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TRIPOD, CAMERA, ACTION: TAKING PHOTOS OF YOURSELF AS A SOLO TRAVELER

15th January 2016
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READY. SET. SNAP.

Often I am asked by family and friends (and occasionally via instagram) how I have so many photos of myself considering  I often travel alone. Whether it’s day trips or longer stints, I like to have a few keepsakes of myself for myself; I am part of generation selfie, after all! Here are some ideas for taking photos of yourself as a solo traveler:

Strangers

There’s nothing wrong with asking someone to take a photo of you (and it’s a great way to force yourself out of your comfort zone).

In fact, it’s also a great way to strike up conversation and even make new friends.  When I was in Italy, I ended up going for ice cream with someone I had only asked to take my photo!

Considering that I still struggle to use my camera six months after purchasing it, I always always always set the camera to auto before handing it over to someone else to make it easier to just point and click. I often ask people who are carrying their own cameras and give them idea of how I’d like the picture to be framed. I don’t ask too much though… they are doing me a favour, after all!

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Hands/ Feet

Sometimes I like to have my left hand (my right hand is always holding the camera- obviously) in the frame, holding a keepsake or instax photo.

Other times, I like to dip my feet in the water, or, in the case of the photo below, rest my feet on the grass.

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Selfie Stick

Yes, I am a proud owner of a selfie stick. So sue me.

I’m a proud perpetrator of the trend that is here to stay.

So prolific is the use of this annoyance that signs have been put up in various monuments around Paris asking people not to use them (to avoid selfie-stick related injuries).

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Friends/ Family

I don’t always travel on my own.

In fact, some of my favourite travel memories have been when I’ve been able to share them with friends and family.

The picture below was taken by my cousin Marjorie during a recent trip to Versailles.

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Tripod

‘How vintage’ I hear you say.

Everyone has heard of the expression ‘if you want something done, do it yourself’.

Well, if you want a photo exact to your specifications; dimension, focus, ISO etc etc, asking anyone else is not going to cut it. When you have a vision in mind for your photo, returning to the original method for taking selfies is the only way to go!

My camera has a smartphone app where I can control my camera remotely from my smartphone. This has proved SUPER useful in situations where I want to be in the frame.

My favourite thing about using a tripod is that you can get really creative. For this shot, I set the camera to a six second shutter speed and then stood reaaaalllly still in front of the carrousel!

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Mirrors and other reflective surfaces

Get creative; some of my favourite shots have been in puddles, convex mirrors etc.

This vintage mirror in the Louvre provided the perfect opportunity for some selfie fun.

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No people

Although I often like to have someone in the photo to frame the shot/ have photos of myself travelling, sometimes having no one in the shot makes for the best photograph.

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4 Comments

  • Reply Kelly Iverson 5th August 2017 at 3:59 pm

    As a solo traveler myself, I completely understand this struggle. Especially when you need a few photos to get it right! I’m scared to ask strangers as I don’t want anyone running off with my camera!

  • Reply Miera 3rd May 2016 at 7:41 pm

    Nice tips! Though aren’t you afraid that someone would get the tripod? Haha

  • Reply Sarah 26th January 2016 at 9:48 am

    Great post! What tripod do you have? I want to get one but don’t want to be carrying around a really big, heavy tripod while I’m traveling!

    Thanks!
    Sarah

  • Reply Mike Wilson 18th January 2016 at 9:46 pm

    Nice blog! I often ask strangers to take pictures. They are always happy to help!
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