The Camera in Your Pocket

It’s Black Friday, and on this notorious day of over-shopping, I’m going to tell you a tale of de-acquisition.

As you may recall, I’ve been on a kick to get rid of anything I’m no longer using. Back in June, I sold quite a bit on eBay (see Cash for My Trash), including my old digital camera. However, I held on to my most-recently purchased digital camera, which I got in 2012.

I used to take a lot of pictures. I’m a scrapbooker, and my daughter’s childhood is beyond well-documented. As she got older, however, I took fewer photos. I knew that once she left for college, my picture-taking would drop significantly. Now I mostly take pictures of my dog. (I can’t help it – he is very cute).

But it was more than just my daughter growing up that has led me away from the digital camera. When we visited London over the summer, I decided to use just my iPhone to take photos. It was one less thing for me to carry and recharge. When I photograph my dog, I always use my iPhone. His eyes look positively devilish when I use a flash, and the iPhone takes better non-flash photos than the digital camera.

A few weeks ago, I used my iPhone to take photos during the dress rehearsal of the musical I had directed. They came out great! And I was able to take a lot of pictures because there is little to no shutter lag. I took almost 1,500 photos in less than 3 hours.

That experience pretty much convinced me that I didn’t need my digital camera anymore. Today, while many of you were out shopping on Black Friday, I listed my camera on eBay. Back in June, someone paid $47 for my much older camera. So I should be able to get at least as much for this one. Even if I get less, it will be nice to create more empty space.

Do you still have a drawer full of cameras that you don’t use anymore because of your smartphone camera? What are you waiting for? Get them out of your life and put some cash in your pocket.

(P.S. The camera sold for $59.26!)

An action shot taken on an iPhone: the sword dance from "Brigadoon"

An action shot taken on an iPhone: the sword dance from “Brigadoon”

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