There’s nothing we love more than a mini escape to a remote tropical island or a far-flung destination with culture galore, but when we can’t get the real thing, we depend on our daily Instagram feed. This little dose of sunshine, inspiration, and fantasy really gets us through the workweek.
But unlike most of our iPhone-rookie work, snapping awe-inspiring travel images for Instagram is a real art, a learned skill. So before you hop on a plane or hit the road for your next holiday, take some camera cues from travel blogger and image extraordinaire Jaharn Giles of Mister Weekender, and get clicking. Ahead, she shares her top tips for capturing the magic on your next vacation so you’ll relive the memories even when you’re back at home.
Magic hour is my favorite time of the day. It’s also the best time to shoot, so get outdoors one hour before sunrise and one hour before sunset. The lighting is incredible, as is the lack of tourists.
No, not your phone camera. Use your SLR camera. If you take an amazing photo on your SLR while traveling, upload it to Instagram.
Get snapping on your next trip with our favorite photography accessories below.
Don't leave home without a case that will withstand the weather and any hazardous selfie situations.
Camera bags can be clunky but this one is chic and looks just like a beautiful leather purse. Win, win.
Be sure your photos look Insta-worthy with this easy-to-use lens—it clips onto your phone's lens and amplifies the quality to SLR status.
If you really want to step it up, then shoot your photos on a quality SLR then upload them to your Instagram account later. It's time-consuming but the quality is worth it.
What are your favorite apps for editing travel Instagram pics? Let us know below.
This story was originally published on June 17, 2015. Updated by Sacha Strebe.