You Already Have Your Most Convenient Camera

"Day 145" was taken and edited on an IPone by Alexkess on Flickr

With the advancement of technology in the last five years, electronic devices have become a part of our daily routine.  Most of us feel lost if we leave the house without our cell phones and, for good reason.

Smart phones such as Blackberrys and IPhones have enabled everyone to stay connected to their social networks, businesses and friends with the click of a button.  But, not only do these phones keep us connected, they alsoallow us to not have to lug a camera around if we choose not to.

Taken and edited on my IPhone while en route to Chicago

No, a camera phone will not capture an image as well as a Nikon DSLR but, they do stand in the running with other cameras because of their convenience.  Especially with social networking, snapping a photo and sharing it with all of your friends has become much easier nowadays.

"Day 131" was taken and edited on an IPhone by Michael.Sutton on Flickr

Not only do people always have their phones handy, but the technology offered to edit photos on an IPhone or the new ITouch that now has a camera, is incredible.  Even Photoshop has been transformed into an IPhone Application allowing for minor editing while on the go.

Great IPone Apps to Try Out:

  • Lenses” is a free app that allows you to change the lens for the image you want to take.
  • TrueHDR” is a very inexpensive app, $1.99, that takes three images and combines them for to create an HDR image.  Check out my post on HDR photography
  • Super Camera” is a free app, but you can upgrade to the full version for only $.99 and have access to multiple filters and other fun add ones that can improve your images.
  • Photoshop” is a free app similar to the popular Photoshop program for computers, but is a more condensed version allowing you to manipulate images on your IPhone.

An easy way to make sure you practice photographing every day is the 365 day challenge.  This is something everyone who loves photography should do one year out of their life.  Every day, for 365 days, you make sure to snap at least one photo and try to keep a large variety throughout the year.  Sharing your photos on a site such as Flickr is a great way to keep track of everything you’ve accomplished.


"Sunrise IPhone Photo 2" taken on an IPhone by Teamsaki on Flickr

Having the access to your camera phone allows for this project to unfold much more easily then lugging around a camera everywhere you go.  The outcome of the images may be rather shocking as well.  You will learn what time of day and lighting situations are best for your camera phone and this alone, will vastly improve your images!

Photos from Flickr Creative Commons by (in order of appearance): Alexkess, AlBoehmW, Michael.Sutton, and Teamsaki


About alboehm

I am currently a senior at Loyola University Chicago, majoring in Public Relations and Advertising as well as minoring in Photography. I was born and raised in the heart of St. Louis, MO but have fallen in love with Chicago. I have created this blog to share what I love about photography and what I have learned over the years. Currently I am just starting to dabble in digital photography whereas I have been using film in my classes for the past few semesters. I hope y'all enjoy! "There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer." ~ Ansel Adams
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