If you’re like the half a billion Apple addicts on this planet, myself included, your iPhone is the one item you rarely leave home without.

And with a built-in camera offering impressive image quality and the explosion of creative photo apps that enable you to create and share instantaneously, iPhone photography is not just fun and fast, it’s also evolved into a respected art form of its owniPhoneography.

Discover a few of my favorite photo apps at National Geographic Traveler. Or, take your iPhone on the road and learn how to shoot, process and share artistic images on this dreamy iPhone photography workshop in southern Italy. 


Polignano a Mare, Puglia, Italy 

WHO: Led by iPhone artist, Sam Krisch, a Roanoke, Virginia, based fine art photographer renowned for his compelling landscapes and iPhone photography, the workshop is offered in partnership with premier Puglia specialists, Southern Visions Travel, and visual storyteller, The Blissful Adventurer. Appropriate for mobile photographers of all levels, especially those with a taste for La Dolce Vita.  

WHAT: Learn how to make artistic and storytelling iPhone photographs and to use creative photo apps  -  skills you can use to document and share life experiences, build an impressive photography portfolio, capture compelling images of your travel adventures, or simply impress friends and family.


WHERE: With iPhone in hand, discover Puglia, Italy, one of the country’s most picturesque coastline regions. Situated at the ‘heel’ of Italy’s boot, with its whitewashed coastal towns, sun-soaked beaches, endless olive groves, and delicious seaside cuisine, Puglia is as unique as it is beautiful. 

WHEN: October 22 - 29, 2013.

WHY: Equal parts photographic inspiration and extraordinary experiences, this artistic journey is created for anyone with a passion for creativity, glorious food and wine, and a desire to explore untamed Italy. 


COST: 8 days, $4,499 USD (double occupancy) including local transport,  7 nights lodging, expert photographic instruction and photo excursions, 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners at authentic Pugliese restaurants, and exclusive cultural activities including vineyard tour and wine tasting.

For information and bookings, click here or email trip host, Michael Housewright, directly with any questions or concerns. 


About Southern Visions Travel

A collaboration of Antonello Losito, a native of Puglia and former professional cyclist, and Michael Housewright, a 14 year wine, food, and travel professional, Southern Visions Travel offers well researched and implemented immersive journeys into the cultures of Southern Italy and beyond. Learn more at SouthernVisionsTravel.com.


[Polignano a Mare photo via istockphoto.com; digitally altered by Ellen Barone using CameraAwesome iPhone app]   


About Ellen Barone: Consumer travel expert Ellen Barone is the founder and publisher ofTravelUpdatesbyEllenBarone.com and YourLifeIsATrip.com. She’s currently at work on her first book - I COULD LIVE HERE. Click here to learn more or stay connected on Twitter at,FacebookGoogle+ and LinkedIn


Ellen Barone has been creating words and images for travel and tourism since 1998. She co-founded and publishes the group travel blog YourLifeIsATrip.com and is currently at work on her first book "I Could Live Here".