Thursday, 18 April 2013 11:58

The Value of A Compact Part 1

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This workshop series provides all readers with useful tips and advice - not only to help you take merely “good” photos, but to shoot “great” images!

When we talk about “good” photos everyone reaches for their large reflex cameras and believe they need these to take good pictures. This story illustrates the point: “Two school friends met many years after leaving school. The one became a writer and the other a photographer. The writer saw some great photos taken by the photographer and commented that he must have a fantastic camera to take such great photographs. To this the photographer replied that he had read some of the writer’s work and found it captivating, and added that he must have a fantastic typewriter to produce such writings!” Point taken..?

We do not need expensive and large cameras for acceptable results. As a matter of fact we have often found that the larger cameras are never near when a photo opportunity pops up. People find the large cameras difficult to carry, or leave their large, expensive cameras in the car or house. I am a proponent of a good quality compact and would argue that a compact should be bought before one buys a large reflex camera with lenses. If you are using your expensive SLR in Auto mode, seriously consider a compact camera as well. I guarantee you are going to enjoy the small size and end up with many more great photos simply because the   camera will be easier to carry and hence be with you when that photo   opportunity pops up.

Although I see many photos being taken with cell phones I have rarely seen good results, the only exception is the results from the iPhone, which is comparable to a compact camera.

Great value for money in the current Canon range are the SX230, S100 and the G12 compacts. The S100 and G12 have cult followings and many professionals have one of these as a backup camera. I would rate any one of these, as must haves. As far as digital SLR cameras go one must look at the EOS 600D with the 18 – 135mm f3.5-f5.6 lens. More than that is great but not necessary unless you become a very serious amateur.

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