Are you tired of carryingyour big camera while traveling? If so, you're definitely not alone.
It can be a real pain tocarry bulky photography gear, especially when you're traveling.
But, here's the good news.
If you have an iPhone, youalready 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, especiallyif you don't know how to use the iPhone camera correctly.
So, in this short video, you're going to discover three secrets for takingincredible travel photos with your iPhone.
Once you start using these secrets, your iPhone travel photoswill always turn out great.
You'll be proud to sharethem with your friends and family back home, and you'll never have tocarry your bulky camera again.
Now, if you can't hear me, please tap on this video to turn on the sound, andthen we can get started.
Now, the most commontravel photography mistake I see all the time iswhen 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 Allende, in Mexico.
And the most famous landmark of the city is the beautiful cathedralright behind me.
And on any given day, thousandsof people take a photo of the cathedral, but unfortunately, almost all these photos look exactly the same.
So, if you're going totake the same photo that everyone else is taking, thenwhat value are you adding as a photographer? Where's the creativity in that? So instead of recording yetanother cliché tourist photo, you should always try tomake your images more unique.
And perhaps the easiest way to do that is by finding a differentforeground for your photos.
Now, all photographershave to work with the same background, especially if your subjects are as big as this cathedral.
But you have completecontrol over the foreground of your photo.
And if youcan find a unique foreground that makes the photo more interesting, you'll always be ableto take better photos.
Let me show you what I mean.
I've found this beautifulsculpture in the foreground, and my goal is to take the kind of photo where both the sculpture andthe church in the background are in the frame.
I also want to get closer to my subject, so for that, I'm gonnaswitch to the telephoto lens of the iPhone.
Now, if your iPhone doesn'tcome with a telephoto lens, that's okay too.
Just shootwith the only lens you have.
But if you do have a telephoto lens, it's perfect for situations like this.
So, to switch to telephoto, I'm gonna tap on the 1x icon at the bottom of the screen, and now you can see I'mmuch closer to my subjects.
But, there is a bit of problem.
And it's 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 theperspective just a tiny bit, I can get both the church and the sculpture in the frame.
So now I'm almost ready to take a shot, but before I do, I want tomake sure I set the focus on the church in the background.
And to do that, I simplyneed to tap my finger on the church, and you'llsee this square box appear, which means that now thechurch will be perfectly sharp, while the sculpture in theforeground 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 than I'd be able to take otherwise.
And here's another example.
This time, I'm framing the shot with the lamp in the foreground and the church in thebackground.
And once again, it looks so much better.
Remember, whenever you'retaking photos of landmarks, try to find a uniqueforeground for your photos.
And if you do that, they'llalways turn out better.
Besides improving theforeground, another way you can really improveyour photos of landmarks is by shooting them whenthe light is different.
For example, one time of theday that works really well with landmarks is the lasthour before the sunset.
That's when the light is warm and soft, which results in really beautiful colors, and if you take photosduring this time of the day, they'll almost always turn out better.
And finally, if thelandmark is illuminated, another time that works really well is shortly after sunset.
During this time, you cancombine artificial lights with the beautiful bluesky in the background.
And this combination alwaysresults in spectacular photos.
And if you can also findan interesting and unique foreground during this time, then this is the kindof result you'll get.
Now, I just showed you howyou can greatly improve your iPhone photos oflandmarks.
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 arefamous landmarks like this, you will not really be ableto capture the true magic of the destination.
But of course, there isa solution.
And that is to seek out uniquescenes and small details that really capture the true character of the destination.
And more often thannot, the best locations for this type of photographyare not located in city center.
So, let's head towardsthe outskirts of the city where the locals live, andwhere few tourists ever go, and whenever I see somethingunique, I'll take a photo.
Right now, we're in thisbeautiful old courtyard, and the city of San Miguel has a lot of incredible courtyards like this.
So, I'm gonna make sure I take some photos.
And on the right hand side, there's this beautiful stairway that takes us to the secondfloor, 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 createthe kind of composition where the stairway actuallyleads the eyes of the viewer towards the plants on the second floor.
So, I'm gonna experiment withdifferent framings for a bit, and when I've found theperfect composition, I'll go ahead and take a photo.
While we're here, there'sactually another really great photo opportunity right next to me.
So, let me show you.
There's a beautifulfountain in front of me and I want to take a photo.
But before I press the shutter, I want to carefully experimentwith 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 carefullyexperiment with different framing, and once I've found a perfect composition, I'll go ahead and take a photo.
As you're walking around, it's really important that you don't just look forward, but you also want tooccasionally look back over your shoulder.
Andoftentimes, you'll be surprised by what you find there.
For example, here, I sawthis beautiful building with these incredible muralpaintings right behind me, and I wouldn't have seenit without looking back.
So, I want to take aphoto of this building, but I'm not gonna take itfrom 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 mostbeautiful photo possible.
Okay, I think I've found the perfect spot.
And the reason I like thisspot is because from here I can frame the shot in such a way where just the building andthe paintings are in the frame, and there's nothing elsethere.
And because of that, I can create a reallyspecial photo without any unnecessary distractions.
Right now, we're in the local market, and since the Day of the Deadcelebration's approaching, there are these incredibleskulls for sale everywhere, and I want to take aphoto of some of them.
So, my goal is to framethe skulls in such a way where they fill up the entire frame and you don't really seeanything else besides the skulls.
So, I'm gonna adjustthe framing for a bit until I'm happy with it, and now I'm almost ready to take a shot.
But there'sa bit of a problem.
The image is just a little bit too dark.
So, what I'm going to do to fix that is tap on one of theskulls, and then you'll see that the focus is set on the skull.
And next, I'll swipe myfinger up, and you'll see that as I start swiping up, the skulls start to get brighter and brighter.
And when I've found a good level of brightness, I'll go ahead and take a beautiful photo.
And finally, as you'rewalking around looking for photo opportunities, makesure you pay attention even to the smallestdetails that you might not normally notice.
For example, this address up on the wall is really typical ofMexico.
And there are a lot of addresses like thathere, so I want to make sure I capture that in a photo.
And if I frame it nicely tocreate a central composition, that actually results in areally interesting photo.
While we're here, there'salso something interesting right next to me.
So, here we have this beautiful blue door, and I really like the bright color.
So, if I frame the shot carefully, I think I can also createsomething interesting.
And the secret to successhere is to frame the shot in such a way where all the vertical lines are indeed vertical and where they're parallel to each other.
And once I've found a niceframing, 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, onceagain, all the vertical lines are indeed vertical, and wherethe shot is symmetrical, that can create a reallypleasing composition.
And there's something elseon the opposite side of the street.
So, here wehave this beautiful old window and I really like the blue paint that's peeling off the wall.
So, if I frame the shot nicelyto create a symmetrical composition, that also resultsin a really beautiful photo.
Now, none of the photosI just took were captured at famous landmarks.
In fact, you probably couldn't find any of these places in tourist guidebooks.
Yet these are the kind of photosthat really capture the unique character of Mexico.
So, when someone asks youwhat it was like in Mexico, these photos will tell them a lot more than any landmark images.
And finally, when you'relooking back at your photos, years in the future, thesephotos will really remind you what it felt like to be on the trip.
So now you know how totake the kind of photos that capture the uniquecharacter of your destinations.
But there's one thing wehaven't yet talked about, and that is taking photos of locals.
Of course, nothingdefines a culture more than the people who live there.
But on the other hand, it can also be quitechallenging to take photos of people from other cultures.
And because of that, I'm goingto 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 toget 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 theside of this beautiful street, and there's a sidewalk onthe 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 oppositewall at a very narrow angle.
And because of that, wheneversomeone walks past me, they cast a huge, huge shadowwhich looks really great in photos.
But that photoopportunity only lasts for a very short time.
And because of that, I want to make sure I'mprepared in advance.
Okay, so to prepare forthe shot, I'm gonna start by switching to thetelephoto lens of my iPhone.
And if your iPhone doesn'tcome with a telephoto lens, no worries, just shoot withthe only lens you have.
Next, I'd like to makesure that I lock focus and exposure, and to do that, I'm gonna tap and hold my finger on the oppositesidewalk for a couple of seconds until the letters AE/AF Lock appear at the top of the screen.
And now, no matter what kindof changes happen in the scene, I can be confident thatboth the focus and exposure will remain unchanged.
And finally, I'd like to make sure I get the 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 theright hand side of the window have approximately equal margin.
And that way, I'll be readyto 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'll be totally worth it.
Okay, someone is comingand I don't want to miss the perfect moment.
So, I'm gonna tap and hold my finger on the shutterbutton to activate burst mode.
And for as long as myfinger remains there, you'll see that the iPhonekeeps quickly taking photos, and at least one of thesephotos should turn out right.
Now, I just took 70 photosin a matter of seconds, so, you might be worriedthat using the burst mode will fill up your iPhone really quickly.
But fortunately that's not a problem because it's really easy toquickly 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 iconat the bottom of the screen, and now, I can quicklyscroll through all the photos, and I can tap on the circularicon at the bottom right to select the photos I want to keep.
So, I'm gonna select thephotos I like the most, and I think these six arethe ones I want to keep.
So, now I'm gonna simply tapon Done at the top right, and I'll choose to KeepOnly 6 Favorites.
And now, all I have left is six photos and everything else is discarded.
So now you know how to takecandid photos of the locals without invading their privacy.
Try out this simple technique and you'll be able to takeincredible travel photos that will leave your friendsand family speechless.
Now, as you can see fromeverything I just shared, the iPhone camera looksreally 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 youprobably 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 iPhone camera features.
You also have to understand how to use each one of them in different photography situations.
We're talking aboutdifferent light conditions, different photographysubjects, and even different genres and styles of photography.
Now, here's the good news.
Once you really understandiPhone photography, you'll be able to take the kind of photos that nobody would even believewere taken with the iPhone.
And that's why I creatediPhone Photo Academy, which is an online courseteaching 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 youriPhone to take stunning photos that you'll be proud tolook at many years later, and if you'd like to doit without having to carry your bulky camera, thenplease take a look at my full iPhone Photo Academy course.
There's more informationright next to this video, so take a look, and I reallyhope to see you there.