Canon PowerShot SD450 Digital Elph
All the photos on this blog have been taken with this camera, or something similar. Nothing fancy. Pretty much just a point and shoot. But it takes pretty darn good photos. The fact is, you don't need a fancy, expensive camera to take good photos. You just need to know how to use what you have.
I have owned my PowerShot about four years now. But it wasn't until last year that I really took the time to figure out what it was capable of. It may be small, but Canon has still packed it with options and settings that you can change to get the shot you want. I nearly always shoot in Manual mode and hardly ever use the flash. I can adjust the ISO. I can adjust the exposure. I can adjust the color. We are good friends now, my camera and I.
Of course, that doesn't mean I don't appreciate a more advanced camera! I do own a nice Nikon N65 SLR. It is also wonderful. And I still appreciate the element of surprise involved in shooting with film. Sometimes it's nice not to know right away if your photo turned out, and then to find out later that it did. I don't think I will ever completely give up shooting with film--it seems to be becoming a bit of a lost art.
Within a couple weeks, I will be the proud owner of a brand new digital SLR. I'm very excited to take a step forward in my digital photography! But I wanted to make sure to give some good face time to my trusty point-and-shoot. I don't anticipate that my new camera will make me a better photographer. It is, however, capable of producing higher quality images with better resolution, and I am ready for that.
So for all you point-and-shooters out there, make sure you take the time to really get to know your camera. Read the manual. And play around with it. It is probably capable of more than you think.