I recently ran the U.S. Half Marathon in San Francisco. The highlight of the half marathon was being able to run across the Golden Gate Bridge. Fortunately, I was able to take pictures while running with my girlfriend’s Apple iPhone. I wouldn’t have tried to run the half marathon with any other camera.
There’s been a lot of buzz about Chase Jarvis’ The Best Camera book, iPhone app, and website. Some of the photographs produced by the iPhone are absolutely amazing. It just shows you that great photographs are determined by the photographer and not the camera.
In addition to being extremely portable, the iPhone has a number of photography applications that you can use for post-production. The Adobe Photoshop iPhone application is free. The NY Times covers several photography applications that would be useful. The iPhone also automatically geotags your photos.
As a beginner, I really like to practice taking photos with the iPhone, because I’m not distracted by too many settings. It’s really just point and shoot. I’m not suggesting that you should go out and buy a new iPhone. But if you already have one, it’s a great camera that shouldn’t be underestimated.