The number one issue for me while travelling, whether it be to the city, around the country, across the world, or even just down the street, is how I can still get great photos despite travelling solo (okay so the street bit is kind of an exaggeration). While travelling alone can be really worthwhile, it also can leave you with a ‘dry spell’ of- yes, many precious memories- but hardly any Instagramable photos to share with family, friends, and your followers!
It’s simple enough for me to just take a photo of the streets or cute spots that I discover, but to be honest I find that my photos of landscape on its own are really sort of… empty. If you’ve been following my Instagram account for a while you’ll notice that I wasn’t always posting photos of myself; a year ago it was all landscapes! I felt that something was missing after a while and that’s the point I changed my style and started doing more portraits.
Soon enough though, I came across a new obstacle: how to take photos when I travelled alone? After I bought my first camera I was really hesitant to ask strangers to take photos for me because it was quite an investment and I was worried they might run away with it- sometimes random people told me how good my camera was which was lovely but made me a little bit cautious! Plus it’s hard to translate my vision of the photograph to someone who is not accustomed to taking similar kinds of photos.
Finally, a breakthrough came when I discovered my brother’s tripod in his bedroom at my parents’ house one day (I don’t normally snoop around his room, this was just a lucky find;). It was Halloween so I brought it with me hoping to experiment, and came out with easily one of my favourite pictures!
Soon enough I was really excited about even solo days out (something I used to dread so much I’d leave my camera at home, knowing there would be no use for it), and on my most recent walk around Chelsea brought the tripod with me :))
While they are not my best shots, I find that each time I use the tripod the photos I take using it improve. I suppose this is just like learning to use a camera- it’ll get better over time. The perfect example of this is that recently when I arrived home after having used the tripod to take ‘selfies’ (can you call these that?), I discovered that I could change the angle of the camera stand and make it take portrait shots, not just landscape ones!
Tripod photos are the savior for us photo-loving people being unable, or not wanting to, travel with others. While they are (admittedly) sometimes a hassle to carry, it is so worth it, and I’d definitely recommend this method for taking photos.
Some suggestions for tripods (unsponsored):
- Best for budget. This one is half price too!
- Best for phone photographers
- All round great value for money.
- Best for a splurge.
Do you have any experiences with tripod selfies or have any other tripod recommendations? I’d love to hear your thoughts!