How do you make your own solo travel photos? How do you take all your photo gear?
People ask me these two questions so often lately. So I decided to make a video about how I take my own pictures while traveling solo.
Santorini truly is one of the most photogenic places I have ever been to. The view of the contrasting white houses built on the dark lava cliffs surrounded by the bluest sky and sea is surreal. I made so many pictures there during my stay, both at the famous Instagram spots and lesser known locations. But don’t think it’s easy to take these epic shots. If you don’t want to wait in line to take your picture (yes, it is that crowded) and you want to be able to reach the epic places behind the “private area” signs, you need to wake up very early (I’m talking about before sunrise).
Beautiful photography locations in Mykonos aren’t hard to find since the town is absolutely stunning. The best way to discover them is to get lost in the narrow streets of the old town and wander away from the more crowded shopping streets. A few alleys further you’ll find yourself alone surrounded by white houses with blue, green, pink and red staircases and window frames, smelling the scent of freshly washed clothes and sheets drying in the sun and waving in the sea breeze and of course the smell of pancakes and warm bread.
Taking photos of yourself isn’t always easy as a solo traveler. You can ask a bystander to take the picture for you, but those are often the worst pictures, except if you’re lucky to catch someone with a great eye or they are willing to listen to your instructions on how to take the photo. You can take a selfie, but most of the time it only shows your face and it’s way too close, so you’ll look fat and malformed. And honestly, I don’t like the standard selfie at all.
Travel photos with no people in them seem impossible to take. Especially in famous touristic places where the crowds keep coming and going, all wanting that one particular shot. However, with determination, patience and some creativity it actually isn’t that hard as it seems.