Ever since I got my DSLR in 2009, I have carried it with me on almost every trip I have been on. I can count on my fingers the few trips that I left it behind home. On every international trip, I have carried it around with me and come back with literally thousands of pictures. So, this time when I took the uncharacteristic decision to leave my DSLR behind, for a trip to Europe no less, hubby was quite surprised. However, my mind was made up. I was not going to get much time sight seeing this time and carrying around my heavy DSLR for a just a few hours of use seemed too much. I decided I would rely on my iPhone for the photography this time!
Having relied on the iPhone to do point and shoot photography on my last holiday, I was pretty confident that I would come badck with loads of good pictures. Now, when I am back home and have browsed the pictures on the phone, I am quite happy that I did not go around carrying a heavy DSLR . Other than the frozen fingers since iPhone camera did not work with gloves, I have no complaints. I was able to go around the city carrying a small purse and my phone came out of my coat pocket every time I needed to click.
When I have a to explore a city on my own in a few hours, I invariably take a hop on hop off tour. This time was no exception and since I was in Amsterdam, a canal tour it was. Sitting inside the boat with the glass windows, I was easily able to view the city sites and my trigger happy self took hundreds of pictures! A DSLR makes taking pics thru glass windows a bit of a challenge.
The biggest advantage was asking other people to take pics of me. I used to always hunt for someone with a Nikon DSLR and request them to take pics of me. It was much easier explaining the controls to such a person. With the iPhone, I was able to ask any of the other travellers to do it for me and once I offered to click theirs in return, we were all happy tourists.
I also liked that my pics synched to the cloud every time I had wifi 🙂 so back up was immediately available. I have heard horror stories of losing cameras and cashed memory cards…
Overall, I am happy with the results of my experiment and think I will rely a lot more on the phone for pictures from now on!
Leaving you guys with a few pictures from the trip to The Netherlands 🙂