"iPhone as Your Grab Shot Camera" - Digital Photography Podcast 168

Sunrise Over LA.jpg

Your smart phone is the camera you always have with you. And thanks to many innovative developers posting great software in the Apple App Store, the iPhone is becoming a compelling photographic device. Not only can you capture spontaneous images with it -- shots that you might otherwise miss because you didn't have a camera with you and ready to shoot -- but you can also process them on the spot, then send them to others.

In this podcast I discuss the power and versatility of this device. For example, the image here, "Sunrise Over LA," was taken with the iPhone through an airplane window as the sun was rising. I then creatively processed the shot in Photo Lab 1600 (an iPhone app), and emailed it when we landed.

The iPhone isn't going to replace any of the cameras you already have, but you should use it when they aren't available, or when you feel the creative juices flowing.

"Sunrise Over LA" by Derrick Story. Captured with a first generation iPhone and processed with Photo Lab 1600.

Monthly Photo Assignment

Sign of the Times is the March 2009 Photo Assignment. So many things are changing right now. This is a good opportunity for us to capture these signs of the times in our camera lens. You can read more about how to submit on our Submissions page. Deadline for entry is March 31, 2009.

Listen to the Podcast

Now that I've piqued your curiosity, it's time to listen to today's audio show titled, "iPhone as Your Grab Shot Camera." You can download the podcast here (26 minutes). You can also subscribe to the podcast in iTunes

The Digital Story podcasts are available for direct download from Apple iPhones. I've created a special mobile download page here. Just load the page in Safari, browse the podcast line-up, and click on the one you want to listen to.

Want to share photos and talk with other members in our virtual camera club? Check out our new Flickr Public Group. It's a blast!

iPhone App Reviews

Panorama 2.1 for the iPhone

FotoTimer Provides Self-Timer for the iPhone

HP iPrint App Makes Printing Easy from iPhone or iPod touch

True Photo App for iPhone: CameraBag

"Exposure" (Now "Darkslide") Puts Flickr on Your iPhone

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re: The iPhone camera-

CSN said it best: If you can't be with the one you love, love the one you're with!


This is the first REAL camera I have ever had, and I am very happy with it. It is very simple to open up and start taking pictures with. It has basic modes that figure out the settings for you, and then creative modes where you can modify the different variables to your liking once you learn how to use the camera that way. I recommend reading David Busch's book on this specific camera before using it. It really helps you learn how to use the camera, and it also serves as a great manual. This is a sweet camera, and if you are not a professional photographer then I think this kit will have everything you need to take your picture taking to the next level.

This ipod rocks. it is the best ipod ever made. Everyone who wrote a bad review on this is crazy. i works great with itunes 9. The graphics are amazing there are no flaws. Get the 32gb like i did the voice control rocks.