When you’re travelling by yourself, it can be difficult to get that perfect shot. But that’s not to say that it’s completely impossible!
With some clever photography, and some polishing up on some special skills, you’ll be able to capture all of those picturesque sunsets and jaw-dropping sites without having to ask another tourist for help. With basic photography skills (and a little editing) you’ll be the envy of all your friends when you post these incredible shots on your social media. They’ll even be get-printed-and-hang-on-the-wall worthy!
Here’s what you need to know – the perfect solo traveller photography tips.
Don’t Get Too Hung Up About It
The goal of your trip is to get out there and see the world. Don’t let your desire to perfectly capture the moment get in the way of enjoying yourself and forging memorable experiences. The best shots often happen when you’re relaxed and in the moment rather than involving anything as complex as setting up and styling. Trust that the moment will come and that when it does, you’ll be there to snap away.
Set Limits on What You Shoot
Are you really going to need 200 shots of your breakfast in Hungary? Save your pictures (and your film or phone space) for the moments that are truly capture-worthy.
Keep It Simple
Lugging around expensive equipment is going to be a real drain if you’re looking to take photos while travelling alone. For the most part, if you’ve got a decent phone then that will totally suffice! A GoPro is a great way to capture action shots (or underwater footage). Both of these devices make it really easy when it comes to editing as well, so don’t feel like you have to drag a whole film crew around with you just to capture some great memories.
Ask For Help
Want to get a shot of you standing in front of a landmark? Ask a friendly stranger (suss them out first) if they wouldn’t mind helping you out. Check if they can take quite a few shots (maybe around ten or so) so you can check back on them to see if your eyes are open and your smile’s looking good.
But First, Let Me Take a Selfie
Okay, we admit. They’re kind of daggy. But a selfie stick is a great way for you to get that shot that has YOU in it as well. They fold down nice and neatly so they’re way more portable than lugging a tripod around. Plus you’ll fit in with all the other tourists!
Know Your Lighting
Before you leave, practise! Take some photos in your local area. Pay attention to how the light and the position of the sun. What impact do they have on your photos? What are the shadows doing? Trying to grow your skills before you leave is a great way to make sure that the shots you take on the road are quality instead of blurred messes.
Oh yeah, and make sure you’re not guilty of the old ‘thumb over the lens’ trick!
How To Take Photos When You’re Travelling Alone
Travelling alone can be a real eye-opener. You’re thrust into new and foreign environments where you have to fend for yourself. You get to take part in amazing new experiences from a mindful place without the constant chatter of a companion. You can steer your own course and go exactly where you want to – and spend as much time there as you want! It’s a life-changing experience and one that you’ll definitely want to capture. Don’t assume that not having a travel buddy means your photographs won’t do your trip justice – there are plenty of ways to get snap-happy while riding solo!