How To Take The Perfect Instagram Travel Photo

Taking the Perfect Instagram when traveling isn’t always easy but I am here to show you how! This post is a little bit of a mix of tongue in cheek don’t take everything seriously and things that have actually worked for me. I love instagram as a social platform because “creating” a shot has always been a passion of mine even from way back in the days of Flickr only. To me these is no real recipe to massive success on instagram but there are a few things that I have tried and tested that seem to grab people’s attention. Not everything works for everyone though and people’s styles and ideas are different which is great but I thought I would share a few mostly funny tips and tricks if any of you are interested! All my photos are taken with a Canon 5D Mark III unless stated otherwise.

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Sit somewhere crazy high

So I am totally joking about this, but also kind of not joking. For some reason people are obsessed with seeing photos of other people sitting on dangerous high places, mostly mountains. Don’t get me wrong, I also love seeing photos like this so I guess its just human nature. There are some epic spots like Trolltunga and even our own little diving board rock on Kasteelspoort trail here in Cape Town that are actually really high and really dangerous that loads of people take photos on. I prefer to sit somewhere totally safe and make it look impressive though, much better for me and my fear of heights! My three most popular photos on instagram were all taken on the same spot ( check the pic above ) and although it might look scary it was actually really safe to sit there. Let me tell you, camera angles are everything!

Get yourself some blue water

Everyone is a sucker for some crystal clear ocean, lake or swimming pool action! Nothing screams holiday more than seeing those pretty blues all shimmery and gorgeous and saturated. Mix sitting somewhere high with some great water action in the background and you have a definite winner.

Have someone in your shots

People want to see other people in cool locations. I feel that 80% of the time at the very least its cooler to have someone in your travel shot. Usually its not the front facing, happy smile tourist shot either. No offence but those work better on your personal facebook album 😛 Someone standing looking at the view almost makes you feel that you are also there enjoying the moment with them. Having someone in your shot can also be great for scale to create that wow factor of someone really small with a massive mountain for instance.

Find something out of the ordinary

Something unexpected in your shot can definitely get people talking. Recently we went to an area known for cows chilling out on the beach. I got this shot just chilling next to it and enjoying the epic view ( epic views are a must in every photo btw 😛 ) and people all wanted to comment on how strange the cow on the beach was. I also didn’t plan the colour coordination with the cow btw, just incase anyone was wondering if it was a staged photo haha. For one perfect moment in time, the sun came out, the cow relaxed and it was like we had been besties forever.

Be goals

Everyone ( almost everyone ) loves a bit of romance right? As soon as I post a couple photo it almost always gets more likes than usual. Some of the biggest travelling couples have their poses down and people almost go crazy with their #GOALS! comments. If you don’t have a bae or bae is in no way in the mood to be part of your props, friend photos seem to work pretty well too.

Hope you enjoyed this silly post, remember don’t take life too seriously! 

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10 Comments

  1. March 4, 2017 / 3:24 pm

    Love your photos! Thanks for the tips. I’ve definitely found when I’m in my photos my engagement is a lot higher than when I’m not.

  2. March 4, 2017 / 3:41 pm

    Beautiful pictures and great tips (totally agree, not a fan of faces in pictues, haha, unless you are an incredible beauty blogger.

  3. March 4, 2017 / 3:58 pm

    Your photos are gorgeous. This post is funny because I notice the same things too. I live in Texas so only have the opportunity to get crazy high in photos when we travel.

  4. March 4, 2017 / 5:41 pm

    Stunning photos! I’d never really put much thought into the composition, but I’ve just looked at my most successful Instagram shots for the past 6 months… heights, blue skies/water, figures in unusual places.

    You say tongue in cheek, but I think you’ve just cracked the Instagram algorithm!

    P.s. That cow looks like he’s eyeballing you 🙂

  5. March 4, 2017 / 5:59 pm

    While these are not the kind of photos I normally like, the tips you gave are spot on I guess for these kinds of accounts. I don’t know why, I guess it’s just not my kind of thing but I completely understand why others would love it. I don’t mean any offense, we’re not all supposed to like the same things anyway otherwise it would be a very boring world. :p

  6. March 4, 2017 / 6:39 pm

    This is hilarious but SO TRUE. You may have been joking but I think these are all great ideas. I’m horrible at creating photos like these and I’m seriously going to use these tips. (I pinned it too) Love your pictures! I need to see cows on the beach. 🙂

  7. March 4, 2017 / 7:02 pm

    If that cow moved or stood up during that photo, I’m sure you would have got very scared! After reading this I’ll try get someone enjoing the views of my shots and see if it improves the likes. I can’t do a romance shot as I don’t have a partner but I could do some picture as a father / daughter enjoying a view, my daughter is super cute so she’d increase my likes!

  8. March 4, 2017 / 8:32 pm

    Today I learned new things, thank you for sharing your IG photo tips! Romance sells, I noticed too, but it can be so hard to let a stranger take the picture without giving angle advice and so on. 🙂 Loved the picture with the cow on the beach, that is something else!

  9. March 5, 2017 / 11:11 am

    Stunning!!! I totally love your shots!!! I have to agree about getting somewhere high, and having crystal clear blue seas!!! Thanks for the tips.

  10. March 5, 2017 / 3:07 pm

    Some fantastic tips! We always worry about being in our photos but maybe we should follow your advice and have a ‘stare into the distance’ type shot!

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