I have been wanting to do a post like this for a while, it was just a matter of finding some time, a model and borrowing my friend’s point and shoot camera. Today I had the time, the model and the camera so I was good to go. So the question is: does the fancy camera make a difference?
I’m going to be honest here, if you want to irk a professional photographer then tell them that you just got a big camera and it takes great photos. I just giggle now when I hear this as I think to myself, “That is so awesome because I just got a new stove and it bakes a wonderful cake.” Are you with me?
The camera (or stove, whichever analogy you like better) is a tool in the hands of a person. That person can use those tools to create beauty, or garbage. The THING itself does not do ANYTHING without you doing something with it. The person studies, experiments, refines and corrects the tool to create what the PERSON intended.
In my example found below, both images were shot in the same studio setup under the same conditions on the same day with the same model to maximize similarity for the sake of comparison. One of the images was shot with a decent quality point and shoot camera. The other image was shot with a professional level camera.
Can you tell which one was shot with the big camera? The quality on both is virtually the same. Both are cropped in for a nice portrait, have nice focus, and respectable color.
If I printed these out at 5×7, I suspect you still might not know the difference.
So the next time you compliment cousin Joel on what nice photos his big camera takes, stop yourself and tell Joel what nice photos he takes. Give him some credit, his camera saw nothing, composed nothing, edited nothing, and shared nothing.
Just for fun, I’d love to know if you can figure out which image came from the big camera vs. the point and shoot. Leave a comment here (Kristy you may not, as it was your camera and your daughter). All comments will be moderated and posted at 6 pm on January 4, 2012. And we’ll see how you all did.
Stay tuned for Part 2: The limitations of the point and shoot
THE ANSWER IS:
Point & Shoot is on the LEFT
Professional Camera is on the RIGHT
And from the answers below, I have a pretty savvy group of readers! Great job. Now my next post will compare two other similar shots where you will see the limitations of the point and shoot and situations where you want the ‘big’ camera. That was fun!