Shar­ing Your Work

Now that you’ve got the gear, how do you get the likes? Some of our fa­vorite In­sta­gram travel pho­tog­ra­phers re­veal their keys to a cap­ti­vat­ing va­ca­tion post.

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1. BE MO­BILE

Sin­ga­pore-based pho­tog­ra­pher Scott A. Wood­ward (@scot­ta­wood­ward) has won awards for his iPhone shots and says there are times it's a more dex­ter­ous choice than his DSLR. “A smart­phone is lighter and more com­pact; use this to your ad­van­tage and be on the look­out for dy­namic and creative an­gles. Hold it high to shoot or put it on the ground and tilt it up. Get close to your sub­jects. And when you think you're close, get even closer.”

2. TELL A STORY

A static im­age can be pretty, but if your im­age tells a story it will en­gage more with your fol­low­ers. From his base in Bangkok, pho­tog­ra­pher Leigh Grif­fiths (@leigh­grif­fith­slens) chooses his pho­tos to share on In­sta­gram based on their abil­ity to in­volve the viewer: “I like to choose pho­tos with sub­jects or ac­tion—I want peo­ple to feel like they are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the same mo­ment that I have.”

2. TALK TO LO­CALS

To avoid tak­ing the same clichéd im­age as ev­ery­one else, Cal­i­for­nia dweller Elis­a­beth Brentano (@elis­a­bethon­theroad) chats up peo­ple who live in the area to get their in­sights on an­gles and scenic spots other trav­el­ers might miss, such as an un­der-the-radar hik­ing path or the best wa­ter­ing hole for fi­nally en­coun­ter­ing the elu­sive hip­pos you've been search­ing for on your sa­fari.

4. EDIT BE­FORE YOU POST

A lit­tle fine-tun­ing goes a long way. Wood­ward uses the Adobe Light­room CC app (An­droid, iOS; free) to both shoot and edit his iPhone pho­tos: “I am able to man­u­ally ad­just my cam­era set­tings—just like on a DSLR— such as ISO, shut­ter speed, ex­po­sure and white bal­ance.” He then uses the edit­ing fea­tures to process the photo as he would on a com­puter, fo­cus­ing on bal­anc­ing con­trast, high­lights and shad­ows.

CLOCK­WISE FROM TOP LEFT: Scott A. Wood­ward's win­ning iPhone shot of a Mo­ken elder, on Koh Surin, Thai­land; Tak­t­sang Monastery in Bhutan by Wood­ward; morn­ing alms in Luang Pra­bang, and Yun­nan rice noo­dles, both by Leigh Grif­fiths.

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