Capturing the best travel moments on a camera can be hard. What you see with your own eyes can never be replicated in a photo. Sometimes the photos are grainy, have too many shadows or simply fall flat. You get home and show your friends the pictures from your incredible trip, only to be forced to say, “This looked better in person.”
While cameras will never match the “HD” vision of your own experience, these travel Instagrammers shared a few tips with Tiny Atlas Quarterly, a magazine dedicated to “[telling] the story of travel from the perspective of professional image makers whose voices normally would be absent from traditional travel publications.” Their instagram has over 150K followers and growing.
Check out these amazing photographers and their tips to help you take your photos from ordinary to extraordinary!
“I can’t recommend shooting sunrise enough. Whenever I make the effort, I get to explore even the busiest of places practically by myself, which if you’re thinking of the Eiffel Tower or the Spanish Steps is really something.” ― Theodora Melnik, @_____theo
“If you are in a big wide open space and want to get people in the shot for scale, don’t be afraid to fall behind the people you are traveling with. Think of it as photo interval training. You fall back or race ahead of the group to get those moments.” ― Diana Zalucky, @dianazalucky
“On vacation when you go to the beach at sunset, everyone has their phones pointed directly at the red orb going down over the ocean, which is really pretty and definitely worth capturing. But don’t forget to turn around and see what the sun is shining on. Whether it’s your hotel or a friend, your subject will be in the best light of the day for you to capture a beautiful photo that’s uniquely yours.” ― Tyson Wheatley, @twheat
“If you are lucky enough to visit famous monuments, feel free to take a selfie for your records, but don’t forget to look out for everything else. Photograph the little things that surround the big monuments. Capture moments that speak to you and show the essence of the place instead of recreating pictures you have seen before.” ― Elke Frotscher, @elice_f
My Tiny Atlas has taken it a step further, by capturing these photos and more in their new book. Check it out here.