Let’s be real – one of the best things about escaping frosty mornings commuting to work to jet off on holiday is the fact that we get to brag about it on social media. And with a little help from full-time traveler, photographer and Cover-More Travel Insurance’s video blogger Dan Moore, you can take the sort of envy-inducing travel pics that will see the likes rolling in quicker than you can say, ‘Another margarita by the pool, please!’
The light stuff
Make sure any light source, sun or otherwise, is coming from behind you, and experiment with flash, but try not to use it indoors as it will wash out your shot.
“Don’t be afraid to try taking shots in all different types of light,” says Moore. “Sometimes dimly lit laneways with a hidden café can be as beautiful as a beach on a bright sunny day.”
Make close-ups count
With detailed shots, as opposed to landscapes, Moore says we shouldn’t be afraid to fill our frame. “Aim for a nice, simple, and tightly cropped photo of whatever it is you’re taking a picture of, whether a person or your latest foodie find.”
“Have some fun with your photo and get creative with your composition. See what it looks like to have the main subject of the photo positioned slightly off centre – people, food, or scenery, like temples or boats on the ocean, can give you a striking shot if you get close and get a little off centre.”
Sunny side up
You’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t love the beauty of sunrise and sunset, and to be honest, it’s pretty hard to take a ‘bad’ photo of these magical times of day.
Moore suggests keeping an eye out for opportunities to use reflection or silhouettes to make your sunrise/set pic really stand out. “Objects, buildings and water that reflect the light can make for amazing shots.”
If you have waterproof equipment, taking underwater snaps can be great fun and can produce some truly breathtaking shots.
Moore’s favourite time to shoot underwater is bright afternoons. “Just under the surface of a pool or the ocean is a great place to capture sunbeams, reflections, and create texture.”
“If you are feeling adventurous, head out for a surf, snorkel or kayak with your camera and don’t forget not to waste rainy days on your holiday which can also produce some amazing watery holiday snaps.”
It wouldn’t be a holiday if you weren’t taking photos of your delicious food discoveries or beautiful cocktails by the pool.
Moore suggests thinking about the shape, texture and colour of what you’re taking a photo of, and says some dishes are going to look great when photographed from above, while others, like gorgeous cakes or drinks, will look better shot from a lower angle.
“And be quick,” Moore adds. “Grab the shot when your pho is piping hot or your granita still icy, and never underestimate the fun that can be had when posing with your food mid-scoff or slurp – it is a holiday after all!”
To celebrate their YouTube channel hitting 2 million views and over 1000 subscribers, Cover-More Travel Insurance, has launched the search to find the Ultimate Traveller. Record and share your video adventure for the chance to win a $10,000 travel adventure. There are also GoPro Hero4 and GoPro Hero3+ cameras up for grabs.
Planning your next holiday? We map out 10 of the year’s hottest travel destinations for an Instagram-worthy vacation. Make like a blogger, grab your Canon and Isabel Marant heels and jet off to one of these truly photogenic locations.
Search #Cappadocia in Instagram hashtags and your feed will be awash with dreamy sunrise shots of hot air balloons drifting above the craggy rock landscape of Turkey. This once-obscure location is located in the Central Anatolia Region in Turkey, a short flight from Istanbul.
Recently shot to social media stardom thanks to Australian travel blogger Tuula Vintage, Cappadocia is fast gaining fame for its honeycomb hills and whimsical, fairytale vibe. Book a hot air balloon at day break and grab your Nikon – it’ll to be the ride of a lifetime.
Famed for it’s milky-turquoise water and iconic sprawling stilt huts, the Maldives is a dreamy luxury holiday destination like no other. Thanks to super bloggers like Jasmine Howell of Friend in Fashion and Nicole Warne of Gary Pepper Girl, the Maldives is a hit destination for travellers who want postcard picturesque scenery and brag-worthy surrounds. Just don’t expect to travel on a budget – the Maldives is home to some of the best (read: most expensive) luxury resorts in the world and it’s worth the splurge.
A day trip to the town of Chefchaouen in Northern Morocco will have you seeing blue for days. The small town consists of hundreds of hotels and houses bathed in the same shade of vivid cerulean wash, a tradition credited to its Jewish heritage.
Located a short trip from Tangier on the coast of Africa, Chefchaouen is a perfect stop-over on your way to Fez or Marrakesh. Perhaps don’t wear blue that day.
Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
It sounds like the description of a far-off location in an Indiana Jones film: a cluster of hidden underground lakes surrounded by lush jungle and dripping green vines. No, it’s not fiction. It’s a cenote, an eerily beautiful natural sinkhole found commonly in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico.
Cenotes, pronounced ‘se-note-tees,’ are natural pits that occur when limestone bedrock collapses to reveal underground water. Once used by the Mayan people for sacrificial offerings, you can now access many of these sublime pools easily and take a dip.
Cinque Terre, Italy
Cinque Terre is a #nofilter dream. Imagine row upon row of pastel pink and gelato tangerine buildings, perched over azure water. This iconic destination on the Italian Riviera should be top of anyone’s European bucket list.
To capture an iconic travel shot, pack your hiking gear. This rugged coastline is best seen from the winding, steep trails that dot the cliffs.
Burning Man Festival, Nevada Desert
Move over Coachella, the must-see event rising to the top of every traveller’s list is Burning Man Festival. Held once a year in Nevada’s desolate Black Rock Desert, this festival isn’t for those who value their creature comforts.
Built with the values of inclusion and gifting, those who go to Burning Man Festival must bring a gift or service that is used as a currency in place of money.
When it comes to fashion, Burning Man Festival is your chance to go all-out. Latex, sequins, capes and leotards are the norm at the desert event, perfect for dramatic Priscilla Queen of the Desert-like snaps.
Pamukkale, meaning ‘cotton castle’ in Turkish, certainly lives up to its mysterious name. Located in Southwestern Turkey, this unique city is best known for it’s white hot springs which form in terrace-like pools. The travertines are made from carbon minerals left by the flowing water and was believed to have ancient healing properties.
This site in unlike no other, so pack your best white bikini and relax in the warm turquoise water. Bliss.
The Pink Lake, Western Australia
Western Australia’s Pink Lake became a dramatic backdrop for a collaboration between blogger Nicole Warne of Gary Pepper Girl and cosmetic giant Lancome. Ever since those stunning images of Warne bathing in the rose-hued water surfaced on social media it’s been short-listed as a dramatic location to visit.
Located in Port Gregory in the State’s mid-west, the vibrant colour of the water is created by bacteria that has become trapped in salt granules – not so glamourous. While not worth a long-term stay, the Pink Lake is a good stopover when exploring the state. The odd natural phenomenon is truly breathtaking.
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
Nature-lovers should add Plitvice Lakes National Park to the top of their travel to-do list. This stunning destination is located in Central Croatia, a day trip from popular port town Split. Best known for its impossibly clear, aquamarine still lakes and cascading waterfalls, exploring Plitvice is like stepping into an alternate world.
Often confused with Krka National Park, Plitvice is slightly harder to reach, but is well worth the effort. While travellers can swim in the water at Krka, Plitvice forbids any disruption to the serine lakes, which means the ecosystem remains virtually untouched. Wander the winding wooden boardwalks to see an abundance of fish, frogs, lizards and even the odd blue dragonfly.
Images via Sussan Mourad, Tuula Vintage, Gary Peppy Girl, Caravansary, Friend in Fashion, Leahliyah.