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I am absolutely obsessed with travel photography. When I head out on a trip, I always carry my iPhone (loaded with photo apps) an old school Holga camera with Lomography film and my Sony NEX F-3 digital camera to click away. My Instagram (@DeviDev) is pretty infamous for travel pics. Be it ones riding an elephant in Thailand or sunsets captured in Hawaii, I try to be as lustworthy as possible with my uploads.

This week, Sarah Wilkerson, CEO of, the photography industry’s largest female social network and subscription based community of female photographers, offers up seven amazing tips to make your next Instagram posts lustworthy too!

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1. Visit a Gift Shop: Stop into the gift shop at your hotel or even on your way out of the airport when you arrive at your destination. The postcard racks there are filled with visual inspiration for the places and things you’ll want to be sure to capture as well as some of the best perspectives for doing so. Want to capture the Eiffel Tower in a way that no one else has? Well, then the postcards can serve as a “what not to do” and help to ensure that your perspective is, indeed, unusual.

2. Be an Early Bird: Head out before the most popular locations get packed. While everyone else is asleep, you can have quiet time to focus on composing the perfect shot of the Taj Mahal — all while avoiding the inevitable throngs of tourists that would otherwise walk right in front of the frame. As a bonus, the time shortly after sunrise has some of the most beautiful light worth photographing and will make your images positively magical.

3. Change up your perspective: Particularly when capturing a “bucket list” or “don’t miss” subject on the trip (e.g., The Rialto Bridge on your trip to Venice), approach your subject from several perspectives. I’m not just talking about a step to the left or a horizontal vs. vertical shot; I’m talking about major shifts in position and field of view. Get one shot in which you fill the frame, one shot in which the subject is so small that it might seem like an afterthought, one shot crouched low to the ground, and one shot from atop the highest position you can find in the area.

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