I take travel photos. I’ve never put on make-up for a photo. Usually I’m hiking, sweating, probably unshowered and may or may not have shaved my armpits in the last three days. I have a decent camera, but about 50% of my Instagram photos are shot with my iPhone 5s because I’m too lazy to carry all my camera equipment up a mountain.
My travel snapshots include being in a beautiful place, taking some photos, and hoping one turns out decent enough to make it to my Instagram page.
So are photos on Instagram fake? Depends on who you ask. But not mine.
The world of photo-sharing is an interesting one. There are those who share solely for the ‘likes’, there are those who tell stories, those who share memories, those who share pets, landscapes, selfies, and inspiration cartoon quotes.
In the world of Instagram, it is arguable that pictures are fake. “Travel” Instagrams are nothing more than a posed, glamorized, over-edited photo that completely diminishes that reality of a destination.
True? Eh, for some people.
However, sharing travel photos that aren’t posed, glamorized, or over-edited but that are still breathtakingly beautiful is still completely do-able. Take photos, as you are, with who you’re with, without wearing designer clothes or doing your makeup.
So how do you take simple travel photos and turn them into travel photography?