iPhoneography & Travel

Hey SHABL (and more specifically, SHABLers with iPhones),

If you’ve looked at any of my posts on Stop Having a Boring Life or checked out my blog The Blonde Gypsy, you might have noticed that I’m big into iPhoneography. That is, as Glyn Evans puts it (he is the author of the longest running iPhoneography blog), the art of taking photos with Apple’s iPhone. The rest of the definition is up for debate, but I share the same opinion as him that it shouldn’t matter how you produce your final image as long as there was some element of your iPhone being used in the shooting or editing process.



So far every photo I’ve ever posted on SHABL was taken with my iPhone 4 and was most likely edited with one or more photo app. A vast majority of the photos I’ve taken when traveling over the past two years have also been with my iPhone 4 because it has often been more convenient, the overall quality is pretty darn good, and well, it has saved me from boredom. Downtime on planes, trains and automobiles have never been so productive to me, artistically speaking. Without sounding totally emo and/or strange, my iPhone has become a true creative outlet which was unexpected and means a lot considering I haven’t found anything else I’m particularly good at (…kidding, sort of).


Ok, so with that said, I just wanted to share a few more links to articles I had published on the very topic of iPhoneography, this time on Matador Goods. First one is called What gear do I need to start: iPhoneography. Pretty self explanatory. Here I just mention a few tangible and intangible necessities one might want to have if they are interested in taking up the hobby.



The second one is more fun to look at, even if you aren’t an iPhoner. It’s called 10 awesome apps for iPhoneography and is basically 10 different photos I edited using 10 different photo apps during my latest trip to London. So it’s two birds with one stone—photo app recommendations plus a mini photo essay from one of my favorite cities in the world.



Oh, and in case you are new here or haven’t already, make sure you check out Istanbul through an iPhone lens…it’s a full-blown photo essay of mine from when I was straddling Europe and Asia back in October.



Anyone else out there into iPhoneography and traveling? Or iPhoneography while traveling? Any Instagramers in the audience? It’s here where I should plug both Rob & myself…

Follow @bloggeries and @theblondegypsy on Instagram for a good time.


  1. Rob

    January 25, 2012 at 8:15 am

    I’ve used my iPhone 4 exclusively for photos since purchasing it in December 2010.

    It’s a game changer.

  2. Lindsay

    January 25, 2012 at 11:40 am

    You guys need to get together

    • Larissa

      January 26, 2012 at 1:40 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed this story, Lindz.

  3. Ryan @ PauseTheMoment.com

    January 28, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    It’s hard to finish this article and not think there will be a full fledged SHABL wedding happening before we know it. See you there!

    • Larissa

      January 29, 2012 at 11:21 am

      Cool that so far everyone is more interested in a love connection than the actual content of the article. Though a SHABL wedding would surely be one of the craziest events you’d ever attend.

  4. Caro from Passport and a Toothbrush

    January 29, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    I’m on the mend about iPhone photography. On the one hand it looks genuinely awesome, love the colours, filters, it really is stunning. And it’s also helping more people get into photography which is awesome! On the other hand, as a photographer, it’ll never be able to replace my DSLR and sometimes I feel as too much of an ‘easy route’ towards arty photography. So I’d say YAY for iPhoneography as a complement to well composed SLR photographs.

  5. Larissa

    January 29, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Absolutely, Caro. I am 100% in agreeance with you on this which is why it took me a while to actually have confidence in what I was producing because I did feel like it was an ‘easy route’. At the same time, there are some pretty insane techniques that expert iPhoneographers are using that warrant just as much respect as any other kind of art. Personally, some of the photos I have come up with I have spent a lot of time working on which is why I guess I finally decided to showcase it more and embrace this whole iPhoneography craze.

    In the end I always think about it like this: DSLR is like rock and roll, iPhoneography is like pop. While iPhoneography “pop” is easier to produce and consume in many aspects, traditional SLR “rock and roll” can never be replaced.

    • Larissa

      January 29, 2012 at 1:57 pm

      P.S. I can’t believe you’ve never eaten a peanut butter & jelly sandwich. One of my favorite dishes ever.

    • Caro from Passport and a Toothbrush

      January 29, 2012 at 2:11 pm

      PREACH IT! There you go, that pretty much sums it up, after all, I don’t see anything as a ‘lesser art’! And it’s so refreshing to see people develop an arty eye! I know once I get an iPod touch or something, there’s no doubt I’ll add it to my photo gadgets!

      P.S: Haha! I’m planning on trying it soon and posting a video! I also ate my first grilled cheese at the age of 17! We just don’t eat those things in a latino family!

      • Larissa

        January 29, 2012 at 2:29 pm

        Haha, looking forward to that video and happy to hear about the grilled cheese–my second favorite dish. Thanks for weighing in on this, it’s one debate that’s always important to discuss when it comes to iPhoneography!

    • Andrew

      June 16, 2012 at 9:12 am

      The iPhone/smartphone is getting a bad rep because too many girls are using them to take selfies in nightclubs to upload to facebook the next day!

      It’s still an 8 megapixel camera, which was the norm for a point and shoot a few years ago. Rule of thirds, depth of field, cool subjects, all still apply to the trusty iPhone.

      • Larissa

        June 16, 2012 at 10:03 am

        Thought those nightclub selfies were more of a Blackberry phenomenon? The iPhone is amazing, no doubt about that! Really don’t see the need for a point and shoot if you’ve got one..

  6. Fran

    January 29, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Great information Larissa. I’m always on the hunt for apps to add to my app library and a couple of these look great. I’ve been using my phone more and more, and if it weren’t for all the apps out there, I don’t think I’d count on it as much as I do. I’m looking forward to reading more of what you have to say about iPhoneography and your travels. Thanks!

    • Larissa

      January 29, 2012 at 3:19 pm

      Thanks for reading! I’m glad my recommendations were useful to you and the good feedback I’ve received on those articles from others into iPhoneography leads me to believe I picked some of the best for beginners or those who just don’t have time to sift through the thousands that exist. Will continue my research on the topic and yes, hope to get out more posts up about my travels soon!

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