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How the PhotoVoice iPhone App Works

Author's Note

I started shooting digital photos back in the early 2000s, but the cameras in cell phones always seemed too blurry and imprecise to be of much use until I got my first iPhone in 2010. I was shocked to discover that the phone actually produced images with a higher resolution than my seven-year-old Nikon digital camera, and that it was ridiculously easy to upload them to Facebook or Twitter. Additionally, though, I could carry my camera around in my pocket all the time, so that I was ready to shoot a picture anywhere I went. And I did. In the first three months alone, I snapped more than 1,000 images. I also found that with the iPhone app version of Photoshop, I could manipulate and edit photos with the phone, and also add a lot of cool effects. As a result, I've probably taken more pictures in the past couple of years than I did in my entire life up to that point.

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