Sitting 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.
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.
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.
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!