Recently, a lot have been asking me who takes my photos when I travel. It’s always a different answer and it’s always simple. Here are 4 ways on how to take your own photos while traveling.
Travel Junkie Diary
Tripod, Camera, Timer and go!
It’s really that simple. The advantage I found of doing that, is that you can take as many shots as you want and you are in control of how you want the frame to be. The disadvantage? It could take up all day (obviously) and the tripod can get heavy. But overall, it’s a great way to take images when you are traveling alone.
Ask a stranger
I have a rule when this happens. Always pick the photographer in pairs or more. I always assumed that it would take a longer time to run away with the camera if they are 2 or 4. A single person is always risky. You can always ask if they would like their picture taken too (out of courtesy)
Ask your tour guide
Don’t worry about a thing, tour guides are usually the most efficient ones. They are used to dealing with people asking them to snap a picture! Some are even so generous and guide you inside the frame and take as many as you want. (Sometimes even more than you ask for) Always remember to tip your guide! (Where appropriate)
Hire a photographer
Yes, the concept does exist! Hire a photographer for an hour and go around town having him/her taking pictures of you. You have to remember though, some don’t come cheap, but if you like their style and images, then go for it and always remember to credit their work!
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