A Blog for Cell Phone Camera Enthusiasts

We’ve become accustomed to using our phones for just about everything. It seems like every week a new revolutionary app is announced. So what about the old fashioned camera app? It’s been around a while, but it once was one of those revolutionary smartphone features. But it’s not obsolete, we just have to be creative in how we use it. Here are a list of our favorite unintended uses for the cell phone camera.

Little Words

When you get a bit older… OK a lot older, your vision goes. Just reading the menu at a candlelit table can be a real chore. Forget reading the fine print on a contract or the nutrition details on your can of Hormel Chili. We’ve found the answer. You can use your camera to zoom on the type. You don’t even need to take the picture, just hover your phone over the words, and use your fingers to zoom. Voila! Everything’s nice and big for us elderly to read.

Those Pesky To Do Lists

Do you have a To-Do List app on your phone? I do, in fact I’ve got three or four. How many do I use? None, I have to admit. It’s just not easy to give up the pen and paper, or the DayRunner calendar for writing down what you need. Besides, I’m usually on my cell phone at the time I need to jot something down. So what do you do. Take a picture of your notes or to-do list. This also saves you from having to lug your DayRunner around. I hate the feeling you get when you arrive at the grocery store, just to remember you left your grocery list on the table. Forget bringing the list, just snap a photo. Then delete it when you’re done with it.

What’s That On My Back?

If you’ve ever gotten a scratch or bug bite or other unknown affliction in an area of your body you can’t view, you know how annoying it can be to wonder what it looks like. Is it bleeding? Is there puss? Is it red? Oh the curiosity! If you could only see it. If you’ve got the flexibility and/or a selfie stick, you can. Reach around and take a picture of it. Since you can’t see where you are taking a picture, you may have to try a few times. Depending on what and where you are photographing, it might be a good idea to delete the pictures before you forget.

What’s Behind There?

My dog bumped his ball under a shelf in a place where I couldn’t see where it was, and it was an odd angle for me to stick my hand under it waving around trying to find it, besides, I might run my hand into a nest of spider or something awful like that. So I used my camera phone at different angles to get a good feel for where it might be. Sure enough, I was able to locate it right away by viewing my pictures. I don’t want to talk about the dust monsters and random artifacts that were also there. I think I might have seen a mummy in one of my pictures. No spiders, happily.

This also works for peeking around the corner if you are trying to avoid someone that you saw coming your way. You can reach your phone around the corner, snap a photo and see if he/she is gone yet. This tactic actually works against you at night. Flashes tend to draw attention. Just sayin’.

Where Did I Park?

That’s pretty self-explanatory. If you are going to be away from your car for a few hours or all day (or 5 minutes for us elderly folks), you might forget exactly where you parked. No need for a fancy app, just take a picture with a recognizable landmark or garage section numbers in it. Done, go enjoy your shopping!

Some ideas that didn’t make the cut…

  1. Take a picture of the guy trying to mug you at night so the flash temporarily blinds him, allowing you to escape. You have his picture now, too.
  2. Taking a picture after you’ve gone to the bathroom to show to your doctor. That’s just not right!
  3. Taking a close up of a bug, spider or snake. You really don’t want to be that close to one of those critters.
  4. Trying to take a picture of the guy who cut you off in traffic. It’s not worth it, not to mention, you’ll never get a good enough picture of the license plate because there’s too much motion. That’s what we’ve heard, anyway.
  5. Taking a picture up your nose to see where that booger disappeared to.


August 10th, 2015

Posted In: Tips

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