Travel photos are a great way to document your travel stories and capture your favorite memories. The best camera is the one you have on you, and the best travel photo apps help make editing on your phone quick and easy!
While travel photographers are used to carrying around expensive cameras and lenses, there is no denying it’s convenient to use your phone most of the time. I usually travel with an iPhone, GoPro, and Canon camera, but to be honest, I use my phone most of the time. It’s so much easier if you don’t want to lug around expensive equipment but still want to capture the moment. It works great for video too!
Want to create a cohesive look for your brand?
When it comes to your business or blog, your images help tell your brand’s story. Your logo, fonts, content, and photos are all part of your brand identity, which helps build trust with your audience. If you want to create a cohesive theme for your content, stick to a few filters to achieve a similar look.
Here are some of my favorite travel photo mobile apps for posting content on Instagram and my blog.
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Top Travel Photo Editing Apps
VSCO – I know it’s easy to waste time trying to decide which type of filter to use. With VSCO, you can choose from a few free filters or upgrade for $20/year to get an entire library of creative tools. With this app, you can add a filter or adjust the exposure, contrast, clarity, and saturation. You can also crop + straighten and add text.
Best VSCO filters for Travel: You could scroll through more than 200 filters to pick your favorites. I like using A, G, and J filters to see what makes my travel photos pop.
Snapseed – This is a great free photo editing app that covers all the basics. You can choose between preset “looks” or filters and tune your image to match your feed.
Want to remove people or objects from your photo?
Use Snapseed’s healing tool. Zoom into the picture and use your finger to tap the circle where you want to make the edit. While it may not look perfect on your first try, play around with this tool to get it just right.
KiraKira+ – If you want to add a touch of glam to your feed, the KiraKira app will make your travel photos sparkle. You’ll have to pay .99 cents for this photo app, but it’s worth it if you want to add an instant glow to your travel photos and videos.
Adobe Photoshop is also a popular travel photo editing app to put on your radar if you want to take your editing to the next level.
Lightroom – If you plan to buy presets, you’ll likely need to get familiar with Lightroom. While you don’t need to use every single photo editor out there to get the ultimate travel photography shots, practice with 1-2 to see which one works best for you.
Video Editing Tools
Want to create fun travel videos to share on social media platforms?
Edit on your phone with Splice or Quik. These free GoPro apps make editing a breeze. They’re both equipped with a library of music so you can add some tunes to your clips.
Bonus – You don’t have to have any experience editing. Simply upload the clips you want to use and start creating. Another cool feature, you can adjust the video’s format to fit your Instagram feed or stories.
Planoly – I’m all about batching social media content and scheduling ahead. I love using Planoly to schedule Instagram content because I can see what the grid will look like before posting. With the free version, you can upload up to 30 posts and set it up to automatically post on your feed on the scheduled date.
Buffer – I use Buffer to schedule content on Linkedin, Twitter, and Facebook. With the free version, you can schedule up to 10 posts at a time.
How to Take Pictures As a Solo Traveler
If you’re traveling solo or your Insta husband isn’t in the mood to capture your bucket list photos, don’t sweat it! You can create beautiful travel photos with these solo traveler hacks.
Whether you’re using a phone, GoPro, or DSLR, get creative and plan out your shots. If you’re thinking about asking someone to snap your photo, show them how you would like to frame the image, and trust your judgment before you hand over your expensive camera or phone.
Tips for taking pictures while traveling alone:
1. Use a tripod.
If you’re worried about what people will say when they see you taking your own photos, don’t be. Just because you’re traveling alone doesn’t mean you can’t get the images you want.
When I first started reporting local news in San Diego, I used to carry a video camera and microphone to shoot news stories. Whenever I was doing an interview, someone would always comment, “Where’s your photographer?” My response, “I’m the photog, writer, editor, AND the reporter.”
The more you practice, the more confident you’ll be.
Tips for using a tripod:
- Try to avoid busy spaces, where your camera can accidentally get knocked over.
- Stay close to your equipment unless you’re shooting in an area where you’re all by yourself.
- Make sure it’s not too windy to avoid any accidents.
- Play around with angles instead of shooting straight on.
- Use a prop or ask someone to stand in front of the camera to get the framing right.
2. Ask another traveler.
While it would be nice to travel with a professional camera crew every once in a while, that’s not a reality for most of us! You can always count on a trusty travel buddy you just met to capture a few quality images of your trip. If you’re after a specific shot, just let them know how to frame the camera or phone and politely ask them to start snapping away.
3. Prop your camera on an object.
GoPro cameras are so much fun to shoot with because you can get creative with the angles. Whether you’re taking a selfie, an underwater photo, or capturing an adventure, play around with a few new ideas.
- Position the camera on the floor and shoot up.
- Find props to shoot from different angles.
- Use the GoPro app as a remote on your phone.
- Try the burst feature to capture several photos at a time.
4. Use the self-timer.
If you’re not a fan of the up-close selfie travel photo, use the self-timer on your phone or a remote control to capture your shots. This does take a bit of practice. Try testing out a few angles at home to get the hang of it before your trip.
4. Try video mode.
One last tip, take a video and screenshot frames from the clip. You can also use the video to post on your IG stories so you can get two pieces of new content instead of one photo.
Take your travel photography to new heights with these amazing (and mostly free) travel photo apps for your phone. Edit and schedule content quickly and on go so you can spend more time enjoying the moment and soaking up those world-class views.
What are your must-have travel photo apps? Let us know in the comments!
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