For many people, one of the most important parts of travelling is making sure they have gorgeous photos.

Unfortunately, if people are travelling alone it can be more difficult to capture that perfect snap.

To help, FEMAIL spoke to Michele Frolla from the Intrepid Guide, from Melbourne, who has made a career from travelling the globe solo.

‘There are a couple of ways you can get a great photo of yourself, even if you’re travelling alone,’ the 33-year-old told Daily Mail Australia.

Michele Frolla from Intrepid Guide , 33, revealed how people can take the perfect travel snap

Michele Frolla from Intrepid Guide , 33, revealed how people can take the perfect travel snap

Michele Frolla from Intrepid Guide , 33, revealed how people can take the perfect travel snap

'There are a couple of ways you can get a great photo of yourself, even if you’re travelling alone,' she said

'There are a couple of ways you can get a great photo of yourself, even if you’re travelling alone,' she said

‘There are a couple of ways you can get a great photo of yourself, even if you’re travelling alone,’ she said

Tell strangers the shot to aim for

While travelling, many people want to include themselves in the photo, but it can be difficult to do so without a travel companion.

Aside from using a tripod or a GoPro, Ms Frolla said people shouldn’t be shy in asking people around them to take a photo of them.

But while you might think that asking someone else to take a photo is simple, in fact you have to be quite specific in order to get the shot you want: 

‘After you size them up to ensure they won’t run off with your phone or camera, let them know exactly what kind of shot you want,’ she said.

‘Show them where to stand, how to hold the camera and what they should capture, don’t be afraid to be specific.’

Aside from using a tripod or a GoPro when travelling, Ms Frolla said people shouldn't be shy asking people around them to take a photo of them 

Aside from using a tripod or a GoPro when travelling, Ms Frolla said people shouldn't be shy asking people around them to take a photo of them 

Aside from using a tripod or a GoPro when travelling, Ms Frolla said people shouldn’t be shy asking people around them to take a photo of them 

As an example, Ms Frolla said that in her experience people tend to either clip out the sky or ground entirely.

To avoid things like this from happening she said people should show the stranger what they should see through the viewfinder.

‘It might be a bit pedantic but it will save you time and ensure you get the shot you want,’ she added. 

'After you size them up to ensure they won’t run off with your phone or camera, let them know exactly what kind of shot you want,' she said

'After you size them up to ensure they won’t run off with your phone or camera, let them know exactly what kind of shot you want,' she said

‘After you size them up to ensure they won’t run off with your phone or camera, let them know exactly what kind of shot you want,’ she said

A tip from Michele 

Photography requires a lot of patience, whether you’re waiting for the best lighting conditions, a crowd to pass, or choosing the right settings for your photos edits.

Be prepared to invest your time in improving your photography game. 

Another way to make it easier for them is to set up the tripod and tell the person which button to press.

If carrying a tripod isn’t an option she said people should give them the camera, align the shot they want whilst standing next to them and show them what should be included in the shot.

‘If you spot someone carrying a decent camera pass by, ask them over someone who doesn’t,’ she said.

‘They’re already experienced eye for photography will make this whole process a lot easier.’ 

Ms Frolla said that in her experience people tend to either clip out the sky or ground entirely and to avoid things like this from happening she said people should show the stranger what they should see through the viewfinder.

Ms Frolla said that in her experience people tend to either clip out the sky or ground entirely and to avoid things like this from happening she said people should show the stranger what they should see through the viewfinder.

Ms Frolla said that in her experience people tend to either clip out the sky or ground entirely and to avoid things like this from happening she said people should show the stranger what they should see through the viewfinder.

To make it easier for them, Ms Frolla said people should set up the tripod and tell them which button to press

To make it easier for them, Ms Frolla said people should set up the tripod and tell them which button to press

To make it easier for them, Ms Frolla said people should set up the tripod and tell them which button to press

To make it easier for them, Ms Frolla said people should set up the tripod and tell them which button to press

To make it easier for them, Ms Frolla said people should set up the tripod and tell them which button to press

If carrying a tripod isn’t an option she said people should give them the camera, align the shot they want whilst standing next to them and show them what should be included in the shot

If carrying a tripod isn’t an option she said people should give them the camera, align the shot they want whilst standing next to them and show them what should be included in the shot

If carrying a tripod isn’t an option she said people should give them the camera, align the shot they want whilst standing next to them and show them what should be included in the shot

Take photos at golden hour or blue hour

For the best light, Ms Frolla said people can’t go wrong with taking shots at golden hour. 

‘This is the hour before sunset and the hour after sunrise. Why? Because there is enough light to illuminate a scene without causing harsh shadows in your photos,’ she explained.

‘For night time shots, it’s all about blue hour. This is the hour after sunset and the hour before sunrise.

‘When the sun goes down and the street lights come on and there is still details in the blue sky, this is the perfect time to capture a dreamy city skyline or landscape.’ 

For the best light, Ms Frolla said people can’t go wrong with taking shots at golden hour 

For the best light, Ms Frolla said people can’t go wrong with taking shots at golden hour 

For the best light, Ms Frolla said people can’t go wrong with taking shots at golden hour 

Include a dramatic backdrop 

When it comes to travel photos, Ms Frolla said people should aim for a dramatic landscape for a background and a point of interest in the foreground, which is normally the person in the photo.

She personally likes to scale her photos by placing herself far into the distance and letting her surroundings dwarf the traveller.

‘For a typical Instagram shot, place yourself in the foreground with your back or side facing the lens and look off into the distance,’ she said.

‘These shots performance especially well because people can imagine themselves in your shoes.’

When it comes to travel photos Ms Frolla said people should aim for a dramatic landscape for a background

When it comes to travel photos Ms Frolla said people should aim for a dramatic landscape for a background

When it comes to travel photos Ms Frolla said people should aim for a dramatic landscape for a background

'For a typical Instagram shot, place yourself in the foreground with your back or side facing the lens and look off into the distance,' she said

'For a typical Instagram shot, place yourself in the foreground with your back or side facing the lens and look off into the distance,' she said

‘For a typical Instagram shot, place yourself in the foreground with your back or side facing the lens and look off into the distance,’ she said

Plan to visit locations before tourists

How to succeed on Instagram 

Only publish your best work and don’t post every single photo.

Sift through your shots and pick one or two that stand out and share them.

To really succeed on Instagram you have to nail your photography. Watch tutorials on editing, photo compositions, and camera settings.

Being a great photographer comes with experience, so the more photos you take in different environments the better you’ll get.

Avoid copying other people but use their work for inspiration.

Unfortunately the downside of wanting to get a photo in tourist hotspots is the fact that it can be difficult to take a shot without anyone in it.

‘If you don’t want to be photobombed, then either plan to visit the location before tourists arrive, which is usually before or just after sunrise, or wait till there is a lull in the crowd and take the shot then,’ Ms Frolla said.

‘If you’re not a morning person or have the patience to wait, try seeking out a different perspective of the location for a truly unique shot.’ 

She said that there are a variety of ways to capture the Colosseum or the Eiffel Tower without capturing crowds.

These tricks include getting up high, moving to the side, scouting the area and finding a fresh viewpoint.

‘If you’re a bit more advanced, keep your camera steady and over the course of 30 seconds or more, take a photo every time the crowd moves,’ she said.

‘Using the magic of Photoshop you can use Smart Objects to erase objects which move, in this case, the crowd.’

'If you don’t want to be photobombed, then either plan to visit the location before tourists arrive,' Ms Frolla said

'If you don’t want to be photobombed, then either plan to visit the location before tourists arrive,' Ms Frolla said

‘If you don’t want to be photobombed, then either plan to visit the location before tourists arrive,’ Ms Frolla said

'If you’re not a morning person or have the patience to wait, try seeking out a different perspective of the location,' she added

'If you’re not a morning person or have the patience to wait, try seeking out a different perspective of the location,' she added

'If you’re not a morning person or have the patience to wait, try seeking out a different perspective of the location,' she added

'If you’re not a morning person or have the patience to wait, try seeking out a different perspective of the location,' she added

‘If you’re not a morning person or have the patience to wait, try seeking out a different perspective of the location,’ she added

To get a good shot she recommended getting up high, moving to the side, scouting the area and finding a fresh viewpoint

To get a good shot she recommended getting up high, moving to the side, scouting the area and finding a fresh viewpoint

To get a good shot she recommended getting up high, moving to the side, scouting the area and finding a fresh viewpoint

Use an app to edit the photos 

Ms Frolla said that although there are a variety of editing apps on the market, VSCO, Snapseed, and Adobe Lightroom are the most popular.

‘VSCO is great to using and creating custom filters to help you maintain a consistent looks. Snapseed is best for adjusting levels and brightening on dark areas,’ she said. 

‘The new version of the mobile Lightroom app is getting better with each release and is taking over the functionality of Snapseed.

‘Lightroom will also allow you to use filters, erase and clone areas of a photos and even access and sync your photos to the Cloud.’

Ms Frolla said although there are a variety of editing apps on the market, VSCO, Snapseed, and Adobe Lightroom are the most popular

Ms Frolla said although there are a variety of editing apps on the market, VSCO, Snapseed, and Adobe Lightroom are the most popular

Ms Frolla said although there are a variety of editing apps on the market, VSCO, Snapseed, and Adobe Lightroom are the most popular

Take a tripod

Ms Frolla is a fan of making sure she packs at least one tripod for her trips overseas and usually takes one large one and another smaller GorillaPod which has bendy legs that wrap around poles and objects to stabilise it.

‘Tripods are especially great for situations when there are few people around and you really want a shot of you with a stunning landscape,’ she said.

To take the perfect photo she said people can do one of three things: set the timer and run into position, turn on the built-in Wi-Fi or download the camera’s app from the app store and use their phone as a shutter remote.

Any of these options will allow people to take shots where they’re further away from the camera.

‘If you don’t want to carry around a tripod, use a selfie stick with a long handle so you capture your surroundings. GoPros are great for this as they super wide lenses built in,’ she said. 

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