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iphone shooter

iPhone shooter

I’ve been photographing my travels for over thirty years, and I’ve watched as cameras became increasingly smaller and more capable. Nowadays, even a humble phone camera is a photography system far superior to my old film SLR. Not to mention being slim enough to tuck into a shirt pocket, and having the ability to instantly share with a global audience. Truly mind-blowing stuff!

They say that the best camera is the one you have with you. Nowadays, I shoot with mirrorless cameras costing thousands, but often I’m not carrying one, or it is packed away securely, or otherwise unavailable when that fabulous photo opportunity hits. To capture the decisive moment, I reach into my pocket, pull out my iPhone, take the shot, and upload it to Instagram. In a matter of seconds.

The genius behind Map, Camera, Travel gives a detailed run-through – with photographs – of iPhone photography. There is a tonne of features that will enhance your shots right out of the box, not to mention various hardware and software add-ons.

My favourite? Wipe the lens before shooting. Otherwise, it’s a foggy day.

Speed blogging

Speed blogging

A little outside my normal sort of post about travel and travel blogs, but the information in this post is relevant to all travel blogs. Better performance, more readers, more page-views, more money!

Ivica Delic at Knowledge Base for Freelancers has put together a useful guide on speeding up Wordpress sites. You run a travel blog, chances are it’s powered by WordPress, and it could use a little hurry-up, yeah? I know I got some big gains very quickly by following this advice.