Five super helpful photo tips we learnt from a professional travel blogger
Aubrey Daquinag of The Love Assembly shares her photography secrets
Professional wanderer (as they're calling 'travel bloggers' these days) Aubrey Daquinag has taken her fair share of travel photos throughout the years. It's safe to say then that she's become quite the master of accurately capturing memories on-camera without ruining the experience. We asked her to share her top tips for the budding travel photographer in us all.
1. Embrace the tripod
Ah, the humble tripod. Sometimes it gets such a bad rep – how awkward is lugging around and then setting up a tripod in front of strangers – but Aubrey is still a big fan of it, whether travelling alone or in a big group. She says it's key to ensuring the perfectly centred landscape shot or all-inclusive group shot.
2. Pick a camera with add-on features
If you're on the hunt for a new travel camera, look for one that has Wi-Fi as a feature. This makes it super easy for you to transfer images over to your phone or any other device on the spot. That way, you can edit and share them instantly. Also look into shooting using a remote or experiment with self-timer on your camera. This is a solo travellers' best secret. In Aubrey's experience, strangers almost never get the travel photos she's envisioned right.
If possible, go for cameras with flip screens that let you watch yourself while you film. A quick Google search will give you a whole list of other useful accessories that don’t take up half your suitcase.
3. Beat the tourists for a better shot
People make amazing backdrops for photos, but they can also completely ruin a shot. Sometimes the best way to snap a beautiful location is to get there when no one else is. This is often early in the morning when the natural light looks best. Aubrey's tip? If possible try for an east facing location to capture the sunrise. Some of her most loved photos travel snaps were taken when the rest of the town or city was still fast asleep.
4. Plan for your photos ahead of time
Before you even set foot on the plane, think about the type of photos you want. If capturing memories are important to you, then you’ll likely want to look good in them too, and there’s no shame in that. Aubrey always aim to travel with the basics when it comes to make-up and beauty products – a fresh face always makes for better photos. She often gets fresh haircuts and eyebrows shaping before big travel pic-heavy trips.
5. Keep your technology safe
Travelling through unknown areas day after day has taught Aubrey to always be super careful with her expensive equipment. As a result, she recommends purchasing a camera lanyard so you can always keep it close to your body. She also recommend purchasing insurance, her pick is Southern Cross Travel Insurance, for peace of mind if any valuables were to be stolen.