Another question answered.
Hey Jodi, “Your camera takes really great pictures, what camera do you recommend for me?”
Hmmm…where to start. First of all, most people (i.e, photographers) get really offended by this comment. And although I have felt a pang of irkiness (my new word) from time to time, I really think there is a bit of truth to it. Yes, a DSLR is built to be much better than your point and shoot but not for the reasons you might like or need. Depending on what you get–yes, the shutter speed is faster, it is a bit sharper, and if you invest in a great lens…it will make you very happy. This is assuming you don’t throw it on automatic all the time and hope and pray for the best. If you are doing that, I am really not sure why you need a bulky DSLR. I think I have the solution.
So, again, Jodi…”What type of camera should I get?” I want to capture moments. Life. My kids being kids.
The answer: YOUR iPHONE.
Get it out, use it. It’s A-mazing. It will serve every purpose you want or need. Unless you want to capture “Johnny/Janie” in all his/her glory on the football field or soccer field and you need something with a little more reach, there is no reason besides this that you can’t get fabulous shots straight from your iPhone. And it’s instant. You don’t need to go home, plug it in, upload 100′s of photos, sort through, then save again, reupload to emails or share sites, reupload to FB. After the shot is taken (or even later if you don’t have time). It’s 1 to 2 clicks more and you have exactly what you need.
We recently took a trip to Florida and although it would have been super nice, I could not for the life of me justify any reason to bring my DSLR. With 2 high maintenance girlies, the need to move fast and quick, getting off on rides, going to the pool, I really didn’t want the headache or stress of lugging it around. I decided to challenge myself and leave it at home. I wanted to prove to myself that I didn’t need a fancy camera to capture great memories. I needed to instead focus on what was important–the moments and the time with my family. This is not to say that people who keep their DSLR’s on them at all times are wrong, the opposite. This is saying for me, personally, the thought of it was overwhelming.
I also think that the iPhone is awesome for everyday life. We ALWAYS have our iPhones on us. Admit it, don’t deny it. It’s our extra kid, our baby, our addiction. It’s handy, it’s accessible. Grab those moments. Get dads involved too! PS–OVER HALF OF THESE PHOTOS IN THIS POST WERE TAKEN BY MY TALENTED HUSBAND–HONEY DO.
ps— I will be sharing tips on how to best use the iPhone on vacation as well as more information on APPS , the instagram world, and the likes in a follow up post next week! Stay tuned!