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Calling all adventure seekers, the ones fueled by wanderlust, and all you travelers… Now is the time to plan your next voyage. Whether you go someplace near or far, well, that’s up to you.

Bon Voyage!

What better way to commemorate a trip than to take photos of your favorite memories? Whenever any of us at Kdan Mobile goes someplace new, we make sure to pack one of the most important accessories to document our trip: our smartphones.

While packing for a recent trip to escape the bitter New England winter, trading in my snow boots for flip-flops and jet off to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, I decided to forgo the hassle of packing my heavy DSLR Canon camera as an experiment. For this trip, I would solely rely on my iPhone to document my memories and experiences.

The colorful resort that we stayed at: Hacienda Encantada. Hacienda Encantada is nestled within a cliff overlooking the water.
The colorful resort that we stayed at: Hacienda Encantada. Hacienda Encantada is nestled within a cliff overlooking the water.
Hacienda Encantada from beneath the cliffs
Hacienda Encantada from beneath the cliffs

Let your photos do the talking

Let your photos speak for themselves and tell a story of an adventure. When you look at a photo, you want to be triggered by a certain emotion or memory that reminds you of how you felt in the exact moment when you took the photo.

Aaron Siskind once said: “Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten.”

Good photography provokes a feeling. Can you recall the warmth of the sun you felt on your face during golden hour as you watched the sunset change from color to color? Photos are special in that way and can bring back those memories.

Mexican sunsets
Mexican sunsets

Slightly off center 

Ah, this brings us to the famous “Rule of Thirds” that encourages you to be a little bit daring.

Picture that when you take a photo, you have a grid that you split into thirds with nine equal parts (horizontal and vertical). See what happens when you pull your subject from the center, lining it up at one of the intersection points, to either of the sides, above or below, or slightly off center.

Not only is this a way to break up the composition but it can also encourage for your photos to be more interesting and unique.

You are also able to turn on the gridlines on your iPhone if you don’t want to imagine the grid. This will help you think of new ways to line up the subjects in your photos.

Grid

(Photo credit: https://digital-photography-school.com/rule-of-thirds/)

Mexican flowers at the resort. These flowers are not centered, using “The Rule of Thirds” to tempt your eye to look beyond the first bunch of flowers and see the rest of the photo. As you can see, it is a change in perspective.
Mexican flowers at the resort. These flowers are not centered, using “The Rule of Thirds” to tempt your eye to look beyond the first bunch of flowers and see the rest of the photo. As you can see, it is a change in perspective.
Took the opportunity of waking up early, to go watch the sunrise over the cliffs in Cabo. Not pictured: the whale’s jumping out of the water from the bay.
Took the opportunity of waking up early, to go watch the sunrise over the cliffs in Cabo. Not pictured: the whale’s jumping out of the water from the bay.
A seal swimming through the port of La Marina, in Los Cabos, Mexico.
A seal swimming through the port of La Marina, in Los Cabos, Mexico.

Collages, videos, and animation

You can go a step further to spice up your photos and edit your photos with the Creativity 365 App Series.

I put together a collage of the photos I took while I was in Mexico, using NoteLedge. The collage works as a virtual “scrapbook” of pictures from the trip, that I can always look back on and remember the adventures.

Photo collage made with NoteLedge.
Photo collage made with NoteLedge.

Another one of our favorite techniques to share and edit your photos, is using Write-on Video. We created a video of some of our favorite moments from Mexico and added some motion stickers!

By making a video, you’re able to not only have your memories saved forever in a different format, but it’s an easy way to show your friends and family moments from your adventure. It is more interesting to show them a video rather than having them sit through you swiping through picture after picture. The video can make them feel as if they are experiencing part of the trip with you.

We boarded a lovely catamaran, listened to the gentle twang of jazz music, sipped delicious wine, and took in the sights of the pacific for a sunset cruise. This was one of my favorite parts of the trip.
We boarded a lovely catamaran, listened to the gentle twang of jazz music, sipped delicious wine, and took in the sights of the pacific for a sunset cruise. This was one of my favorite parts of the trip.
Lands’ End: the famous arch in Los Cabos, a completely natural structure. The cruise took us to see these structures, famous beaches, and into the sunset.
Lands’ End: the famous arch in Los Cabos, a completely natural structure. The cruise took us to see these structures, famous beaches, and into the sunset.
A pirate ship boat cruise sailing into the sunset.
A pirate ship boat cruise sailing into the sunset.

We hope this piece has inspired you to go on an adventure someday soon. Happy traveling!

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Rachel Murphy

Rachel graduated from Juniata College in the spring of 2015 with a double B.S. in International Business and Spanish. After graduation, Rachel has pursued a career combining her love for sports with social media marketing and photography while living in Boston. She has her own photography company, while working in professional sports.

Rachel currently is the Director of Marketing and Social Media for a new start up, Nardella Sports Inc. and joined the Kdan Mobile team Fall 2016.

In her free time, Rachel enjoys going to as many sporting events as she can, exploring everything that the city of Boston has to offer, and travel around the globe to new places.

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