Solo Traveler Photo Tips: Taking Photos When You Travel Alone
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I am a solo traveler. I am single. I don’t have a boyfriend or husband who shoots my photos. I’m not a model who travels with my own professional photographer or team of photographers. Occasionally I will travel with friends or in a group with other journalists or travel bloggers but for the most part, I travel alone. When my mother was still alive she used to always say, “Please take a photo of yourself in it!! How do we know if you’re really there?” I don’t usually like taking photos of myself but lately, I have been including myself in my photos. Perhaps this is in honor of my late mother…I’m not sure. Perhaps a little bit of “photo or it didn’t happen”. I thought I would helpful to share some solo traveler photo tips and gear recommendations of what I use when I’m traveling alone.
The most important part of taking good photos when you are a solo traveler is your gear. Lately, I have been toting along my tripod and shooting with my mirrorless camera as well as using my GoPro.
I know people frown upon selfie sticks but as someone who travels alone 90% of the time, I am okay with using them. I don’t use selfie sticks indoors like in a museum or in places that are packed with people. I tend to use them in desolate places. No shame in my selfie stick game!
When I take photos on my smartphone, I use the following gear:
Look for an app called Timer Cam if your phone doesn’t have a native timer.
Shot on my iPhone with Timer app and Xshot selfie stick
Drinking a coffee and selfie-ing on a desolate beach in Oregon
There’s always the trusty mirror selfie
A GoPro Big Sur selfie
Want to take a proper non-selfie style photo? Use a mini tripod. They are a few bucks and you can use the attachment for your phone and stick on the tripod. I’m kind of loving shooting with tripods lately. Less blurry photos!
When I shoot photos on my Sony or DSLR, I use the following gear:
If you have a bigger camera, get a heavier duty tripod like this one. I like that it’s a tripod and a monopod (to steady shots) in one.
Sony RX100M3: I love my mirrorless Sony. It’s almost pocket size but it packs a punch with photos, night photos, and video.
Rocky Mountaineer train – shot on Sony RX100M3 mounted Xshot selfie stick using self-portrait timer
Cannon Beach, Oregon – shot on Sony RX100M3 in self-portrait mode, mounted on tripod
Jaume Plensa’s Wonderland in Calgary – shot RX100M3 mounted on tripod
Sonora Resort – shot on Canon 400D, mounted on tripod
When I shoot photos with my GoPro, I use the following gear:
GoPro Hero 4 Silver: Great for action shots and photos in the water, at the beach, on the snow, etc.
GoPro 3 Way: Currently my favorite new accessory for my Gopro. I love that it’s a selfie stick, a stabilizer, and a tripod in one. It folds into itself and is compact! Great for solo travelers!
Redwood Forest – Shot on GoPro in time lapse mode, set up on 3 Way tripod
Bandon, Oregon – shot on GoPro Hero mounted on Xshot selfie stick. I used burst mode
Oregon Coast – shot on GoPro, mounted on 3 way and shot in time-lapse mode
Sonora Resort morning swim – shot on GoPro in time-lapse mode. Mounted on Xshot stick
Tilikum Bridge – shot on GoPro Hero in time lapse mode. Mounted on 3 Way
You can always ask someone! I tend not to because I will often get a photo that I’m not that happy with. Unless of course you happen to run into a professional photographer.
I think I asked a poor stranger to take this photo 10 times. I still had to crop and edit the photo to make it straight
A stranger took this photo. I had to crop out their finger from the photo, so you can’t see the bunny’s feet
And that is how I take photos as a solo traveler!!
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