Make photos of your road trip more memorable with these five tips

Sep 11, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Make photos of your road trip more memorable with these five tips

Sep 11, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Road trips are a great way to take some gorgeous photos while also making memories. In this video, Tajreen and Chloe of Tajreen&Co will give you some quick, but useful tips on how to capture your road trips and create more great content.

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1. Shoot with what you have

When Tajreen and Chloe visited Joshua Tree and Big Bear, they shot with DSLRs, smartphones and Instax cameras. The point is – don’t obsess over your gear. If you need to pack light, then just bring your camera and one lens. Or if you need to pack really light, the phone will do as well.

On this trip, I only had a phone and a film camera. Luckily, I shot this magical forest with a phone, because they screwed up my film in the lab

2. Interact with your environment

Be natural, relax in the environment and allow yourself to interact with it and soak it in. And when you’re photographing your travel mates, let them do the same. Forget about constantly smiling and posing. Capture a range of emotions that occur naturally, and it will get your viewers more engaged.

3. Exaggerate your shots

In other words, play with angles and the point of view. Shoot from low angles to accentuate the background, and use wide-angle lenses to give the photos more context. Feel free to get silly with poses and step out of your comfort zone. This will make you have a good time and enjoy the shoot.  Not all shots will be keepers, but those that will are gonna be more memorable and interesting.

Okay, maybe I got a little carried away : )

4. Capture moments and emotions

There are many photos of sunsets, nice views, and landscapes, especially if you visit a popular destination. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take those as well, but Tajreen and Chloe advise to capture the feeling of being there. Capturing people’s emotions at a certain place will tell the viewers more than that you simply were there.

5. Plan it out

“When in doubt, plan it out.” It may seem counter-intuitive, but you can use Pinterest to create mood boards before you head to the road trip. This will inspire you in case you get stuck and give you some ideas on how to capture your surroundings and the emotions you have while you’re there.

Personally, I liked this video because it shares the tips I’d also give you myself. When photographing a road trip, I believe it’s best to make a balance between getting some memorable and fun shots for your personal archive, but also some splendid, emotional and unique images you’ll add to your portfolio once you come back home.

[5 Tips for Better Roadtrip Photos | Tajreen&Co]

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3 responses to “Make photos of your road trip more memorable with these five tips”

  1. rifki syahputra Avatar
    rifki syahputra

    less faking & have more fun.. it works :)

    1. Chloe Avatar
      Chloe

      Amen! Some of the best shots Tajreen and I have captured so far have been ones in which we’re jumping around, goofing off, or going completely outside of our comfort zone instead of channeling our inner Tyras.

      (Not to say that our inner Tyras aren’t fierce. They totally are. They’re just not appropriate for every occasion.)

      Thanks for watching!

      – Chloe, of Tajreen&Co

    2. Dunja0712 Avatar
      Dunja0712

      Exactly! :)