Practical tips for how you can take better travel photos of yourself

Travel often presents us with an opportunity to seek out the extraordinary, and yet most people just seem to be looking for more selfie opportunities. We should use pictures as a way to tell the real story of a destination and go the extra mile for it.

The picture below may look cool, but I wasn’t trying to make this picture happen. I was actually trying to get a close as is humanly possible to this rushing milky glacier water in the foothills of the Himalayas – it just so happened that someone managed to capture the real moment I was having.

Okay now that I’ve impressed upon you the need to be more mindful and responsible while taking pictures, here are some practical tips to help you capture all those incredible moments from your adventures!

  • Lighting: If you want picture-perfect lighting, the afternoon is when the sun is usually at it’s harshest, and your photos won’t look as great. Early morning or golden hour is the best time for snapping photos. I also love overcast weather for taking pictures, that may sound gloomy, but the soft lighting can work wonders.
  • Arrive early : The best way to get your dream shot is to get there nice and early – especially important if the places you visit are popular tourist haunts. This way, you won’t have to battle crowds, and you can also take your time. I like being at a spot at the crack of dawn, and early morning lighting is usually much better anyway.
  • Ask someone else: Selfie sticks will only go so far! If you’re travelling solo, don’t be afraid of asking someone to take a picture of you, they’ll most likely ask you to return the favour. If you want something different, tell them what you’re going to do and guide them on how to capture it.
  • Be natural: Think moments and not poses – candid shots are the best! These are kind of pictures you would see in travel magazines and newspapers, people just captured off-hand. Of course, this is harder to do when you’re taking pictures of yourself, but if you have someone travelling with you, it’s much easier to get these kinds of images.
  • More than a selfie: There’s more than one way to shoot yourself in a picture, it doesn’t always have to be an actual shot of you. You could capture your feet dangling over water or your hands holding something or your shoes in the sand. If you think outside the box and really savour the moment, your creativity will flow!

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