Top 10 Tips for Taking Travel Pictures With an iPhone

Travel photographer Austin Mann was given early access to use the iPhone 7 while traveling in Rwanda. He’s traveling light, setting aside his traditional camera gear to put the new iPhone  to the test. Find out if the iPhone is the right mobile device for your next travel adventure.

I’m travel photographer Austin Mann, and every year I take the new iPhone on an adventure to answer two questions: What are the new features of the iPhone camera, and how do they make my pictures better?

This year I’ve been working with and testing the iPhone and iPhone Plus in Rwanda. I trekked to a volcano and photographed mountain gorillas, putting the iPhone to work. I used the new optical zoom, put the stabilizer to the test while flying over the rain forest, and wished it would rain so I could try out the new water-resistant feature!

It’s been a whirlwind, and the iPhone has been a beast of a camera, keeping up every step of the way. Here are my top tips from my adventure.

Strengthen your story with different focal lengths.

The iPhone Plus is equipped with two lenses, a wide-angle 28mm and a portrait lens, 56mm. Different focal lengths tell different stories. A wider angle generally gives a better sense of place, while a telephoto brings the viewer into the details of the subject. Consider this while you’re shooting and experiment with both.

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