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5 Tips To Make Your Social Media Travel Photos Standout

By Leah Freeman-Haskin

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Standing out on social media is getting more difficult every day. With travel influencers taking epic and sometimes life harrowing photos, you may feel like your images just aren’t strong enough to get noticed. Here are some tips for snapping those iconic images that will gain followers and engagement.

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Practice & Patience

Like any art form, photography takes practice, patience, and a love for the process. Practice what works and what doesn’t work when you are not traveling, so you will be ready in the moment. Get to know your camera (or phone), its settings, and which filters create the perfect effect for the captured moment.

The Golden Hour Is Your Friend

The Golden Hour is known by photographers as the ideal time of day to take photos. It occurs just before the sun sets or rises, creating dramatic shadows across landscapes and soft light for the perfect selfie.

Anton Darius | @theSollers | Unsplash

Create A Story

Think of yourself as a storyteller. Take your viewers on the journey with you and try to convey the story of your adventure through your photos. Capturing the small things like your hotel room and breakfast as well as the epic landscapes will help to create a full story that your followers will want to watch from beginning to end.

It’s All In The Approach

Approaching your subject differently is a great way to catch your viewers off guard and grab their attention. We’ve all seen the Eiffel Tower a hundred times in photos, but can you capture that angle that makes us feel like we are seeing it for the first time? Get close, lay on the ground, or find an interesting viewpoint (like two pigeons in love!) to shake things up.

Fabrizio Verrecchia | Unsplash

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Have Fun

If you’re not having fun behind the camera, it will probably show through your images. Don’t obsess about which photo is going to get you the most “likes”, instead search for the photos that take your breath away.  

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