The power of iPhone

It’s #TravelTuesday again (just like every other Tuesday) and I, Dave Williams, am here as always on to bring you something from the world of travel photography. Today I’ll start by letting you know, if you didn’t already, that the CEO of Sony has predicted that our phone cameras will our-perform DSLR and mirrorless cameras by 2024. That’s quite a claim! Well, having just wrapped up at Adobe MAX in Los Angeles with Russell Brown’s Pre-Con, we decided to head out to Joshua Tree national Park to escape the city lights and see what our phones could really do. Check this out: –

This is Aaron Grimes standing beside somewhat of a Bonsai Tree and as you can clearly see, that’s the Milky Way behind him. This photo was shot on my iPhone 13 Pro max. Milky Way. iPhone. Let that sink in for a second.

Watch, I’ll do it again…

In this shot I light painted the tree with a flashlight and in Adobe Lightroom Mobile I adjusted the White Balance and Contrast of the Milky Way.


The power of the camera in our pockets is insane right now and it’s only going to get better. Here’s a pro-tip – the night mode on iPhone allows us to shoot for 10 seconds handheld, as I’m sure you will have noticed, but get that phone stable on a tripod and you can shoot for up to 30 seconds like I have here.

Starting today is the KelbyOne Travel Photography Conference and as part of that I’ll be teaching a class on mobile photography, so be sure to check that out. I also can’t wait to share my top 20 tips to avoid the Eiffel Tower Effect and create unique images that stand out from the crowd.

If you want to see a truly epic shot from this evening out at Joshua Tree National Park, stop by Russell Brown’s Instagram and see me modelling in my best light (the dark!)

Much love

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