I feel like a lot of people would say the secret to taking Instagram-worthy travel photos is to step 1) take a photo and step 2) upload it to Instagram, et voilà! But for those of us who want to up our Insta game, there’s a little bit more to it. However in our endless endeavour to capture the perfect ‘gram, I feel like you can kind of lose the moment. Whether you’re taking too long to photograph your food or you’re holding up the group because your shot of a landmark just isn’t working, I think the secret to getting the perfect gram is to take a step back, take a shot, and deal with it later, so you can get back to enjoying wherever in the world you’re in. My Instagram is far from the pinnacle of greatness (see Polabur’s drool-worthy, superhuman, ‘how the heck!?‘ feed) but after travelling through Italy and to Paris and London earlier this year, I learnt a bunch of helpful things that I’d pass on to fellow travellers and Instagram lovers alike. Give this post a “like” if you enjoy it or find it helpful, and let’s get gramming!
Disclaimer: I’m not a photographer, so my advice doesn’t include things like “use a proper DSLR, focus your lens, use the rule of thirds!’ because to be frank, it’s Instagram, there are no hard and fast rules. Just have fun with it!
A filter changes everything
I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve taken a quick shot of something while travelling, didn’t think it was all the flash, only to later whack a filter onto it and bam she’s ready to be uploaded. If you’re not into filters, still experiment with adjusting the brightness and contrast of your photos. There could be heaps of potential in a photo, but it’s just underexposed. The same goes for cropping too. If another tourist is walking into your shot, crop ’em out. If you know your photo is going to look better zoomed in ever so slightly, crop it. I think a lot of people, myself included, forget about cropping but once you realise your photos aren’t so set in stone, you can really have a lot of fun with them! This filter advice also goes the other way. Sometimes your favourite filter might take away from the beauty of the shot, so always play around with lessening its intensity too.
Get up close
I feel like your feed can get super busy when you’re travelling because there’s just so damn much to see and do and photograph. If that’s what you want, then go for it, but I always like to have a couple ‘breather’ shots so the gorgeous, intricate photos can really stand out on my feed. From taking photos of our suitcases on the ground to the little messages at the bottom of our tea cups, it’s obvious I love a good close up.
… and far away
In saying that, don’t overthink your photos of the gorgeous slights you’re seeing! They’ll do all the work for you. One thing that always annoyed me was I was never able to capture all of something like the Colosseum or Duomo in my photos, so you just have to roll with it!
I love this little trio of shots my wonderful and talented travel bud Natalie Brown took of me admiring the scarves at the Gucci Garden in Florence. I am cheesing so hard in the third one. If you’re lucky enough to have a pal take some candids of you, you’re in good hands.
Come on, get in that food shot
If you’re in another country and you’ve just been served something incredible looking and you’re flipping excited about it, there’s no reason to not get in that shot! Since I’ve been blogging for a couple of years, I tend to get into the rut of just taking photos of things and not myself, which is something I had so much fun changing up when travelling. I also think photos of you get more engagement because it’s always nice to see the person ‘behind the account’, or to just see you there in the moment.
The tourist shot isn’t dead
Once I wrote all my little ideas of advice for this post, I did a quick Google to see what others have said. They all said the same thing along the lines of “typical tourist photos are a big no no!” Um, I have to disagree. Most of the time the scenery is so beautiful that you don’t need to reinvent the wheel, you and your gorgeous self standing there is absolutely Insta-worthy.
So that’s my guide to getting some amazing photos for your feed! There’s heaps more ‘advice’ online, but this was really what I personally learnt or noticed with myself when travelling. I think the biggest thing with social media is to just be authentic and yourself and that will come through in the photos you take.
What tips or advice would you give others when taking travel photos? Leave them in the comments below so we can all share!
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All the love,