Best Point and Shoot camera shots.

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by DougZ73, Nov 11, 2010.

  1. AdventurePoser

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    Thanks, Joe...Jennifer and I were stumbling around on the Ouray Perimeter Trail which rings the town of the same name when I spotted this little flower...

    I think the Lumix did a pretty good job...

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  2. Tar snakes

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  3. cozmo2312

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  4. FakeName

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    Non-photoshopped? Not sure where to draw the line here- everything goes through some post-production.

    Does Lightroom count? I have thousands of P&S images to share, and my website is all p & s and iPhone.

    Here's a sample- there are some color/contrast/sharpening corrections- does this qualify?

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    Or this? iPhone plus a little in-phone post:

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  5. FakeName

    FakeName Wile E Coyote SuperGenius

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    Maybe this one: Very, very little post. In none of these is something added, like a sky or a rainbow. I use post-production to enhance the image to what I visualized in the scene.

    Does that count as "photoshopped"?

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  8. Desert Dave

    Desert Dave Enjoying the moment

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    First, what do you mean by AMAZING? Seriously,an example or a little more definition would help us answer your question. Landscape? Action? night shots?

    I'm surprised a bunch of hardcore photographers haven't responded yet, but I'll try even though I think there's far more knowledgeable guys around here that could help. I was in the same dilemma as yourself not long ago, always in wonderful places taking photos that I thought were sub par compared to others I was viewing, at least on an "amazing" scale. Now and then I'd get one that blew me away, but I didn't understand why, I just got lucky. Then the best thing that ever happened to my photography last year...I was laid off for 8 months. Without a lot of money but lots of time I decided I would learn what all the options on my camera actually did, and with all the free online tutorials it was easy. I also learned that with some VERY basic knowledge I saw my photos improve drastically...and my knowledge is still at a lower level, but it's like teaching a motorcycle rider basic techniques like counter steering and watching his riding improve overnight while saving advanced techniques for later. And like riding we know a skilled rider can do amazing things with entry level bikes while a noob on the latest and greatest will still be a noob....same with cameras.

    As for the "no photoshop" requirement, I've never used photoshop. But are you referring to photographers that drastically change a photo, or simple adjustments with any photo editing program? I'm willing to bet most of the shots you see as amazing have had at least some minor color correction, or exposure adjustment or maybe a LOT. From what I've seen , if you don't want to spend ANY time on your computer post processing you may be better with a P&S as they tend to process images with boosted colors and sharpness added while higher end cameras may give you a more neutral photo because they assume you are at least a hobbyist and will do that yourself with an artists eye instead of letting the camera do it's best to guess for you. And what's the difference between selecting a "vivid" (or any other special) setting on your camera now, or later in post processing? My DSLR requires more adjustments after, while my P&S sometimes none at all to have the same colors etc.

    So to a few photos . I have both a good P&S and a low end DSLR. The P&S shines for landscape photography with it's huge Depth of Field that's harder to get with most DSLRS, on the flip side if you wish to isolate your subject it's hard to do with a P&S unless you're really close with the back ground far away. I don't know if any of these qualify as amazing, but here's some examples of what I can do with my P&S.

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    Coastal Redwoods
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    You can get a smaller depth of field in macro mode on most cameras
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    Or by adjusting the aperture and composing the scene so the back ground is far enough away the its out of the DOF

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    Again, I don't know if any of this is what you're looking for, but I'm pretty happy with this sort of photography, and there are plenty of pics that blow these away taken with P&S if you search some photo forums, but I'm still learning.

    Of course there are some things that you just need a DSLR and better lenses for, but remember you aren't just commiting to more expensive gear but lots of time to learn to use it properley, or your pictures may actually look worse.
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  10. danger_dave

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    Lovely shots.
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  11. DougZ73

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    Dave..thanks for the post. it's like you were inside my head. Your shots are great and the just kinda stuff I was asking about. I just was not sure if I could do it with my P&S or not. Your waterfall stream shot,, the mountain shot, and squirrel shot are all examples of what I think to be great photographs, and was just not sure if I could do it.

    I am gonna start spending a lot of time experimenting with my camera, and actually learn to use it. I thank you for writing the lengthy reply and showing that it can be done with a P&S.

    This was also a phot I think is awesome,.....not sure if it can be done with a P&S??

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  12. nvdlboy

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    One of my favorites from a day trip:
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  13. Signal

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    Best :dunno , who knows, but here's a couple. FWIW, all of mine are from a simple point & shoot-- haven't mastered (or tried) other methods.

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    Bryce Canyon, with an afternoon cloudbank building

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    Somewhere in Yellowstone NP

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    Double arch, Arches NP
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  14. LoneStar

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    Hey Doug
    The newer P & S's are getting pretty refined and capable of excellent images. Some are tuned more for fun pics of friends, and some are designed for higher quality images for more serious shooters- such as the Canon G series, Panasonic LX's , and a few others. My travel camera is the Panasonic LX3. Wide lens made by Leica and 16:9 format. The camera and my 13" MacBook Pro make a great minimalist travel combo.
    The LX has several "modes" and the ability to have manual control in addition to the all auto features, as would most others.

    Shot these this past week in Monument Valley and Moab. The camera was set on "Vibrant" mode and JPG images are as they came from the camera into iPhoto. I use a protective cover for the lens and with either a UV or polarizing filter. Some of these were shot with a polarizer and some were not.


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  15. danger_dave

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    I was trawling around looking at cameras before - anyone tried the new Sony with the interchangeable lens?
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  18. sanjaya_sugiarto

    sanjaya_sugiarto Been here awhile

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  19. Motojournalism

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    ChiTownRider is really good at long-exposure images:thumb

    A point and shoot would give you a noisier image (grainy) with a long exposure like that, but it certainly can be done. It looks like it was done by setting the camera on the ground - no flash - and the red in the foreground probably came from a brakelight.

    I strongly believe that good images can be taken with a point and shoot, We've got some proof in this thread!
    DesertDave sums it up pretty good about learning the basics first and that nearly all the WOW photos have had some post processing to bring the colour, sharpness and the crop into line.

    If someone dosen't yet have their composition down and they can't "see" the good light, buying a top-of-the-line SLR won't make a damn difference! :deal
    Look at LoneStar's photos above, there's some great late-afternoon light filtering through clouds making the colours go POP! He knows when to wait for the right time to take a photo. It's all about technique!
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  20. nanotech9

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    I picked up a Canon Elph Powershot SD940 is last year... Its been great.

    Its very thin, but most importantly turns on in just under a second and is ready to shoot.

    Its got an auto mode that works well in general, but has a lot of manual features you can set as well if you have the time.

    Features:
    Light metering: Evaluative, Center, Spot
    White Balance: several, including manual
    ISO: Auto, 80 - 1600, and a special 3200 setting
    Drive: Single / Continuous
    Normal/Macro/Infinity
    Flash: several including slow synchro
    Exposure: Manual -2...0...+2
    Focus: AI Servo / regular

    Photo size: 12M, 4000x3000 4324 shots on a 16GB card

    It also shoots 1080p hi-def video.

    I've gotten some decent shots out of it... I wish it had manual Amateur control, but it doesn't.

    It does have a manual shutter control for night shots from 1sec to 15sec.
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