Photographer, Lisa Bettany is setting off on an around the world with just an iPhone to capture photos for her first travel photography book. Inspired by the freedom and creativity of iPhoneography, Lisa is leaving her expensive professional camera gear at home for the adventure of a lifetime.
photos from Canada
Today, I am setting out on a trip around the world to capture photos for my very first travel photography book. I’m inspired by the freedom of shooting, editing, and sharing photos with a light-weight mobile device, so I’m leaving my professional camera gear at home and capturing the entire journey with an iPhone 4S (well actually two incase one gets tromped on by an elephant or snatched by a meer cat).
Over the past year, I’ve taken more pictures with my iPhone than my Canon 5DMKII. I’ve been really impressed by the dramatic quality improvements of iPhone 4S, and I honestly think that I will get better candid travel shots for my book with my iPhone. The best camera is the one you have with you and while I still adore my dSLR, shooting on the iPhone challenges me and makes me see capture photos in a new exciting way. Plus, it’s about 30lbs lighter than my camera gear!
When I started planning this world book trip, I had a list of about 100 places I wanted to visit spanning every inch of the globe. Unfortunately, being under a time constraint of 50 days and planning this all very last minute, I had to cut some incredible places because of technical flight details & bureaucratic red tape. Apparently, many cool places require travel visas which are not easily attained during Christmas holiday. Live and learn.
With that, I must leave you to get on my first flight of the trip! I’ll ping you in 10 hours from Tokyo, Japan!
If you have any travel tips or suggestions for me, please put them below! I need all the help I can get!
I wouldn’t call myself a “germaphobe”, but in planning this world extravaganza, one of my main concerns was getting sick. Not just *achoo, cough* sick, but oh noes! My liver is dying. So in preparation, I visited the Nova Travel Clinic. After an hour consultation on how to avoid nasty infectious diseases, rabid bats, fresh water things that burrow into your skin, I became slightly paranoid. So when the nurse asked what vaccinations I wanted to get I said, “all of ‘em”.
I received 8 shots to prevent the following nasty diseases: Polio, Typhoid, Tetanus, TB, Yellow Fever, Hepatitis A & B (x2 — the first dose covers you 40%, second 90% and a third dose for life) & Measles, Mumps & Rubella (booster shot).
The vaccinations cost me $500 & my arms ached for two weeks, but the peace of mind is worth it.
When I was 12 years old I found a collection of postcards my mum had collected over the years. I was fascinated by all these mysterious cities, cultures, and landscapes. I created a collage on my bedroom wall with these postcards and my favourite National Geographic maps and would spent hours dreaming of adventuring around the world.
As I grew up that wistful teenage dream got pushed aside for other more pressing real life responsibilities, but it’s always remained the number one item on my personal bucket list. Now, I’ve put everything on hold to fulfill my life long dream and on January 16, 2012, I’m setting off on a 5 continent journey armed with just an iPhone and a passion for discovering the beauty and diversity of our world.