Updated: May 23
OLD VS NEW
Neither Danielle nor I are photography experts or connoisseurs. We're people that enjoy taking nice pictures, who try to get creative with our shots when we can. It is definitely an area we are keen to develop and improve our skills in...but we're not pros just yet.
We recently looked back on some old pictures from past trips to see how far we'd come, and were astounded at the difference! It was like night and day. It's crazy to see the improvements that we've made and were still only learning at this stage. Check it out for yourselves below...
It's mindblowing that we couldn't capture an incredible picture while standing somewhere as iconic as The Colosseum. Both these pictures were taken in incredible locations, but with a bit of forethought and a few handy pieces of equipment, the difference is huge!
PLANNING & PREPARATION
You can maximise your efforts by applying a little bit of thought to where you are going, what opportunities there might be for pictures and anything you specifically want to capture while you're there. If inspiration strikes then let your imagination guide you and see how it turns out. Regardless, it helps to go somewhere with a rough plan of what you're going to see. If you don't have an outline of what you want to achieve then there's a strong chance you'll come away with nothing in the end.
The following sections contain affiliate links. If you book or buy something through these links, we earn a small commission (at no extra cost to you).
OUR PHOTOGRAPHY KIT
Tripod: This was HUGE in transforming our pictures. It eliminates the need to ask people to take your photo and means you can take your time. The Bluetooth clicker that connects to your phone is amazing!
Sony a6000 DSLR Camera: We've had this for years and strongly recommend it. It's great for beginners to pick up, point and shoot but also works well for more experienced photographers too. There are a bunch of lenses you can get, and you can switch it to manual to start playing with the settings when you get more confident as well. It's a good price, compact and durable.
iPhone: If you don't want to splash money on a camera then a lot of phones still enable you to take incredible photos.
Adobe Lightroom & Retouch: These are the apps we use to edit any pictures that need a slight touch-up. Adobe Lightroom is where we add filters, adjust lighting, amend colour and generally make any necessary upgrades. Retouch is handy and can be used to remove any rogue people that sneak in and photobomb your perfect photo.
Canva Pro Subscription: This isn't something we use to heighten the quality of our images, but it's great for showcasing them in creative ways. With Canva Pro you can put together amazing content with the images you've taken which you can then share on Instagram Stories or Pinterest etc. The first month is free if you use the link above!
INDIVIDUAL & COUPLES POSES
The best advice we saw when preparing for this trip was to forget about other people looking or laughing as you set up equipment or try different poses...you'll never see them again anyway. It's a lot easier said than done! We felt awkward in the beginning, but you'll be surprised at how quickly that changes. There's an element of freedom that comes with casting your inhibitions aside, and thinking "f**k it!". Next thing you know you're looking very strange to everyone else but having the best time as a couple.
Never be afraid to try something new, keep a few go-to poses in your back pocket just in case.
We've since made a few extra purchases that have also helped, here they are:
DJI Mavic Air 2S: We met a bunch of friends in Bali who had drones and always loved the content they could get. We're excited to see what amazing photos and videos we get with this!
DJI OM5 gimbal: We struggled a lot with steady hands when taking videos on our phones, so this helped a lot! It allowed us to create much smoother videos, and it's well priced.
Increase Camera Knowledge: We are constantly trying to learn about settings that would help us achieve different camera effects. We are getting to grips with things bit by bit, but it's a long road ahead.
More camera lenses: We are also looking at a few different lenses that would give us crisper images, and help with various effects. We are hoping to have a few new additions in the coming weeks!
We're incredibly proud of how far we have come throughout this process. If we can make these sorts of improvements quick then it's achievable for anyone! We can't wait to look back again in another year's time and see just how far we've come.