Advice for Taking Instagram-worthy Travel Pics

When you see idyllic Instagram travel photos, it seems deceptively easy until you try it for yourself. A lot of serious thought and research goes into achieving that elusive perfect picture. So how can you emulate the top Instagram influencers?

Step One: follow basic photography rules
You don’t need to have an expensive camera to get outstanding pics as long as you follow some basic rules of photography. Natural lighting is best with the early hours of the morning and the hour before and after sunset the ideal times when the light is not so harsh. You should also familiarize yourself with photographers’ basic ‘Rule of Thirds’. This allows you to create a well-balanced photo with depth and character by placing the subject a third of the way into the frame. Once you have mastered this technique, you can begin to experiment by moving around and trying to capture a moment from unusual positions and angles. Holding the camera closer to your body or using a tripod are both ways to ensure a sharper image which isn’t blurred and/or unbalanced.

Step Two: Fashion is key  

Research by the University of Toronto suggests that the best Instagram snaps are achieved by wearing pastel shades or black with heels and carrying a bag and sunglasses. However, what you wear primarily depends on the backdrop. You need to wear a color and style which stands out and complements the location at the same time. When it comes to outfits, choose something iconic and trendy that will catch people’s eye while scrolling through. For example, when it comes to accessories, some of the most popular trends are neon colors, 90’s style sunglasses, designer fanny packs and Gucci slides and sneakers (think Coachella). Outfit options are endless and it mostly depends on your style and your surroundings: for example, in an exotic place, some of the hottest outfits to rock are definitely bodysuits or long lacey dresses.  If you’re in a more city type setting opt for a more edgy outfit, like distressed jeans and a cool statement piece. Speaking of, along with Gucci, another Instagram icon is Alexander McQueen especially for women (you can take a look at the Luisaviaroma website for some serious outfit inspo). In the end whatever you choose to wear, just remember that most people go to Instagram before buying something, so the more “in style” your fashion pieces are, the higher the chance your pic has on popping up on someone’s feed.  

Step Three: Strike a pose

A common problem with many Instagram photos is that they look contrived and unnatural. The key to achieving natural-looking body posture is to make sure all parts of your body look alive. Some successful poses include:

• A sideways or forwards shot taken as you’re walking along.
• A seated pose taken from behind or in profile.
• Glancing backwards over your shoulder.

If you don’t know what to do with your hands, you could grab hold of a prop such as a coffee, hat, umbrella or bag. Whether you smile/laugh or look serious is a question of personal preference and depends on the mood you’re trying to create. If you feel uncomfortable looking directly into the camera, looking off to the side with your chin slightly tilted upwards, looking downwards or photos taken from behind are commonly seen on Instagram. Also, they are all ways to avoid photos taken from unflattering angles.

Step Four: Promote, promote, promote!

Capturing the most incredible Instagram photos is a waste of time unless you know how to self-promote. This can be achieved by choosing the right hashtags so that your content is easily found and your followers are able to engage with you. Using Instagram analytics tools will enable you to discover new hashtags and find out which ones are trending. 

Remember that even professional photographers take thousands of pics to find that perfect shot. Feel free to experiment, learn what works well for you and above all, look natural. The more you practise, the greater your confidence and the better the resulting Instagram pictures. 

Victoria Brewood

Hi I'm Victoria, a British girl from Manchester. After graduating from university I decided there was more to life than the hours between 9 and 5, so I packed my journalism degree into my suitcase to travel the world and find a way to make money at the same time. I now call London home, although I still travel whenever I can. I hope to inspire you to be your own boss, live life and see the world.

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