Kirsten Alana a RoamRight Blog Author

Three Tips for Better iPhone Travel Photos

Follow these tips to take better pictures with your cell phone.

When it was first released, Apple’s iPhone was a telephone with advantages. Now that we’ve had the iPhone 5 for a while and we’re anticipating the 6, the iPhone has evolved to be a powerful camera and smart device that also happens to make phone calls.

So, how can you take travel photos with the iPhone that are better than that of the average user? Start by keeping these three tips in mind:

1. Master all of the basics.

Turn on the grid function to keep proper composition in mind. Remember every time that you go to take a photograph you can tell the camera where to focus simply by directing it with your finger touched to the screen. Do this before you press its “shutter” button, don’t just point and shoot. Turn on the HDR setting to take a second image every time you press the shutter, this will give you another photograph with a slightly different exposure to consider when you’re editing later.

2. Use camera replacement apps that allow greater control and flexibility while you are shooting.

ProCamera, VSCOcam and Camera+ all allow separate control of both focus and exposure with greater precision than the built-in camera. This allows near-macro style photographs to be taken, allows the user to create images with beautiful depth of field and ensures that less editing will need to be done later because exposure can be perfected when the image is taken.

3. Stay away from gimmicks.

There are thousands of photography apps in the Apple store and most of them will add effects and filters that simply take away from the real beauty of a good photograph. Remember, simple is always best. Don’t be afraid to experiment with black and white, I love apps such as VSCOcam and Afterlight for this; but do avoid obnoxious saturation of color, silly frames with distracting patterns and the adding of so much text that your photograph takes a back seat to the words on top of it.

Of course there are even more tips and tricks to be shared, as iPhone photography has evolved to the point of being taught in college programs and at universities but if you practice these principles on a regular basis, you will already be ahead of the crowd.

What are your tips for taking better pictures with your mobile device?

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About the Author

Kirsten Alana

Kirsten Alana, a RoamRight Blog Author Kirsten is a photographer, writer and conference speaker who wanders the globe in search of people to help, stories to tell and ways to inspire others as to how important travel is. When home in New York City, she enjoys discovering the concrete jungle with her boyfriend and sometimes-travel-partner. She has been on camera for CNN, Expedia and AMC and was the first host of the web series: Bites of the Big Apple. Her favorite travel magazine is AFAR and she’s proud to be one of their Ambassadors. Visit Kirsten's blog, Aviators and a Camera, or follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google Plus.

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