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Travel Pictures: How To Take Social Media Worthy Photographs with any camera


Years ago, people had to carry a camera with them if they wanted photographic evidence of their travels. However, smartphones have changed all that and made it more convenient to both take and share travel pictures.

However, there are a lot of travel pictures flooding sites like Instagram and Facebook, and not all of them are good. Most of them simply fall flat; they don’t showcase the best aspects of the trip.

If you want others to sit up and take notice of your pictures, there are a few pieces of advice that will help you achieve that goal, regardless if you bring a travel camera or simply use your phone’s camera. As a bonus, you’ll have pictures to remind you of your amazing trip for the rest of your life.

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Get A Unique Angle

Move down low or go up high to change the angle of your picture. You can also move in closer or get farther away until the image is what you want it to be. Also, don’t forget how powerful a closeup can be every now and then.


Start Early

Some people wait to take pictures, thinking that they have plenty of time before the end of their vacation. However, the time slips by and they wind up with very few images of their trip. Instead, make it a priority to take pictures from the first day until the last.

Use The Natural Light

Be aware of how sunlight affects your pictures. For example, the best time to take pictures is mid-morning or mid-afternoon. The light is flattering at that time. Pictures snapped in the middle of the day, however, often don’t turn out as well. There are shadows and the subjects don’t seem to pop. There are ways to work around this, though. You can make sure the entire subject is in shadow, or you can alter your own position. Using the flash may also help the picture turn out better.

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Before you go on your trip, practice taking a few pictures at different times of the day to see what works best for you.


Try Something Different

Don’t always make your kids look at you and say “cheese!” Instead, snap a few shots when your subjects are unaware of what you are doing. The images you take are more likely to be realistic. When you do go for a posed shot, take a lot of pictures and make sure you get some while everyone is getting in position and when they are walking away. You never know what you might capture. This is likely to get more Instagram views than run of the mill imagery.

Be Adventurous

You’ll capture some great images if you move away from the “touristy” areas of the town you are visiting. Go into neighborhoods or visit a local restaurant that is off the beaten path. You will likely find great material for your pictures, but always ask permission before you snap photos of someone you don’t know.


Take Pictures Regardless Of Weather

You don’t have to stop taking pictures just because the sun isn’t shining. You can actually get a few great snaps while the clouds are rolling in. In addition, taking pictures right after the storm lends itself to some wonderful images as well.

The camera on your smartphone is a wonderful tool. There are other apps that can be useful as well, so don’t forget to download a few helpful items before your trip. It is time to snap some worthy travel pictures!

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  1. Olga
    August 13, 2017 at 12:54 am

    Which apps besides Instagram do you recommend for editing pictures?

    • Latinas Who Travel
      August 21, 2017 at 2:55 pm

      We are actually working on an article about this topic. Stay tuned for it 🙂

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