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7 tips for taking Instagram worthy holiday photos

As an Instagrammable destination seems to be the biggest priority for young people when travelling abroad, it only means that travel photography is becoming more competitive than ever. Photo updates of intrepid adventures are used to inspire people, gain followers and likes… andfor some, they are used to make friends green with envy.

The experts at Property Turkey have given their 7 tips for taking that perfect ‘Insta-worthy’ shot.1. Use the Golden Hour

The golden hour is a timeslot occurring just after sunrise and just before sunset. This is when the sky is redder and softer than other times of the day. Amazing sunrises and sunsets happen all over the world, so when combined with the golden hour, you have quite a bit of time to capture some dramatic and breathtaking shots. Check the local sunrise and sunset times to get your timings right.

2. Lighting is key

Every avid photographer knows that good lighting is key when it comes to capturing the perfectshot. Whether you’re shooting outside, inside, at night, or during the day, you will want to make sure you have the correct lighting which works for those types of shots. Night-time shooting can prove more difficult as you will need to invest in a proper camera which captures night-time shots clear such as a night’s sky full of stars.


3. Know your focus point

As you explore the country you are visiting, you will be inspired by the by the culture, nature, architecture, food and people – every moment is a photo opportunity. Make sure the main focal point of your picture is captured by tapping on the screen to get the camera to focus for 100% sharpness.

4. Check Opening Times

While lots of people in a photograph portray real life as it is, if you want to get a snapshot of landmark buildings, crowds distract from the main topic. Check opening times of popular attractions and go first thing in the morning when there are barely any crowds or tour buses.

5. Think About Themes

The perfect Instagram shot comes from understanding your theme. Do you want your pictures to be bright and bold or soft and subtle? Cities such as Istanbul, New York and Mumbai hold a lot of colour and bright backdrops, so these areas would be perfect to visit if you have a vibrant and urban Instagram travel feed, whereas beach locations such as tranquil islands may suit a more neutral and easy on the eye feed.

6. Find the perfect backdrop

Finding the perfect backdrop for your image can make or break your shot, so you will want to make sure find the right setting and area to suit the type of photo you’re taking. In most cases a beach backdrop can work wonders for that paradise shot, or if you’re looking for something a little cooler then why not use a mural, street art or a landmark as a backdrop.

7. Use editing apps for the finishing touches

No photo is truly ready to be posted online unless it’s been retouched slightly from a photo editing application. As well as the one on Instagram, there are many to choose from such as the popular Lightroom App which allows you to edit your image thoroughly and sharpen the focal point, ensuring it’s perfected.

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