i turn my camera on;
I miss that fringe.
Who can resist keeping an eye on the search engine queries that bring readers to their blogs and websites? Among the request for pornography (no) and illicit album downloads (seriously?) you occasionally get some crackers. I’m not sure anything has stopped me in my tracks quite like “types of camera last year’s girl uses” though.*
That’s it above – a refurbished Canon “Digital Rebel” 400D I bought on eBay to reward myself for completing the 365Days self-portrait project and to encourage me to work harder and take better photographs.
In a sense, it’s worked.
It’s just… it’s really, really heavy when you’re already lugging about a purse full of coppers, makeup and a paperback…
…you’ve heard that old saying, haven’t you? The one about how the “best camera” is the one that’s always with you? That’s why, for the most part, the photos that you’ll see on this blog were taken – and doubtless heavily edited – on an iPhone 4.
I’m not alone. Last month, the iPhone became the most popular camera in use among uploaders to popular photosharing site Flickr. War photojournalists are using Hipstamatic in the field. And reputable publications like the New York Times are running articles helping readers get the most out of the built-in camera.
My advice? Ignore everything you read in those articles, unless you have a steady hand and only ever take pictures in broad daylight. And even then, install Camera+ before you do it. While the iPhone 4 is a massive improvement over previous incarnations of the smartphone camera, you are not going to win a Pulitzer.
My advice? Pick up a couple of fun applications like Hipstamatic and Instagram, see the thing as a toy and capture the moment. But if you’re heading somewhere unforgettable, you’re better packing the big guns.
*Listen, if this was you please don’t freak out and hate me for picking up on it – I just thought it made an interesting breakout for a post, is all! And hopefully this answers your question.