afternoon draws to a close sunlight appears warmer, softer and so much more beautiful. This is the golden hour and you don’t want to be staring blankly at your camera not knowing...

Gear Talk: How to Choose a Great Travel Lens

What is the best lens for travel photography? Read on curious one… Travel photographers typically opt for three main features when choosing a great lens to take with them on the road. Versatility, performance...

Visual Hotel Review: Fairmont Waterfront, Vancouver

Where pulling back the curtains reveals the bustling waterway, rugged mountain peaks and stunning scenery of Vancouver, Canada. Welcome to Fairmont Waterfront, it’s beeutiful (you’ll see why 😉). Few hotels offer the ability to...

7 Easy Ways to Improve Your Travel Photography

Travel photography is about so much more than following a step by step guide and visiting popular destinations. It’s about stepping off the beaten path in search of something unique. Even if the location...
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