Why I choose to shoot on the iPhone while my DSLR gathers dust

Apple iPhone 13 Pro vs iPhone 13
(Image credit: Amy Davies/Digital Camera World)

For the last 20 years, I’ve been making (and sometimes scraping) a living as a self-employed photography writer. The main tool of my trade for most of this time has been the trusty DSLR, although now I find myself reaching for my iPhone more often – and for the last couple of years, my DSLRs have remained largely untouched. 

Although primarily a Canon fan, I used a wide range of camera brands so I could write a series of 'Photography Focus' guides on mastering each camera’s menus and features. I also had to juggle shooting with a Nikon for my regular N-Photo magazine tutorials and a Canon for PhotoPlus magazine features (which made packing camera kit for holidays an extra challenge!). 

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George Cairns

George has been freelancing as a photo fixing and creative tutorial writer since 2002, working for award winning titles such as Digital Camera, PhotoPlus, N-Photo and Practical Photoshop. He's expert in communicating the ins and outs of Photoshop and Lightroom, as well as producing video production tutorials on Final Cut Pro and iMovie for magazines such as iCreate and Mac Format. He also produces regular and exclusive Photoshop CC tutorials for his YouTube channel.