Sunday, June 13, 2010

Unusual Uses For Digital Cameras

To correspond with my June Jubilee participation at Coffee Time Romance
and in particular my notes at the Photography topic of the Special Interests section of their forums
I want to continue with that photography theme here...sort of.

I came across a list of unusual uses for digital cameras that I'd like to share with you this week.  In a pinch, you can use your digital camera for the following:

1) Flashlight: Turn on your digital camera and the screen makes a decent light source if you're suddenly trapped in the dark and need to find your way out.

2) Insurance Record Backup: Take pictures, including close-ups, of individual items. With your digital camera, you'll know immediately if you have a viable picture that will identify the item in case of theft or as proof of ownership in case of disaster such as fire. Be sure to keep copies of the pictures some place other than your house so they won't be destroyed should that disaster hit.

3) Mini License Plate: Take a picture of your vehicle license plate, print it and trim to fit in your wallet or purse. You'll never need to make a trip back to your car to check the license number when registering at a motel

4) Passport and Business Card Photos: Take your own photos to use. It's free!

5) Clip Art: Be your own stock photo source. Take your own pictures to use in presentations, blogs, and many other uses. The picture at the top of this blog is one I took of my digital camera using my other digital camera about five minutes before I posted this here.

6) House Buying/Renting: It's hard to keep track of all the details and keep them straight when you tour several properties. Which property had that terrific kitchen pantry and which one had the fireplace in the master bedroom suite? If you take a picture of the house from the street following by a room-by-room tour of the interior, you'll be able to keep it straight.

7) In A Car Crash: You'll definitely want pictures from all angles of all vehicles involved including the vehicle license plates to back up your insurance claim and protect yourself from bogus claims.

8) Foreign Travel: You don't speak the language and aren't sure how to pronounce the name of that hotel or the name of the street. Take a picture of the front of the hotel with the sign showing the name, and a picture of the street sign. You'll be able to turn on your camera and show the picture on the screen to your cab driver or wherever you're asking for directions.

Now, I know what you're thinking. You can do all of that with your cell phone which you always have with you and you might not have a digital camera in your possession at the time. Well…you're right! Whether the digital camera is part of your cell phone or a stand alone item, it's still the immediacy of the digital world.


Jill James said...

Samantha, I love the idea of making your own clip art for blogs and such. Cool!

Janice said...

I heard of most of these before. But where to store your photos in case of fire?

I take most of my own photos to post on my blog too. In fact I just did for a contest drawing I was having today.


Samantha Gentry said...

Jill: Yes, if you have the availability of taking a picture of something you need so that it's exactly what you want, much better than hunting for clip art/images that may or may not be legally useable. :)

Samantha Gentry said...

Janice: I have external plug 'n play hard drives for back up stuff. One of them is dedicated specifically for all my digital photos. Every time I update the backup hard drives, I store one in my mother's basement. That gives me someting to fall back on if a tornado carries off my house. :)

L M Gonzalez said...

Very interesting, Samantha. I'll have to remember the light on my digital camera. Hadn't thought of that one, though I've used my cell phone.

I take pictures of everything since I scrapbook.

Samantha Gentry said...

LM: I have a niece who scrapbooks. She really enjoys it, says she finds it a relaxing change from her hectic work.

katsrus said...

Very interesting. I haven't heard of some of these before. I was told after my fire I should always have pictures of everything I own. It helps to show what you own if you lose it.
Sue B

Samantha Gentry said...

Sue: Yes, a video record is always good in case of fire, flood, other natural disaster, or theft. You can use your digital camera [the pink one :)] to take pictures of everything which you can look at right away so you'll know whether you have a viable picture or not, and then write down the serial numbers. And with any luck at all, you'll never need them!