3 Secrets For Taking Incredible iPhone Travel Photos

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are you tired of carrying your big camera while traveling if so you're definitely not alone it can be a real pain to carry bulky photography gear especially when you're traveling but here's the good news if you have an iPhone you already have everything you need for taking outstanding travel photos and your iPhone is always with you so you don't have to carry anything else but as you probably know not all iPhone photos turn out great especially if you don't know how to use the iPhone camera correctly so in this short video you're going to discover three secrets for taking incredible travel photos with your iPhone once you start using these secrets your iPhone travel photos will always turn out great you'll be proud to share them with your friends and family back home and you'll never have to carry your bulky camera again now if you can't hear me please stop on this video to turn on the sound and then we can get started now the most common travel photography mistake I see all the time is when people are taking the exact same photo that everyone else is taking so to record this video we've traveled to the beautiful San Miguel de anda in Mexico and the most famous landmark of the city is the beautiful cathedral right behind me and on any given day thousands of people take photo of the cathedral but unfortunately almost all these photos look exactly the same so if you're going to take the same photo that everyone else is taking then what value are you adding is a photographer where's the creativity in that so instead of recording yet another cliched tourist photo you should always try to make your images more unique and perhaps the easiest way to do that is by finding a different or grounds for your photos now all photographers have to work with the same background especially if your subjects are as big as this Cathedral but you have complete control or the foreground of your photo and if you can find a unique foreground that makes the photo more interesting you'll always be able to take better photos let me show you what I mean I've found this beautiful sculpture in the foreground and my goal is to take the kind of photo where both the sculpture and the church in the background are in the frame I will also want to get closer to my subject so for that I'm going to switch to the telephoto lens of the iPhone now if your iPhone doesn't come with a telephoto lens that's okay to just shoot was the only lens you have but you do have a telephoto lens it's perfect for situations like this so to switch the telephoto I'm gonna tap on the 1x icon at the bottom of the screen and now you can see I'm much closer to my subjects but there is a bit of a problem and is the fact that now the top of the church isn't in the frame so what I need to do is change the angle a little bit and get a little bit lower and if I change the perspective just a tiny bit I can get both to church and the sculpture in the frame so now I'm almost ready to take a shot but before I do I want to make sure I set the focus on the church in the background and to do that I simply need to tap my finger on the church and you'll see this square box appear which means that now the church will be perfectly sharp while the sculpture in the foreground might not be as sharp but that's what I want so now I'm ready to take a shot and because I took the time to find an interesting foreground I can take a much better photo and I'd be able to take otherwise and here's another example this time I'm framing the shot who's the lamp in the foreground and the church in the background and once again it looks so much better remember whenever you're taking photos of landmarks try to find a unique foreground for your photos and if you do that they'll always turn out better besides improving the foreground another way you can really improve your photos of landmarks is by shooting them when the light is different for example one time of the day that works really well with landmarks is the last hour before the sunset that's when the light is warm and soft which results in really good whole colors and if you take photos during this time of the day they'll almost always turn out better and finally the landmark is illuminated a matter time it works really well is shortly after sunset during this time you can combine artificial lights with the beautiful blue sky in the background and this combination always results in spectacular photos and if you can also find an interesting and unique foreground during this time then this is the kind of result you'll get now I just showed you how you can greatly improve your iPhone photos of landmarks but truth be told if all you ever shoot are famous landmarks you will not really be able to capture what the destination actually feels like for example the church we just shot is absolutely stunning but it's not that unique there are similar churches in Europe and there's nothing Mexican about it so if all you ever shoot are famous landmarks like this you will not really be able to capture the true magic of the destination but of course there is a solution and that is to seek out unique scenes and small details that's really captured the true character of the destination and more often than not the best locations for this type of photography are not located in city center so let's head first the outskirts of the city where the locals live and where future is Sara go and whenever I see something unique I'll take a photo right now we're in this beautiful courtyard and the city of San Miguel has a lot of incredible courtyards like this so I want to make sure I take some photos and on the right hand side there's this beautiful stairway that takes us to the second floor and there's some great plants up there on the top so I think if I carefully frame the shot I should be able to create the kind of composition where the stairway actually leads the eyes of the viewer search the plants on the second floor so I'm gonna experiment with different framings for a bit and when I found the perfect composition I'll go ahead and take a photo while we're here there's actually another really great photo opportunity right next to me so let me show you there's a beautiful fountain in front of me and I want to take a photo but before I press the shutter I want to carefully experiment with different framing and as I get closer and further away you'll see that different items are either left in the frame or they're cut out of the photo and that makes a big difference so I'm going to carefully experiment with different framing and once I've found a perfect composition I'll go ahead and take photo as you're walking around it's really important that you don't just look forward but you also want to occasionally look back over your shoulder and oftentimes you'll be surprised by what you find there for example here I saw this beautiful building with these incredible mural paintings right behind me and I wouldn't have seen it without looking back so I want to take a photo of this building but I'm not gonna take it from the most obvious angle instead I'll walk around for a bit to find the best angle to shoot from so that I can get the most beautiful photo possible okay I think I've found a perfect spot and the reason I like this spot is because from here I can frame the shot in such a way where just the building and the paintings are in the frame and there's nothing else there and because of that I can create a really special photo without any unnecessary distractions right now we're in the local market and since the Day of the Dead celebration is approaching there are these incredible skulls for sale everywhere and I want to take a photo of some of them so my goal is to frame the skulls in such a way where they fill up the entire frame and you don't really see anything else besides the skulls so I'm gonna adjust the framing for a bit until I'm happy with it and now I'm almost ready to take a shot but there's a bit of a problem the image is just a little bit too dark so what I'm going to do to fix that is step on one of the skulls and then you'll see that the focus is set on the skull and next I'll swipe my finger up and you'll see that as I start swiping up the skull start to get brighter and brighter and when I found a good level of brightness I'll go ahead and take a beautiful photo and finally as you're walking around looking for photo opportunities make sure you pay attention even to the smallest details that you might not normally notice for example this address up on the wall is really typical of Mexico and there are a lot of addresses like that here so to make sure I capture that in the photo and if I frame it nicely create a central composition that actually results in a really interesting photo while we're here there's also something interesting right next to me so here we have this beautiful blue door and I really like the bright colors so if I frame a shot carefully I think I can also create something interesting and the secret to success here is to frame the shot in such a way where all the vertical lines are indeed vertical and order parallel to each other and once I have found a nice framing I'll go ahead and take another shot and while we're right here this window is actually also a really great photo opportunity so if I frame it nicely in such a way where once again all the vertical lines are indeed vertical and where the shot is symmetrical that can create a really pleasing composition and there's something else on the opposite side of the street so here we have this beautiful old window and I really like the blue paint that's peeling of the wall so if I frame the shot nicely to create a symmetrical composition that also results in a really beautiful photo now none of the photos I just took were captured at famous landmarks in fact you probably can find any of these places in tourist guide books yet these are the kind of photos that's really captured a unique character in Mexico so when someone asks you what it was like in Mexico these photos will tell them a lot more than any landmark images and finally when you're looking back at your photos the years in the future these photos will really remind you what it felt like to be on the trip so now you know how to take the kind of photos that capture the unique character of your destinations but there's one thing we haven't yet talked about and that is taking photos of locals of course nothing defines culture more than the people who live there but on the other hand it can also be quite challenging to take photos of people from other cultures and because of that I'm going to show you a discreet way to take photos of locals without them even knowing that you're taking a picture and you'll be able to get the kind of photos you'll be really proud about so let me show you how to do it right now I'm standing on the side of this beautiful Street and there's a sidewalk on the opposite side as well and every now and then someone will walk past me now the Sun is already quite low and it hits the opposite wall at a very narrow angle and because of that whenever someone walks past me they cast a huge huge shadow which looks really great in photos but that photo opportunity only lasts for a very short time and because of that I want to make sure I'm prepared in advance okay so to prepare for the shot I'm gonna start by switching to the telephoto lens of my iPhone and if your iPhone doesn't come with the telephoto lens no worries – shoot who's the only lens you have next I'd like to make sure did I lock focus and exposure and to do that I'm gonna tap and hold my finger on the opposite side walk for a couple of seconds until the letters AE af lock appear at the top of the screen and now no matter what kind of changes happen in the scene I can be confident that both the focus and exposure will remain unchanged and finally I'd like to make sure I get a composition right so I'm gonna frame the shot already and to get the best composition I want to make sure that both the top and the right-hand side of the window have approximately equal margin and that way I'll be ready to take the perfect shot whenever someone walks by now I may have to wait for a few minutes but when the moment is right it will be totally worth it okay someone is coming and I don't want to miss the perfect moment so I'm gonna tap and hold my finger on the shutter button to activate burst mode and for as long as my finger remains there you'll see that the iPhone keeps quickly taking photos and at least one of these photos should turn out right now I just took 70 photos in a matter of seconds so you might be worried that using the burst mode will fill up your iPhone really quickly but fortunately not it's not a problem because it's really easy to quickly select your favorites and discard everything else so to do that I'll go to the Photos app and I'll find the burst mode photo then I'll tap the select icon at the bottom of the screen and now I can quickly scroll through all the photos and I can tap on the circular icon at the bottom right to select the photos I want to keep so I'm gonna select the photos I liked the most and I think I think these six are the ones I want to keep so now I'm gonna simply tap on done and stop right and I'll choose to keep only six favorites and now all I have left is six photos and everything else is discarded so now you know how to take candid photos of the locals without invading their privacy try out the simple technique and you'll be able to take incredible travel photos that will leave your friends and family speechless now as you can see from everything I just shared the iPhone camera looks really simple on the surface but when you start digging deeper it's really not that simple there are so many hidden camera features and camera settings that you probably don't know about and I could only share a handful of them in a short video like this and to make things worse it's not enough to simply learn about all the different on camera features you also have to understand how to use each one of them in different photography situations we're talking about different light conditions different photography subjects and even different genres and styles of photography now here's the good news once you really understand iPhone photography you'll be able to take the kind of photos that nobody would even believe for taking with the iPhone and that's why I created a iPhone Photo Academy which is an online course teaching you everything there is to know about iPhone photography so right next to this video you'll find more information about my full iPhone photo Academy course if you'd like to use your iPhone to take stunning photos that you'll be proud to look at many years later and if you'd like to do it without having to carry your bulky camera then please take a look at my full iPhone photo Academy course there's more information right next to this video so take a look and I really hope to see you there


21 Comments

aldo h. · May 15, 2019 at 12:00 pm

I actually took a photo of that cathedral lol

Melli/Moa · May 15, 2019 at 12:00 pm

Thank you for this video! You really made me look at photographing in a new wayπŸ™‚

Pranjal Shelar · May 15, 2019 at 12:00 pm

which iphone is it??

Ruel John Aguilar · May 15, 2019 at 12:00 pm

1.25x speed hahaha

Valentina Sergeyeva · May 15, 2019 at 12:00 pm

Thank you, Emil, know few things about it,an€ now – much more !

Michael · May 15, 2019 at 12:00 pm

Just wondering why I never found this channel sooner lol

Karen Perez · May 15, 2019 at 12:00 pm

Wow you’re amazing! I’m excited to get the most out of my new iPhone

Tommi Kobayashi · May 15, 2019 at 12:00 pm

great tips thanks!

Aruna. A · May 15, 2019 at 12:00 pm

Hey Emil.. is there a way to blur the background??

Lenore Bell · May 15, 2019 at 12:00 pm

I am a member of iPhone Photography Academy, and the iPhone Editing Academy and the techniques learned have been invaluable. I create travel videos using Final Cut Pro so I like my videos to be in landscape rather than portrait. Please create YouTube video showing best way to capture landscape videos. Although I am a member of both academies, finding an IPS YouTube video is a very special treat. Thank you.

PAKWAN MELON · May 15, 2019 at 12:00 pm

Very nice tutorial idol,your amazing, great tips thank you for sharing god bless you # 1 Fans from the PHILIPPINES πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­

Jeremy Lerman · May 15, 2019 at 12:00 pm

Perfect iPhone photography tutorial. Thank you for posting this, Emil.

Steve&Tess Fil-Am Trucker USA · May 15, 2019 at 12:00 pm

I learn alot thank you so much

Raz J21 · May 15, 2019 at 12:00 pm

Loved this thank you bru πŸ˜‡πŸ“ΈπŸ‡΅πŸ‡­

Anik Jnu · May 15, 2019 at 12:00 pm

Manu many tnx,,im a travel photographer, loved ftom Bangladesh

Emmanuella Patricia · May 15, 2019 at 12:00 pm

Where is this placee??

queenie dulatre · May 15, 2019 at 12:00 pm

I loveyou 😍😘

Tarana Ferdous · May 15, 2019 at 12:00 pm

I loved this! Thank you!

Amy bregman · May 15, 2019 at 12:00 pm

It was very nice to have someone speak slowly so I could follow easily with my phone. Excellent tips that are easy to use.

Ana F · May 15, 2019 at 12:00 pm

Thank you!

Kamille D. · May 15, 2019 at 12:00 pm

Thank you, will be keeping note of these when capturing photos (and videos) for my next trip!

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