I was on vacation a while back and did not have my usual plethora of camera gear with me. When I realized I should have brought my gear I began to doubt the quality of my pocket camera. I actually felt like buying a new camera just so I didn’t miss anything. After the look received from my wife for asking such a question I quickly realized it was going to be the pocket camera or the hospital. Pocket cameras don’t have all the features or ease of use as my DSLR, but used correctly they can produce some incredible images. This image of the US Capitol in Washington, DC was not easy to capture but looks very good and I use it in my portfolio. I get many compliments about this image and when I tell the viewer it was taken with a pocket camera they never believe me. I actually laid on the floor of the Capitol and took 10-15 shots of this scene to get just the right frame, and I think it works quite well. This pocket camera was a middle of the road camera, some are more comparable with a DSLR. I guess what I’m trying to say is, don’t give up on that pocket camera, you might be surprised by the results.
I have had many people tell me that they could take a better image if they had my camera, and that might be true based on the subject. However I have switched with many of them, and my use of there camera usually demonstrates that there camera is very capable, sometimes you just have to setup the image and you will get great results with either one. For many people that own DSLR cameras I find they leave them in the hotel or don’t bring them at all. Which is worse, not having a good camera or not bringing it because they are inconvenient? If you are always thinking about the weight or convenience, a pocket camera is the only way to go. If I travel into an area that I feel unsafe or I’m worried about theft, I always use a pocket camera.
Don’t feel that you need the best equipment to get great images, you need a creative eye for that. The gear can help capture certain things with more options, the photographer is the real difference in what is captured.
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