Seeing Red for the Sandwich Generation – from Easy To Use Digital Camera To Cute Granddog Toy!

by Kaye Swain

My senior mom and her gardening great-grandson helping her-lovely family memories

Grandkid photos! Always a favorite pastime for all grandparents who enjoy savoring your family memories, isn't it? And even sweeter when it's multigenerational shots like this one of my senior mom and her great grandson gardening away!  i love my easy to use Canon Powershot digital camera as it gives me the great image stabilization my slightly shaky hands really appreciate. It also gives me high quality photos of my grandchildren that will last long and work well – on the computer and off. And look – it even comes in RED! :) 

WooHoo - theres even a gorgeous RED easy to use Canon Powershot digital camera - perfect for the Sandwich Generation boomers and seniors who love RED

BUT…for those of us in the Sandwich Generation, constantly juggling the issues involved in caring for the elderly parents in our families while raising our kids or babysitting our grandchildren (not to mention granddogs), it's often easier to just grab the easy to use camera in our pocket – called a cell phone. Or in my case, my AT&T iPhone.

For those of you who also love their iPhone, I have found a GREAT new camera app that is worth its weight in gold – not to mention the 99 cents they charge for it. The Camera Zoom App does have a free version

as well as a 99 cent version!

The free version provides a wonderful zoom feature that works easily and I really like it.

BUT I LOVE the paid version of the Camera Zoom app because it also gives you a choice of "bursts." In other words, I can pick 3, 5, or 7 picture bursts. Then, I press the camera picture to take my photo. This easy to use digital camera then takes one photo every couple of seconds (depending on how steady you hold the iPhone). That makes it so much easier for me to get good photos and cute smiles than clicking one picture at a time. And it ALSO offers an image stabilization option! Hooray! One small step for AT&T iphones. One giant step for all of us slightly aging baby boomers and senior citizens! 

Unlike his doggy cousins, I have one camera-shy granddog. The minute he sees a camera, he turns his head. (Sounds like some grandkids, doesn't it? :) ). With the help of the bursts, though, I got these cute shots:

This granddog much prefers to show off his profile rather than his full face

 

My granddogs are all such cuties

Look grandma, your grandoggy beat the dreaded orange grabby toy - that I so love!

My regular iPhone camera app also works well. Here's a photo of my granddog with that app.

This photo of my cute granddog was taken with the regular and easy to use digital camera app in my AT&T iPhone - no zoom even

But there is a definite pause before I can take another photo each time. There can also be an initial pause when I start up the Camera Zoom app but with the bursts, I just point, click once, and move it where I want it. These bursts catch a lot more sweet shots and loads more fun family memories.

Now, I do have to point out something one of my more camera-savvy friends showed me. Using the zoom on the first three pictures does lend a grainier look to the pictures. Even the standard digital camera app, easy to use though it may be, is a bit grainy. Compare those above to this photo taken with my Canon Powershot digital camera:

As she pointed out, this last photo is so much sharper and clearer and better in coloring. That's why it's my very favorite digital camera. BUT when I'm juggling senior parents, babysitting grandchildren, and helping with energetic granddogs, I'm not that picky on my photos. Check back next Tuesday for more details on the Camera Zoom app – and I'll also shoot some outdoor pictures with all the cameras for quality comparison for all of us in the Sandwich Generation with iPhones! 

P.S. I'm linking this up with Sweet Shot Tuesday and Rednesday. :)

P.P.S. Wondering what my cute granddog is playing with in some of the photos? It's his orange Flossy Dog Chews. They are such great dog exercise toys for medium to large dogs, including any aggressive chewers as they are really REALLY sturdy. My granddog LOVES them – so much so, that he has two – including this RED one. And they even floss his teeth! How cool is that! :) 

These flossy chews are great dog toys for medium to bigger dogs including aggressive chewers - my granddog loves his orange and red ones - great for REDnesday

Kaye

P.S. Thank you so much for your comments. I enjoy them very much and read each one. I also love the grand ideas so many of you share that help and encourage other readers. I do my best to reply to them all but value your patience when that isn\'t possible.

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1 LaVoice

Enjoyed your blog and post. Thanks for the camera suggestion. I have a digital, but broke it. I cannot do anything now except take a picture.
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2 Magical Mystical Teacher

I too have a Canon Power Shot. I love it because I can tuck it in my pocket and take it wherever I go!

COLOR DILEMMA

Yellow or red—which shall it be?
Red for you and yellow for me?

Perhaps you’d rather have yellow instead—
Which leaves me, of course, with handfuls of red!

Whichever hue you decide to choose,
I’ll take the other—no one will lose!

© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

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3 Jessi

Such a cute doggie :)

4 Kaye Swain

Thanks, Jessi, I think so too! But then again, I am this granddogs grandma, so I KNOW I’m partial. :) :) :)

5 Kaye Swain

Hi Teacher, Too cool! I do the same – or in my purse. But I’ve learned the hard way to make sure it’s in a soft case. My last camera got it’s viewfinder broken when I popped it into my purse and it hit something hard. Still worked, but I couldn’t preview the pictures. It’s unbelievable how much I LOVE that feature – along with all the rest of this easy to use digital camera. :) Thanks for the sweet poem too! :)

6 Kaye Swain

Oh LaVoice, I just mentioned doing the same thing in a comment to Magical Teacher. I know how frustrating that is! That preview is really great. I hope you can get another eventually! :) Even without the preview, though, an easy to use digital camera really is wonderful compared to our oldie goldies of yester-year, aren’t they. :)

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