During his three decades traveling the globe with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic, Certified Photo Instructor David Cothran has explored Egypt many times in search of the country’s best photo ops. “At first, you focus on the powerful geometry of the iconic monuments, but beyond the famous sites, there is a great deal more to discover,” he says. For Cothran, the best photos tell the story of your expedition—the challenge for travelers is capturing unique impressions of their journey to this iconic destination.

Here, Cothran shares his tips for photographing the "land of the Pharaohs."