iPhoneography – Travel Photography Tips for your iPhone

I often get asked what camera I take with me travelling…

I don’t have one.

Sure I’d take my DSLR if I went on safari but most of the time you can take great pictures on your iPhone. I took a DSLR on my first Gap Year and as much as it took great photos, it was kind of a hassle to carry around in my day bag. So now I just travel with a GoPro for video and my iPhone for pictures. I carry my phone with me usually, its less conspicuous and a lot quicker to whip out and take a picture. So here’s some quick tips on how to take epic pictures on your iPhone:

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Keep an eye out for the weird and wonderful. You never know what you might find on a street corner.

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Use two hands to keep the phone steady and if you have to use one hand, lock your elbow to your side to avoid shaking.

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Play with lighting. Shoot into and away from the sun. If you shoot with the sun setting in the background you end up with something like this.

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Back up your photos as often as you can to keep them safe and avoid filling up your iPhone memory.

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Share your photos with the world. Whether it’s Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest, get them out there!

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Try different perspectives whether this be looking up or getting low.

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Play with exposure when you are taking a shot. You can tap different areas of the screen to expose different areas which can give an image a whole different look.

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Use an app to edit your image. I’d highly recommend Camera+ which is ridiculously easy to use and with a few touches can drastically improve an image. It has a whole bunch of settings to give you a variety of shots. I prefer it to Instagram because, well, people look at them and go “that’s an Instagram photo”.

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Do you prefer using your iPhone for photos rather than taking a camera with you travelling?

6 Comments

  • sdav

    April 7, 2013

    I recommend taking both a SLR and cell phone (I also use an iPhone). I pick a day usually two or three days after I have arrived and scoped out the sights (taken the cliche shots you have to have on the iPhone) then pull my SLR out for a day of photos sometimes repeating locations. Ofc you have to be happy to be somewhere you can leave your SLR behind if you’re going to do that!

  • I had both my Samsung SII (sorry, no iPhone), as my camera (a small Canon) with me on my last trip; Used the camera for almost all of my pictures as it had a bit more pixels… Turned out the angle of my phone was actually wider and I liked the photos I’d taken with my phone better, in general, than the ones I’d taken with my camera!

  • Christina Gmyr

    August 14, 2013

    I totally agree! i just bring my smartphone and I’m learning how to take better photos with it after a couple of years. I don’t like being weighed down and carrying $1000+ of equipment makes me nervous, especially if I’m wandering around alone. I’ll have to check out Camera+, thanks for the recommendation!

  • Toni

    May 19, 2014

    Perfect timing Amar! My current camera is getting old through wear and tear and wondered whether or not to upgrade to a DSLR but didn’t want the weight of one and don’t want to take ‘amazing quality’ photos for others to view, just for my own keepsakes so I think you’ve managed to persuade me that my iphone will do and just purchase a GoPro as I’ve been planning to 🙂 Thanks lovely!!

  • Gap Year Escape

    May 25, 2014

    I think iPhones fall down on animal photography but is great for landscapes though. GoPro for the win too!

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