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.
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.
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!