These tips have massively helped my husband and I over the years when capturing travel moments. I love being able to look back and reminisce on our adventures and have those memories to keep for years to come. In this article I’ll share with you our best tricks for taking stunning travel photos as a couple!
INVEST IN A TRIPOD
Nearly every photo you see in this article has been taken with a tripod. My husband and I are often the only people around when we travel, particularly if it’s at sunrise or sunset. We simply set our tripod up at the distance and height we want to capture, attach our camera and snap away. Using a tripod also means you can take the exact photo you want and don’t have to rely on a stranger getting it wrong. We typically use this tripod or this one, with a Really Right Stuff ball head. You can certainly use a smaller/lighter tripod but it might not get as much range.
USE A SELF TIMER
Most cameras these days have a self timer function. We often set ours for 10 seconds and then run into the frame (with our camera set up on our tripod). You can also ask a stranger or friend to press the button if the shot is being taken from further away.
USE A WIRELESS REMOTE CONTROL
My husband and I often take photos from quite far away and quickly realized how exhausting it is running from the camera and back with a 10 second timer! A wireless remote control shutter release like this one is the perfect solution (make sure you buy one that works with your camera brand and model). These allow you to click the remote when you are in position for a photo, rather than running back and forth.
Photo credit – Christian Schaffer
ASK SOMEONE TO TAKE THE PHOTO
We don’t often do this but sometimes we find ourselves without a tripod and no other option. Ask someone who looks like they know how to operate a camera, explain the basics, take a photo to show them how you want the image framed and then cross your fingers! Obviously use common sense and be careful who you give your gear to. Better yet, travel with photographer friend like Christian Schaffer and get killer images like the one above!
Use a drone
Drone’s are expensive but they will take your photography and video game to the next level. When an aerial shot is taken from far away you often can’t tell the “pilot” is holding a controller. My husband and I plan to take more footage with our drone this year, including some selfies! We own this drone.
SET UP A KILLER COMPOSITION
Usually either my husband or I will stand in the frame while the other person sets up the shot. There is often lots of “move to your left, no not that much, step back” … but it’s worth it to get an amazing composition! Make sure you are the focus of the image and that you stand out against the background. We often position ourselves to be standing out against a lake or the sky so that detail isn’t lost to a busy background. Try to be as realistic as possible and capture the candid moment that happened just before the photo was taken.
WORK WITH THE LIGHT
Our preferred time of day to shoot is ‘golden hour’ – the hour or so just after sunrise and before sunset. Everybody and everything looks better in this soft golden light! Tourist attractions are usually much less busy at this time of day too – bonus!
MIX THINGS UP
It’s nice to have a variety of photos, especially if you are making an album and you don’t want them all to look the same. Here are some ideas for photo compositions and posing:
- Get a candid walking or hiking shot. Set the tripod up and literally walk past to get a realistic shot of what you are doing. You can stand there and pretend walk if you want a really sharp image
- If you hike or drive a long way for a specific view, when you first arrive you stand there and take it all in together… right? So capture that moment!
- Get a photo of you inside or near your accommodation. This works particularly well with camping photos as they are way more interesting with people in the shot!
- Try different angles of the same photo. Does it look better from lower down or closer up?
- Try a #followmeto style photo (guy holds girl’s hand from behind the camera)
- Stand next to each other a small distance apart and hold hands. You can look at the camera or at each other, or even be facing away from the camera. This pose is kind of corny but definitely a cute memory.
- Be cheesy and give each other a big smooch!!
TAKE YOUR TIME & DON’T BE EMBARRASSED
My husband and I often get people stare at us, comment or ask questions when we’re taking photos. It can be embarrassing at times but I just remind myself that they are strangers and I shouldn’t care what they think. People often say things like “wow, that’s such a cool memory to have” and I couldn’t agree more! Take your time getting photos, try different angles and review your images before heading off.
BE YOURSELVES & HAVE A LAUGH
You can totally tell in photos if people are having a good time! My husband and I are often laughing at ourselves and enjoying our time together, which I think shows through in our captures. Try not to take yourselves too seriously and cherish the moment!
Want to read about my tips for traveling with a loved one and not killing each other? Check the post out here:
All images in this post were taken by myself or Matthew Hahnel, unless otherwise mentioned