But the great thing about being a later adapter is that you get the latest model. Although there's a newer version out now my iPhone 4S doesn't need updating because I bought it for the camera which is just as good as the iPhone 5 camera.
That's right. I'm not interested in text messages, though they do come in handy, and I definitely don't want to get phone calls while I'm out and about. I only bought an iPhone because it has a great camera and I wanted to play around with Instagram so now you can follow me on Instagram here.
I was inspired by bloggers like Nikki Parkinson at Styling You who have beautiful Instagram updates on their blogs and wanted to add them to my travel blog Get In the Hot Spot.
Instagram seemed like a great way to be creative, share photos instantly and keep your blog fresh even when you're not publishing new posts. So in a short time I've gone from iPhone curious to hooked on iPhoneography because the mobile phone camera and Instagram are doing all those things and, better yet, freeing up my time.
As a travel blogger taking, editing and preparing photos for my blog can take hours. Obviously I can't save time on taking photos but I can save time on the editing and web preparation stage using my iPhone and a few handy apps I've installed. Best of all I can do the editing work on my iPhone anywhere which saves hours when I get home.
So here are my time-saving tips some of which I've gleaned from grilling Nikki and her iPhoneography post and others from the iPhone Photgraphy ebook by Misho Baranovic and the Digital Photography School which is inspiring and incredibly useful.
1. Get the ProCamera app
You'll take better photos straight away because it has a full screen trigger meaning you can touch the screen anywhere to take a shot so you don't have to hunt for the little square and can focus on your target. ProCamera app costs $3.99 which is a LOT less than an SLR and that's just one of the fancy things it can do.
2. Pop your photos on Instagram and add an Instagram widget to your blog to show them off
You'll need the Instagram app for this which allows you to crop photos to a square, choose a filter and upload them to Instagram in minute or two. You can then embed your latest Instagram uploads on your blog if you wish like I've done on the Get In the Hot Spot home page.
This is great for blogs on topics like fashion, travel or food where great visuals often count more than words and it means your website can be kept fresh even when you haven't written a new blog post.
Try to focus on your niche. Even though I’m not traveling much this year I’m sharing photos of nature, wildlife and scenery so there’s a unified theme to my Instagram stream. I also automatically share those photos on Twitter and Facebook. Plus, if your photos get enough attention you might be able to sell them online as well.
3. Reuse your best Instagram images on your blog.
Once your photos are on Instagram you can then reuse those photos on your blog as they'll be ready to go. Just be careful you don't use too many different Instagram filters and styles in one blog post or it will start to look messy.
4. Experiment with cropping and filters
Apps like Procamera, Instagram and Snapseed all have different filters which can make a bad photo look good and a good photo look great.
I go a bit mad when I first laid my hands on those apps but if you play around with the filters and settings you'll soon start to get a feel for what works and what looks too crazy.
5. Add text
Nikki recommends the PicFrame app ($0.99) and the Picmonkey website but you'll need to be on your computer to use that because it's Flash enabled.
I just downloaded the PicFrame app to try it out and created the image up top in around 5 minutes so you could probably do something that looks great when you've got the hang of it.
6. Create collages
Advertisers and brands love images and you can create fun collages on your iPhone with the Instastitch or PicFrame apps.
7. Email photos to yourself from your iPhone
I find it quicker to create and publish blog posts on my computer and the easiest way to get the photos off my iPhone and onto my desktop for use is by emailing them to myself.
Disclaimer: If you're in the slightest bit interested in taking better photos on your iPhone I totally recommend the iPhone Photgraphy ebook. It's so good I even signed up as an affiliate because I'm confident you'll love it. As a bonus I get a teeny tiny referral fee if you buy it using that link. Otherwise you can check it out yourself at the Digital Photography School.
Remember to follow me on Instagram here if you don't already. Thank you.
Have you got any iPhoneography or Instagram tips?