A multi-purpose smartphone camera has added convenience to my life as well as pleasure and community and creative play. You too?
Before I bought my first iPhone, I asked my friend Miraz why I needed one. She pondered a minute. Then she said, “All I can say is that it will change the way you live your life.” That turned out to be true for me (and probably for you).
Let’s consider the built-in camera. I used to have a tiny digital camera—pointless, because I rarely took it with me and even then forgot to use it. By contrast, my phone is usually within arm’s reach, because ever since 4 September 2020 I’ve treated it as my paramount tool for communication and security. (That was the date of the first devastating earthquake in Christchurch, where most of my whanau live.) It’s always within reach and fully charged, even when I’m sleeping. Well, nearly always.
So I’ve always got a multi-purpose smartphone camera at my fingertips. One that can instantly share photos or airdrop them to my computer where I use them in multiple ways.
Last week’s photos: useful, meaningful, or fun
Here’s a sample of recent photos on my multipurpose iPhone and my reasons for taking them.
So yes, my iPhone camera is a multi purpose tool. Pre-smartphone era, photos acted as a visual memory of holidays and people and places. Now they’re all that, plus a research tool, communication tool, utilitarian record, magnifying tool, shopping aid and scanner. It’s not only for creative purposes or social sharing or memories, but for practical, mundane convenience. It’s for work and play, for my social life and my private creative practice.
PS Smartphone camera as crime detector
Another use: sometimes I whip out my phone to snap a dangerous driver. Or someone sneaking around next door who may be a carpenter or roofer or painter or an AirBnB guest … or a burglar! And I fantasise that if someone attacked me I would not only scratch them (for the DNA of course) and kick their shins but would somehow take their photo. A phone camera can be a crime deterrent too. Not that I’ve ever sent a photo to the police. But you never know. Some of us still dream of being Nancy Drew.
I’m very sure you are also using your smartphone camera in ingenious ways. Please do share!