So, this is the situation: You decided to travel with just one person this time. No one else is joining the fun. You think that it’s so exciting because you are sharing your love for travel, right? But there’s a catch: your travel buddy has the reputation of being useless behind the camera. It’s either the photos are blurred, or simply clicking the camera button when your eyes are open and when your smile is not awkward is too much to ask. So, what do you do? Do you back out or go with the flow? We say go for it because we have some recommendations on what you can do when your travel buddy sucks at taking photos of you!
1. Breathe and relax
Oh no, no. It’s probably just the first day. Please give your travel buddy a break? Maybe your camera is not something that your friend is comfortable in using to take good photos. Don’t make things complicated right away. Make going into beast mode your last option. Better yet, take it out of the list! We’re not saying that you have to be in denial, but you have to give your friend a chance to warm up, too, okay? Repeat after us: It gets better.
2. Bring a tripod
You need to prepare this before the trip. Set your camera on a timer or get a Bluetooth device like when you are travelling solo. You don’t need anyone to get yourself a good photo, do you? You are a strong and independent traveller, don’t forget that. But if you think you can use at least a little audience participation, maybe you can ask your partner to press the button for you? We are sure that your travel buddy will be happy to do that.
3. Teach your travel buddy the basics
Travelling together is a two-way relationship. Do you want to have great photos? Then you have to teach your cameraman how to do that. Show your travel buddy how to use your phone or camera correctly at the right spot and with the proper lighting. Maybe that’s the only thing you both need for a perfect photo session.
4. Show your photo pegs
Oh yes, this one should be foolproof. You can save your photo pegs from the internet and bring them with you when you travel. That way, your friend can quickly follow the framing, angle, and then you’re good to go. Visualisation works wonders! Another tip is that you take the shot with your buddy in the frame and then use it is as a mock-up. Genius, right?
5. Take bad photos of your travel buddy…
Is your travel buddy good-humoured? If yes, then payback time is in order. Did you know that it is also possible to sabotage your travel buddy’s photos when the camera is finally in your hands? We are not suggesting that you do it. What we’re saying is that you can play the game, if you want to. Besides, who doesn’t want a killer photo of their friend reserved for the best Facebook birthday greeting ever? We do!
6. Set the record straight and agree that you will not be taking each other’s photos
If you take pictures seriously, please save yourself from any brawl (Really? For a photo?). Going on separate ways would probably be a better setup for you both. Travel together, but each other’s pictures will be none of your businesses. Sounds good? Great! Problem solved.
7. Understand that it might be your fault (or other external factors) that your photos are failing
We don’t mean to be rude, but have you ever thought that it’s probably because of you that your travel buddy is struggling so much when it comes to taking photos? Maybe it is also hard for you to mimic that jump shot in your photo peg. Or perhaps, the light isn’t perfect today, or your camera is already begging for a replacement. You have to know that your friend might not be a professional photographer but he or she is not a magician either! Try putting yourself in your buddy’s shoes, and it will be easier to empathise.
8. Accept the fact that travel is not just about having good photos
Without a doubt, having a bunch of travel photos would be fun. It’s a happy problem when your camera’s memory card is full, and you have to buy a new one during your trip. Photos are always excellent conversation starters, after all. But whether it’s you or your travel buddy that’s preventing you from having Instagrammable images, that’s not supposed to make your travel experience any less exciting. Sometimes, it’s better to drop the cameras and enjoy the view, instead.
Travelling with your friends or family can sometimes be daunting. There’s a lot of things to consider aside from your different interests and characters. But we hope that not being gifted with a great eye in photography won’t result in F.O. after your trip! What if you try to make this journey your time for some heart to heart talk? What if you concentrate on savouring the moment? Take those bloopers lightly and that way, you’ll enjoy your vacation more.
Did we miss some tips? Let us know what you do, and we might add it to our list!