Smartphone challenge: does the iPhone take the best photos?


It’s well documented that I love my iPhone. I also love my iMac and my MacBook Pro. Oh, and my iPad.

I’m an Apple girlie. Cut me in half and you’ll find I have pips at my core.

However, I do know that such devoted and slavish love for a brand can make one automatically dismissive of other options. Of course excellent quality coupled with superb customer service does nurture brand loyalty, but having been told that I should consider a Samsung or an HTC handset I’m aware that after four iPhone-ographic years I should at least dip my toe in the water and try another for size.

So, last week I approached a leading manufacturer if they’d like me to review their latest offering against my iPhone.

They cordially thanked me for the opportunity and assured me someone would get back to me.

To date I’ve heard nothing. So do I assume that they think they can’t offer a superior product to the iPhone?

Maybe. In fact, I suspect that’s almost certainly the case. After all I’ve never stayed loyal to a brand of phone for four years. In fact I’m not sure I’ve stayed loyal to any brand of anything for that long!

But the offer still stands …. If anyone would like me to objectively and fairly road-test another brand then I’m happy to do so; full details would be published in this blog with appropriate links and credits.

So step forward, iPhone crown contender! When it comes down to it I’ll happily switch brands if I can take better snaps simply and with ease :)

If no-one comes forward then I guess we can only assume the iPhone wins not only by default but on the reputation that precedes it … Can’t we? ;)

If however, you’d like to take up the challenge then please email me here.


Photography: Instagram Tips and Tricks


When it comes to ‘photography on the go’ teamed with split-second sharing there are few applications better than Instagram.

When I first laid hands on my iPhone 4 I went crazy – no, that would be an understatement – I went beserk with associated flashing lights and tooting horns for Instagram.

Not only did I lose hours taking and posting shots, I also went a little overboard with photo-editing apps. To date I have five folders worth of them … Do you think that’s enough? No, me neither … (I’ll be covering my favourite photo apps in a later post)

So what makes Instagram so addictive?

As I’ve already mentioned for me it’s the immediacy of it. But also I love the total lack of snobbery that you can get with some photo-sharing sites. You don’t get (or at least I haven’t seen) deflating comments such as “you had your shutter speed set too fast on that one”. Quite simply, in my Debsy book of photography law, it goes against the spirit of Instagram if you post images taken on a DSLR, upload and then post them; it’s for smartphones!

So … for anyone who’s new to Instagram here are a few pointers:

Instagram tips and tricks

  • Try and ensure your image is in focus; zoom in and check the clarity.
  • Use the move and scale to good effect … Nudging your image up or down, can have a dramatic effect on the finished result as does zooming in to crop down.
  • Play around with the filters; you’ll be surprised how different your photos can look.
  • ‘Like’ and comment on other users images … But be polite!
  • Use hashtags so that people can find your photos if they don’t follow you … i.e. #sunset #landscape #Devon
  • Look at the ‘popular’ page for inspiration
  • Don’t assume because you aren’t stood in front of an amazing vista that you can’t take an interesting image; some of my favourite shots were of flowers (see the pair of pink blooms above, taken in my aunt’s kitchen in the midst of it being decorated).
  • Have fun!


(All images featured were posted by me @debsylee on Instagram)