When you go on vacation, you want to remember what made it so special. That’s why taking photos is so important. But if you are the person who posts endless shots of people in front of landmarks on Facebook, you are not giving the world anything new. When you’re on vacation, the opportunity to spend quality time with yourself, family, and friends are available. The key to a good photo is to take a better one. People will want to see your photos if they’re great.
Here are some tips that you can use to take better photos.
More photos earn more likes. Instagram’s algorithm rewards users who post more photos. If a user likes several photos from a particular vacation, the algorithm dubs the user a Instagram Memories creator. For more details on Instagram’s algorithm, make sure to check out this article by Trend Watching. Therefore, adding a lot of photos to your account also makes you popular and can earn you some extra followers and likes.
Adding a sun: Accompanied or followed by a sunset or sunset photo is a popular way to add a personal touch to an Instagram post. A dark background carries a negative connotation. If you’re not afraid of messing up and want your photos to look natural, then use colorful filters to make the photo more artistic.
Alternatively, if you prefer another look, post the sunset or sunset accompanied by some other 30s or 60s photos from the same place. This is so inspiring because it shows the variety of ways life can be.
Tip If your account gets a lot of comments on your photos, you can even repost photos that already got a lot of comments.
Short photos work best. Try to save the carbohydrate load in your body by taking only one photo per location. Light quickly fades and noise becomes far more noticeable.
Long photos: It is better to take 4–5 photos of the same location for your vacation. This will prevent the unneeded editing resulting in losing details.
Glance at names: Take a closer look at a distant location and study what is being said about it. Did someone say “Buy new tires”? Or did they say, “Just switch off the road and use the stairs.”
Don’t be afraid of pushing your creativity. In fact, don’t be afraid of it. Most millennials are more interested in the things they cannot see with their one camera lens. Take the time to make memories and post plenty of photos because you will get lots of likes. Just follow these tips and you’ll upgrade your vacation pictures — for FREE.
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We should all be doing more vacation photo shoots and sharing them. These photos create memories—for you and the person who shared them.
This also gives other people a chance to share yours. Give that person a chance to find the perfect photo—or the perfect beaming beach photo if you zoom in too far. And then give them your old one, with all of the edits you made. This behavior isn’t just altruism; people will share your image and tell the world about it.
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We follow this up with a series of follow-up emails. Maybe you respond with an introduction, a statement about what you were doing at the time of the photo, or advice to enhance it. If you respond with a photo postcard, we will make sure to post one of those on the page for that vacation park or vacation home. This is even still better than seeing pictures when you go on vacation. “Yeah, it was awesome—I can’t wait to go back!”
Share your photos with us (we promise it’s totally kosher). We check our email list monthly on a daily basis to see if new guests have been to your place or property.
We also add photos of people we think you would enjoy seeing on the pages of the vacation guide we provide. We do this to confirm we have adequately covered your location, or when a specific on-page description was not sufficient.
We ask you to use social media to help promote your business. We send out a weekly email newsletter when we publish a new blog post. You can choose to only get this email newsletter when you buy a Forex book from us. We ask you to share it with anyone you know. You could be a trusted friend on Facebook or Google Plus, or an author of a blog or some other type of web site.
We also follow up earlier by email with a short story about the photo, along with a brief blurb to introduce the person who took it. Supposedly this helps them remember what you shared, embellishes the memory, and bolsters confidence that you and they are a good match to each other. (Wouldn’t you want to date that person on your vacation!)
This also bolsters friendship. We’re looking for more potential dates, now.
This is another social media feature that we use. It is like Instagram, but more professional.