Photography Tips

Better iPhone Travel Photos

Photography is one of my favorite hobbies. I take photos daily and always take dozens of photos on trips. I often take my DSLR along with me and I love the photos it takes. But if I can take a good photo with my phone I can leave the bulky, heavy camera behind. So I am very interested in learning anything I can to take better iPhone travel photos. Here’s what I’ve learned so far:

better iphone travel photos#1 – Use natural light whenever possible

You will always get a better photo with natural light. I avoid using my flash whenever I can.

#2 – Lock your focus

You can lock in your focus by touching the screen until the AE/AF lock shows up in yellow letters.

#3 – Use the HD mode

Shooting in HD mode will get extra definition in your photos.

better iphone travel photos#4 – Don’t zoom

Instead of zooming either get closer to your subject or crop the photo after you take it. This will keep your photo from being pixelated.

#5 – Adjust your exposure

You can lighten or darken your photo by double tapping your screen and sliding the yellow sun symbol up or down.

#6 – Use the grid

Not only can you use the grid to compose your photo, you can also use the grid to keep your photo straight. You can turn your grid on by going to Settings > Photos > Grid.

#7 – Stay still

Be sure to hold still a few seconds when you take a photo . . . and remember . . . the photo doesn’t actually take until you release your finger from the screen (not when you touch it).

better iphone travel photos#8 – Keep it simple

The less clutter in a photo the better your shot will be.

These are my most important tips for taking better iPhone travel photos. I would love to hear anyone who has any good tips I don’t know about!Signature-option1

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    April 2, 2016 at

    Love the photos you’ve chosen to share!

    I still use my mobile to take my photos for my blog, it’s not ideal but I like to keep things simple – for small photography I’ve actually bought a gadget designed to help take photos of small objects with a smartphone, best investment I ever made!

    Great tips for travel photography with a phone.

    Mars xx
    @TrollbeadBlog from
    Curling Stones for Lego People

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      Carla Braun Wilson
      April 2, 2016 at

      @Mars – I have a few attachments for my phone, too. Love shooting close-ups with them. Thanks for reading!!!

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    April 2, 2016 at

    Thank you for the tips! Actually, I had never really thought about number 4, that is going to help me out a lot.

    Good luck with your A to Z Challenge this month! I am number 1641 if you would like to check me out.

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      Carla Braun Wilson
      April 2, 2016 at

      @Veronica – Thanks for reading! I’m happy you found it helpful. I will go check you out. Good luck with the challenge!

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    April 2, 2016 at

    Love your photography tips for taking pics with your phone. I just took photos yesterday and was surprised how well my Samsung 6 pictures turned out.

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    Amy Rodrock
    April 2, 2016 at

    I love the layout of your posts! I know I already mentioned that but wow. Anyhow, I don’t have an iphone but I am curious what dslr do you use?

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      Carla Braun Wilson
      April 2, 2016 at

      I have a Canon EOS Rebel T3i that I really enjoy. I just hate traveling with it a lot of times. I’m glad you like how my posts are laid out. I try to keep them organized!

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    April 2, 2016 at

    Great pics! This post was very helpful for me. I have an iPhone and would like to use it more for my blogging. I’ve already changed the settings on my phone as you’ve suggested. Thank you!
    @Kristina Farrow
    Being Kristina

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