10 Tips for Taking Perfect Travel Photos for Instagram

Travelling the world, whether it is for business or pleasure, is an exhilarating experience that many travellers share through their travel blogs. However, a picture is worth a thousand words, you if you are a striving blogger, then you are going to need an equally thrilling Instagram feed to impress your flowers. We are not all good with social media, so it is useful to have a short guide on how to present yourself, and the places you visit along the way.

1. Curate the imagery

One of the biggest mistakes bloggers make due to inexperience is posting immediately after they arrive at a location, fascinated by its beauty. Such images are often hastily posted, so our album might even feature a blurred image, not to mention ones that are plainly dull. This is why you need to take as many photos as possible and then later that day when you are in the comfort of your hotel room.

2. Keep it simple

Another common issue with novice travellers is that they are over-hesitant when it comes to taking out their camera, constantly waiting (and often overwriting) for the perfect photo opportunity. As we mentioned in the previous paragraph, do not deliberate too much and take very change you get to snap a photo.

3. The perfect travel flat-lay

Apart from selfies and landscape photos, another kind of photographs that you can post on Instagram are flat-lays. In terms of travel, you first need to select a highlight piece that will reflect the activities for that day. For instance, if you are going hiking, then boots will be in the centre of the picture or more common if you’re flying someplace, the passport will be the highlight piece.

4. Dress for travel

We all dress differently when travelling, i.e. we use fewer colours. This is ideal for sightseeing and walking around because we should aim to match the colour of our garment with the hues present in the background. Furthermore, by choosing the least amount of pieces of clothing, we are ensuring that we travel light and remain fashionable.

5. Come with a plan

Best shots are made when you are in the right place at the right time but this will not happen every day or even week. That is why you should draft a rough plan for each new destination of the shots you want to make. For instance, a short hop to Tasmania will probably include cliffs and nature, not suburban settlement off Hobart.

6. Dogs as models

There is nothing more adorable than your dog at some exotic beach at sundown. Such Instagram images are both warm in nature and they have the travel element reflected in the breathtaking scenery. Dogs are usually best models, but sometimes they are hard to work with. Food always helps to bring more happiness to these photos, but you can also get inspired by famous Instagram accounts that use pets as a magnet for likes and shares. While doing this, try to stay true to yourself, and write about your pet in the caption, because people love those stories.

7. The rule of thirds

Photography is an artistic expression that comes with rules of its own. You have probably learned a thing or two about perspective and proportion in art classes at school but it’s always good to remember the basic rule of thirds. Don’t aim your objective straight at the scene you want to capture but the object you wish to photograph will be a third way into the shot. This rule goes for capturing images of people (and canines) as well as landscape shots.

8. Seeking the right angle

You know how people tend to walk around a statue in a museum or a temple because they want to see it from all angles? Well, you should apply the exact same principle when looking for the right angle of your Instagrammable photo. In order to capture the ideal photo, you need to keep reframing it by changing your position by walking, stooping and even crouching if necessary.

9. No zooming in!

People are often tempted to use their camera’s zoom when they reach a vantage point. However, this is the wrong way to go, as zooming in messes up the sharpness and focus of the image to the point that is no longer suitable for sharing on social media. If you find yourself on top of a mountain, don’t be tempted to click the “plus” sign, as a wide-angle panoramic picture is impressive enough on its own.

10. Don’t shy away from photo editing apps

Don’t think as subsequent photo editing as cheating because you are not portraying fantasy photos but real places you visited. Cropping an age or adding a photoshop texture only enhances the impression you wish to make. By no means does photo editing count as altering reality, as this process is on its own a fort of art and a craft that requires time to master.

These 10 simple tricks for taking travel photos will help you generate traffic on Instagram and reaffirm your place in travel blogger’s stardom. All you have to do now is choose an exciting destination and charge your camera!

Travelling the world, whether it is for business or pleasure, is an exhilarating experience that many travellers share through their travel blogs. However, a picture is worth a thousand words, you if you are a striving blogger, then you are going to need an equally thrilling Instagram feed to impress your flowers. We are not all good with social media, so it is useful to have a short guide on how to present yourself, the places you visit, and why not, your dog as well, to your Instagram followers.

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