Traveling as a couple definitely has its perks. Its great to share new experiences and moments with someone you love. It’s also to always have someone to take a photo of you at all these special places. The problem however is how do you capture the moment as a couple. No one wants to get home from an epic trip only to discover that every pic is them alone.
We travel often so we have worked out ( almost ) every way to get those shots together even when we are alone!
Here are top five ways to get those sought after couples photos while traveling.
A Camera and Tripod
If you are serious about photography you will already own these two. It’s not always the easiest to travel with a tripod, especially a bigger one, but its so worth it. You get great quality photos wherever you want! You can use manual focus using one person where you want to stand and then do self timer and run. This only works for really easy photos and also definitely not in the heat of Summer. Sweaty, annoyed photos are not a thing. Alternatively but a remote for your camera and make your life super easy! With photos like the one above taken at Blausee, Mike has hidden the remote in the hand you cant see. We use a Canon 5D Mark iii and a Sirui tripod
Lets admit it, GoPro’s make travel selfies easy and awesome. They are wide enough to get everyone in as well as your gorgeous view. They are so compact you can take them everywhere. The quality is great and you can even use them in the water. We have taken our GoPro everywhere and it always performs. I would suggest buying a stick for your GoPro ( its way cooler than a selfie stick for phones I Promise! ) so its easier to hold up and get that shot. The new Hero5 Black GoPro also has a neat function where you can tell the GoPro to take a photo. This voice remote function has really helped us achieve some cool shots!
This one is a bit controversial but if you use it safely and within regulations and guidelines it can be really fun. Maybe you are standing on a mountain top where there is no place for a tripod. Or you need just that little bit of extra height to capture a spectacular view. This is where a drone comes in so handy. We love our DJI Mavic because it folds up so small and easily fits into our camera bag. You don’t have to send it up high and you can easily hide the remote as well. Remember when traveling with a drone though that each country has its own flying rules that you should adhere to. Some countries don’t even allow drones so do your research if you are not sure. Getting your drone confiscated will not be fun.
Okay so this one falls a little bit out or the tech theme of this post. If there is someone handy and you are in a rush this might be your best option though. For this photo there was minimal light left. If we had set up a tripod the sun would have probably been gone. We asked our guide that was with us to take a shot and it came out great. If the person is unfamiliar with your camera just get the settings and angle right and tell them to press the button. It couldn’t be easier! I wouldn’t ask any stranger though so rather go with someone you know or have been spending some time with.
Good Old Cellphone
Selfies with a phone will always be my last option. Its definitely not my favorite way to capture a moment but sometimes its better than nothing. These days the front facing camera of cellphones has pretty good quality. You might not get a lot in but in years from now you can look back at all the silly selfies and still smile and remember a moment. I draw the line at selfie sticks though 😛
Some more tips on taking couples photos while traveling.