Let’s be honest. The best travel photos are the ones with you in them. You may be a rock star photographer, but the second you hand over your camera to a random tourist and ask them to capture your Big Amazing Travel Moment, you’re letting the quality of your photographic souvenirs plunge downhill. Quickly. A building will be shooting out the top of your head, your face will be uglified by bad shadows and angles, and a plethora of butts will be captured in your Kodak moment right alongside your cheery smile.
Number one photo tip: when you want someone to take a photo of you while traveling, look for someone with a big, expensive camera. One with a lens and a strap. Wait it out. I don’t care if one hundred people walk by with little point-and-shoot cameras, you do not hand your camera to a single one of them. You’re setting yourself up for FAILURE.
Wait for the traveler with the big camera bag, multiple lenses and/or cameras, and if you’re lucky, a Nikon baseball hat. (BTW He’s probably not with any kids either.) When you see a thick strap around a guy’s body that declares “CANON,” make a beeline to him and strike a pose. It’s SO worth it. And, hey, you better offer to take his picture when you’re done. He’s sick of all the sh*tty photographers out there, too.
Here’s the evidence. FAIL = point-and-shoot photographers. SUCCESS = SLR photographers. (That’s what expensive cameras are called, people!)
FAIL. This lady didn’t know how to ZOOM OUT. Gigantic sorcerer’s hat is out. Random girl is in.
FAIL. What I really wanted to remember from Niagara Falls were the ladies standing next to us.
Almost success! This guy had TWO nice cameras with him. We took his picture afterward.
FAIL. Random British dad yelled at his kids to get out of the way AND turned on the flash. But he didn’t ask us to TAKE TWO STEPS TO THE RIGHT.
Success! Random Asian guy with a nice camera takes the best photo of our Paris trip.