"Kyle Adler belongs behind a lens. In the hands of a master, a camera can actually create connections with local people and bring their culture to life. Kyle creates stunning photo narratives of his trips."
-- Harriet Lewis, Vice Chairman, Overseas Adventure Travel
I am a professional travel photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. An avid traveler, I have visited more than 100 countries and always have a camera or two along to capture the landscapes, wildlife, and cultures unique to each place. I am a recent winner of the prestigious international competition, Travel Photographer of the Year, and I was shortlisted for the 2016 National Geographic Travel Photography competition. My work has been published in a variety of outlets internationally including National Geographic Online, CNN, The Telegraph, The Atlantic, Measure Magazine, the photography book "eXtremy", and fine art and commercial photography sites. My images have been exhibited in the UK and the US. The leading Polish photography site, "Szeroki Kadr", recently featured me as a Photographer of Inspiration.
I'm passionate about helping fellow travelers improve their photography while learning to explore our world with greater cultural awareness and advocacy. Please visit my travel photography blog and forum, "To Travel Hopefully," at To Travel Hopefully. I lead small group workshops and tours for photographers at any level from beginner through semi-professional. These tours cover all aspects of travel photography from shot planning to capture technique, and on to post-processing and image sharing, with an emphasis on learning to use the camera as a bridge to enhanced understanding of the land and people we visit.
While not traveling, I shoot and write for newspapers, magazines, travel publications, and private clients, with an emphasis on travel, performing arts, and cultural festivals. In addition to publishing a daily blog on travel photography, I am currently working on a book project documenting in images the cultural diversity of the San Francisco Bay Area.
I hope you enjoy browsing these images, most of which are available for purchase from this site. Feel free to contact me with feedback or questions, or to book a photo shoot. Thank you for visiting!