A Practice In Traveling Light


I recently traveled to San Diego for a couple of days for a work trip. Since it was a short trip, I was taking all carry-on. And, since I knew that I would be out and about in the late afternoons, I really wanted to take my DSLR. I began to pack it up into my carry-on, with a couple of pancake lenses and my “nifty-fifty” prime. My camera gear was in my new, compact camera bag nested alongside my clothes, toiletries, shoes, etc. etc. And you know what? It was way too heavy. I was a bit heartbroken…I was going to be seeing some beautiful sites each evening and here I was unable to take my go-to camera gear. I was going to be “limited” to my iPhone.

But ya know what? I decided to turn this limitation into an opportunity… turn lemons into lemonades, if you will. Don’t get me wrong, I love using my iPhone for photography…but when I’m going out specifically to take photos (or with the expectation to), I rely on my DSLR. This time, however, I was going to have to rely on my iPhone. I looked at this as an opportunity to use my iPhone to carefully consider my composition…and to use it as a way to be more present while taking photos.

The Result??

Now, I can’t say that I will do this again on a personal trip, but I am more confident in using my iPhone to document my work travels. And I’ve realized something else – my phone is far from being a limitation in my photography. It allows me to step outside my comfort zone and learn how to compose a shot with a single, wide focal length.