Point & Shoot

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  1. Honeybee

    Honeybee TPF Noob!

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    Just wondering how many people here only use a point and shoot camera.
    Seems to me not very many, but I could be wrong. That's all i have is P&S. Would love to get a digital slr one day. But anyway...yeah....who else using a p&s?
     
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    I do, i keep it in my car.
     
  3. bhop

    bhop No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I have a Sony DSC-H3. I use it occasionally, when I don't want to drag an SLR around.
     
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    I wish i had the option of which camera to use!

    Does anybody find anything wrong with a p&s?

    I feel out of my leauge since most here are using SLR's or ya know...high tech stuff i know nothing about. I would like to get to that point but i think i need all the basic down before i even consider going to bigger and better things.

    And another question...what does it take to 'impress' you people? Just curious. as i have posted a few shots but very few repsonses. I feel intimidated.
     
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    bhop No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    The things I don't like about p&s is the lack of control, limits on the lens, lack of raw. Of course, the auto feature is what makes a p&s what it is to me...whip it out, *snap*, put it back in your pocket.

    As far as being out of your league. I wouldn't worry about it if you're having fun and getting images you like with your camera. I've seen some fantastic images made with p&s cameras. To me, good images come more from composition and subject than what equipment it was shot on. If it makes you feel any better, I barely get comments as well usually. (though i'm still kind of a newbie around here)
     
  6. kundalini

    kundalini Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I think you're underestimating numbers. I feel there are many with P&S. I wish I had one. I agree with bhop that it's not all in the gear, it helps sometimes.

    Bear in mind this is a photography forum and skill levels of the members cover the entire spectrum. You are not out of your league, you're right where you need to be.

    The nature of the beast is that sometimes so many post come in at times, your photo may get pushed down the list quickly. I have had many to get buried. If there is one you really want comments on, just reply to it and ask for help.

    What impresses me is for someone such as yourself, trying to gain knowledge, and having a positive attitude towards comments of your photos. Don't make excuses of why, where, when or who. There's nothing wrong with challenging a responder to explain themselves, but engaging in flame wars does not get the information you want. I have not a clue of any of your responses, so no accusations are being thrown in your direction. Just a nugget of information for you.

    Best of luck and keep posting.
     
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    Dagwood56 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Right now all I can use is a point and shoot camera because I can't afford a dslr or film and developing costs for my SLR.

    I too have felt sort of intimidated posting any photos here, though I have done it. Many times I've felt that my posts are over looked when its found that all I have is a P&S, but that probably just my imagination.
    I got a canon powershot for Christmas, and once I've learned how to use it, I hope to have better quality shots than I got with my old point & shoot. [from 2001].

    MY problem with the P&S are their small size, and in most cases, the lack of a viewfinder. I really can't see how anyone can really compose and clearly focus a shot on an LCD screen looking at one of those just makes me feel dizzy - then perhaps its my 51 year old eyes..lol.

    Don't give up, keep posting.
     
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    Funny that you ask. I have never owned a p&s (other than as a kid and that was probably a 110 camera (remember those) and I think my sister had a "disk" camera (piece of crap there)). I have big slr's and dslr's and I can't figure out my daughters cameras. Both of them have Nikon Coolpics (different models) and I can barely turn them on. I am a p&s idiot! <duh>

    I do need one. Carrying around what I generally carry is a hassle.
     
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    There was so much to learn I bought a feature rich and flexible (from manual to full automatic) P&S from Fuji, the Finepix E900 which took the 9 Mpx exposure engine from a DSLR and shoved it into a clamshell camera. The E900 let me explore digital image capture at a low cost while the bleeding edge of DSLRs evolved into more affordable pro gear.

    The results from the little camera, in terms of being able to capture a story-telling shot, have been admirable in terms of image quality and color trueness. Let's look at some images from the E900 I took during my travels. (Remember, these are Flickr reductions with nowhere near the resolution of the original RAW files from the E900.)

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    None of these required any post processing. I just converted the RAW files to high resolution JPGs and I was ready to print. I don't feel I'm compromising image quality with the little camera, though I do feel frustrated sometimes I don't have an easy access to manual focus and metering controls. But that is the nature of a mostly P&S device.

    That's just me. I read recently of a women who published an entire book of underwater photography taken with an E900, an Ikelite housing and a high-end strobe system. I should write her and find out if she shot manual focus or auto. . .

    Caveat: I read on a website that the quality control of the E900 had been sliding and that they are extremely dust sensitive. Could be true. I bought mine a while ago and while it complained of a couple of grains of sand, I was able to shake them out without further harm.

    Note: there's an enthusiast's site dedicated to the little camera called E900 Photography at www.e900photography.com run by a fellow from the UK living in Turkey. Actually full of useful ideas and musing and experiences in all dimensions of photography.

    Peter


     
  10. abraxas

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    Ms Bee,

    Don't be intimidated- Think of us as pretty much all of us sitting around in our underpants ('cept me) typing stuff into the internet -- don't visualize it, just think about it that way.

    In my opinion, composition is the most important thing. A P&S will take care of the rest for the most part, but a simple to operate camera, cheap even, will allow you to concentrate on composition until you're ready to take more control.

    Keep shooting and posting. If you don't get enough, or a reaction/feeback, reply to your own message with the word -bump-. This will bring it back to the top of the heap. Also, participate. This helps everyone get to know everyone. You see a photo you like, say so. Ask questions- ask for comments/help. Start threads (like you did this one). Have fun with it. :).
     
  11. RKW3

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    DSLR's are pretty much better than point n shoots at every aspect of a camera. I know because I had to use my first year of photography using a non-SLR camera. This doesn't mean you can't produce some cool shots though, but photoshop will have to be applied. (usually)
     
  12. Don Kondra

    Don Kondra Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Hi Honeybee,

    Not a darn thing wrong with using a P&S if you're having fun...

    I think we sometimes get caught up in the details and miss the point.

    For me a thoughtfully composed shot is worth more than a gazillion megapixels :)

    And for what it's worth, I've had a product photo I took with room lights and a Kodak CX4230 2 mp P&S published in a magazine.

    Cheers, Don
     

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