How not to suck in taking travel photos

by Travel with Shama

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Yes, You read it right. Well, it happens to everyone( right, tell me it's not just me *sweating heavily*)


that after coming back from a vacation solo or with friends when you get into the comfort of your home under a warm comfy blanket where your phone connects automatically to your Wi-Fi (or your neighbors LOL). and you can have your favourite coffee right out of a coffee maker but when you were just about to show-off in front of your 400+ ( I have these many followers) followers on Instagram and 1000+ followers on Facebook you open your gallery and feel like a mountain crumbled upon you as you cannot find a single good snapshot of your journey worth posting on the Social Media out of all your 3000 photos ( there, there it's okay to cry* sad Music playing)

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and you see your other friends posting Bomb ass photo of the same location then it's then you ask yourself WHY? WHY? Now all your chance of impressing your Instagram crush is just down the drain.

Worry not, I Shama( It's my name) after years of having a bad experience of taking bad photos of myself, came up with few tricks of my own ( surprising it is, for my mom).

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So sit tight as your days of taking bad travel photos are over (Literally) you will rise above those days of failure and go from this to this.

As I am assuming that you have a good quality phone (5 phones under 10,000) I am not going that way.

1. The back photo

Yes, It is a classic travel photo, makes you look more serious, sophisticated and mature. You can stand on a bridge, in front of a lake, in the middle of a street, at the top of a hill etc. it has an endless possibility and the most amazing part, it is like Cheese pizza it never goes out of style. Just ask your friend or if u are traveling solo, rely on the timer of your camera. And with a little twik from an editing app like Pics art or Snap seed, voila you are good to go, and I promise you the end result is amazing.

2. The looking away photo

Now, this probably you knew already, but in order to do something different, let's try doing this while you walk in the middle of a road( watch where you are going) or just stand in the subway while not looking at the camera, super easy right,you can experiment with many things and have fun.

TIP - Try making it look like it was candid, gives it more authentic look.

3. The Shoe Photo

Yes, I know this is so cheesy right, but it looks amazing no matter if you are bare feet or even with a pair of super cool Puma shoes( i own one of them* my father paid for it*). And you can be as experimental them like, taking the picture from a cliff, Standing and taking pictures of your shoes or in a background of the forest while only one foot of your's is showing. and after retouching the photos with an editing app you are good to go.


TIP - Always make sure that your shoes or foot are clean before taking a picture.

4. The black and white Photo

Nobody understands the fact that Black and white filter can turn anything in to into elegant and beautiful like this. So, even if you take a normal photo, blurry or out of focus, use the black and white filter and shazaam, it becomes a beautiful portrait in no time.

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Look the difference a B/W filter made, totally a instagrammable pic right


5. Sun, Clouds & Clear sky

You do not have to worry about this, i mean it is so simple and beautiful that even a 4 year old cannot go wrong with it, Now involve a common sense here okay, the best time to take a photo of sun is during sunrise and sunset and during this time the light is not harsh and display of various colors can also be seen plus it is not harmful for your eyes similarly after rain or in a summer afternoon, you see clear sky


6. Streets and Empty roads

Another easy place to take travel or regular social media platform photos, Empty roads simply beautiful, elegant and charismatic with no brains or time to waste. you just simply click it and they are ready to be uploaded. And same goes for streets, it can be either a busy street or just street signs. You can play all you want sky is your limit.



7. Coffee, Food Photos

Now, This is very common when people go to vacation they usually click the pictures of their food but let me tell something more, have you ever heard of Flat lay. No, then you are probably missing out, Flat lay ( 7 Fantastic Tip for Fabulous Flat Lay Photography) technique  is an insanely easy way to showcase awesome items you own, tell a story, and wow your Instagram followers. Flat Lay is simple to do, can be shot almost anywhere, and can be as simple as emptying a knapsack or arranging the items on your desk .Now try using this type angle in your food photography, and i am sure you will be popular in the internet world in no time.


8. Doors and Windows

Now, You will say what and also why. But to tell you the truth is the most easy and the most rewarding travel photos you will ever take, a cute cafe wall or a simple house door or a fort window make the most eye catching photos, Don't trust me look at these.

So, now you trust me right?

Great, Show some love by telling me more about what could make a great travel photo., and I am sure you also have your own secrets of taking good travel picture, share it with us in the comments below and also tell how is my list. And also if you tried this tips of mine, feel free to send me the pictures at


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Such great advice, thanks 🙂

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i love taking pictures of doors and food! I also really enjoy the pics where I look away. One thing that EWs me though is the shoe pics!! haha

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Haha, not a bad idea. Although it terrifies me to set my phone/camera down with the timer in fear it wont be there when I turn around. #gltlove

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