Instagram has changed how people travel. Tourism boards are even hiring professional “Instagramers” to take pictures to share on the Internet, drawing more people to their spots. Luckily, you don’t have to be a professional to create a travel journal that will stun your friends. Share your photos as you go, and then later relive those memories through gorgeous images. Here are some tips on how to create the best Instagram travel journal ever:
1. Never use the Instagram Camera
Instagram has an in-app camera, but it’s terrible. If you have a good camera on your phone, don’t let it go to waste. Professionals often take a digital camera with them, so they can take tons of pictures before uploading the best to Instagram later. Whichever you do, make sure the camera you’re using is good quality.
2. Experiment with Different Angles
Assuming you’re not vacationing in a spot very few people have gone to, the odds are that photo of a mountain has been taken before. To make your shot unique, try taking it from a different angle. Lie down on the ground and shot upwards at that Redwood tree. Stand on a rock to get a higher angle. Just be safe, and don’t try to do anything dangerous.
3. Bad Weather Makes for Great Photos
We all love sunny weather, but the best photos are often taken in the worst conditions. Clouds and rain are really dramatic, and when the weather isn’t great, the most touristy spots will be clearer.
4. Less is More
It’s tempting to post a ton of pictures of everything you do. However, the best vacation journals are more selective. You don’t need a photo of every meal or building you see. Commit to choosing one or two of each thing or activity, and you’re more likely to choose an unforgettable shot.
5. Pick a “Theme”
Before you post your photos, take a look at all of them side-by-side. Is there a theme developing? If you went somewhere like Hawaii, your theme is going to be more nature-based than if you went to a bustling city. Post the photos that you feel best tell the story of the place you went to, and your journal will really pop.