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Phone Photography 101 – Lesson 2, Part 3
Travel: it opens up new possibility, refreshes our perspective, and enriches a connection with the world around us. And whether you’re hopping on a plane for a worldwide journey, or exploring your own backyard with a newfound appreciation — you’ll want to take note of these travel photo tips from a few of our favorite globetrotters.
The only gear that's needed? That trusty iPhone camera of yours.
When going somewhere new, there’s so many different sights to be seen. One of my favorite ways to experience this novelty is through all of the color that the world has to offer. Use this as an opportunity to capture it all: the deep pink of the bougenvilleas, the emerald ocean blue. Focus on color and your photos will undoubtedly take you right back to when you captured them.
When creating a composition, I always scan the scene to see if I can find any leading lines (like the road pictured here.) These lines create depth in your image (by offering perspective) and draw the viewer in. Look for those lines!
Before you go somewhere new, do a little research beforehand to make sure you have an idea of everything you want to see and capture. Definitely leave room for spontaneity, but keep a note on your phone of the top photo-worthy spots that you want to snap.
It can be a bummer to encounter a foggy or cloudy day when visiting a new place, especially when you don’t have much time there. However, fog can add a really soft negative space that adds a clean and minimal look to your photo. If it’s a cloudy day and you’re at the beach, head on over to a nearby pier or cliff to capture this effect over the water.
Whether you’re in a bustling city or partaking in a new adventure, there’s always going to be movement around you. Because you won’t have to carry a bulky camera around, use the simplicity of the iPhone to capture what you’re seeing. Use the burst mode to capture a series of shots, then go through and choose which one most speaks to you. (Sometimes the blurry one is the one that most accurately represents what you saw — choose that one!).
How you frame or crop a photo can take the image from good to great. And because traveling gives you the space to be creative with what you're photographing, use this time to practice capturing different details. Maybe instead of shooting something straight on, you’re getting a different angle. Or maybe you just play around with the crop after you’ve taken the photo. Have fun with it, and you’ll see your image in a whole new way!
When traveling somewhere that attracts lots of tourists, plan your visit to that place at an odd time of day — you’ll most likely have the area free to roam, and you’ll have more opportunity to capture the scene for what it really is.
When you’re traveling, you’re often outside a lot more than in the everyday. Use this as an opportunity to make shadows a focal point in your photo. They force you to find natural lines and focus on the details that are within nature.
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