Photographer Witness Shares 10 Tips on How to Become a Travel Blogger

Witness is spilling the tea on how to become the next big Insta star!

In a world saturated with thousands of social media stars, it’s hard to stand out and make a name for yourself on platforms like Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter.

Budding photographer Witness took a chance on his dreams by buying a DSLR camera and taking photos of places he would visit during trips he would take across the globe. Almost two years later, Witness has amassed over 700K followers and counting with his mesmerizing images that he shoots as he travels the world!

“I have always loved taking photos for such a long time but had not taken it seriously up until pretty recently!  I didn’t get my first DSLR camera until about 18 months ago but have always had a strong urge to travel the world & experience new cultures.  Shortly after college I took my first trip to Europe with my camera and I was instantly hooked on photography.  I knew that there was so much more to see & I just wanted to show people the world through my perspective,” he shared with us.

“I learned everything I know from YouTube tutorials from popular photographers. I then took that knowledge and put my own spin on it, getting as creative as possible in order to stand out,” he continued. “I realized that this should be something I take seriously once my photos began getting reposted by big photography pages with followers ranging from 50k-12M & I started to gain some notoriety.”

Witness’ story and success proves that you can be anything you really want to be if you truly work for it. We had to chance to pick his brain for some tips on how we all can grow our social media presence and maybe one day be the next big thing.

Keep scrolling below for tips + some of Witness’ best shots from his travels.

1. Engage with your followers! To me this is most important because they are the ones who support you & make it possible!

2. Quality content, you need to give your followers a reason to stick around!  They want to see what you can create.

3. Creativity, try to step outside of your comfort zone and take a unique perspective on different landscapes!  ex: find a way to shoot a popular spot in a unique style.

4. Use hashtags within your niche!  They’re a great way to get noticed either on the explore page or by big photography pages who may feature you!

5. Continue to learn no matter how many followers you have.

6. Try to be present on all social media channels!  Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket.  Which is why I recently started a YouTube channel I will be uploading to soon!

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The Golden Gate Bridge is so photogenic 🌅

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7. Be consistent your upload schedule!  It gives your followers a reason to stick around.

8. Stay active on your Instagram story!  This is a great way to develop a personal relationship with your followers.

9. Instagram Live!  This is huge in building a stronger bond with your followers.  I usually do Q&A’s, give tips & tricks or do mini tutorials on photography, editing, etc.!

10. BE GENUINE.  This to me is most important.  In my opinion your followers can see right through fake people and that wont help you at all.

Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.