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 Do people not use REAL cameras anymore??

I am getting a bit frustrated with people on FB. (lol) It seems like no one owns point & shoot cameras anymore or something, because every.single.photo that's posted anymore is taken with a stupid phone. (a la crappy instagram 'effects' and the likes)

So, do you post yucky crap-quality camera phone photos? If so, do you ALSO take 'real' photos to document these years in your life? (and maybe just don't post those ones?)

I just don't get it. Technology is getting better and better, and point & shoots (& DSLR's) are becoming much higher quality than we saw even 5 years ago, yet people are taking crap photos with their phones.

(Side note: I'm guilty of posting crap camera photos sometimes because it's quick and easy to snap what's going on at that moment when I don't have my camera handy, but I most certainly take better quality photos with my point and shoot and my DSLR as well.)
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 3 Apr 2012 9:03 PM
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sym
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I have never understood phone cameras either.
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 3 Apr 2012 9:08 PM
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Happiness
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I use my camera all.the.time. I take tons of photos every day, and I post a fraction of them to facebook every so often. I do take some photos with my phone too, but usually only when we are out and about. It is more convenient than lugging my camera around with me. But yeah, the quality just doesn't compare!
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 3 Apr 2012 9:09 PM
 11 Mar 2005
 Niagara Falls
DeniselovesMike
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I just took my camera in for service today but ended up buying a new one. I hate iPhone pocs
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 3 Apr 2012 9:11 PM
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 Calgary, Alberta
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I mostly take photos with my iPhone, and often use instagram filters. I don't think they look crappy at all.

ETA: I love the photos I can take with my regular digital camera, but it's just not as convenient, and it adds too much weight to my purse, so iPhone it is most days.
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 3 Apr 2012 9:12 PM
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Mary Ann
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Well I take photos on both my phone and my DLSR but I never seem to ever take them off and publish them!

I do have to say though, not enough people edit their shots. Out of focus, tiny, dark shots are posted to FB all the time! I don't get it. YOu don't have to dump all the photos! Just post the good ones. Whether taken on a phone or a good camera.
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 3 Apr 2012 9:14 PM
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 Chesley ON
Heavinlyn
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Ya know, sometimes I miss film cameras. I miss taking the film to Bi-Way and having it sent away to be developed. That week wait was torture! And the thrill of opening the envelope to see all the pictures we took. Priceless.

Our point and shoot broke. So, right now we use our phones and it sucks.
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 3 Apr 2012 9:14 PM
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I almost never use my phone for photos. I only do so if there's something spur-of-the-moment to photograph, but I almost always use a proper camera.
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 3 Apr 2012 9:15 PM
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 Surrey, BC
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My iPhone is a better camera than my old point and shoot. I also always have my iPhone with me. The only time I actually use a camera is on vacation, when I'm not using my phone.
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 3 Apr 2012 9:15 PM
 25 Feb 2009
 Ottawa
bridetobe2709
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I only use my phone in a pinch. I've just recently "taken up" photography as a hobby but Im still at the frustrating stage of taking pics out of auto ... but I force myself to - I figure its the only way to learn, right?
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 3 Apr 2012 9:15 PM
 5 Jul 2006
 New Brunswick
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I prefer my real camera because any pic I take with my
IPhone just isn't good enough for me. I'm no great photographer or anything but when I get a really awesome pic of nieces and nephew but the quality is crap (blurry/color is off) I get really angry at myself for using the phone rather than the camera.
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 3 Apr 2012 9:15 PM
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 3 Apr 2012 9:16 PM
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cherryblossom
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I think a lot of people who take crappy photos with their phones, will also take crappy photos with real cameras. Just a thought.
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 3 Apr 2012 9:18 PM
 23 Aug 2005
 Milford, Nova Scotia
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My camera is too much of a hulk to carry around unless I am out doing something that I know might be photo worthy. Otherwise, its iphone or nothing, and I don't find the pics to be that bad as long as the lighting is decent. Certainly on FB I can't tell the difference between the well-lit iphone shots and the shots taken with my DSLR.
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 3 Apr 2012 9:19 PM
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Gir
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I rarely have my camera with me (and it rarely has working batteries), but I always have my phone. I'm not a huge picture taker to start with so for the most part my phone works fine for the few pictures I end up taking.

If I'm going to an event where I know I will want better quality pictures I'll bring my camera, but that's not really that often.

I also use instagram filters with some of my photos and I like them. To each their own.
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 3 Apr 2012 9:24 PM
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I dunno, I guess I just have a ton of Mommy friends on FB, and I see all these crap blurry 'edited' photos (with warped colors and filters and effect) and I can't help but feel AWFUL for the kids that their parents are not going to have decent photos of them, and all they'll have is camera phone crap. Some of them would be AMAZING, memorable and wonderful photos to have but they're blurry, and color warped.

That being said, I am very picky when it comes to photography, but part of that reason is that I want photos to document my life, and my son's life, so he has things to look back on, and I want them to be an accurate, clear representation of how things actually looked.
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 3 Apr 2012 9:26 PM
 25 Oct 2007
 Alberta
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I have zero patience for learning about photography. I'm happy to pay someone to take good pics once a year or for milestone events and take crappy pictures with my iPhone the rest of the time. My point and shoot casts some weird yellow tinge over everything for some reason, AND it's big.

My parents only took a few crappy pictures of me per year in the 80's, and someone I survived this heinous lack of documentation and extreme over use of Sears portrait studio. Looking back, I see my family. 80's glasses, yellow shag carpet, me and my brother playing in my grandparents' yard. Most of the pictures are blurry and yellowed. Maybe over exposed. But I love them all the same! So I wouldn't waste your energy "feeling bad" for the poor children with less than perfect photos to look back on. They probably won't notice.

To me, pictures are just echoes of memories. Something to glance at to help you remember. My phone is in my purse and it does the job just fine.
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 3 Apr 2012 9:27 PM
 19 Sep 2005
Ms_Married
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I do both. I take photos on my phone. Usually they are just totally random stuff, and occasionally I post stuff to FB. Probably 80% of the pictures on my phone are photos of my dogs that I send to DH with commentary during the day or when he's away for work tongueold

My phone photos don't generally get downloaded to my computer though so they don't go in our photo albums. The photos we take on our camera are what goes in the photo albums.
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 3 Apr 2012 9:37 PM
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 3 Apr 2012 9:38 PM
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Funny timing. My friend who is a professional photographer (with a published book of his photography and many years in the industry), just made a FB post about his love for the iPhone camera. grin
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 3 Apr 2012 9:54 PM
 31 Jul 2010
omaki
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Phone cameras are getting better and better. The phone companies know that this is how people use their cameras and are tailoring the phones to compete with low-end p&s cameras. There are some that believe low-end p&s will not last that much longer. The convenience of taking a picture and uploading it instantly is quite a pull.

We don't have these phones yet, but the mobile phone/cameras in Japan rival even higher end p&s cameras. My husband's a camera nut, so he reads all the blogs about new products so I get to hear about it. It's probably a side effect of everyone and their dog having a digital SLR, too. You can't whip it out easily for snapshots (well, unless you're DH geek) and lots of people don't want to buy two cameras.

It's funny that you're reminiscing about point and shoots the way some people reminisce about film cameras!
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 3 Apr 2012 10:06 PM
 7 Nov 2007
 Winnipeg, Manitoba
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I use both. I use my iPhone camera for spur of the moment stuff(like when DD does something super cute) but for family outings and posed picture I use our regular camera. I don't use instagram nor do I do any editing to iPhone pics. Take picture, upload to Facebook, done.
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 3 Apr 2012 10:11 PM
 13 Aug 2006
 Calgary, AB
Raynn
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My phone is with me at all times, so I do take a fair amount of pics on it. but I do try to take shots at home or major events with a normal camera.
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 3 Apr 2012 10:14 PM
 29 Dec 2008
 Calgary
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I do, I hate it too. Odd broke my point and shoot and I have no moola for a new one plus I have no computer to upload from a sd card!
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 3 Apr 2012 10:23 PM
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 Calgary
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I do use my cell phone for the odd outing pic. I have a bigger camera that I use for around the house or important outings and a cheaper point and shoot camera that fits in my pocket.
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 3 Apr 2012 10:23 PM
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I take tons of pictures, every day. I always have a point and shoot with me and I use my DSLR a lot as well. I do however take pics occasionally with my PlayBook and post them on Facebook, for example, if DD is doing something cute/funny, as it is easier to post pics directly from it.

I love taking pictures and looking at pictures. I still print most of my photos and out them in albums
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 3 Apr 2012 10:34 PM
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I'm still a camera fan.
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 3 Apr 2012 10:42 PM
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I use my real camera often, but almost 100% of the pics I post to FB are from my phone. It's so easy to be in the moment, snap a pic, and post. Vs taking a pic and actually getting it off the memory card and uploading it later.

So I do have LOTS of good camera pics, but my FB friends don't see any of them.
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 3 Apr 2012 10:44 PM
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 Lad.ner, BC
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I would *love* to get a nice DSLR (is that even the right term?) camera... our regular camera is OK but I'd love a great one!

I do use my phone for photos, but it's a 12MP flash camera (I've got a Nokia N8 so its best feature is the camera) and so the pics I would post from it wouldn't look anything like iPhone photos either...
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 3 Apr 2012 10:46 PM
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I still use my regular camera. I don't have a cell phone though.
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 3 Apr 2012 10:46 PM
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 Ottawa
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All of my photos from when I was a kid look like Instagram without the filters and whatnot. And I survived.

I think people have gone a bit overboard on documenting their kids lives. They're children, not supermodels and most moms are not professionals. Of course their photos are going to look 'homemade' and they should look that way.
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 3 Apr 2012 11:33 PM
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I lug my DSLR with us everywhere and take oodles of pics daily. I am not on FB though so don't post them smile I recently got a smart phone but wouldn't have thought to take pics with it instead of with my 'real' camera. I have taken a couple but mostly just to try it out not to take pics for keeping.
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 4 Apr 2012 12:24 AM
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I use my iPhone for a lot of pictures, and like a few people have said, it actually takes decent photos. With the right lighting and a steady hand, I have captured some cute moments.

I have a nicer camera too, and try and use it often as well, but most of the time it doesn't come with us on everyday outings!
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 4 Apr 2012 5:49 AM
 29 Jan 2007
 Nova Scotia
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I think what's worse than this debate is how few people are actually printing any photos!
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 4 Apr 2012 6:25 AM
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I think it's just because everyone always has their phone with them all the time and it's easier to upload to FB from the phone.

I only use my good camera for trips where there will be many photos.
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 4 Apr 2012 8:00 AM
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If I had a decent cell phone I imagine I'd be taking a lot of photos with it since it would be on me at all times. I would hope that I'd still take the majority of photos with my Canon since we invested in it for a reason, but without the cell phone camera being an option for me who knows.

I don't really care what people choose to take their photos with, but I do have the WTF moments on FB when people waste their time uploading crappy, blurry photo after crappy, blurry photo. Sometimes they are taken with a REAL camera. General rule of thumb: if I can't tell if it's you, your kid or your dog in the photo, it's not post-able quality.

And then there's my mom who PRINTS the blurry photos from her point and shoot whistleold
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 4 Apr 2012 9:29 AM
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 Toronto
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I can't stand our phones' cameras.

We use our dSLRs, or our point & shoot if we're taking pictures. Occasionally, we'll bust out one of the 35mm if we're feeling adventurous (I'm more likely to do that than DH, though... I take more time before I snap... he prefers to snap more... his style works better for digital than film)

Personally, I prefer having to take the time to review pics before posting them online... impulse posting backfires a little too often for my liking *laugh*



BAC... growing up we referred to one set of my cousins as "the most photographed children on earth", so even 30+ years ago there were parents who took pictures of every moment and shared them with everyone they could think of. "Oh look! Here's Johnny's 3rd spoonful of breakfast on his 6th birthday. Isn't it adorable the way he scrunches up his nose? And here's bite #4... look! There's the nose again!"
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 4 Apr 2012 10:07 AM
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The art if everything is lost with these stupid phones, IMO. The art of photography, the art of conversation, the art of the written letter, as well as CD art, the art of holding an actual book instead of a machine, etc. Everyone is slowly turning into non-imaginative robots. I am very concerned for my children and what will be available (or not available) to them in 10 years.
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 4 Apr 2012 10:25 AM
 29 Jul 2005
 Ottawa, ON
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For me, I shoot pics with my phone and post it to FB because it's easy and convenient.
I take a lot of pics with my phone it's on me at all times.

For occaisions, I bring my dslr and my important pictures are taken with that.
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 4 Apr 2012 11:13 AM
 28 Dec 2005
 Calgary, AB
Snick
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I still use my camera a lot when I'm at home or when we go on day trips out to the mountains. But day to day outings we always have our phones so yeah a lot of pictures get taken with them. Plus I like that I an instantly post it onto facebook vs having to upload them to my computer and then to facebook.
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 4 Apr 2012 12:13 PM
 3 Mar 2010
 Calgary
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For the most part, I use my camera. While it is not an SLR, it is a step up from a basic point and shoot. That is what I typically use, but as it is big and bulky, I can't always take it with me on every activity (like skiing, for example). Sometimes the moment is happening and I only have my BB phone camera. I've still taken some amazing shots with it, but then I also make sure to frame the shot properly.

It is kind of cool that you can instantly upload, but I don't put every photo up.
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 6 Apr 2012 12:07 PM
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My real camera is so old, that my iphone actually takes better pictures. We also take a lot of videos, and DH is a montage-a-holic. I think my memories are adequately captured. Some of my favourite photos are just snapshots from cheap-y disposable from back in the day.

I say all this, BUT - I am getting a new DSLR soon though! Super excited. I'm using baby, and capturing memories as an excuse though.

I am very guilty of not printing any photos, and I hope to change this. I want to make monthly/yearly whatever photo books of baby, filled with my awesome photos from my awesome DSLR.
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 6 Apr 2012 1:54 PM
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See, I think that the second pic. is Way more interesting than the first:

Creepy Water-baby-mermaid that I dug up from my back yard this week:




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 6 Apr 2012 1:58 PM
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But what makes you think that the pics that people post on Facebook are the only photos they take? I wouldn't bother uploading my good photos to Facebook for a bunch of randoms to see. The people that matter would get to see my photos either in person or via email. IMO there is a time and place for phone pics and FB is one of them. Its a social media site so it'd seem appropriate to see lots of photos taken with people's communication/media devices.
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 6 Apr 2012 2:14 PM
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I use my camera for situations where I KNOW I'll be taking photos like at a dance review for DD or a family holiday. I use my phone when something pops up that's funny or that I want to capture and I don't have my camera with me.
I have tons of photos and videos that are good quality that I don't post on FB. It's so easy to upload from my phone that sometimes I have pics of the same thing on my phone and my camera but I share the one on my phone.

Not all camera photos are crappy though. In natural light situations I find my phone (android) takes decent photos and DH's android (newer than mine) takes even better pics.

That said, I'm not a huge fan of all the instagram photos. I use some of those fun filters once in a while but those aren't the only pictures I post.
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 6 Apr 2012 8:10 PM
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I don't get the purpose or appeal of printing them all off either. I love the new age way of printing a few good ones to give out or frame and the rest stay in an album on the computer for viewing whenever. I didn't grow up in a family with neatly put together albums though. We had a couple of albums and the rest was a drawer full of photo envelopes. Yeah, I'm happy with the digital era wink
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 6 Apr 2012 10:33 PM
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RnR
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You are right - having them on the computer to look through and share is fantastic. I don't think I will ever be printing full albums, but I need to get caught up with some photobooks and maybe some printed off to make baby books for the kids.
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 11 Apr 2012 10:37 AM
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Tanky, if you're like me, you'd also hate others offering to capture moments themselves with their cameras. I'm certainly no pro but I always offer to snap the shots at family functions with my camera because they/their cameras suck at it. Some of the pics they share/print from these functions are horrendous.
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 11 Apr 2012 3:25 PM
 21 Jan 2005
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1) My iphone is ALWAYS with me, not my P&S and definitely NOT my dSLR
2) My iphone actually takes better photos than my old P&S and I have no interest in buying a new P&S
3) I pull out my camera at special occasions, or when I take the kids out for a session. BUT, my camera = my job, and sometimes I just want to enjoy the moment and not worry about working.
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