I’m no photography expert, far… far… from it.
The only comments I’ve received on my photography skills were ‘Jonathan, how you take picture one? Can see your reflection clearer than the item‘ and ‘Cannot see clearly one?’
While I’d love to blame it on the lousy digicam they provided me during my internship for both instances, I have to admit I never gave much thought about photography, a picture is a picture lor… until I browsed through JZ’s albums on multiply.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, a picture of JZ’s would worth at least a hundred times more. Blessed, happy faces coupled with the right photography skills and artistic talent does produce pictures that speak more than words. I’ve always loved how his pictures have that artsy feel where the person in focus always look sharp with everything around him or her blurred. I was never able to take photographs with such effect apart from very near objects with Macro mode (which I only discovered early last year, sad I know)
I googled and wiki-ed about Photography and hours later I realised that sharp + blur effect is known as Depth of Field, which can be expanded or reduced by changing the Aperture settings along with the camera’s Focal Length. Excited by the newfound knowledge, I played around with my digicam’s manual settings only to find out it doesn’t have manual Aperture settings!
I’m now pretty intrigued with photography and will definitely be reading more about it. In the meantime I’m looking for a consumer compact digital camera which has Aperture and Shuttle Priority control. I’m pretty sure my Canon IXUS 850 IS does not have such settings and the latest Canon IXUS 980 IS model does offer Aperture and Shutter control but manually.
Being the photography layman that I am, I’ll be sticking to a compact digital camera for my next camera although with more manual control to play around with. Any suggestions or recommendations?
Was reading through ieatishootipotst food photography tutorials and the author was demonstrating with the Canon PowerShot A590IS. He recommended tweaking several settings under manual mode (which included setting Aperture priority) and if the pictures are any indication the shots do look way better compared to those taken with auto mode. (oh and the post was sponsored by Canon)
The Canon PowerShot A590IS comes at half the price of the IXUS 980 IS (SGD 369.00 / SGD 659.00) with more manual controls, less megapixels and half of the latter’s good looks. Is this particular model any good or are there any 0ther alternatives under this price range with similar features?
Been browsing around again and I think I found the perfect camera (for me) – The Canon PowerShot SX100 IS. It offers superb manual control in addition to its auto-mode, comes at SGD 499 with looks far better than the A590 IS.
The Canon PowerShot SX110 IS, my dream camera… for now.