Lustrous Green Leaves

Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
I love the manner in which my Canon PowerShot A720 IS tackles close-up photography. The leaves look razor-sharp and clean. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

Point and Shoot cameras are great tools for taking great shots, but they have been pushed aside by the so called professional photographers.  I bumped into the following article from Digital Camera Review which recognizes the value of this category of cameras.

“When we see professional photographers on the news and in the movies it often appears that only the dSLR cameras and super-fast lenses they carry are capable of making great images.  Most amateur shooters want to take good pictures too, but they don’t want to spend a lot of money on esoteric photographic gear or learn anything about f-stops. Consequently, many amateur/casual photographers believe that only complex and expensive gear can produce truly beautiful photographs. Socket wrenches and screwdrivers don’t fix cars–good mechanics do! Cast iron skillets and French saut–pans don’t create delicious meals–good cooks do! The camera (like a cast iron skillet or a socket wrench) is simply a tool. And learning how to use that tool is how you can create amazing images.

…it isn’t the camera that creates great images, it is the person behind the camera. So, if you believe that you can’t shoot professional quality portraits with your compact P&S digital camera, you are mistaken. P&S digicams are cheaper, smaller, lighter, and generally easier to use than dSLR cameras and, up to 8×10 inch prints, good P&S enlargements are essentially indistinguishable from dSLR prints of the same size.

You don’t have to buy the latest (or most expensive) camera model to capture fantastic people photos. All it takes is a little bit of patience, adhering to a few simple rules, and some practice. Good luck and good shooting.

If you have an inexpensive P&S camera, don’t feel ashamed of going out into the neighborhood and take some pictures.  With practice and persistence your friends will notice that it’s not the camera, but the person behind the camera taking those great shots.  Be bold, go ahead and start pressing the shutter button.  Remember:  Persistence Makes Perfection. Good Day.

Credit:  How To:  Take Great Photos With Your Point and Shoot by Howard Creech, Digital Review Staff


4 thoughts on “Lustrous Green Leaves”

  1. Hey, Morning Barbara:

    Thanks a bunch for your encouragement, Barb. It’s pretty dark outside. Think it’s going to rain cats and dogs in a couple of hours.

    Writing my blog post for tomorrow and planning shooting spree for the weekend. Never a dull moment.

    You also enjoy the day. Hope it’s not too cold and windy to go outside.



  2. Those are good words you’ve quoted — and true. One of the photographers I follow carries a Canon G10 along with his other gear, and produces great photos with it. That little video I did of the flowing river was done with my P&S Canon. For my purposes, it was just fine. I had another that was longer, but again, it was my fault that it didn’t come out as well. I moved too fast as I was shooting. But it wasn’t the camera’s fault!

  3. I’m convinced P&S cameras are great no matter what they say. Your video of Rio Frio was awesome. I’ve seen it about five time now. I like the view and the sound of the singing river. Nature at its best.

    Best Regards,


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