I’ve been taking photos exclusively with my iPhone ever since I got it. I should explain why. You see, beforehand, our regular point and shoot had been dropped on the ground (by me, oops) and hasn’t been the quite same again. I went back to look and I think the last photo on here taken by someone in the family with the poor Canon was this Christmas Card Challenge shot of 2009.

At least it was until I took these shots of the  piano.

Fun and cute as the iPhone may be, I get a little frustrated by its limitations. This came to a head the other week when I thought to myself, “The Canon may suck up the batteries like a sponge, it’s cracked down the side, the shutter is unreliable, but surely it wasn’t so bad?”

I went to the cupboard, hunted it down, dusted it off, and took it out for another go.

mosaic egg

bike riders

(The results of this walk, taken a couple of weekends ago. Ignore the time stamp on Flickr – seems I need to re-program the date or something…)

I’ve wanted to upgrade to a digital SLR for a long time and might’ve before now were it not for the objections of a certain 6ft 5in member of the family. Vehement objections. These fall in the ‘if you dropped the other one then what hope does a new one have of living a long and unscathed life?’ line.

I put a question to Twitter the other week which asked ‘photography question: is it better (& not to say cheaper) to really get to know your P&S camera before upgrading to SLR?’

The answer I got back was a majority, ‘keep to the P&S and get to know it’ which is interesting.

So, basically, at the moment, I’m confused.

What do you think? Are you a serious photographer? Happy point and shooter? Or 100% iPhone convert and will never look back? (I have the 3GS, so have no flash or zoom, I’ll add.) I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Karen Andrews is the creator of this website, one of the most established and well-respected parenting blogs in the country. She is also an author, award-winning writer, poet, editor and publisher at Miscellaneous Press. Her latest book is Trust the Process: 101 Tips on Writing and Creativity