One of the biggest concerns you can have when it comes to photography is learning about easy ways to take photos of yourself on your next vacation. Realizing how much you can do on your own can be one of the most fulfilling experiences of traveling alone.
Traveling with a colleague, partner/spouse, or family member to help with problems that happen while you’re away is usually simpler, but solo travel forces you to face difficult situations on your own, which frequently results in much more self-confidence and self-awareness than you may have ever anticipated.
Whenever it comes to traveling the world alone, one concern that appears to be on everyone’s mind is, “How can you easily take a high-quality picture of yourself?
1. Use a Remote Shutter
Now that your camera is mounted on your tripod, you’re ready to perfect your solo travel photography skills. However, you soon discover that nobody is available to press the shutter for you. A remote shutter can help with that.
Without touching the camera, a remote shutter uses wireless technology to activate the shutter. Consider the tripod as an additional set of arms, as well as the remote shutter as just a finger that you may use to press the shutter for you.
The “2S” button on the majority of remote shutters offers you a two-second wait before the shutter opens. I take advantage of the extra time to put the remote inside my pocket and on the floor.
2. Use a Timer
Although it takes a bit more work than utilizing a remote shutter, I believe this technique to be my favorite one for taking pictures. The ability to switch the drive mode from single-shot (where you push the shutter once to take one snapshot) to self-timer is included in nearly all cameras nowadays.
Self-timer continuous should be an option, giving users up to ten seconds to position themselves for the photo before it snaps 3-5+ quick pictures in a sequence. This environment is the Ultimate for leaping shots, which are my specialty, or for any pictures that include motion.
A timer’s drawback is that you’ll probably have to dash back and forth between your cameras and the shot’s frame, but who doesn’t need a little more exercise?
3. Other People Can Help
Lacking a tripod or remote shutter? Nobody nearby? It shouldn’t be a problem. You can use almost anything as a temporary tripod to support your camera. You name it, I’ve done it: perched my cameras on the wooden pole, placed it atop a pile of pebbles, and rested it against my ground-level rucksack.
Taking images of oneself will seem quite weird at first, and others will undoubtedly stare or ask you, “What the heck are you doing?” But what’s this? Who cares? You’re probably never going to see them and you’ll take some amazing trip pictures!
While you are most likely not going to recall the person looking at you or how uncomfortable you felt, you will browse through your photographs and recall wonderful events from your trips.
It’s equally vital to set up your picture before giving the camera to someone else when I’m asking them to snap my photo. To avoid getting an exposed or grainy picture, be sure to precisely adjust all the dials as you like.
Moreover, don’t be hesitant to provide any guidance! Whenever I describe the image I’m trying to achieve, I find that I get Far better shots—and most folks are eager to cooperate!
4. Use a Tripod & Versatile Lenses
You don’t want your suitcases to always be overweight while you are traveling alone. So you do not want to hurt your back or shoulders when you are out walking around towns or trekking with a rucksack. I presently only use two lenses, the Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 and the Nikon AF-S 24-120mm f/4G, for this reason.
They are incredibly adaptable and reasonably priced. With 400mm, you can zoom in incredibly far, while 10mm allows you to capture close-up pictures of yourself in landscapes or buildings. If you’re not short on money, you can buy more lenses, but these will suffice for most of your needs.
I can hear you saying, “How old school is that?” If you want anything done, do it yourself, and snapping pictures of oneself when traveling alone is no exception to this rule! Because asking someone else won’t work if you want a shot that is perfect for your specs for the image’s dimensions, focus, ISO, etc. The only way to take a selfie if you have a specific idea in mind is to go back to the traditional manner!
I have a smartphone app for my camera that allows me to remotely operate it. This has proven to be quite helpful when I desire to be included in the picture. My favorite aspect of using a gimbal is how creative you can be.
5. Utilize a Drone & GoPro
A drone has become the ideal travel buddy for lone travelers. If you are just getting started, using a small, lightweight drone that is great for travel is a wise choice. Connect it to your phone using the proper app, then fly it about until you find the perfect frame for your picture. I do suggest taking the theoretical examination.
This will demonstrate your understanding of drone legislation, and if you pass, you will be awarded a certificate. I usually carry this with me since it is a pleasant addition to demonstrate your expertise to individuals who approach you and ask questions.
Having a GoPro camera is undoubtedly advantageous. I use it in the time-lapse mode for (extremely) broad perspectives. But I mostly use it to make videos.
In addition, you can use GoPro Max, a 360-degree camera that is useful if you do not want the stick to be visible in your pictures or films. I will, however, create a different post regarding the videos later.
Learning about easy ways to take photos of yourself on your next vacation is a valuable skill that can help you show your lifestyle to the world. In today’s strange world, you can’t win since people are either egotistical or insecure depending on how they feel about themselves and how they appear.
Therefore, instead of feeling self-conscious when shooting images, we should choose to appreciate who we are and have a great time doing it. Take as much as you can. I’m confident that you will continue to improve if you continue practicing, studying, and enjoying yourself.
About The Author
Stacy Witten is a full time student and a part-time photographer. She is also a content manager for the Lensespro blog.