Like just about every other parent I know, I’ve always enjoyed taking photos and shooting video of my kids, but but over the past year, I’ve taken a much deeper dive into photography. In fact, photography has now become a full-blown hobby, and one that I truly enjoy.
What changed, you may ask? Only my smartphone.
Since switching from my Android smartphone to an iPhone at the beginning of 2011, a whole new world of what geeky enthusiasts like myself call “iPhoneography” has opened up to me.
I own a very fancy Nikon D-80 digital SLR camera with various lenses and filters that I inherited from my father when he passed away in 2008, but frankly, I could never find the time to figure out how to work all the buttons and meters and light sensors. It was just too much camera for me. Additionally, as a busy mom who always has her hands full – literally – there’s no way I can be carrying around a “real” camera with any regularity.
As for video, I have to admit that while I owned a nice digital video camera for years, I hardly ever used it, and even when I did, it was then hard for me to find the childfree/non-work time to actually sit down at my computer, hook the cord to the computer or pull the memory chip out and plug it into the drive in order to transfer the videos to the computer, before uploading them somewhere where I could watch. Moving any videos I did manage to get onto my own harddrive into a place where I could show anyone else was a whole ‘nother set of problems.
Because I found shooting and storing digital video such a hassle, I have to admit that there are far too few videos in existence of my kids..that is, until the iPhone entered my life. Now, because I have the best video camera I have ever owned right in the palm of my hand, I am really enjoying capturing great video to share wirelessly on Facebook and You Tube, and also to save for my children to enjoy when they are older
Basically, since discovering everything I can do with the fantastic camera – both still and video – built into the iPhone, along with all the apps and services available for iPhone photography enthusiasts, I am now able to take photos and shoot video that approaches the quality of something I might take with a much bigger and more complicated set-up. As a busy working mom, I love this.
Now that I am so regularly snapping and sharing photos and video with my iPhone, people ask me quite often which apps, services and other iPhoneography resources are my faves. So I thought I’d share my current list of fave photo and video apps for any of you who are maybe just getting started with your own iPhoneography hobby.
What about you? Do you have an iPhone? Do you find that you are enjoying shooting photos and videos of your family more since you got it? Do you have favorite smartphone photography or video apps that I should try out? Share your iPhoneography tips and tricks in the comments below.
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