If you have gone on a solo trip, you have definitely experienced the horrible result of trying to take a photo of yourself. You know what I’m talking about… either your arm is making an appearance in the bottom of the picture, you have cut off the object you are trying to take a picture with or worse, you have cut off your own head! If you have traveled with one other person, the problem becomes, do we take pictures individually so that we get good photos even though that will make it look like we didn’t travel together, or do we suck it up and try to fit us both in the photo even though the photo will be at a weird angle? We have all had the conversation over who has longer arms in the hopes that the winner will be able to fit everything in the shot. Then there is the “solution“ of asking someone else to take the photo, which oftentimes results in a useless photo because your photographer has no idea how properly to frame a shot. So what’s the solution? How can we take good photos of ourselves?
Before our trip to Europe, Adam and I struggled with this. We wanted to figure out how we could both be in the photos (we were going on this trip together after all) while still ending up with good pictures that showed both of us and the sites we were seeing.
The solution? A monopod! Gone are the days where we politely grinned while thanking someone for taking an awful photo for us, or the days where we took photos that were “good enough”.
Most people have heard of tripods, but monopods are the next thing! Recently, I have heard people refer to them as “selfie sticks”, which actually makes me want to puke, but regardless of the name, the concept is genius! It allows you to use your iPhone or your digital camera to set up the photo and frame it how you’d like, put the timer on and take the perfect photo!
The monopod that I bought was inexpensive and easily transportable. It also had a tripod connection, which was great for when we wanted to take photos from further out. We bought our monopod on Amazon and even though I can’t find the exact one, I liked these other ones that I found here and here (These examples can act as a starting point in your own research to find your perfect monopod! Note: These are affiliate links). We loved having our monopod with us throughout Europe. We never had to stop others in the streets to take photos of us, and we could both be in the photos together!
*We found it most effective to have one person hold the monopod and the other frame the shot and activate the timer. All the photos (except for the first action shot) are taken with the monopod 🙂