I was sitting at a coffee shop as I often do these days; the people-watching, coffee-drinking, no-house-work-doing environment helps me stay focused. The sixty-some-year-old couple was sitting at a table opposite mine, just barely in earshot and directly in my line of sight.
He held up his flip phone and pointed it across the table toward her, a running monologue crooning her praises as he waited for the perfect moment to take her photo.
“Smile honey…. take your time…beautiful. So beautiful! Perfect! O, you’re beautiful!”
He clicked through the photos, reviewing his handiwork, she giggled as demurely as any giggle I’ve ever seen, and then they returned to finishing their mochas.
In that blissful moment, full of mature love and sweet compliments, I was freshly reminded just why I love camera-phones for the plethora of photographable moments that fill our lives. Even as I scroll through the memories housed on my cell phone, I realize just how deeply, keenly, fully I embrace the joys of a camera-phone.
1. Camera-phones are always accessible.
2. Photos are easily shareable.
I live 4,600km from my family (and up to 14,023km from my various nomadic friends). Camera-phone technology brings their world to me and takes my world to them. We photograph everything to share — outfits for approval go to my dear friends, cute-kitten-moments head to my sister, snow fall comparisons swap back and forth with my parents. Whether using data on-the-go or WiFi as possible or synced to computer and then emailed, camera-phones shrink the distance. And it’s a wonderful, marvelous, spectacular reality.
3. Camera technology isn’t what it used to be.
4. Camera-phones can improve productivity.
- Take photographs while you’re shopping, to remember what you need to go back and make a final decision on, or to immediately add to a “Christmas Shopping List” folder for browsing later.
- While you’re at home, photograph what needs replacing so you don’t forget the brand, the size, the specifications. (When I stand in the stor, I can never remember what kitty litter or cat food we don’t mind the smelling for a couple months, so I reference the stored photo in my phone.)
- Instead of keeping every receipt, photograph the important ones for electronic storage — tax season becomes a breeze! (I have been known to photograph other important documents, too, for easy archive and reference.)
- Take a quick photo at the bookstore to remember the title you want to download to Kindle.
- Photograph outfits and color combinations and new shoe purchase for easy approval by bestfriend/sisterfriend.
Note: All photographs in this post are taking with my LG Nexus 4, by Google, and processed via the in-camera App.