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  • Writer's pictureAlexa Renee

How to Take Better Travel Photos

In this era of Instagram, you either got it or you don't. And I want you to have it. Here are 5 tips to elevate how you capture your photo content when you travel.


1. Use movement in your poses


Modeling can and should feel like a dance. Instead of just standing up straight and posing, get creative. I like to play around with arm movements, and of course, do a couple of spins. Make sure to have your shutter up or burst on your phone to capture clear photos.



2. Pick an outfit that helps you stand out!


Opt for a bright-colored outfit or a fun pattern for your outfits to really enhance your vibe. By choosing something bright, you'll provide some great contrast in your photos. My favorite places to shop for fun outfits are ASOS, Free people, Zara, H&M, and Mango.




3. Shoot during the golden hour for fail-proof photos



Golden hour occurs twice a day- during sunrise and sunset. You can find great light throughout the day, but one of the easiest ways to get excellent photos is to shoot around this time. There's something about that warm light and color that only enhances your photos.


4. Upgrade your equipment



The best decision I made to up the quality of my photos was upgrading to a camera from an iPhone. It upped my quality tremendously. If you're just getting into cameras, I would recommend getting a beginner's camera like a Canon Rebel (DSLR) or intro-level mirrorless, even a point-and-shoot camera is great.


You do NOT need to spend a ton of money to take great photos. Don't feel the need to spend thousands on a camera. And don't forget to practice.


5. Hire a professiona



No seriously, sometimes you just need the help of an expert. I love finding photographers on sites like Viator or Airbnb Experiences. Many photographers can also help you get comfortable behind the camera, and give you pose suggestions.

Oh and my last and most important tip- DON'T TAKE YOURSELF TOO SERIOUSLY.


I feel like many people are afraid to get creative on photos because they're afraid people will judge. For travel photos, I promise you you will probably never see these people again. So if you want to do a fun pose in front of an incredible monument… go for it.

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