(Closed) Amateur Photography Help!

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
3041 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

What type of camera do you have? & what are you wanting a camera for? For wedding photography? For personal family photo use? Cause what you’re wanting one for can depend on what advice people will give you.

Also, if there is a pro at the wedding, please do NOT use your flash. It can ruin the pro’s pictures.

Post # 5
129 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

If you want an SLR with interchangeable lenses i reccommend the Canon RebelXTI…I love mine. You can get a canon EOS rebel with 15 mega-pixels for around $900. if you want a point and shoot I would go with Nikkon(amazing photos with the cool-pix) or kodak easy share(super user friendly). I would go with 10 plus megapixels for better photo quality. Good Luck!

Post # 6
10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Panasonic has a Lumix line that is great. They have Leica lenses, and also can have fully manual settings (really the only way to control your shots).I own one (and a lot of pro-level gear) and it is a go-to for when I don’t feel like lugging all my gear around. It also focuses quickly. That can never completely be solved unless you focus yourself. In low light situations, especially, auto focus can be slow or nonexistant.

Post # 7
13096 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

If you’re looking for a good point-and-shoot, I LOVE my Canon Powershot SX200 IS.  It’s 12.1 megapixels and has a 12x optical zoom (digital zoom doesn’t matter as it just lowers image quality and the smae zooming could be done in a photo editing program).  I think it takes wonderful pictures and, although it is a bit more pricey than many point-and-shoots, is worth the extra money if you want good pictures.


Post # 8
1995 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I would go test them at bestbuy or walmart.  See the different point and shoots and compare prices, zoom, megapixels etc.

The SLR cameras are good but if you dont want to spend more and learn more about photography then I wouldn’t bother.

Now you can realize how hard wedding photography actually is!  Wait 30 seconds and you’ve missed the entire moment!

Post # 9
20 posts
  • Wedding: January 2011

I own a few cameras but the one I carry in my purse and use for everyday picture taking is a point-and-shoot Nikon. With four kids I don’t want to carry around a huge camera bag or risk breaking my expensive DSLR.

I do more than just point-and-shoot though. I learned the settings (ie. portrait, sports, close-up, etc…) available on my camera and what they were best used for and I improved my pictures a LOT! The auto does ok but I missed a ton of pictures because the camera chose the wrong setting or took to long to choose it and the picture op was gone. I purchased my Nikon L22 for under $100 this past mothers day and couldn’t be happier! My only caution is that most point-and-shoots will have some delay in actually taking the picture from when you press the button unless you go up in price from what I paid.

I guess the next question would be what is your price point for an everyday camera? Is size and issue?

Here are some pics I took with my point-and-shoot:

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Post # 11
7695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Id love to get this thread going again! I am also looking for a good point and shoot that takes great pictures for less than $200 – any suggestions?

Also, moderndaisy if you see this – did you end up buying a camera? If so, which one?

Post # 12
1405 posts
Bumble bee

IMO the best point and shoot is the Canon S95

It shoots RAW

It has control dials just like SLR’s (quick adjustments, no fussing through menus)

It has an F2.0 lens

It has the largest sensor size out of any compact P&S = better image quality


Post # 13
739 posts
Busy bee

If you live in NYC then you should head over to BH Photo, Adorama or Calumet. Tell the sales person what you are looking for in a camera and you would prefer one with less shutter delay. most P&S have some shutter delay… super annoying. But you will get a chance to pick up the cameras and see how easy they are for you to use. You don’t need RAW if you aren’t willing to invest in software that can open and edit RAW files.

Post # 14
7695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

@PizzutiStudios: thanks for the suggestion…I am probably going to order a camera off the interwebz but I am just reading reviews right now. I hate shutter delay! However, I just want a really good point and shoot camera for less than $200 that I can use for everything….I would love an SLR camera but dont have the money right now!

Post # 15
1405 posts
Bumble bee

@PitBulLover:  On average, they are really all about the same at that price point.  As PizzutiStudios mentioned, some do have a shutter lag advantage.

Things I wouldn’t pay more for:

Gimmicks like face, smile, and blink detection,etc

More Mega-pixels

Things that are nice to have:

A good range zoom (some offer a superzoom if you feel you need that)

HD video

Image Stabilization

Things to consider:

Flash performance and recycle time (the smaller footprint cameras are typically worse)

Internal rechargable battery vs using AA’s.  The cameras with the internal batteries are smaller, but once the battery is dead, you are SOL until you charge it.  WIth AA’s you can replace them and keep on shooting.

As for Raw, the canon comes with a raw converter called DPP, Nikon makes you buy theirs or you can use an adobe product or other.  If you want to get into photoshop and editing, raw is the way to go.  But as PizzutiStudios said, if you don’t want to bother with that, then it’s not a feature to worry about.

Hope this helps…..



Post # 16
7695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

@USER876: Thanks! Question though – why not go for more megapixels? It seems that the higher the megapixel the better the picture….or not?

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