Shopping for Apparel
Most people tire fairly quickly of trying on and retrying on outfits in a store dressing room. Take a photo once you have an outfit on and then you cancompare it to the next outfit without having to put the first outfit back on again. If you are trying on numerous outfits, take a photo of each, and then compare all the outfits at once by looking at the photos you have on your phone.
How many times have you been in an unfamiliar area, whether on vacation or just perusing some place that’s new to you, and pass by a spot of interest you would like to return to at some point later in the day? There have probably been plenty of instances when you haven’t been able to locate that spot again. Your phone’s camera can help you make sure you can retrace your steps to the desired location. Say, you visit a huge shopping mall and see a store you want to peruse on your way back to your car… it can be very easy to take a completely different route when leaving the mall that does not take you by the store again. If you take a photo of something in the immediate area of the store that is easy to recognize and another of a sign depicting the floor of the mall the store is on, it should be much easier to make sure you will be able to return to the store without too much confusion.
Parking the Car
Most people have misplaced a car in a crowded parking garage or along an unfamiliar street. If you park in a parking garage, snap a photo of the spot you parked as well as signs denoting the floor and section of the garage where you parked. If you park along a street, take a snapshot of a nearby landmark and the closest street sign.
The next time you go to the market for your weekly grocery shopping, grab your phone and take a photo of the contents of your refrigerator, pantry, and/or food storage cabinets before you leave home. That way, if you see a few items you think you may need while at the store, you can look in your fridge, pantry, or cabinets to see if you already have the items.
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Misplacing car and house keys is frustrating. It can be so easy and natural to simply drop your keys nonchalantly in some convenient spot after returning to your home. Unfortunately, it can be just as "easy and natural" to forget where you put them. If you make a habit of taking a quick photo of where you put your keys whenever you enter your home, you may never lose them again. Just make sure to delete each photo once you pick up your keys to use them again. Then repeat the process next time you put them down. Of course, making a habit of always storing your keys in the same location may work even better!
Before camera phones, we had to just happen to have a camera along to get a photo of something unexpected. Now, we can grab our phones and shoot. But camera phones are helpful in a lot of other ways you may not have thought of yet.
Your camera can help you find your keys, remember items you forget to put on your shopping list, and even locate the spot you parked your car. Just remember to protect any photos you do not want to be accessible to anyone else’s eyes. Remember, technology is not always as secure as we would like it to be. There are special apps you can download for your phone that provide protection specifically for photos.
Here are a few uses for your camera phone that go beyond taking a keepsake photo.