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How to Take Solo Travel Photos With Your Phone – 7 Simple Steps!

How to Take Solo Travel Photos With Your Phone – 7 Simple Steps!

– What’s up, cuties? In today’s Mobile Photography Tutorial sponsored by Joby, I’m going to be showing you how to take your own travel
photos with just your phone. You’ll learn how to take
Instagram travel photos alone. That’s right. Move over, Instagram husbands. Step one, have a tripod and a remote. I’ll be Joby’s TelePod, the GripTight PRO and the TelePod Mobile. Telepods are both tripods
and selfie sticks, they’re super compact,
they’re perfect for travel. The Telepod comes with the remote, so you can just connect it
your phone through Bluetooth. And if you have a regular tripod, that would work as well. If you don’t have a remote, here are some options. Your phone should have a self-timer, my iPhone can do three and 10 seconds. If you turn on Live Photos, it’ll take a series of photos, that you can then select
the best ones from. This is perfect if you’re
moving around in the shot. Step two, location scouting. When heading to a destination, it’s good to scout for photo spots. What I like to do is search
up city Instagram accounts to see what types of architecture, or monuments, or cafes
I would love to visit. Instagram has a Save
to Collection function, so you can easily sort through
your photo inspirations. Step three, color planning. So, this is really an optional step, but if you want level-up
your travel photos, or your photography in general, you wanna think about the
colors you’re playing with. For example, if I’m traveling to Taipei, I wanna go to this memorial, and this cute cafe. I see from both places
that there’s hints of blue, so that’s me I’m thinking, Okay I could wear blue outfits, ’cause it’s a solid color
that would really pop. But wearing red or yellow
would work as well. If you are more of a
minimalistic traveler, and you have just neutral
colors like black and white, that’s totally fine. And if you guys really
want to get advanced, I would look at the color
wheel and color theory, which basically tells you what colors work well with what. You’ll see a lot of photographers edit in the orange and teal colors, and that’s because they’re complementary. Step four, knowing when to arrive. So going to a location
or a photo spot early is always the best-case scenario. When I went to Eltz Castle in Germany, I arrived at 5:00 a.m.
there was no one there, I had the whole place to
ourselves for two, three hours, but that’s not always the
case for all destinations. And if you’re traveling on vacation, you probably don’t want to
wake up at 3:00 to 5:00 a.m. to take photos, unless it’s a beautiful sunrise, but that’s about it. So what you can do, is check the Google popular times and see if there’s alternative times that some location is not so busy. So here it says the
memorial is not too busy from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., and also 10:00 a.m., so when I showed up it was right. And the second option’s
actually arrive closer to closing time, wow. In some destinations where
there are huge tour buses bringing in huge groups of people, at right when something opens, you’re going to be jam-packed. So if you go towards closing times, most of these buses already left, and most people are already gone. And one example of this, my friends actually went
to the amazing bridge in Danang, Vietnam with the hands, the hands are holding up the bridge. They went super early thinking
they wanna get clean shots, but it turns out everyone
had the same idea. So everyone was there super early. When it turned 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., people started leaving and
there was almost nobody on the bridge, and so they took these amazing photos that looked like they went super early. This is just something to keep in mind, it’s alternative option. Don’t think you have to
sacrifice sweet, sweet sleep just to get this shot. Step five, setting up the shot. I set my Telepod with
my iPhone already eyeing where I’d want to stand
and be in that photo. The phone faces the front so
I can see myself when posing, and you’ll see that I’m
holding the remote in my hands. And I just begin clicking and working it. If you don’t have a remote,
you can use your timer. It’ll be a bit harder since
you’re running back and forth, but it’s totally doable
as long as you have a mark for where you want to stand. Because I found that the
quality of the back-camera is better, sometimes I record a
video of how it’ll look when I stand in different spots. I review the video, and then I leave a mental
mark of where I should stand. That way, I don’t really
need to see myself, and I can still get good shots. If you are shooting at a
beautiful villa or a cafe, you can set your tripod and
phone on surrounding items to get different angles. Here I’m setting it on a table nearby. (shutter clicks) Here I’m setting it on a chair. And it looks like I’m
lunching with bae (laughs). Step six, play with composition. Photography’s all about
playing with composition, so I wanna give you guys three tips to take better photos. Tip number one, you wanna find frames. So the frame of the gate
here, frames of doorways, nature frames, anything that will kinda
wrap you and highlight you. Tip two, use props. Hats, food, sunglasses, whatever you already have
on you while traveling can be used as great props that just adds more to the scenery. Tip three, practice with rule of thirds. Rule of thirds in photography basically divides your photos
with two horizontal lines and two vertical lines. You position the important subjects, which in this case is you, along the lines or at the
points where they meet. It’s a great starting
point for composition. Step seven, editing. For the editing, I wanna show
you guys three tips as well that would really level-up your photos. Level-up, level-up, level-up. Tip number one, you wanna use Retouch to remove people and unwanted objects. You just click here. You erase and boom. Ta da, they’re gone! This will also help ease some frustration when people get in your
shot while taking photos, because you can always always remove them. Tip number two, you can use Facetune to smooth out your skin. So I just click here, and I start smoothening out my face. And you can really get that
professional studio quality. And boom. Oh my God, hey! Swipe right on me (laughs) yes. Tip number three, you wanna
add a border vignette, is that how you say it, vignette? A darkish border around your photo to zoom in on that photo. It’s a small edit, but it
really draws the eyes in. I especially love doing
this on landscape photos, it just adds a nice intensity. And of course, the final
step is to share it. Thank you guys so much for
tuning in to this video on how to take solo travel photos. You can follow me at for more creative tidbits
and behind the scenes. And all of the gear that
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100 thoughts on “How to Take Solo Travel Photos With Your Phone – 7 Simple Steps!”

  1. More importantly, i did that tripod thing and the wind blew so hard and voila, lens goodbye, goodbye camera! Bought a new one and im not doing the same mistake again..

  2. Just learnt something new, I thought rule of thirds meant the subject had to be IN one of the boxes not along the lines/where they meet. makes sense.

  3. I’m new to your channel. Love your vlog and your personality. Very entertaining. Thanks for the great tips. Keep it up.

  4. I often end up posting just scenery photos that look like I could download from the internet or selfies with big head. 😄 Thanks for the fabulous tips.

  5. Thanks for all the great information . Didn’t know you can make so many adjustments once taking pictures on my iPhone 😊

  6. that joby telepod is really handy!! but can you also use this telepod with a camera instead of a phone? and does te romote also work if you use a camera?

  7. What's the difference between the two telepods? And which one do you usually use the most? Thank you very much for your video. Now I have an idea how to shot photos on my own.

  8. Ow! This is the most helpful video i find. Just follow you!keep it up looking forward to find more hacks and tips for taking pictures alone!

  9. Je ne vais pas appliquer tes suggestions et je ferai d'excellentes photos et de plus je n'achèterai pas chandails qui sont trop chers!

  10. Oh! I didn’t about using live as a backup incase I blink or something! My mom often takes a picture of me when I blinl. And touch and retouch is also something new I learned! I can now cut out people from my photos hehe~

  11. Ok you are my new fav vlogger..I LOVE this video it was so helpful! Ive been travel blogging for 4 years and so struggle with self photography, now I am newly inspired to try all this!

    Followed you on instagram from @mapleleopard!


  12. Great tips thanks for sharing 🤗❤️ I’m usually solo when I’m traveling and never get good pics 😬

  13. Hey Guys! I'm a lone traveller. Over 80 cities and counting. Find me on IG @Iam_Johnlouis let's travel together sometime 😊

  14. Thank you so much. This VDO is so useful. Honestly, I love taking photo but it makes me upset every time I compare my photo by others with others photo by me lol. I’ve learned a lots

  15. I am so conscious of people watching me taking photos in self timers… I care at first, but later I develop a thick skin towards them 😅

  16. I don’t know why but I never see this as a tip, I personally use this myself all the time, just take a video and pose around and wait in your pose and then scroll through the video you took and screenshot the parts you liked.

  17. Very useful tips for solo travelers who wants to take photos of them but no one can take. Thanks for sharing this

  18. just for those who might have missed this, if you have an apple watch, you can use that as the remote for your phone.

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