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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.

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...

Food Photography: Photographing the Flavours of Macao

There’s a saying all about eating the rainbow but I’m going to add one little word at the start, photograph; THEN you can eat all the rainbows you like. Photographing food is like seeing...

The Complete Guide to Macao Photography Locations

Macao Photo Spots, Vantage Points + Cultural Districts Where Portuguese influence is displayed in all colours of the rainbow and Chinese heritage is visible via ornate details and historic beauty, Macao is a cultural...

Your Dubrovnik Guide to the Best Photography Locations

How to Photograph in Golden Hour: Camera Settings + TipsA Map + Photographer’s Guide to Photo spots in Dubrovnik, Croatia *Updated July 2018* A medieval wonder bordered by ancient city walls built to protect...

Where + When to Photograph Lavender Fields in Provence

The Provence lavender fields are a photogenic landscape you need to visit this summer! Rolling hills of purple lavender stretch into the distance contrasting with wheat and sunflower fields that make photographers go gaga....

The Best Photography Locations in Venice, Italy

Your guide to the Best Photo Spots in Venice Want to know where to take good photos in Venice? Scroll down to read this guide which lists all the best photography spots in this...

Underwater Photography: Kayaking Glacial Meltwater in Canada

Hidden high in the Lillooet Range of British Columbia, Canada you’ll find vibrant turquoise streams of glacial meltwater. This natural phenomenon only happens for a few weeks each year and I have to say,...

A Guide to Tropical North Queensland Photography Experiences

Rainforest to Reef – Experience the natural beauty of Queensland, Australia with this guide to the most photogenic outdoor experiences you can have from the Atherton Tablelands to Cape Tribulation. Growing up in Australia, there...

Behind the Lens… The Duck Photo, Queenstown

The sun was shining, snow had fallen on the peaks overnight and the lake was clear and still. Driving to Wilson Bay from Queenstown I was getting so excited by the snow capped mountains...

The Great Barrier Reef – Photographing Above and Below

Cairns, Australia Every shade of blue from teal to navy appeared beneath me as we flew over the Great Barrier Reef east of Cairns in Queensland, Australia. As one of the world’s natural wonders,...

Provence Lavender Fields – A Photographer’s Guide to the Lavender Fields of Valensole

Provence Lavender Fields – The Best Locations to visit on the Valensole Plateau… Want to skip through purple fields of Provence lavender as bees buzz happily around you and the warm summer sunshine lights...

50 Photos: A Photographic Journey along The Western Front

At the going down of the sun and in the morning. We will remember them. It’s an ode read aloud every April 25th, in commemoration of ANZAC Day and the thousands of soldiers who...

Behind the Lens – The Historic Discovery of Vignacourt Photographs

an attic with crumbling floor boards and cracking walls lay untouched for years in vignacourt, france. Vignacourt, France Coordinates – 50.0123° N, 2.1973° E Sunlight peeked through the cobwebs on occasion, but little did...

Landscape Highlights of the Highest Road in France

The Col de la Bonette Coordinates – 44.3216° N, 6.8069° E I’ll confess, I didn’t actually realise we were driving on the highest paved road in France until we were nearly at the very...

Photographing the French Alps of Briançon in Summer

Once the snow melts and summer arrives the landscapes and alpine scenery around Briançon flourish. If you’re planning a visit to France this year, save a little time in your itinerary for a visit...

How to creatively compose travel images

Want to create photographs that make your friends want to jump in the image and be there with you? When visiting a new destination there is always a check list of major attractions, monuments...

Japan: A Complete Guide to Kyoto Photography Locations

More details hereA Photographer’s Guide to Kyoto, Japan The true beauty of Japanese culture comes to life in the traditional city of Kyoto. Wooded forests hide ornate temples and shrines, Geisha scurry into historic...

Itinerary: Singapore’s Most Photogenic Sights in One Day

A Photographer’s Itinerary for Singapore Planning to visit a new city can be a little daunting, especially when you want to make sure you get to see the best places and of course, the...

Autumn in Japan – Landscape Photography Tips

Japan Travel: The Beauty of Autumn As a landscape photographer, at any given time of the year there’s always somewhere in the world that’s exactly where you want to be. Whether it’s shooting aurora...

14 Photogenic Experiences in Provence, France

Travel in France – Photo spots + Experiences in Provence From the shores of the Mediterranean to the peaks of the alps, France is filled with photogenic natural wonders. When moving to France over...

Shooting Sunrise at Sensoji Temple, Tokyo

Sunrise Photography at Sensoji Temple Walking through the historic streets of Asakusa at 5:30am, it was hard not to wonder what on earth we were doing awake. Usually buzzing with atmosphere, the streets were...

Photographing the Colours of the Cook Islands

Photographing the Cook Islands of Rarotonga + Aitutaki The Cook Islands are a bright, visual playground of tropical tones. From the sea to the sky, you’re spoilt for ever changing landscapes to photograph and...

The World from The Water – Dubai

Underwater Photography Project – Dubai With a skyline of towering man-made monsters, the coastline of Dubai is impressive from almost any angle. If you’ve been reading The Wandering Lens for a little while you’ll...

The 48hr Guide to Queenstown’s Photo Spots

Queenstown Photography Locations Queenstown, New Zealand is somewhere I’d usually recommend you spend a lifetime in preference to a weekend. It’s the kind of place you arrive and instantly realise you’re somewhere special. That...
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