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No more smartphone vacation pictures

It was one picture out of the thousands of my kids I had seen over the years, but this one was different. It was taken by a friend while our families were on a day trip to Carver to ride Thomas the Tank Engine. With the profile angle and the tight crop on his face in the afternoon light she had captured Benjamin, 3, just as the train started to move, with all of a young boy’s innocence and excitement, in one perfectly timed click.

That picture became my screensaver. It ended up in a frame on my desk at home, and it cemented in my mind something I had known for years: If I wanted pictures like that, especially on family vacations, I needed more than the camera on my phone.

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