Six expert tips to get the most out of your Instagram travel photos

There’s nothing quite like a folder of beautiful, sunny and exciting vacation photos – and that’s exactly what our Instagram accounts have become.

o, if you’re going on vacation soon or just have some fun days outside and trips to the park planned and you’re keen on snapping some great snaps to document the adventure, read on.

We asked influencers and photographers for their top tips on how to take the best Instagram travel photos…

1. Don’t think about it

Social media can put tremendous pressure on making everything look “perfect.” According to influencer and blogger Charlotte Emily Price, who uses most of her own body-positive social media content (@charlotteemilyprice), maybe it’s best not to overthink it.

“As long as you’re happy with the photo, post it,” says Price. “Don’t worry about anything being Instagram-worthy because it’s usually enhanced in some way or takes a lot of time. I think the value of a picture depends entirely on the perspective.”

So primarily post the snapshots that you want to share and that make you happy!

2. What story does the picture tell?

Olga Chagunava — traveller, photographer and the creative mind behind @liolaliola on Instagram — believes the story in a photo is what matters most.

“If the image tells a story, evokes emotion, and transports you to another space and time, that makes it an Instagram-worthy travel image,” she says.

Use crisp editing software to enhance your images

There is no rule that says you have to edit your photos. But it could be fun to play around and get creative if it’s something that appeals. And if there are a few small color and lighting glitches that don’t look right, they’re pretty easy to fix these days.

Price uses Lightroom to enhance her photos. “I never distort my images, but I do enhance the color to brighten, add contrast, or correct color. This way you can lighten the blue of the sky and turn the gray tones into blue tones.”

3. Step out of the sunlight

Price explains that good lighting is crucial.

“Sometimes if it’s too sunny, your pictures will be overexposed. I would suggest shooting in the shade as the lighting will still be amazing but without the sickening sunlight,” she suggests. “You can also reduce the brightness and exposure after taking the pictures in Lightroom or most free photo editing apps.”

And don’t be surprised if it’s a bit cloudy, as bright sunshine isn’t always the best backdrop. “Dark clouds and dark skies often create ideal weather conditions for taking beautiful pictures. The light isn’t as harsh, which means you have a good chance of getting a balanced image with depth and good contrast,” says Chagunava. “My advice would be to try and take all of your attention off the sky to other objects and focus on capturing detail.

“It can be anything – unique architecture, a cute house facade, a bench in the park or just a cup of coffee or a book on the table. The devil is in the details.”

4. Go to the golden hour

Likewise, different times of day make for more exciting and beautiful shots. Photographers often rave about the golden hour, and with good reason.

“Avoid shooting in the afternoon when the light is sharp. It’s always worth getting up early and photographing the place during the golden hour,” adds Chagunava.

“Not only can you take beautiful pictures with soft lights and pastel colors, but you can also escape from the crowd and get the perfect postcard-like photo. Alternatively, try shooting in the shade or through objects that help defuse the light — like trees if you’re outside, or curtains if you’re at home.”

5. Use a tripod to get everyone in the frame

It can be difficult to take a good group photo with everyone in it while on vacation. The answer? tripods.

“I always carry a mini gorilla pod or tripod and a phone attachment. Turn on the timer, attach the gorilla pod to a tree, post or railing and you’ve got the perfect group photo,” says Price. “The iPhone’s 0.5x lens is also amazing if you’re in a large group and still want to shoot a portrait rather than a landscape.”

For a less staged photo, don’t tell everyone how many shots will be taken.

“Try to act natural, as if there is no photographer in front of you. I always try to incorporate action – I ask my clients to chat, laugh, move, walk and play while a picture is taken. Take as many pictures as you can,” says Chagunava.

6. It’s all about angles

Since most vacation photos these days are taken with cell phones, it’s important to aim the phone correctly to get a really nice shot. Don’t be afraid to play around – you can always delete things that don’t work.

“For portraits, I love a low angle with a 0.5x lens on an iPhone; I find it captures most of your location, and personally I just prefer all of the people’s travel shots from this bottom shot,” says Price.

“For landscape shots, I tend to only take photos like this if it’s a sunset or a photo without people. I take these shots at shoulder height, leaning forward or backward depending on how I position myself to the scene I want to photograph.”

https://www.independent.ie/life/travel/six-expert-tips-for-getting-the-most-out-of-your-instagram-travel-photos-41922421.html Six expert tips to get the most out of your Instagram travel photos

Fry Electronics Team

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