How to take photos of yourself when traveling solo

Passage & Passport

Travelling solo can be an amazing, lifechanging experience. You can do exactly what you want, when you want. After a solo travel trip, you realize just how powerful and independent you really are! But, the only downfall to travelling alone can be taking photos. If you’re new to solo travel trips, taking photos can be a real challenge. However, it doesn’thave to be that way! You can take incredible photos when travelling alone. If you want to know exactly how you can take amazing photos when travelling solo, we’ve got you covered! Here are 6 tips for taking great pictures while traveling alone.

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1. Bring the Right Gear

Having the right gear can make all the difference when taking photos alone. A great tripod can ensure you get the right angles, the right shot, and incorporate the beautiful scenery of your travels. Seriously… the tripod will become your new best friend if you want great travel photos. If you have an expensive camera, make sure you select the right tripod. A cheap (or poorly made) tripod could easily blow over and break your camera. If you don’t have a camera and intend on using your phone, there are some really great tripods made specifically for smartphones.

Tripods are great for two reasons. Firstly, you don’t have to rely on strangers to take your photo. While that can be great sometimes, you may not be completely satisfied with the quality. Or you might feel bad asking the person to take a bunch of photos with different poses, so you’re stuck with one photo and only one pose. If you are taking photos with long exposure, a tripod is critical. Even the steadiest hand can’t compete with a tripod, so taking one with you during your travels, will definitely level up your photo game!

Drones are also a great way to take photos while travelling solo. The aerial views you’ll capture are stunning! The learning curve is real, so practice somewhere safe before you travel, and play around with it to develop your skills. If you’re travelling somewhere new, ensure you research the drone laws and regulations in advance. Some countries don’t permit it at all, and others may have very strict rules on where and when you can fly a drone.

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2. Practice Posing

If you are new to photography, you might not be super comfortable in front of the camera. Or, you’re just not familiar with the ‘posing basics’. That’s okay! The more your practice in front of the camera, the better you will be. You will soon be able to intuitively know what works, and what doesn’t. Becoming a prodoesn’thappen over night, and practice makes perfect! If you are looking for more information on posing, there are tons of resources available online to help you. Tips from professional photographers will help you understand how your pose can impact the composition of the shot. If you go on TikTok, you can even search the hashtag #posingtips and find short videos with great advice for nailing your next shot! Here are some general guidelines to keep in mind:

· Observe your posture: try not to slouch and keep shoulders back and down

· Use a 45-degree angle: angle your body to 45 degrees from the centre of the camera. Not only is it a flattering angle, but can also be more interesting than head on shot

· Incorporate movement: take a step forward and a step back, twirl, or even jump! Movement is a great way to improve your poses!

· Pretend it’s a candid shot:turn your face to the side and laugh, or gently adjust your gaze as if you didn’t know the photo was taken. It may feel silly, but it works!

3. Get Inspired

The beauty of social media is we can use it to get inspired! From outfit inspo, to shoot locations, to photo editing, we can find inspiration on nearly every platform. If you are heading to a certain destination, you can look it up on Instagram and see other photos taken there – take note of what you like, what you don’t like and put your own spin on it. Alternatively, Pinterest is a great resource to use for photo inspiration. There are tons of amazing photos pinned on nearly every category, so take some time to save photos you love and use it for inspiration on your next trip.

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4. Plan your outfits

When you’re travelling, plan your outfits in advance to ensure you pack everything you need! Certain outfits can often look great in person, but they don’t necessarily translate as well on camera. A great idea is to try on different outfits and take some ‘test shots’ before you pack. This way, you won’t get to your destination only to realize you don’t like any of the outfits you brought. How disappointing is that?!

It’s so important that you feel confident in front of the camera, so be sure to choose an outfit that you feel great in. Your confidence will shine through and you will see the difference in the photos. Additionally, keep the colour palette in mind when planning the shot. If you know you are taking the photo in a particular location, think about the colours you will find there - maybe there is tons of beautifully purple lavender buds in the background, or gorgeous blue seas. Choose colours that complement the scene naturally, and your photos will really pop!

5. Avoid Large Crowds

It’s important to plan your photoshoots at the right time so you can avoid busy crowds. Typically, early morning is best, but each destination is different. Avoiding peak times will help you steer clear of the crowds, which means you can take your time, become more creative, and don’t have to worry about bystanders photobombing the shot unintentionally!

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6. Have fun with it!

When we first started taking photos for Instagram, it was easy to feel embarrassed when there were lots of people around watching us. But at the end of the day, almost everyone loves looking at memories and travel photos and there is nothing to be embarrassed about! Have fun with your photos – remember, this is your trip, and you deserve to have fun and take some great photos! Get creative and embrace the experience. The first few times may feel awkward, but you will quickly become less and less embarrassed. Soon it will feel completely normal! Remember, the likelihood of you ever seeing these people again in your life is slim to none, so go for it!

Travelling solo can be such a fun experience. You will learn so much about yourself and realize exactly what you are capable of. Taking great photos of your trip will give you memories for a lifetime. Years from now, you’ll be so grateful you went for it!

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