The following post is by avid portrait photographer, Alan Morris, who shares his thoughts on if and when a point and shoot camera will do just fine. Learn more about Alan at the end of this post.
You don’t always need a DSLR to get good photographs. I own and love my Nikon D700 and D200 and use them for all types of event and wedding photography. The image quality is outstanding. However, when I am traveling or don’t need the high performance of these cameras, I usually use a Canon G9 or Fuji F200EXR. The Canon takes great images and The Fuji fits easily in my pocket.
I recently went to Chicago for a short vacation and took only my Fuji. The images are fine and I am not going to print anything larger than 5 x 7.
Two weeks ago we went to a wedding in the Berkshires and I took my Fuji and Flip Mino video camera. Both performed extremely well. The professional photographers used traditional gear. My shots were just snap shots and small clips which I put together for the wedding couple.
For web viewing, these small cameras are just fine.
So to answer my own question: A point and shoot camera is enough most of the time.
The best camera is always the one you have with you.
Alan has been a photography enthusiast since he worked on the high school year book in the 1950′s. He worked in a camera store as a teenager and fell in love with the very first 35mm SLRs from Canon and Nikon. Having 3 children and 5 grandchildren, Alan particularly enjoys photographing significant events in peoples lives: births, birthdays, parties, weddings, charitable events, childrens activities.
In Alan’s words: “I think photography lends itself especially well to providing a visual history. My approach is to a session is to tell a story in a series of still photographs. I think the next evolution will be combining video and stills and am working on a couple of projects integrating the two. You will see a couple of examples on the website. This is still a work in process.” To connect with Alan and see more of his work, visit his website at www.lakemercedphoto.com.