MUCH OF THE travel photography you see online and in travel magazines is pretty glamorous. For photographers hoping to advance their images, visiting such luxurious places as five-star hotels and expensive restaurants seems like an important pursuit. But what if the luxury side of travel isn’t in your budget? Plenty of us want to present a glamorous view of the things we see and experience, but we’re stuck taking lots of connecting flights, sitting in coach, and staying at bare-bones hotels.

You don’t have to photograph each aspect of your journey with the same dreamy excitement, but just because a hotel is an affordable three-star ...

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