If you hate how the only way to get your photos off your iPhone is by syncing it with iTunes, here’s an alternative for you…
1. open the Preview application on your Mac
2. click File > Import from iPhone
3. it will bring up a list of all the photos on your iPhone
4a. if you are running Snow Leopard or Lion, you can drag and drop into any folder on your computer
4b. if you are running Leopard, you’ll have to select the photos you want and then click the “import” button and designate what folder you want it to go into.
*unfortunately you can’t transfer photos ON to your iphone this way