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My iPhone photography break down

Week 310.0 — 2nd October '23

I've been an iPhone user for a decade now, for more than half of that I've had a phone with more than one camera lens and wanted to know how much I'd actually used anything other than the default 1x camera. I thought I'd be able to search in the iOS Photos app and filter by lens but I could only search by model.

After a quick look around I had to turn to the MacOS version of Photos where I could build some smart albums. This would be a great iOS feature by the way. But I could not figure out a way to refine by sensor used or max aperture or anything useful. Aperture yes, but that's not consistent enough across any photo I've taken since late 2017.

So for now, I've broken it down by phone only and will look to revisit once I've figured out exactly how to perform a search based on the lens used.

Model Years Photos Videos Photos per year
iPhone 5 2012-2013 961 N/A 96
iPhone 5s 2013-2017 2346 205 585
iPhone 8 Plus 2017-2022 7133 341 1425
iPhone 14 Pro 2022+ 1585 98 1585
1 The photos app shows a small fraction of photos I took with the iPhone 5.

I'm not surprised that my use of the camera has increased year-on-year and model-by-model but I really thought I'd peaked early on with the iPhone 8 Plus because of how convenient it was to have both a 1x and a 2x camera to hand all the time.

Tempted to take on another Project 365, but primarily with an iPhone rather than a DSLR which is what I did last time.

I'll keep looking into how I can drill into these stats, at the very least I want to know how often I've used each of the 0.5x, 1x, 2x and 3x options but I also want to start working more with RAW photos too. I just expected these stats to be a whole lot easier to figure out!

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Quick links and commentary on interesting articles, videos and more throughout the week.

  1. 310.1 – Monday
    1. Humane Pins appear at Paris Fashion Week daringfireball.net
    2. Hand embroidered satellite imagery kottke.org
  2. 310.2 – Tuesday
    1. Apple Pencil 3 Could Feature Magnetic Tips for Different Drawing Styles macrumors.com
  3. 310.4 – Thursday
    1. 2030 World Cup will take place on three continents axios.com
  4. 310.5 – Friday
    1. 1000 photos later: iPhone 15 Pro Max is still missing something The Verge on youtube.com

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