How to take a good picture of yourself while traveling … you’re on this amazing trip around the world – you take hundreds of pictures from all different angles, when you return you have pictures of amazing buildings, and places – but none of you!
The best way to avoid this from happening is simply to learn how to take a good picture of yourself - no excuses, you can learn this easily!
Maybe you did get over your shyness and take a few pictures of yourself – but end up with the angles looking kinda weird with a face squashed in the corner…
- Or your whole face takes up the picture frame, blocking out the cool tourist attraction behind you – all you seasoned travelers know the situation, and we have all done it!
Those are two common results when taking pictures of yourself traveling around the world, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be that way.
Here is a guide to help you learn how to take a good picture of yourself and capture that special place at the same time.
How To Take A Good Picture Of Yourself
There are 3 ways for how to take a good picture of yourself:
1. Do It Alone
Most people won’t even see, and the ones who do will either come up and ask you if you want them to take one of you or not even care.
Plus, I think most people have been in that situation themselves, it’s really nothing strange about taking pictures of yourself.
Here is a sum-up of how to take a good picture of yourself:
Practice Makes Perfect
To make sure you get a good photo at the spot, make sure to learn how to take a good picture of yourself before you travel.
Practice at home, until you find the right angle for your face – that way you won’t have to take 20 pictures until you get one which is OK-looking.
The best way to avoid the stupid feeling of “vanity”, loneliness or whatever it is making you feel uncomfortable when taking pictures of yourself, is to get it over with quickly.
If you practice at home, get to know your best pose, you can get it done quickly by just taking one photo, and you’ll have an awesome picture within seconds.
Tips On What To Wear And How To Look:
- If you know your background will mostly be green, wear something red. Compliment the colors in your background by wearing its opposite color (green / red, yellow/purple etc)
- Use the setting “smooth skin colors” on your camera if possible. It will make your face look smooth and even.
- Take the photo slightly from above. Not too high above, but slightly higher than eye level.
- Take the photo on the side where your hair is parted on, that will usually look better.
2. Use The Camera Timer
If there is nobody around, or you feel like it’s safe to put the camera on timer and walk a few steps away from it, then the coast is clear.
Find a steady place where you feel like the camera is safe from falling, check the screen to see exactly where you’re aiming in the picture, set the timer on 10 seconds and RUN! – 10 seconds is usually enough to get into the picture, strike your pose and smile.
Tip: If you don’t have a “real” tripod I strongly recommend you buy the GorillaPod – which is a flexible tripod which you can twist and turn the three legs in any direction so you can take a photo anywhere no matter the situation – you can get a cheaper one from here.
Another way to get a photo of yourself slightly further away than the arm can reach is to use a quickpod so you can still have the camera in your hands but at a further distance.
3. Ask Someone
The best way to get a good picture of yourself is, obviously, not to take it yourself. If you want to take this easy way out, and aren’t interested in learning how to take a good picture of yourself by yourself, then go for this one.
Choose someone who looks trustworthy to take a picture of you, for example a person who is already taking pictures of something, themselves or others. Japanese tourists take a lot of pictures, so if you’re lucky enough to see a group of them – take the chance.
This is also a great way to meet new people – local or tourist, and start up a conversation – just be cautious of scammers.
Hope these tips helped you learn how to take a good picture of yourself while traveling – if you have any other tips, just share them below!