When looking for pegs of breathtaking and double tap-worthy snaps for the ‘gram, Jack Morris and Lauren Bullen of doyoutravel.com definitely come to mind. Known separately on Instagram as @doyoutravel (Jack) and @gypsea_lust (Lauren), the duo has mastered the clean, crisp and cinematic aesthetic that reaps at least a five-figure like rate per post. Their feeds are so well followed that they’ve made a separate account just for their Lightroom presets so their followers can edit their pictures just like they do.
Last weekend, the Instagram-famous travel bloggers were in town for Klook Travel Fest 2019 at the World Trade Center, and we caught up with the creative couple for a quick Q and A. In an exclusive interview with Preview, we asked Jack and Lauren to spill their secrets to taking scenic #travelgrams—including what apps to use, the best way to edit your photos, and even how to plan your itinerary! Scroll down for their pro tips!
1. Take your pictures under nice lighting! Don’t solely rely on editing.
As seen on their presets IG account @doyoutravelpresets, Jack admits to minimal editing after taking a photo. “I personally like to see things more realistic,” he shares. The best time time to snap the shot is earlier in the day or sunset/golden hour according to Jack and Lauren. If you do want to edit your pics, Jack says to adjust the saturation, highlights, and luminosity—but selectively. “I think it’s better to tweak individual colors rather than the entire photo in terms of saturation. So you can be more specific on how you want the photo to look.”
2. For scenic shots or panoramas, make sure there are no uneccessary people in the shot except your subject.
We know what you’re thinking, what if it’s a frequently visited tourist spot? Lauren suggests you visit specific high-traffic locations during daybreak or the earliest time possible. This way you’ll avoid long lines or massive crowds that might ruin the shot. “People usually come around 9 or 10 [in the morning]? When we visit waterfalls or beaches we try to be there at 4 a.m.” Lauren says, “If you’re at a new location, you can always ask your hotel or one of the locals when the busiest time of the day is.” Jack also admits that waking up early is worth it. “The light is so nice. It makes the photo so much nicer; that’s another reason to go during sunrise,” he quips.
3. Don’t be shy to plan your itinerary around the photos you want to take.
“We might plan our trip around certain photos. Like we know we want to go to this location for a beautiful photo. ‘Cause that’s what we love—that’s our passion. We want to go and get a great picture,” Lauren shares. It’s also best to research when’s the best time to visit a certain destination based on how it’ll look in the photo. “Some locations look better at sunset rather than sunrise, so we’ll have to plan it out and try to be organized. We also try to find a quiet spot as much as possible, too.”
4. Never take a photos with the sun right above you.
“For the sunlight in your photos, make sure it’s at the corner,” Jack shares. “If it’s in the middle it tends to overexpose the sky compared to when it’s by the right or left side.” Another reason to avoid 12 o’clock sun is because it creates unflattering shadows on the face.
5. Download Lightroom and InShot, stat!
Jack recommends Lightroom for photo editing while InShot for video content. “We use Lightroom. We normally use our presets as our base and then we tweak the colors [per photo],” Jack says. If they’re on the go, Lauren reveals that they rely on the Lightroom app for mobile editing; while InShot is perfect for creating any video content with music.