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10 years of iPhone photography

Week 265.0 — 21st November '22

I've been taking photos on an iPhone for the past 10 years now, starting with the iPhone 5. I thought it would be a good time to look back through the thousands of photos I've taken over 3 previous devices and pick a few from each. Even as far back as the iPhone 5, there have been plenty of times where I've been amazed at the quality of the photos I've captured. They do say that the best camera is the one you have with you!

iPhone 5

The iPhone 5 was my entry into iPhone photography. I had had an iPod Touch for a few years but the early models did not feature a camera. My previous phone was a low-cost Android which was surprisingly not terrible at photography but slow in comparison.

Scottish Highlands

Panoramic photo taken in the Scottish Highlands.

Liverpool

The Liverpool Docks at sunset.

Not necessarily the clearest, but the colour replicated so well.

iPhone 5s

The iPhone 5s was an unexpected upgrade for me, I hadn't planned to move up but by juggling things at home and a new baby on the way, it was good timing for us to make it more convenient to take and share photos.

Tree covered in blossom in spring
Panorama of a Lido
Muddy car park and park with puddles at sunrise.

From the minute I took the photo above, I was unbelievably impressed with how it turned out.

Cloudy sky at sunrise with the silhouette of houses.

Lastly, a video I took at Anfield back in 2014 might to have stood the test of time when it comes to quality, but it was recorded at 120fps!

The biggest downfall of the iPhone 5s however, was the quality of the component. I replaced the module myself once and had a repair shop do the same. Dust was a constant menace and each module eventually ended up becoming useless because of the amount of dust that found it's way into the sensor housing. It looked like it was the glass that needed a clean but it never was and that became a source of real frustration.

iPhone 8 Plus

Which brings me on to my last phone but upgrading to the iPhone 14 Pro. According to the Photos app, I've got almost 7,500 photos taken on this device over 5 years. I've easily taken and deleted double that.

Photo of a flower taken using Portrait Mode.

A surprisingly good photo taken in Portrait mode. I still use this mode all the time and it has been very useful in taken some interesting shots for my ongoing series of photos with the hashtag, #cchanaholdingthings on Instagram.

Live Photo of a highway with moving cars, adjusted to turn it into a long exposure instead.
A no-entry sign.
Looking out over the lake in Osterley Park.
A photo of a cliff face in Portugal.

Space

Space is the biggest issue when it comes to photography, or at least it was until this year. My 64GB iPhone 8 Plus became almost impossible to use and I was constantly sacrificing apps to make space for more photos. Thankfully, I have plenty more now and it shouldn't be an issue for a long time to come.

Options

The camera modules are so much better now, and I believe it might be, in part, thanks to the IP ratings of modern phones that dust is no longer a worry. The ability to switch between cameras has been really useful for composing photos.

I look forward to one day looking back on the next few years and picking some examples of photos that I've taken with the iPhone 14 Pro.

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