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The Most Popular Camera on Flickr is Not a Camera

It is an iPhone!

Anyways, I’m not too surprised that the most popular camera brand on Flickr is NOT a CAMERA. Take a look at the data from Flickr:

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Why are real camera brands, like Canon and Nikon, showing a downward trend?

Is it because it’s easier to flip out an iPhone (or, any phone) and take a quick snap-shot? Is it because the iPhone’s tonal quality is stunning right out-of-the-box, requiring much lesser post-processing work? Is it because one can do quick in-camera editing with great tools like Snapseed and VSCO? Is it because the iPhone has a better burst rate than one’s current entry-level DSLR? In my opinion, it’s all of the above.

I have a few iPhone photos on my Flickr page, and am including some samples down below. I love the end-result of the image from my phone more than from my Canon 600D. May be, most others using Flickr think so too.

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Canon 600D is a fantastic DSLR — no doubt. But, these days, I’m just plain lazy to grab that half-a-kilo Canon from the bag to take a casual picture. I always go for my phone.

Probably, the next best thing is to ditch the DSLR, and switch to a compact mirrorless camera system. I think, from now on, people getting into photography, or wanting to buy an entry-level DSLR, should seriously consider the mirrorless option. What say you?

By the way, a question to Android fanboys — You’ve the biggest market share. Why aren’t you taking pics? Is it because the photo quality isn’t good enough to post on Flickr? Is it because you hate Flickr? Just curious…

Save the Planet and Save Money With E-Cycling

The holidays are right around the corner and it looks like pretty much everyone wants a new phone for Christmas. The only problem is that new plans have made upgrading more complicated than ever and getting a new phone is almost never cheap. Plus, you have to figure out what to do with the stack of old phones piling up in that desk drawer.

Devices are upgraded so quickly and by so many people that they’re rapidly filling up dumps and creating unnecessary waste and pollution that can be easily avoided. According to Landfill-Site, it’s estimated that a whopping 70 percent of heavy metals in landfills are a result of discarded devices even though electronics only represent 2 percent of America’s trash.

Thankfully, companies are taking the initiative to make it easier and more rewarding for people to recycle their old devices. At Verizon Wireless, you can get paid for recycling your old mobile phone. Customers are able to find out how much their device is worth ahead of time and mail off their old phone in a prepaid box at no cost to themselves. Then, all you have to do sit back and wait for the check (or gift card) to come in.

When you recycle your old cell phone, you’re not only cutting down on potentially dangerous waste in landfills but also helping to provide important reusable materials. This means less metals that have to be mined out of the ground so you get to save the planet twice with just one cell phone.

Toss in some extra cash that can go toward your upgrade or some important gifts and there’s no reason not to recycle.

Guest post by Tom Harkness


East Coast Road, Chennai — Sunrise [PIC]

Taken @ Pebble Beach, East Coast Road, Chennai.

Canon 600D with Canon 35-135mm USM lens. Color corrected in Lightroom.