When shooting with your iPhone, always look for easily readable patterns. Everything in the image should contribute to the mood and emotion you want to convey. Pattern repetition creates a rhythm that the eyes like to follow. Remember that photos sent to other phones will be viewed small—another reason to keep the image simple and clean.
In contrast, this picture was taken early in the morning, during a snowstorm. We’re lucky to have the ability to visit my family’s house on Cape Cod, and I like to go during the off-season. I usually wake up early for the light, and on this morning I saw the snow falling and the warm kitchen light glowing from inside. --Cotton Coulson
Reflections are one of my favorite visual themes. You see them everywhere you go, in water puddles, windows, mirrors, and shiny objects. In this photo taken in Arles, France, the rainwater sitting on top of the blue-painted table creates a different type of perspective and landscape.
Of course, one is always mesmerized by the light in southern France, especially in Arles, where we teach our National Geographic photo workshops. The reflection on this picnic table outside our balcony door helped to accentuate the blue and yellow hues associated with Provence.
Some of my favorites photographs are of the quirky street art encountered when exploring new locations. Look for offbeat perspectives that can include humor, shadows, and reflections.
It’s so much fun to have a camera in your pocket, especially when strolling down a street in a new travel location. You just never know what’s going to pop up in front of you. This photo was taken in Arles, France, during an art festival, when many sections of the old town were decorated with artists' work.