I’ve put together my own little list of why to carry my iPhone. This list is in now particular order, and the list will work with almost any smartphone too.
#1 You never know who you are going to bump in to while out on the streets. This photo of Rolf Harris was taken in York just after he had opened his new art exhibition.
I was out with my fiancee in York for a day out. Didn’t have my main camera with me (as I normally would) since my arm in currently in a sling. We noticed a small red carpet outside a gallery, and realised it was a new exhibition. The main doors were locked and bouncers standing outside. We had a walk around The Shambles and ended back up at the Gallery to find Rolf Harris signing autographs. Arm in a sling or not, I still managed to capture a magic moment!
#2 You can take a photograph & process it on the spot by using a multitude of apps readily available. Its also a great to give yourself some kind of idea on how you would like to process your main photographs when you get back home to the computer.
#3 The iPhone 4s and most recent smart phones record the GPS of where you took a photograph. Its a great way of remembering where you have been in case you want to go back again.
#4 Camera phones are great for Street Photography. They are less obtrusive, and your “wanna be subjects” are unaware (most of the time) that you have taken their photograph.
Cities, such as York, are a great source for Street Photography as with it being a tourist attraction, people are used to seeing cameras of all sorts of shapes and sizes.
#5 The iPhone 4s has an 8 mega-pixel camera which is just as good as most compact cameras.
#6 Take a photo on the hoof, and post it to your social networking sites such as Facebook, Flickr, WordPress, Blogspot, and Instagram etc for you friends to see almost immediately.
My example opposite was taken up a country lane near where I live. The fog was just starting to burn off (the sun was to the right somewhere), and a grabbed a couple of shots from my iPhone. I did a couple of mono conversions, then decided to try applying an Instagram effect.
Straight away my image was transformed. The photo seemed to fit the square crop and the post processing. Within minutes of posting this photo to my social networking sites, I was getting some great comments.
#7 Use the camera phone to scope out areas to return to with your main camera. Its a great way if you are out with the family and you don’t want to be lugging all your main camera gear around with you.
#8 You can use apps, such as 360 Pro to capture panoramic images.
#9 Great for a certain amount of close up work. OK, you cant do proper macro, but you can still get pretty close up!
#10 If you own an iPad and have your Photostream synced with your iPhone, then editing the photos taken is a lot easier on a bigger screen.