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.
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.