Top 5 Ways to Take Great Photos (of Yourself) While Travelling

August 26, 2016

How to Take Great Photos When Travelling AloneSitting at the airport often gives me an opportunity to meet other travellers, or read up on the next destination while taking a quick rest. I don’t know what it is about getting through to a departure gate, but I’m often tired by the time I get there, so having a conversation with someone or doing something active just brings me to life again.

You all heard me mention that I enjoy travelling alone, and as usual, I will be taking photos of my journey. Even if you’re travelling with friends or loved ones, there will be times I’ll want some photos of myself or a group of people I meet, so I thought I’d share my top tips on how to snap great pictures of yourself for that next great adventure.

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Pre-set & Test Your Camera With A Couple of Shots
Before you go handing off your baby, otherwise known as our camera, to unknown hands, check the settings and take a couple of test shots to get the lighting right. Look for an angle that you want and try the light out on people walking by. If the light doesn’t hit the face or body well, move and find a better spot before setting up or asking someone to help you.

Ask Travellers with Professional Equipment
Those who like to take good photos often carry good photography equipment with them. Scout travellers who look like they know what they’re doing and ask them to take our photo. Don’t be afraid to ask for the angle, or show them what you want to capture in the picture using the screen on the camera. Ask them to shoot a few pictures (or set to burst mode) incase the first one is blurry or you blink. Tom says I blink all the time, so I usually need a few to flip through! In this photoshoot, I asked a very good friend of mine to snap the pictures. He actually has a good camera and understands the functions well, but I did a test shot and set it up anyways. We happened to be meeting for coffee since I was in the area running errands, so it worked out great! I love when a plan comes together awell.

Gorilla Pod
I love using a gorilla pod when I travel with Tom. I simply set it on the angle I want, or use the legs to wrap around any branch or handle I desire and shoot. If you usually shoot within a few yards, a bluetooth remote for your DSLR or SLR cameras would like be a nice option, since the signal doesn’t always work at long distances. Search on Google for remotes or gorilla pods that are compatible with camera, and make sure to check reviews. They’re about $50-$150 and easy to pack. I got 3 remotes for under $10 on Amazon.com have ove this option. If your camera doesn’t auto-focus, check your camera for face recognition so that it finds you. Not all cameras have this function, but it’s good to use if you have it.

Screenshot Your Photos
If you have great quality video recording on your phone, you can screenshot an that are taken by friends or strangers.

Timer
If you can’t or don’t want the Bluetooth remote, you can always time your photos. I’m not the biggest fan of setting my camera to 10 seconds and dashing to get into position, then trying to fix my disastrous wind-blown hair, but some people don’t mind this!

I hope this helps! If you enjoyed this post, please let me know in the comments below. How do you photograph when you want a picture and have no one around? If you have your own tips, I’d love to hear!

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Xo,

Miki

Skirt available here. Top available here. Bag is Vintage Chanel.

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60 Comments

  • Reply Vanessa August 26, 2016 at 8:30 am

    Such great tips! Totally agree that it’s best to ask people who look like they are professional photog’s or simply know what they are doing! I’ve done it myself! Great tips, and you look as lovely as always!

    I hope your day is as beautiful as you are!
    xoxo, Vanessa
    http://www.WhatWouldVWear.com

    • Reply miki September 1, 2016 at 4:36 am

      Thanks Vanessa. I find that when it’s busy, it’s always a good idea to ask someone as well. ? With digital cameras, it’s so easy to delete and retake, too, do it’s good when you’re not in such a hurry either!!
      I hope you have a beautiful week!!
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply rosie August 26, 2016 at 8:45 am

    these are great tips. I hope no one takes me with my fancy camera as a professional photog – however normally people who spend the money on a fancy camera know what they are doing.

    Life is just Rosie

    • Reply miki September 1, 2016 at 4:39 am

      Haha I feel the same Rosie, but I bet you have a good eye for angles and are way better than you think! ? Thanks a bunch!
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply MARTA August 26, 2016 at 11:33 am

    Nice post and i love your outfit!

    http://martasfashiondiary.com/
    http://martasfashiondiary.com/one-outfit-two-pairs-of-shoes/

    • Reply miki September 1, 2016 at 5:20 am

      Thanks Marta!!
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply carmen August 26, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    Gorilla Pod!?!? Must try that out. It sounds like a lifesaver. Your floral skirt is adorable. :]

    // ▲ itsCarmen.com ▲

  • Reply Cielo August 26, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    Great tips! I love the Gorilla pod too!!! =)

    – Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

    • Reply miki September 1, 2016 at 12:52 pm

      That’s awesome! It’s such an amazing camera accessory! ? Thanks Cielo!
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply Face to Curls August 26, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    These are great tips Miki! Your floral skirt is gorgeous and you look fantastic! Hope you’re having a wonderful time. xo

    Ann-Marie | http://facetocurls.com

    • Reply miki September 1, 2016 at 12:48 pm

      Thanks Ann-Marie!! I will. ?
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply Kasie Chelanne August 26, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    This is perfectly timed! I’m leaving for Paris next week and need to take in all the photography tips I can get. You look absolutely beautiful, that skirt is gorgeous!

    • Reply miki September 1, 2016 at 1:19 pm

      So glad this could be of use for you, Kasie! So jealous. I love Paris, but will be going when it’s incredibly cold! Have an amazing time. Can’t wait to see the pics!

      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply Chanel August 27, 2016 at 10:45 am

    Thanks for the tips Miki! I love your Chanel bag, vintage?

    xo
    Chanel | Je M’appelle Chanel

    • Reply miki August 27, 2016 at 10:51 am

      Yes, vintage! Thanks! ?
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply Kelsey Bang August 27, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    these are awesome tips! love the video idea!

    kelseybang.com

    • Reply miki September 4, 2016 at 2:59 am

      Thanks Kelsey!
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply Carmen August 28, 2016 at 3:58 am

    Wow this skirt is everything! You look absolutely gorgeous Miki <3
    xx, Carmen – http://www.carmitive.com

    • Reply miki September 1, 2016 at 5:43 am

      Thanks so much, Carmen!
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply The Fashion Folks August 28, 2016 at 4:36 am

    These are great tips. Loved the idea of asking someone that looks like they know what they’re doing! So easy but genius! Xx

    http://www.thefashionfolks.com

    • Reply miki September 1, 2016 at 6:53 am

      Glad you enjoyed the post!
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply Gitta August 28, 2016 at 7:32 am

    Great tips – thanks for sharing 🙂

    x Gitta // http://www.gittawitzel.com

    • Reply miki September 1, 2016 at 6:54 am

      Glad you enjoyed the post!
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply Sakuranko August 28, 2016 at 11:19 am

    Oh very cute skirt
    Great style
    xx

    • Reply miki September 1, 2016 at 6:59 am

      Thanks a bunch! I love this feminine skirt.
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply Tessy August 28, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    Beautiful as always. I love the dress.

    http://www.tessyonyia.com

    • Reply miki September 1, 2016 at 7:02 am

      Thanks so much, Tessy!!
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply emily August 29, 2016 at 8:11 am

    Some great tips! I think I would be too shy to ask someone I didn’t know to take my pic but if I ever do, I’ll look out for the professional looking cameras!
    x Emily
    http://shedoes.com.au

    • Reply miki September 4, 2016 at 4:12 am

      Aww. I have data where I just want to go about my own way and not ask either. Well, you won’t always have to ask with a gorilla pod or self timer, so there’s always those options. ? Thanks Emily!
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply Marianne Sophia August 29, 2016 at 10:20 am

    These are great tips, i’ve always wondered how people get great photos when traveling alone. I always get paranoid and worry that people will run off with my camera. Your photographs are beautiful and your skit is so gorgeous!! 🙂

    Much love,
    Marianne x http://www.beautiful-in-esence.blogspot.com

    • Reply miki September 4, 2016 at 3:02 am

      I know what you mean. I always give the camera to another traveler who had good respondent. I think they’re unlikely to be saying with so much heavy photography equipment lol Thanks Marianne!!

      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply Marianne Sophia August 29, 2016 at 10:20 am

    These are great tips, i’ve always wondered how people get great photos when traveling alone. I always get paranoid and worry that people will run off with my camera. Your photographs are beautiful and your skit is so gorgeous!! 🙂

    Much love,
    Marianne x http://www.beautiful-in-esence.blogspot.com

  • Reply Kelsie Galis August 29, 2016 at 11:34 am

    Such great tips, as always Miki! That gorilla pod really comes in handy when there is no photographer around, I need to get my hands on one!! These photos turned out great, and I love that dress! Or is it a top and skirt? Where did you get it?? You look cute as always!!

    -Kelsie
    http://www.designlifediaires.com

    • Reply miki September 4, 2016 at 3:04 am

      It’s a skirt and a top. I realized I didn’t provide the links at first, so I’ve dropped them below. :). Yes, definitely grab a gorilla pod! ? Thanks Kelsey!
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply Rai August 29, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    I didn’t even think of recording myself on my phone then taking a screenshot of a good pose! Thats in-genius love it! haha
    Awesome post as always! Hopefully I make tons of friends who are photographers when I go traveling haha ;P

    Rai | utterardour.blogspot.com

    • Reply miki September 4, 2016 at 3:41 am

      I think you’ll meet a lot of really cool people! Can’t wait to see all your photos, Rai!
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply Amanda August 29, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    What amazing tips! That’s always so tough! I really need to get one of those Gorilla Pods. You look amazing and I really adore your skirt!

    Amanda | http://ASparklingStickyStyle.com

    • Reply miki September 4, 2016 at 4:18 am

      Thanks Amanda! The gorilla pod had been a favorite of mine. Definitely recommend it.

      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply Jenn August 30, 2016 at 4:18 am

    Great tips! I’ve only traveled alone once and I would definitely love to do it again! But I might be too shy to ask other people to take my pictures and I am always distrusting of other people so I will probably resort to the bluetooth or self-timer option. haha!

    Jenn
    The Pink Lemonade Girl
    YouTube
    Bloglovin

    • Reply miki September 4, 2016 at 4:20 am

      I totally get that. Especially when your camera is like your baby like it is for me. I only have it over to people who look like they can handle a camera and are tourists, but not always easy. The gorillas pod has been amazing. Thanks Jenn!!

      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply Milica August 30, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    Lovely post! Maybe we could follow each other on GFC and instagram @djonovic_milica? If yes, follow me and I follow back as soon as I see it.
    Let me know with a comment on my Blog

    http://intonezzee.blogspot.com/

    kisses

    • Reply miki September 4, 2016 at 4:25 am

      I don’t have a follow option on the blog, but thanks for visiting.
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply Emily August 30, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    One of my favorite ways is to just take a video like you’ve suggested, and then screen shot all the poses I liked haha. I don’t take too many photos of myself, but it definitely works great! Usually I forgot to do the video technique though haha. Why can’t we all just have an Instagram boyfriend? ;p

    -Emily http://www.coatandcoffee.com

    • Reply miki September 4, 2016 at 4:32 am

      Haha. At least all have an Instagram hubby or bf that always travels with you, right?? lol Thanks Emily.

      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply jasna August 30, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    These are great tips, I have to remember these 🙂 Love your skirt too x

    • Reply miki September 4, 2016 at 4:35 am

      Glad you enjoyed the post Has a!

      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply Noma August 31, 2016 at 2:13 am

    Great tips. I need to get myself a gorilla pod ASAP!

    XoXo Noma

    • Reply miki September 4, 2016 at 4:39 am

      Highly recommended! Glad you liked the post, Noma! Thanks!

      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply Chris August 31, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    Great ideas and great pictures!

    • Reply miki September 4, 2016 at 4:40 am

      Thanks Chris!!
      Xo,
      Miki

    • Reply miki September 4, 2016 at 4:41 am

      Thanks!
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply Katharine September 1, 2016 at 11:57 am

    Great tips and especially Gorila pod…I have to check it more….good theme in article really. Kisses
    Katharine-fashionisbeautiful

    • Reply miki September 4, 2016 at 4:44 am

      Thanks Katherine! Glad you found it helpful.
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply Christie September 2, 2016 at 11:38 am

    I’m obsessed with this look, it’s so glamorous!

    xx
    Christie

    Velvetviolets.com

    • Reply miki September 4, 2016 at 4:44 am

      Aww, thanks Chrissie!!
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply Beauty Follower September 2, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    Oh my! Amazing skirt!

    http://beautyfollower.blogspot.gr/

    • Reply miki September 4, 2016 at 4:45 am

      Thanks!! ?
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply Grace Kate September 5, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    Your photography is beautiful so I really enjoyed reading this post- using a timer is a great tip!

    Grace – gracekate.co.uk xx

  • Reply Perse September 10, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    Great tips, I’ll have to keep them in mind 🙂

    polkadotpearlminis.com

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