How My iPhone Saved My Chicago Trip

by Clarissa C Posted on August 06, 2011

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It was the first time I felt completely helpless and under-prepared while on vacation. My friends and I spent the first half of our day sightseeing and shopping, and like many tourists, we were taking pictures of everything we saw. Little did I know that clicking my camera’s shutter way too many times almost prevented me from completing my Chicago photo book.

My friend Pat and I were the only two out of the group that wanted to check out the architectural tour. It was absolutely beautiful! I loved learning about Chicago’s history, each building’s story and cruising down the river on a warm, perfect day. However, I quickly discovered that my camera’s battery was getting very low halfway through the tour. After a few more shots, my camera completely died. I started to panic…what was I to do? Luckily, I heard my iPhone! One of my other friends sent me a text message to let Pat and I know where to meet up after the tour was over. Because I was so accustomed to using my camera for all my vacation pictures, I didn’t even think about using my iPhone as a backup.

I started to click away! Many of the pictures I took with my iPhone turned out great. When I was done, I just used my Shutterfly iPhone app and uploaded the photos into my Shutterfly account. After a little editing in Photoshop, the pictures I took with my iPhone made some great detail shots for my photo book. And that’s how my iPhone saved my Chicago trip…and photo book!

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  1. Earl J Says:

    Chicago has so many photo ops. It was good you could tell us how you were able to shoot away.

  2. BarbaraJ Says:

    I have to admit my I Phone has saved me also. My resolution may not be that good but I got the moment I needed for my photo opt. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Joey Says:

    Excellent photos and what a relief to have your Iphone with you. I’ve seen some of my friends pictures from their iPhones and am blown away how nice they turn out.
    Thanks for sharing your article!

  4. petiam Says:

    The phone has come a long way from being used for calls only, hasn’t it?! Loved your story – I guess in a pinch, I would do the same. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Natalie Says:

    My friends user their iPhone all the time to take pictures, I always have my point & shoot for pictures around town. But sometimes those iPhone pics come out pretty good! I love the iPhone 4 with the camera in the front so you don’t turn your phone around to take a picture of yourself anymore. We take pictures everywhere we go and it certainly does come in handy when you need to take a picture, not to mention being able to upload pictures instantly to facebook and Shutterfly! I love technology!

  6. AnnAbbott Says:

    My husband uses his phone all the time for the quick shots of the kids. We were in Disneyland and took a photo of our 4 year old up very high on a ride. It turned out to be one of the best pictures of the trip. Also the “cell phone” camera is so small it can be in places a real nice digital could be damaged to catch those fun quick photos…

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Although Clarissa was diagnosed with breast cancer in July of 2009, she still managed to embrace her life and capture everyday moments with her passion for photography and maintaining her role as family historian. After undergoing major surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatment, she is now in remission, and continues to strive with a positive attitude and appreciates the simpler things in life, mixed with the convenience of modern technology. When Clarissa is not busy creating photo books (her specialty), you’ll find her spending time with family, friends and her awesome husband who are huge fans of their local sports teams.

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