Cheating on my DSLR – iPhoneography

A funny thing has happened in the past couple of months – I’ve sort of stopped using my DSLR.



There’s not one specific reason why I haven’t been taking pictures with the ‘real’ camera, but there are a few things that have contributed to it. For example, I’ve been traveling for work quite a bit lately, and there was no way I was going to lug the Canon along with me. Also, I tend to like to edit my photos at least a little on Lightroom, which is installed on my home PC, and not on my work Mac which is use for 110% of everything else I do.


But for the most part? I really like the instant gratification of ‘iphoneography’ … even though it’s not truly ‘instant’. I like the convenience of using a ‘point and shoot’ camera, and then having the ability to edit and post to whatever source necessary right away. I like that I don’t have to carry a huge camera around with me. And I like that I seem to know what I’m doing, whereas with my DSLR, there’s a 50/50 shot of me NOT getting a decent shot since I always shoot manually (and let’s face it – I’m still learning that shitz).

In short, for me, using my iPhone is easier. Since my phone is glued to my person 24/7, I always have my favorite camera with me, and thus, I take more photos. Since I don’t have to worry about the mathematics of a manual mode in the iPhone, I tend to be more thoughtful of the subject and construction of the image itself, and not about the camera set up.



This past week I was in Boston for a work conference (at Harvard Law School of all places – which is GORGEOUS) and I made sure to snap some pics of the city and campus as we walked around. First, I now know why people in Boston put up with the horrible winters … because of the fabulous summers. Second, OMFG SEAFOOD. Third, with the city and campus being so absolutely gorgeous, I found myself first wishing that I had lugged the DSLR with me for the trip. But by day three, I looked back at the iPhone images I had captured and decided that I was really and truly pleased with what I had snapped with just the iPhone.


This isn’t to say I’m throwing in the towel and getting rid of the Canon. But, as someone who has always really loved photography (even if I’m not a pro), I’ve always felt that I HAD to do a DSLR, and I HAD to shoot manual for my photos to be considered valid (by others and by myself). Which … is dumb. Really dumb. So, while I will still probably break out the Canon every once in a while, this is me coming to peace with my love affair with my 5s point and shoot.


Oh, and Afterlight. I would be lost without Afterlight.

If you want to follow along with my iPhoneography obsession, follow me on Instagram. It’s my favorite!


  1. says

    Amen! With the smartphones getting better pixels now then a camera – its hard not to snap over to the mobile-side! {LOL} Especially w/all the instant and easy ways to edit the pics and post immediately. Even w/a Smart Camera that will wifi over my pics, I still find I’m reaching for my phone for that go-to shot.

  2. Elizabeth says

    You have perfect timing because I was just thinking this! I just sat down to upload pictures from my Nikon and realized I hadn’t used it in forever.

    It’s so nice to have a decent camera more handy – my phone is always with me – but I’m am going to try and give my Nikon more love.

  3. says

    Love the photos! Agree about taking great photos with iPhones – when you don’t have to worry about the 6000 options and settings you can just focus on the image :) great post.

  4. says

    I lived in Boston for two years, moving back to Florida in January of this year and YES — the city is so beautiful that it is well worth living there during the horrid winters. I hope to move back someday!

    I’m also a DSLR-to-iphoneography convert. It’s SO convenient!

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