Why I'm Using My iPhone Camera

All the photos in this post (except for the one of my iPhone) were taken with my iPhone during this morning's walk at Pastillo Beach at Guajataca Tunnel just a three minute drive from my house.

Beach walks...a time to clear one's mind, to relax and breath deeply and let the salty sea air cleanse inside and out. Where I live beach walks are a daily occurrence. My struggle hasn't been getting to the beach, it has been safely using my camera at the beach. All that I love about the sea my Canon dslr does NOT...sun, rain, sand, ocean mist and sea water. I've ruined one zoom lens on a beach. It now sits on my bookcase as a reminder to check and double my gear...never again to assume that the extra lens in the backpack was put in the ziplock bag with the camera just because it would be silly of me not to put it there.

Part of beach walking is being able to stop and pickup interesting bits and pieces, sit in the sand, enjoy a tropical rain shower or swim. I cannot do all that comfortably without worrying about my camera, so I simply stopped bringing my camera to the beach. It is even safe to take it "just in case" and then leave it in the car--theft and heat damage potential are just too real here. So it sat at home missing some really good shots.

Recently I kept running into this thought, "Focus on the solution not the problem." Good words. Simple words, but not necessarily easy words.

The solution thinking went something like this:
I already have an iPhone 4. My husband has a LifeProof case that he loves. It has four "Proofs:" waterproof, dirt proof, shock proof and snow proof. That should cover all my adventures here and elsewhere. It has been said often that, "the best camera is the one that you have with you." My iPhone is always with me. It is small, easy to use and a simple case would "proof" it. So...Do it!

But even with the phone "beach-proofed" I wasn't using it until I MADE myself use it. I had to treat my iPhone like a new lens that I might be struggling to master. It has to become my primary lens until I get completely comfortable with it.

What I've discovered is a great appreciation for the iPhone 4 camera. Al Smith's ebook available at Craft & Vision has been extremely helpful. I was becoming too gear focused and needed to step back and remember that I create the photos, not the camera.

"Forcing yourself to use simple tools will force you to think creatively. This is the beauty of mobile phones. They are extremely limited in what they do as a camera, but they make you feel completely free in your ability to create images." 

After trying multiple apps I've settled on Camera+ instead of the default camera that came with the phone. The reasons why I choose this app are numerous, but that might be another post.