An iPhone is like a darkroom in your pocket.
iPhones have limitations. The zooms aren’t as powerful, the lenses aren’t as sophisticated. But that just means you have to be more focused about how you frame a photo, which in turn makes you become a better photographer.
A specifically Japanese constraint is the inability to switch off the shutter sound on the iPhone. In Japan this is to prevent what they call ‘upskirt’ photos. I’m not sure if that’s been successful or not…
But even that restriction has led to a positive. I’ve found that the shutter sound is so loud that it means I can actually attract eye contact from a stranger, which sometimes just makes for a better picture.