Some of you have wondered what cameras I use for my photos.
I have three, but mostly use my little point and click Canon.
With a resolution of 10 Megapixels and a 3.0 optical zoom lens.
Although it is quite old now, it is extremely forgiving and takes decent pictures no matter what I ask of it. You can see that the poor thing has been dropped a few times, resulting in the dents in the zoom.
It somehow manages to take a shot in focus even if the subject is moving, or more usually, I am moving! It automatically adjusts for light and speed.
And it fits nicely in my pocket!
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I also have a better quality Nikon camera.
With a resolution of 14.2 Megapixels and a 3.0 optical zoom lens (the same zoom as the Canon.)
It takes much better photos, but even on Auto (which I mostly use!) is not very forgiving. I have to have a very steady hand, make sure I am not too close to the subject and that the subject does not move.
I’ve played around with the settings on semi-auto, to get better close ups with more bokeh. I select the aperture (f stop) and the Nikon selects the shutter speed (ISO).
Yes I can hear you laughing at me! Never mind, I have fun taking my photos.
You can see a selection of Nikon photos, from when I was learning to use the camera, in my Nikon-ography series.
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Then there is my Samsung Galaxy Smartphone.
The camera has a resolution of 8 Megapixels. Zooming in does not improve the quality of the photo.
However, there is the Selfie option, with the added bonus of a “Beauty” setting. If you set this to the maximum, you won’t have any wrinkles at all!
I really like the colour in these photos and the camera is also fairly forgiving.
But – and this is a very big but – you have to have a very steady hand! I have taken countless blurred photos because the technique I use with my Canon simply does not work with my Galaxy. You cannot point and click and walk away with a decent photo. You have to point, click and hold while the camera phone focuses, then either wait for it to finally take the shot, or click again.
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So there you have it. Three ways I take my amazing (ahem!) photos. Each has its strengths and weaknesses and I choose the device according to the shot I’m trying to achieve.