I love my smartphone camera

Conveniently capturing memories


Last week in the aftermath of the El Paso and Dayton mass shootings, it didn’t seem appropriate to post about something I love. But this week, I’m back at it…

A phone booth on the streets of Toronto, captured with my iPhone.

A phone booth on the streets of Toronto, captured with my iPhone.

I grew up taking pictures with my dad’s Minolta manual focus SLRs. I learned to shoot on film and develop it myself in a darkroom. I eventually switched to autofocus and then to digital.

We took lots of pictures with the SLR when Norah was little, but gradually, we switched away from having a “big” camera. We first found ourselves using point and shoot cameras more often and then, with the advent of the iPhone, we started using the built-in camera for most things. It has limitations, but I love my iPhone camera.

  • Easy to carry. I just got back from Toronto and walked all over the city, taking pictures as I walked. I could have done that with an SLR or mirrorless camera, but then I’d have to lug the camera around. My iPhone stays in my pocket until I need it. (Plus, it’s always with me, anyway.)

  • High (enough) quality. I know that images from SLRs and mirrorless cameras are higher quality, especially with a high quality lens. But for what I use it for — mostly posting to Instagram or this website — the quality is high enough. The camera on the iPhone seems to get even better every year. (And Google Pixel users claim that their camera is even better.)

  • Creative procrastination. There are lots of ways to waste time on a smart phone — games, social media, etc. — but sorting, editing and posting pictures is one of the most creative ways you can burn 20-30 extra minutes before a meeting or appointment.

For now, I post many of my images on Instagram, but I’m looking at some non-Facebook options.

Bob Wertz writes about design, technology and pop culture at Sketchbook B. Bob is a Columbia, South Carolina-based designer, researcher, college instructor, husband and dad. He’s particularly obsessed with typography, the creative process and the tools we use to create. Follow Bob on Instagram.