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Build Up Your Feed With These Travel Instagram Tips

Achieve your travel goals

Travelling is all about making good memories — and the best way to preserve them is by sharing your snaps on your ‘gram! But capturing breath-taking sights is easier said than done. Still, if you’re keen on building up your travel feed, then start off with these travel Instagram tips. It takes practice, but we guarantee you, you’ll achieve your #travelgoals in no time.

Do your research

Laptop, camera, and other gadgets on a white wooden table

Researching is an integral part of travelling, and it helps even more if taking travel photos is a huge priority for you. For beginners, one of the easiest travel Instagram tips to try out is to visit Instagrammable places during the trip. Because these places are already picture-perfect as it is, taking shots of these can help build up your ‘gram if you’re just starting out. Look for pegs as well, and take these inspirations to mind when you’re finally capturing the scene.

Bring a camera you’re comfortable with

A person capturing photos of a street with a smartphone

You don’t really need to have high-end photography equipment to get the best shots. It doesn’t matter what your go-to camera is — even just your smartphone would do, as long as you know how to use it well. So before you even leave, check out all your camera’s modes and settings. Practice with each of them so when the time comes, you’d know which setting to go for in different conditions.

Enjoy a place at your own pace

One of the most important Travel Instagram tip is to enjoy the scenery like these travellers enjoying the view atop a mountain

Enjoying is perhaps one of the most important travel Instagram tips. If taking great travel photos is your goal, allot time for it during your trip. Before you take your shots, explore your destination first. Understand and feel the story of the place to better encapsulate the experience in your snaps. Don’t rush; keep things natural.

Experiment with angles and composition

Woman taking a photo of ancient ruins

Don’t just take photos while standing straight. Feel free to crouch down low or find a higher position to get interesting angles. See what works best to give you unique shots of your destination. Not sure how to compose the elements in your frame? When in doubt, remember the rule of thirds. Don’t put your subject (or yourself) at the centre, and instead align it on the left or right grid lines instead. If you’re taking landscape photos, keep the horizon straight on the bottom third. Make it easier by simply turning on your camera’s grid feature.

Play with colours

Woman standing before lanterns

(Photo from: yuniqueyuni)

Colours also help your shots become more interesting too. According to a study done by Pantone Color Institute, certain colours can make your travel mementoes more engaging. But more than that, these hues can also capture the vibe of the place you’re visiting. So when you travel, be mindful of places or objects that have similar tones for a more cohesive post later on. If you want to take it up a notch, try and stick to a palette for a single trip. This makes a more eye-catching feed and can be done with a bit of editing and curating. Or if you're not yet confident with your editing skills, try wearing outfits that complement the place instead.

Don’t skip the post-process

A person editing a photo on a laptop

Speaking of editing, doing this to your photos isn’t cheating. In fact, it’s an important part of every photographer’s process. Post-processing helps in improving your framing, lighting, and so on. Like with your equipment, use apps and software that you know how to use well. It doesn’t even need to be edited in Photoshop, even just your simple phone apps can do the trick. 

Get ready to upload

A person scrolling through an Instagram profile on a smartphone

Finally, after you’re done with all the editing, it’s time to upload your photos on your Instagram. But before you hit the share button, remember to pick a nice caption. Write something you personally learned during your travel experience, or quote a line that says much about your trip. Remember to geotag your photos, too, so your followers know where they were taken. Lastly, if you want your posts to have a wider reach, use a mix of hashtags. There are general travel hashtags, or hashtags specific to the city you’re visiting. If you want, you can even include hashtags like #Clozette for a chance to be featured! 

(Cover photo from: yuniqueyuni)

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