How to Get Better Travel Photos from Total Strangers

Whether you’re travelling solo, as a couple, or in a group of friends, at some point or another, you’re going to need to ask a perfect stranger to take a photo of you. Oh dear. What will you do?

Now, some people might say, who cares? Just pick anyone who is willing. But not I. No, you see, I understand the importance of choosing the right person to capture your memories. For travellers whom genuinely seek quality photos of their once-in-a-lifetime adventures, who you pick matters.

Asking a stranger for a photo is like rolling the dice on your precious memories; there’s no way of knowing what the outcome will be. You’re taking a chance on their skill, commitment level, and eye for layout. So how can you guarantee a better picture? Well, you can start by better vetting your potential photographers. Not all strangers are made equal. Here’s what to look for:

Intense cameras 

No explanation necessary. You know these guys mean business. However, try not to interrupt them while they’re getting their own shots. They will take a rushed photo of you so they can get back to their own pictures. Let them do their thing.

Go pros

These people know how to take a mean action shot. In my experience, these guys are the most likely to give you a solid range of options. You can trust them.

Solo travellers

They need your help as much as you need theirs. Especially if they’re female travellers looking for that highly coveted insta worthy shot. You just can’t go wrong here.

400 photo takers

They may not take the best shots, but you know you’ll get lots of options to choose from. Chances are, at least one will be a winner.

People with your device 

Avoid confusion. Find someone who doesn’t need teaching. Especially if you’re shooting with a more advanced camera. iPhone, find iPhone, Nikon, find Nikon, etc. It just makes sense.

Additional tip:

Offer to take a picture of them first

You can subtly show them how you would frame the photo, and they will likely offer to return the favour.

Is this guide foolproof? No. Not at all. Not even a little. But, hope is not a strategy. This half-assed pseudo strategy may just be the one you need to help you get the photo you want.

If all else fails, get a selfie stick and call it a day.

Good luck, and happy shooting.

Travel photos of me taken by strangers: 



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