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Top Tips On How To Take Better Instagram Travel Pictures
Instagram is one of the most popular social networking platforms and being an Instagram traveller has gained immense popularity as a concept. Nowadays, there are millions of people using Instagram to share all types of pictures; however, sharing high quality pictures requires more than merely using a filter and that’s it. This article will provide information on the top techniques to creating the ideal Instagram travel pictures.
- Filtering Can Be Risky
Filtering is known to be the fixer to all pictures; however, this is not always true. In fact, under-filtering may be far more beneficial than over-filtering. Instagram has numerous types of filtering styles available for use, including the minimalist options like Slumber and Gingham; it may be worthwhile considering these filters. Not only will they allow people to see the picture but they will provide a soothing tone to the image evoking a subtle dreamy travel-y vibe.
- The Destination Should Be The Focus
It is common photography knowledge that simple photos with focus on a single aspect of a scene will always have a greater impact than capturing multiple images. When sharing travelling pictures, it is recommended that you keep the construction of the picture simple. Of course, this does not mean you should not experiment with the angles of the image as this can add some life to the shot. The primary aim here is to avoid crowding of the picture and allow the location to be the focus, not the vast amount of friends made at the local bar.
- Ease Up On Hashtags
Using hashtags can be fun and the stranger, the better right? No, not exactly. In fact, the amount of hashtags added to the image can influence the popularity of a picture with the more the amount of tags being detrimental. Ideally, the maximum amount should be 10 but no more. Top tip: never use spam tags irrespective of their trending appeal; for example, #likesforlikes is a no-go area. They will only show you are a novice searching for popularity. If you want to get some initial Instagram likes, then Vibbi can be a good option.
- Use Intentional Focusing Or Blurs
It is common knowledge that blurry and poorly focused photographs are less exciting, intriguing or attractive than the cleaner options. While smartphones are useful to capture experiences as photographs, they do not always capture the memories in a crisp and bright manner. Fortunately, the autofocus feature on these devices can increase the quality of the image; but what happens if the picture was taken before autofocus could be activated? Blur-city no doubt.
Of course, there are instances where blurring is intentional and quite inspiring; for example, if you are attempting to capture a sense of motion or increase the focus of the background. Tilt shifting can assist with this, but try to avoid over-tilting as it may seem too dioramic for many viewers.
- Photographing The Locals
Contrary to popular belief, the most successful travel photography does not focus on landscape but rather on the people. After all, the people are the aspects of the destination that create cultures; aren’t they? For many travellers, the architecture may be intriguing, but it is the culture that captures their attention and the people that help them fall in love with a country. Of course, taking pictures of people is not as simple as snapping landscape as there are privacy requirements that need to be considered. Be sure to gain permission from people before taking pictures and sharing the photographs; not all individuals will be pleased to see their face shared on social media.
For pictures of locals enjoying life in different countries take a look at @kathmanduua’s Instagram.