I hear the mutters as they walk by on the trail, glancing in envy, or perhaps disgust at my giant white lenses dangling around my neck. The comments are sometimes gentle and at other times not so gentle.
The impression rendered is that anyone with gear that expensive will automatically get a good picture. One of my forum cronies has a saying “just because you buy a fine violin doesn’t mean you can play it”. The same is true of photography. The camera doesn’t make the photographer.
For fun, I decide to go back to my catalog and look through my Point & Shoot shots from last year (2009 for those of you reading this in the distant future) and pick out my top ten images. Many are in Costa Rica where I used my P&S as a grab-shot camera on the Worldesigns Photo tour. Two are shots taken while a passenger in a car hurtling down the freeway. Three shots have flash. Two are in Macro Mode. There is a Black and White and even a tripod-mounted long exposure. Three shots contain people.
The point is that Point and Shoot cameras give you a wide range of photographic possibilities. You don’t need all that gear to get a compelling image. You do need a compelling eye and mind. With less-than-a-$500 camera you can capture some amazing visions of the world if your technique is sound.
So, in no particular order, my 10 favorite point and shoot images from last year’s wanderings:
I hope you enjoyed them. Now, go point and shoot something!
Rikk Flohr © 2010