10 Tips To Take Better Travel Photos With Your iPhone

Whether you’re looking to step up your Instagram game or simply trying to document your travels in a more interesting light, try these 10 tips to take better travel photos with your iPhone. You will be getting ALL the likes in no time at all.

Tips To Take Better Travel Photos With Your iPhone

1. Rule of Thirds

Use the iPhone’s grid feature to help you compose your shots. To turn it on, go to Settings, select Photos & Camera, and enable the grid feature. Use this helpful tool to apply the Rule of Thirds to your photographs for a more interesting composition. What is the Rule of Thirds? It involves dividing up your image into 9 sections by using 2 horizontal lines and 2 vertical lines. Then position elements in your scene along the lines OR at the points where the lines intersect. For instance, in the photo above the turtles lie roughly at the intersection of a horizontal and vertical line.  

2. Use Burst Mode

Utilize “burst mode” by holding down the camera’s shutter to take multiple photos quickly. It’s great for avoiding blury action shots. 



3. Focus.

Tap on the screen in the camera viewer to change the focus of the photo. This also helps control your lighting, especially in photos where there is a bright light behind the subject (a setting sun or light through a window).

4. Try an External Lens

Use an external wide-angle lens to get amazing landscapes,  sunsets and even close-up shots.

5. Use a Tripod

You can pick up a decent tripod on Amazon for just $15. I like this iphone tripod in particular because its flexible limbs make it versatile and it contains a universal mount. 

6. Clean Your Lens

Clean. Your. Lens. Dust particles, fingerprints, oils and the gunk hanging out at the bottom of your purse can ruin a great photo by making it muddy or out of focus. 

7. Change Perspective.

Get up high, down low, get in the ocean and turn back towards the land, shoot toward the sky or straight down at the ground. 

8. Do Not Zoom. 

Move your feet to zoom. Avoid using the actual zoom feature at all cost. It kills the quality of your image. Move yourself closer or take the image zoomed out and then crop in.

9. Get a Waterproof Case

Invest in a good waterproof case! Sometimes the coolest sites are what’s below the surface. Especially if your travels involve scuba diving or snorkeling.


10. Use People in Landscapes

Use people in your landscape photos to tell a story, add interest and even give perspective to the size and scale of surrounding objects. 


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24 thoughts on “10 Tips To Take Better Travel Photos With Your iPhone”

  1. Those are really great pics. I can never get good pictures with my iPhone. Now after seeing yours I will have to utilize your tips. You should have told us what waterproof case you recommend.

  2. These pointers would definitely step up my picture taking game. iPhoneography at its finest. I don’t travel as much unlike back in the day but this will still come in handy. Thank you.

  3. The photos I saw tonight from the iPhone were breathtaking! I just can’t believe the detail and clarity, especially from a phone. Who would have thought it possible.

  4. Your pictures are amazing and these tips are so helpful. I’m always wondering how I can improve my phone pictures because sometimes they come out amazing and sometimes not so much. I love the idea of using the grid.

  5. This is awesome! I just took the majority of my trip photos with an iphone for the first time. I could have used these tips!

  6. That’s really awesome. I love photography and taking pictures while traveling is a must, but it could be burden to bring your camera on trips that require a lot of walking and stuff like that. So it’s good to have a reliable phone. iPhone is a given, it has the best camera! Thanks for the tips!

  7. I try to do a lot of this when I take pictures. I use my iPhone for all my pictures because it is easier than lugging around me camera with me everywhere.


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