Travel Photography with an iPhone

I was offered a photography tour with FotoRuta in Buenos Aires, Argentina and since this was first time I’ve taken a photography tour, I was super excited. I thought I had my Canon T2i dSLR packed up and ready to go. Unfortunately, I forgot the battery for my camera. Luckily, I had my iPhone 4S though. I never thought of my iPhone 4S as a camera I could depend on but on this day I had to. My iPhone was usually used just when my other camera wasn’t around and I wanted to take a quick shot but never as anything exclusive for hours of taking pictures. I decided to go along with it and make the best of it after all, I’m constantly told that it’s not all about the equipment. I used Camera Awesome app by SmugMug to take most of my pictures since I have a SmugMug account.

The tour started at a cute cafe in San Telmo. Joss and Becky gave us about an hour of introduction and presentations on taking better photography. They provided very useful tips that everyone in the group used immediately when we went out into the field. They gave us a list of clues that we were to take pictures of, map of the area, badge, and a list of photography tips. A nice way in discovering a new part of the city. They set us out into the wild taking shots of what we’ve learned to later talk about the pictures we took out on the streets. I liked that part but more critical critiques on how I could have improved the shots would have been nice as well. It was interesting to see the different things everyone saw all within one area. What I thought was going to be a lame picture, someone else turned into a masterpiece photo.

Joss and Becky have been running Foto Ruta since October 2011 and have already been recognized by several large publications. They run tours throughout several areas of Buenos Aires and they always keep it fresh. They’re very active on Facebook as they post everyones photography from the tour (with permission of course), Twitter, and the FotoRuta website. If you’re in Buenos Aires, I definitely recommend checking out Foto Ruta.

Penguins

San Telmo Antique Shop

San Telmo Antique Shop

 

Clues

We had to take pictures from the clues listed here.

 

 

 

Coca-cola Sign

Car in Sal Telmo

Foto Ruta provided me with a comped tour. All opinions are obviously mine.

  • http://www.travelnlass.com/ Dyanne@Travelnlass

    Very nicely done Michael – with just a simple iPhone.  And don’t you just love SmugMug?  I guess I best go snag their app for my iPod Touch.

    That “Clues” sheet seems a great idea.  You could make your own for any new city you visit.  Just dream up a list of catchy “assignments” and then wander around looking for something that fits.

    • http://artofadventuring.com/ Michael

      Have you tried the app yet? It’s so great. The only issue is now I have two camera apps and I don’t know which one to use! Either instagram or Camera Awesome.

  • http://www.travelnlass.com/ Dyanne@Travelnlass

    Very nicely done Michael – with just a simple iPhone.  And don’t you just love SmugMug?  I guess I best go snag their app for my iPod Touch.

    That “Clues” sheet seems a great idea.  You could make your own for any new city you visit.  Just dream up a list of catchy “assignments” and then wander around looking for something that fits.

    • http://artofadventuring.com/ Michael

      Have you tried the app yet? It’s so great. The only issue is now I have two camera apps and I don’t know which one to use! Either instagram or Camera Awesome.

  • http://ExpertVagabond.com/ Matthew Karsten

    Cool shots, and I love how they gave you a list of subjects to look for. The iPhone is a great backup camera!

  • http://expertvagabond.com/ Matthew Karsten

    Cool shots, and I love how they gave you a list of subjects to look for. The iPhone is a great backup camera!

  • http://twitter.com/IndecisiveRease Rease Kirchner

    I really had a lot of fun on the Foto Ruta tour. Stephanie from the travel chica and I went together. It was a halloween themed one so we went dressed up!

  • http://twitter.com/IndecisiveRease Rease Kirchner

    I really had a lot of fun on the Foto Ruta tour. Stephanie from the travel chica and I went together. It was a halloween themed one so we went dressed up!