Another Sunday, another post for you amazing people who inspire me everyday. Hope you’re all having a fab weekend! For this weeks post, I wanted to give you all some tips on taking great photos when you travel. From where I started a year ago to where I am now, there’s a massive difference. Through various trials and errors, I’ve learnt some pretty handy tips along the way which I’m going to share with you. Because sharing is caring right!
RESEARCH YOUR DESTINATION
Okay. You’ve booked your ticket and now you’re scrolling through Pinterest boards and Instagram accounts, trying to find the best places to eat and fun things to do. Sound familiar? Well, use this research time to your advantage. If you have key points of interest that you’ll be visiting, have a look at what photos people have already taken. Nine times out of ten the photos you’ll come across are all the same, all taken from the exact same angle. By doing your research, and spotting this, you’ll know not to make the same mistake. All you have to do is move a little more to the left or the right, and voila you have an entirely new perspective that’ll make your photo stand out from the rest.
PLAN YOUR OUTFITS
Now I’m not saying you need to bring a different outfit for every photo, because seriously, who has time for that? Rather do your research on your points of interest to get an idea of what the setting looks like. This will allow you to plan your wardrobe in advance, choosing the best colour palette for your scenery. There’s nothing worse than looking back on your photos, only to discover your red dress is blending into the red wall to the point where you look practically invisible.
GET UP AT SUNRISE
Yes it can be a struggle, but you’ll be thankful post trip when you’re looking back on your incredible photos and there’s just you in them, opposed to you and hundreds of tourists. It’s also a well known fact that sunrise has the best lighting for photos, so you can snap away without worrying about the glare of the sun.
INVEST IN A TRIPOD
You don’t need the most expensive camera to take great photos, I mean, we all know that phones these days can do the job quite nicely. What I would recommend is purchasing a tripod. Not only is this essential when travelling solo, but I find that you’re able to get more creative with your photos, opposed to the standard selfie.
The best photos are those that are captured when someone isn’t paying attention. Mid laugh, exploring the local markets. So throw away your ‘go to’ pose and just be you. Set you camera or phone on timer and walk, dance or have a picnic with a friend. You’ll be amazed at what’s captured when you aren’t strategically posing.