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Quick Guide to Shooting Great Photos with iPhone on your next Airstream Road Trip


You don’t need an elaborate, professional DSLR camera to take beautiful photos on your next Airstream road trip. Professional photographer Austin Mann’s iPhone images were used to launch Apple’s worldwide “Shot on iPhone” campaign. He’s also had iPhone images published by National Geographic Travel, Condé Naste, and more. He’s here to explain how to unleash your own creative potential and shoot with the iPhone you already have.


Use these tips to get the best iPhone pictures of your Airstream Travel Trailer and the world around you on your next road trip.


Tip 1: Plan to be in the most beautiful places at sunrise/sunset

When planning a road trip, we naturally think of our route, what we’ll eat, what we’ll see, where we’ll stay for the night etc. But don’t forget to consider the sunlight. If you can, plan to be in the prettiest spots in the first or last couple hours of daylight; this is when the sunlight is warm and golden and the landscapes will look their best. This one simple effort will make a massive impact on the quality of your pictures.

Luckily, having an Airstream Travel Trailer means you can simply step out your “front” door and be in the middle of the most beautiful scenery. That’s the best commute imaginable.

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Shot on iPhone XS - Zion National Park

Tip 2: ABC (Always Be Charging)

Nothing like a day full of traveling, only to arrive at your beautiful destination with a dead iPhone! Keep your battery charged throughout the day to ensure you’ve got plenty of juice to take pictures when it matters most. If you’ll be near your Airstream all day, keep your iPhone charged using one of the convenient USB ports located throughout the travel trailer.

Pro Tip: If you’ll be away from power, use the iPhone’s Low Power Mode to conserve power throughout the day. To do this, just ask Siri to “Turn on Low Power mode.”

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Shot on iPhone X - Redwoods

Tip 3: Talk to the locals and the rangers

One of the best things you can possibly do is talk to the people around you, especially the rangers. Not only do they know the park incredibly well, they also know the latest news, safety information, what roads are open/closed, they’re also passionate about helping people like you experience the beautiful world around you.

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Shot on iPhone XS - Arches National Park

Tip 4: Get a great group photo using Apple Watch.

One of my favorite features of the Apple Watch is its ability to remotely view and trigger the camera on your iPhone. Simply open the Camera app on your Apple Watch and it will connect to your synced Apple Watch. You can even preview what your iPhone camera sees on your Watch.

Pro Tip: You could just prop your iPhone on a rock but it’s much better to have a small lightweight tripod for your iPhone instead. I love the Ultrapod II + Studio Neat Glif. I’ve used nearly all the iPhone tripod solutions and this is by far the best.

Tip 5: Adjust your exposure

Sometimes a picture may appear too bright or dark on your iPhone screen. There are a couple of simple ways to make adjustments. Start by tapping the area of the screen that is most important. When you do this, the iPhone will focus and adjust exposure for the area you tapped.

Pro Tip: If you still want more control, touch-and-slide your finger up or down. This will brighten/darken your picture so it looks exactly how you want it.

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Shot on iPhone XS - Aspen, Colorado

Tip 6: Put down your camera and enjoy the beauty

It’s easy to get so caught up in the pursuit of that perfect picture that you miss the beauty around you. Don’t forget to slow down and put your camera away to just be still and soak it in. That’s what Airstream life is all about.

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Shot on iPhone XS - Zion National Park

Top 3 Road Trip Accessories for iPhone Photographers:

  1. Ultrapod II + Studio Neat Glif Best iPhone tripod and is great for group photos, low-light pictures and time-lapses
  2. Anker Battery Backup Small & light battery backup, great for longer hikes
  3. Anker 6FT Lightning iPhone Charger Cord Extra-long Lightning Charging cables come in handy

Top iPhone Apps for Road Tripping Photographers:

  1. Halide Camera: The best camera app you can buy
  2. Campendium: App to help you find all the awesome camping spots
  3. PhotoPills: App to tell you exactly where the sun will be, at any time of the day
  4. VSCO: Quick and easy photo editing app to give your pictures an extra punch


Interested in learning even more tips about shooting amazing photography on your iPhone? Get Austin Mann's Traveler's Free Guide to Great iPhone Photography.

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