The Joys of iPhone Photography


But I really don’t NEED an iPhone…

I have an iPhone, but I was a late adopter.  As recently as last August I was resisting hubby’s suggestion that I get an iPhone.  He already had one, and loved his, but I thought it was too much phone for me.  After all, I wasn’t on my phone much and just did a bit of texting.  Why bother with a more expensive phone and data plan?  I appreciated the suggestion, but was trying to be frugal and to keep things simple.

I finally caved for you, dear readers.  Yes, I got a smart phone in order to serve you better.  I enabled comments on my blog a week or so after I launched it, and an iPhone would allow me to approve comments on my blog and to respond, no matter where I was.  I could also respond to blog-related emails on the spot.  Yippee!

Then came Twitter.  I really and truly never thought I’d tweet, but soon realized tweeting could be more than sharing what you were eating for lunch.  I embraced the networking capabilities of Twitter, and am thankful for the personal connections, information, and opportunities Twitter has brought my way.  Tweet tweet!


Yes, I’m technologically challenged.

I recently had an iPhone photography epiphany.  I’ve been snapping pictures with my iPhone since I got it, and though hubby said it was a five megapixel camera, I didn’t quite grasp that the resulting photos would be digitally rich enough to include on my blog.  (Yes, I can be a little slow where technological details are concerned.)  After all, photography is one of my “things” and I wouldn’t want to post any inferior-looking images.

I was pleasantly surprised with images my little iPhone camera snapped, but didn’t know how they’d look when I took them into Photoshop for the basic treatment I give images used on this blog: auto levels, crop, and image size reduction.  The iPhone photos I took at Lisa Engelbrecht’s class, and then used in my blog, proved I could go from phone to blog – that my iPhone pictures weren’t just a digital photo album.


Where do the joys come in?  Here!


The iPhone is the Swiss Army knife of phones – multiple tools tucked in. That includes a camera, which allows me to snap a photo when I didn’t plan to – when I haven’t brought one of my “regular” cameras.  Nice!

Great quality for a phone camera! I won’t be giving up my digital SLR any time soon, but as a blogger I love that I can use phone images on my blog in pinch.  Low-light images aren’t great (they’re either too grainy, or too bright if the flash fires), but the shots I take in standard lighting conditions do suffice.

The iPhone camera gets up close and personal. Given my propensity for macro photography, I love that this built in camera gets up as close as it does.  Getting within two inches and still holding focus? On a camera phone?!  FAB!

So, now that I finally get that my iPhone photos are bloggable, here are some of the images I’ve snapped over the last eight months:


Cabbage: Artistry in the produce department of the grocery store: bejeweled cabbage.


Palm trees & clouds: A break in the rain allowed this image of palm fronds and clouds.  How convenient – I have a camera right here!


Bird: I think this little bird allowed me to get within inches to take its picture because of a recent run-in with the glass door it was standing by.  He was either stunned or feeling super friendly that day.  I didn’t witness the collision – just an educated guess – and was really glad to see he’d flown away after I came back outside.  No broken bones, just a few ruffled feathers!


Turnips: More artistry in the produce department of the grocery store: beautiful bands of purple.


Sundae: Some days are sundaes!


Flower: I spied this bloom growing at a local shopping center, and was able to take a quick picture before going about my business.


Chili peppers: This is another photo snapped in the produce department while I was grocery shopping.  Hot stuff!


Sunlit leaf: Lunchtime on a weekday, and this weed was glowing in the sunlight – standing proudly, as if it was a prized orchid.

Sunset at top: I snapped this photo when I spied the sunset peeking into the windows of the office building I work in.

If you have an iPhone (or a good camera on another type of smart phone) but haven’t used the camera feature much, please give it a try.  I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised…

Warm regards,

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  1. Posted March 15, 2011 at 10:19 am by Barb Langan | Permalink

    OK, I am sold!! Been toying with the idea, too, and after seeing your pix–WOW!
    🙂 Barb L.

  2. Posted March 15, 2011 at 11:03 am by JuiceinLA | Permalink

    You have such talent! I carry my digital camera around with me because I could never live without my blackberry!

  3. Posted March 15, 2011 at 3:22 pm by Beth Nielsen | Permalink

    Just beautiful and I’m learning from you! Love the bejeweled cabbage and the sundae (of course)! When the Co. we work for grows up, it wants to be an iPhone!

  4. Posted March 15, 2011 at 3:38 pm by Kim | Permalink

    Hi there!! Thanks for sharing these pictures! I too started using my iPhone’s camera. A lot more than ever before. I also have a blogger app l, which let’s me take photos and upload them to my blog in a snatch! I love it!!

    I have a camera that I can use, but because my iPhone is with me all the time it makes it so easy!!!

    Lovely pictures!!


  5. Posted March 15, 2011 at 10:12 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Hi Kim,
    Thank you for commenting, and for the positive feedback. I love having another photographic option – am glad you’re enjoying iPhone photography, too!

  6. Posted March 15, 2011 at 10:16 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Thank you! I’m glad you’ve been inspired…

  7. Posted March 15, 2011 at 10:18 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Thank you! I usually carry a small digital around, too, but I’m super excited to have yet another option photography-wise. The more the merrier, I say.

  8. Posted March 15, 2011 at 10:25 pm by Melody | Permalink

    I’m glad you like the photos. I please let me know if you give iPhone photography a try!

  9. Posted April 6, 2011 at 4:32 pm by Sue | Permalink

    Well, this just proves it. Melody, you are a fabulous photographer – no matter what camera you use. I have an iPhone (love, love, love it) and my photos turn out NOTHING like yours.

  10. Posted April 6, 2011 at 5:54 pm by Melody | Permalink

    (Blushing) Thank you very much! I really appreciate your compliment, and thank you for stopping by and commenting.