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This is probably my favorite photo to date. I had been saving this bikini for months all in honor of my trip to Thailand that happened to fall over my birthday. Cheeks out, perfect weather, cheap drinks. What more could a girl ask for?
A personal photographer is what!
I have a love hate relationship with my camera no matter if I’m home or abroad. I either take little to no pictures (see: my four pictures I took during my week in Bali), or I OD on photos (see: my dope ass Eurotrip).
Thailand is the first place I opted to get a few shots of myself, albeit not many. I never ask anyone to take my photo because I simply don’t care that much. But I do know that I should show face a little more.
So, here are the tools I use to take my own photos when I’m traveling solo:
My exact camera (I bought mine refurbished): Nikon D5300 Digital SLR Camera
I’ve had this Nikon D-5300 for a couple years now and it’s not going anywhere. I’m still a complete newbie and hell, I only just figured out how to really shoot manual photos. Another confession? I literally just began transferring my photos to my phone via wi-fi. It’s a game changer. I want to immediately edit and upload to Instagram versus taking out my memory card, having my laptop handy, editing, AND THEN airdropping to my phone. That’s too damn much.
Great Option: 60-Inch Lightweight Tripod with Bag
I probably have the most simple tripod known to man, but guess what? It does the job! I actually have taken this tripod abroad many times but rarely use it. I always say “just in case.” And the “in case” never comes. It comes in handy for stable shots and, hello, when you want to get your photoshoot on and nobody is around to take your picture! If you want to avoid crowds just get up super early and go take photos at a location you scouted beforehand.
Here’s mine: Manfrotto Mini Tripod
This little baby has been the real MVP. I want to vlog more and I was clueless as to the easiest way to do so without investing in a whole new camera. Sure, I could just lug around my DSLR as is, but this tripod makes it SO MUCH EASIER. It also made for great table photos and to be honest, you could prop this bad boy up on any ol’ thing and set the time or…
I got this one: Wireless Remote Control for Digital SLR Cameras
There is nothing worse then finally being willing to get some photos of yourself and realizing you forgot your wireless remote. If you’re like me and don’t want to keep running over to your camera and resetting the timer, just get this little remote. Set it up and get your top model on.
Let me knowhow you take your photos when traveling solo! Do you ask strangers or get creative? What tools do you use?
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