Alison Chino wants to live in a world where the adventures are new every day, the soups feed a crowd, and the kids still play outside. Her travel musings, stories about expat life in Scotland and yummy recipes can be found at alisonchino.com. Or follow along on Twitter or Instagram.
I am going to let you in on a little secret. Sometimes people call me a photographer and I don’t even own a camera.
Except for the one that is in my phone.
Here are a few reasons I love using my phone to take pictures for my travel blog.
1. Small and Simple
I love taking pictures, and sometimes I think about getting a bigger camera, but the block for me is not purchasing the camera. It’s the idea of carrying it around, and learning how to use complicated editing software. I would have to come up with a storage system for the bigger files that bigger cameras hold, and I would rather spend more time wandering the world than figuring that out.
2. Phone Editing Apps
Everyone has their own favorite photography apps, and there are new ones being made all the time that make the pictures on your phone look amazing.
For me, it’s like this:
Snapseed + VSCO Cam = Life Changed
The drama filter on Snapseed makes the textures on your photos pop, and will add light to a picture that is too dark. It’s like magic!Also I love Instagram like a thirteen year old. Seriously.However, sometimes I want an Instagram filter on several photos for a blog post, but I don’t want to put them all on Instagram. In that case, you can turn off your data (or wifi on an iTouch) and Instagram all the photos you want. They will come up in your feed as “failed” but they will save to your photos. You then delete the failed photos and turn your data back on. Voila!
I often run a picture through all three of these apps before I’m happy with it.
3. Pictures go straight to my blog via the WordPress App
One of the handiest parts of using my phone for all my pictures is that I can upload my photos to where they need to go through the apps on my phone. When I had a camera, I had to store the pictures on my computer, resize them and then upload them to a website.
Now you can use the apps for WordPress or Etsy or wherever your website is hosted to upload your photos directly from your phone. So easy!
4. Work on the go.
Using my phone for photography means I am getting more work done when I am on the road. If I take, edit and upload pictures while I’m traveling, when I get home I can open up my computer, sit down and just write. The pictures are already there. All I have to do is use my journal to fill in the stories.I have to say that I do have a huge appreciation for gorgeous DSLR photos. We have our family photos done every year by a professional photographer and I wouldn’t trade them for anything. But for every day blogging, I am finding that using my phone works beautifully!