Clever Uses for your Phonecam

Like many folks nowadays, I have a phone with a tiny camera built in. Naturally, it takes terrible pictures, but it’s the only camera that’s with me pretty much all of the time. When I first got the camera about two years ago, I used it a lot, because I had also subscribed to Sprint’s Internet service. Once I realized what an awful experience it was to try to do just about anything on that tiny display and over that slow connection, I cancelled my subscription to that service.

Unfortunately, there’s no way to get the pictures from your phone to your computer without paying Sprint’s monthly fee, so I haven’t used that camera much since. But a great article published today on 43folders contains a lot of neat ideas for ways to use your cell phone’s camera, many of which don’t really even require that the photos ever leave the camera. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Remember where you parked. Take a picture of the nearest sign or landmark.
  • Remember a book in a store. Go home and buy it from Amazon for 40% off!
  • Carry your to-do list. If it’s short enough, you can just take a snapshot of it with your camera. One less thing to carry.

Raymond Brigleb

Creative Director, dreamer, partner, father, musician, photographer. Has been known to ride the rails. Pulls one heck of a shot.