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
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Back in cell range after hiking 30 miles within 3 days, countless elevation gains at over 10,000 ft! It was epic beautiful! Our initial plan was to summit Half Dome but the fires re-routed us to Yosemite's High Country where we experienced something even better. Meadows, waterfalls, granite domes, mountains, alpine lakes, snow patches, sunshine, rivers, black bears, black tail deers, thunder storms, massive hail storms, belly laughs, yummy backpacking meals, sore legs, dirty faces and so so happy! I love working and adventuring with you @aoaadventures ?✨#ilovemyjob #yosemitenationalpark #meditationinmotion
“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
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Siddhpur | fairytale facades _ ornate, rainbow-coloured, symmetric mansions adorned with geometric patterns and flower motifs on stuccoed facades with intricately carved columns, decorative grills, stained glass windows and if this wasn’t already astounding enough, every one of these houses lining the wide, dusty lanes of the Dawoodi Bohras neighbourhood has an Art Deco style monogram representing the initials of the owner. #elice_fexploresIndia #LeicaQ @leicauk @kamalantravels
“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.