Today I Am a Gearhead. And Maybe Tomorrow.

I admit to being at least a little giddy about being handed a brand new iPhone 7 Plus by my newspaper this week. Although I didn’t ask for it, many on our staff had experienced shortcomings in the iPhone 6S in our hands, and yearned and lobbied for the next big step up.

My personal iPhone 7 Plus is on the left, and the new work iPhone 7 Plus assigned to me is on the right. Though they have very similar capacities, I use each very differently.
My personal iPhone 7 Plus is on the left, and the new work iPhone 7 Plus assigned to me is on the right. Though they have very similar capacities, I use each very differently.

Though neither tablet nor laptop, the “phablet” (phone+tablet) has versatility in its favor. It is a jack of all trades, including the basic need of being a phone.

Readers, particularly of more than one of my blogs, might realize that I already own an iPhone 7 Plus, and am the carrying two nearly-identical phones around every day.

Of note for this new edition to my photographic and journalistic lexicon is the camera in the 7 Plus, which is very capable. In fact, just an hour after getting set up on the phone, I made a couple of very nice images for the front page of our paper with it.

At this point it’s a mistake to say, “Oh, well if the phones are so good, why do we need cameras or even photographers?” That’s the way a 28-year-old MBA thinks, and it’s not the route to success or greatness. As tempting to say as it is that a phone made this picture, that is not the case. A photographer made this picture with this phone.

Shot with my new iPhone 7 Plus, this image was one of my successes today.
Shot with my new iPhone 7 Plus, this image was one of my successes today.
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1 Comment

  1. Nice image. I’m encouraged by the progress of phone cameras, but not by the decrease in emphasis on *real* journalism.

    I *hope* your breed isn’t dying out.

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