How to take a good picture of yourself while traveling

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How to take a good picture of yourself while traveling?

Uou’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 while on the road!

No excuses, you can learn this easily!
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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.

And don’t forget to use these great self pictures to create a Create Your Own Custom Photo Book.

What better way than to remember your trip than a personally designed book full of pictures you took yourself?

How To Take A Good Picture Of Yourself

There are 3 ways for how to take a good picture of yourself:

Do It Alone

Just DO IT! Just take one of yourself. Many people feel like dorks when doing this, but come on.

Nobody actually cares about what you do or how you do it – it’s all in your head.

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

When you take a photo of yourself with one arm reaching out, you will have to strike a different “pose” than normal.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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Travel Photography Tips

You Can Never Take Enough Pictures

The first travel photography tips is ~ It’s always disappointing to discover that what you thought was a perfect shot is blurry, over or under-exposed, or shows someone blinking.

For every great photo, there are plenty of not-so-great photos — improve your chances by taking multiple shots of everything.

Many DSLR cameras like the Nikon D7100  offer lighting fast shutter speeds.  Use of the continuous shooting settings ensure that multiple shots are captured with a single click of the button.

Nikon D7100
Nikon D7100

Localize

Monuments and museums make for memorable photos, but the customs, costumes, and daily activities of the locals are equally important in giving a country its unique character.

travel photography tips
travel photography tips

Of course, remember to always be polite and respectful.

If someone seems uncomfortable with your attention, don’t take the photo.

Geotag Photos

Geotagging photos clears up any confusion on where a photo was taken and will come in handy when uploading photos to a searchable database.

There are many methods of connecting your pictures with the associated location.

Some cameras and most smart phones have built-in GPS’s to automatically tag photos.

Alternatively, you can purchase an add-on GPS accessory.

Pay Attention to Signs

In addition to geotagging, taking pictures of local signs and identifying marks will help you keep track of where photos were taken.

hilarious signs
hilarious signs

Plus, you won’t believe how many translated signs and place names are unintentionally hilarious.

These photos can a be a great conversation piece and excellent for sharing on social media.

Back to the Basics

A simple review of photography concepts such as lighting and exposure, and a review of your camera’s settings, can dramatically improve your photos.

To Zoom, or Not to Zoom?

Trick question: the answer is both!

Beautiful closeup pictures
Beautiful closeup pictures

A mix of sweeping panoramas, close-ups, and macro shots keep an album interesting, and help to truly capture the essence of a place.

Bring Extra Storage Cards

Ditch the card that came with your camera for something bigger, and bring extra cards in case you run out of room or one gets damaged.

More memory
More memory

Upload, Upload, and then Upload Again

Whenever you have Internet access, upload your photos.

This serves as a back-up in case your camera is damaged or lost, and also prevents the long upload times that result from letting photos pile up.

Another option is to purchase a storage card or camera with the ability to connect with Wi-Fi and automatically upload your pictures.

Many smart phones have this feature built in.

Have a Plan for Recharging

Even if you have rechargeable batteries, you won’t be able to recharge them unless you have the correct power adapter for whatever country you are traveling through.

So bring extra batteries, and if you will be off the grid, look into solar-powered or hand-crank chargers, which enable you to power up your devices from pretty much anywhere.

Carry a small pocket size camera with you at all times

If you select a larger camera for picture quality, you may also want to travel with a pocket size camera or high quality smart phone camera.

Imagine yourself reaching for your camera as you find the perfect shot.

Picasa vs Flickr Travel Bloggers Choice?

Picasa vs Flickr How do you decide where to store and share your photos?

There are literally hundreds of websites to choose between, and at a first glance they all look the same.

But the real battle is Picasa VS Flickr:

Picasa Web Albums and Flickr are the two dominating sites – also run by Yahoo! and Google respectively – used to upload and share photos online.

At a first glance they both seem pretty similar, but the truth is that there are some big differences between the two.

So let’s compare them… (side note – when we talk about Picasa, we are talking about the desktop software AND the web albums they offer online)

Uploading Limits

Flickr
Flickr

Which one is better depends on how you like to upload your photos.

Looking at the free accounts, Flickr only lets you upload 100 MB a month, and two videos, while there is no monthly limit on Picasa.

However, if you look at the yearly space limit, Flickr lets you upload 2 GB, while Picasa only lets you upload 1 GB.

So in the end, Flickr gives you more space, but Picasa lets you upload 1 GB in the same month if that’s what you want.

With the paid accounts there are also some differences.

Flickr only had one type of paid account, called “pro”, while with Picasa you can choose between 5 different accounts.

Picasa VS Flickr
Picasa VS Flickr

With the Flickr Pro account

You get unlimited uploads and storage, HD video playback, unlimited sets and collections and you won’t be bothered by annoying ads.

Picasa has more price options, but if you will be using it a lot it’s not really as good value as Flickr.

The cheapest deal is 5 dollars a year, which gives you 20 GB extra. For 20 dollars you get 80 GB of storage.

If you’re planning to store more then I recommend Flickr, since it’s cheaper.

Picture Editing

Picasa VS Flickr Travel Bloggers
Picasa VS Flickr Travel Bloggers

The great thing about Picasa is that you can edit your photos offline (via their download-able software) before you upload them on Picasa Web.

There are also so many cool editing tools to use.

Personally I use Photoshop to edit photos, but if I just want a nice quick touch to the photo I fix it in Picasa.

If you want to edit photos on Flickr you have to do it from another website called Picnik.

You can easily connect Picnik with your photos on Flickr (and Picasa as well if you like), and edit your photos from there.

It’s an easy program to handle and you get great results, but (and it’s a big but), you need to be online to do this, which isn’t always the easiest when traveling.

Community

Picasa VS Flickr Travel Bloggers Choice?
Picasa VS Flickr Travel Bloggers Choice?

At this, there isn’t much of a Picasa Vs Flickr going on, as Flickr dominates the web in this category.

It’s an amazing place to find great photography and the best place to show off your own.

There is a large community of people on Flickr, and they consist of all from professional photographers, to amateurs to families sharing their vacation photos.

Picasa hasn’t yet reached a point where people go to just browse photos and connect.

It’s a bit more private, which can be nice for those who are more interested in storing photos rather than showcasing them.

Some people feel intimidated when strangers mark their personal photos as their “favorites”, and prefer uploading them on Picasa instead.

And I understand them, it is a little creepy.

Extra Tools

Both Picasa and Flickr has great detail – you can put your photos on a map, and show exactly where the photo was taken.

Which is perfect for travel bloggers.

Picasa uses google maps, which is totally unbeatable. It has more exact locations to choose than Flickr.

Another pretty cool thing that Picasa does is to recognize faces.

It collects all faces and puts them into a face folder, each face in its own map.

It organizes pictures based on who is in them.

This way you can easily find good profile pictures, or find a picture of a person you’re looking for.

It’s sort of like an automatic tagging.

You can tag people in photos on Flickr as well, but it doesn’t do this automatically.

Sharing and Downloading Photos

Flickr is really the best choice when it comes to sharing photos.

It’s easy to manage and you can share it with more people.

The community is larger and if you want to showcase your photos they will more likely be seen here.

When it comes to downloading photos you can choose from several different sizes on Flickr, while on Picasa there is just one size.

Adding Tags, Notes and Privacy Settings

You create your slide shows, ad tags and notes in the offline software on Picasa, so it’s all done and ready when you upload the photos.

On Flickr however, it’s so easy to find the right buttons so it’s all done quite quickly.

What I love about Picasa is that you can prepare it all offline:

ad tags, notes, edit the photos, and then upload them once you have access to Internet.

The software also finds other old photos that might have gone lost in your computer and is hiding somewhere you can’t find it.

Flickr allows you to put privacy setting on individual photos rather than a whole set, while on Picasa you can only choose privacy settings on a whole album.

The SUM UP

So, which is wins the competition of Picasa vs Flickr?

It all really comes down to what you want, how you want it and what is more important for you.

We use both sites at different times of the editing and upload process, each one is very helpful for different purposes.

So to be honest, there is no ONE clear winner.

I encourage you to check them both out, and see which works best for you.

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Travel Underwear Should You Buy Them – Do They Work?

Travel Underwear Should You Buy

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Is travel underwear just a waste of money on big granny-looking ugly underwear that won’t dry any quicker than normal, or are they such amazing creations that you shouldn’t leave the country without bringing along a few pairs?

What really is the deal with travel underwear, why should you buy them and do they really work?

Today it’s time for AsWeTravel to get to ‘the bottom’ of this….

NOTE: Since this review ExOfficio has released a new travel underwear range (Lacy) which is a lot better in our opinion.

I’ve had my pair every second day for 3 months now, and they’re still just like new, so I strongly recommend them.

When you travel, all the problems you had at home seem to become even more obvious, even your underwear situation.

Travel underwear is usually not something people give much thought, and especially not something we like spending too much money on.

But when you walk a lot, sweat a lot and sometimes don’t have the time or access to wash your clothes while traveling – you suddenly realize how crucial the little things are and how much they can ruin everything if they’re uncomfortable.

What’s SO Special About Travel Underwear?

Travel underwear claims to be the best underwear for all your traveling situations.

Some of the travel underwear descriptions I’ve found look so impressive that you almost forget they are simply talking about a pair of underpants.

What separates travel underwear from normal underwear is mainly the fabric.

Travel underwear is made using special material, that usually has these qualities:

Quick-drying so you can wash on the go and pack fewer pairs

Treated to control odor-causing bacteria

Stain resistant

Lightweight

Sweat-defying

Bacteria resistant

Do travel underwear really work?

Well, I was curious to know so I got myself a pair of Exofficio Women’s String Bikini – sounds fancy doesn’t it?! :p

Here is how I thought they performed:

Quick dry material?

The travel underwear dried quicker than my other underwear, but my thongs weren’t far behind.

Controlling Odor?

Yes, cotton sometimes can get smelly when you sweat, the travel underwear didn’t.

This is probably the best quality, they feel fresh and clean a lot longer than other underwear, and it’s true you can wear them for longer before they need to be washed (if you need to).

Lightweight?

Seriously?

Light weight undies?

I’ve never heard of heavy underpants, and if they wouldn’t have said they were light weight I wouldn’t really have noticed, the difference is completely insignificant.

However, they were the largest in size (granny panties nearly) of all other underpants I have, so the size made them take up more space, no matter how “extremely packable” they claimed to be.

Sweat Defying?

Yes, the travel underwear do this alright, better than cotton, but the material feels a little strange to the skin

Fit?

Horrible.

These were the nicest travel underwear I found in the shop, and they look OK on the front, but in the end we all know it’s not the front that’s ever is a problem, its the back – which they never show…

After a few wears and washes, the material started sagging, it felt uncomfortable and the underwear started looking more like a diaper.

Underwear Should You Buy

If you know you’ll be sweating a lot and wearing the same pair of underpants for more than a few days then underwear are a good option, but the fit is not ideal.

For girls I would suggest the thong style so you won’t suffer from the bad seems and saggy material.

If you’re considering underwear for their light weight and “extremely packable” qualities, it’s not worth it.

They’re just like any other underpants, but uglier.

The style is a big minus, both in women and men styles.

Another option for you is to get normal sports underwear.

They’re comfortable, have the moisture-wicking performance and manage to look good.

They don’t have the controlling odor and stain resistance, but if sweat is what you worry about then these should work just fine.

Travel Underwear Review – The SEXY Pair!?

Next year ExOfficio is launching a whole new collection called Lacy, and they sent me a free pair to test.

ExOfficio has listened to their customers’ feed back about the not so sexy style, and this new collection claims to be the sexy travel underwear style.

This sounded interesting…

Their new slogan is – 17 countries…6 week.

One Pair of SEXY underwear.

Lacy Travel Underwear
Lacy Travel Underwear

I’ve been trying out the Lacy travel underwear for the last few days, and I must say they’ve done a great job!

The updated version of the underwear is better (and sexier) in many ways.

I’ve never liked under wear with a high brief, which is something I don’t need to worry about with these travel underwear.

In a previous post I complained about how I found it difficult to find any sexy under wear (and other travel clothing in general), so I was thrilled to find that this new collection kept their promises.

The Lacy brief is low-cut with a nice, slightly V-shaped front.

Travel Underwear Material

travel underwear
travel underwear

The material is very comfortable, and the fabric stays close and tight to the skin, no excess fabric hanging on the back like I’ve experienced with other underwear.

I haven’t had the travel underwear for very long so I can’t tell you what they will look like in a months time, but so far I’m impressed.

I washed them and followed their instructions on how to dry them (wrap them in a towel and stomp on it) and hung them up in a cold slightly damp climate.

At the same time I washed a sock and hung it up to dry, to compare the two and see whether they really dried faster than a thin sock.

Despite the “bad” climate the underwear dried within a few hours, so they would definitely be dry if you hung them up to dry overnight, especially in warmer climates.

When the travel under wear was dry the sock was still wet, and it would take a few hours more until it would be dry enough to wear.

The underwear is made in a quick drying, odor resistant and moisture wicking material, which feels really nice on the skin.

They’re very breathable and even after a hard core half hour workout I’m still comfortable wearing them.

Worth It?

YUP- I’m definitely bringing these travel panties along on my travels, I might even get myself a few more pairs!

The Lacy collection comes in Brief style and thong style, I wish they would have them in a hot pant or boy short style too, but if you want to wear something tight and not get that pantie line showing, the thong works for that.

I hope you enjoyed this travel underwear review, and go get yourself a pair to try yourself!

Can you travel and still be sexy