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Trooping the colours

This week's theme: From a point & shoot

For the coming week, I want to illustrate that you don't need to spend £1000s on an expensive DSLR, and what's possible to achieve with a point & shoot camera.

One advantage of point & shoots is their small sensor size. Usually this is associated with poor image quality at high ISOs. But on the flip side, they allow the camera's lens to be much smaller. Take for example the FZ20, it has an amazing 12x optical zoom with a constant f/2.8 aperture - all in a relatively small and light package. The equivalent in a DSLR would probably weigh about 3kg just for the lens alone.

In this shot, I've capitalised heavily on the zoom to get as close to these 2 guards at Buckingham Palace in London. The most important lesson to learn here is to select your subject (in this case the guards), and zoom in until the subject fills the frame. This gives a more dramatic impact with less distractions in the scene.

If I were buying a point & shoot, I'd either get one with lots of zoom (Panasonic FZ series, Sony H1, Canon S2) to get shots like this, or a very very tiny one (so that there's no excuse to always have it with me). These show up the best strengths of point & shoots camera.

Trooping the colours

This week's theme: From a point & shoot

For the coming week, I want to illustrate that you don't need to spend £1000s on an expensive DSLR, and what's possible to achieve with a point & shoot camera.

One advantage of point & shoots is their small sensor size. Usually this is associated with poor image quality at high ISOs. But on the flip side, they allow the camera's lens to be much smaller. Take for example the FZ20, it has an amazing 12x optical zoom with a constant f/2.8 aperture - all in a relatively small and light package. The equivalent in a DSLR would probably weigh about 3kg just for the lens alone.

In this shot, I've capitalised heavily on the zoom to get as close to these 2 guards at Buckingham Palace in London. The most important lesson to learn here is to select your subject (in this case the guards), and zoom in until the subject fills the frame. This gives a more dramatic impact with less distractions in the scene.

If I were buying a point & shoot, I'd either get one with lots of zoom (Panasonic FZ series, Sony H1, Canon S2) to get shots like this, or a very very tiny one (so that there's no excuse to always have it with me). These show up the best strengths of point & shoots camera.

comments (12)

  • ThePrisoner
  • 15 Mar 2006, 00:50
What setting on the FZ20 did you use for contrast/saturation/sharness/metering mode/AF mode
The Maven: Hi, welcome to my photoblog! I used the standard settings except for sharpness and NR, which were set to low. The reasons being that sharpening makes noise more noticable, and NR can affect fine detail. The AF was the one with just the center point (big).

Some touching up was done on the PC - a bit of unsharp mask, and some curves to enhance the colours. But these tweaks are quite conservative, and you won't notice a big difference between the original and retouched images. Unlike DSLR images which are a bit flat (and actually more natural), the FZ20 has nice colours straight out of the camera already.
  • keith
  • 15 Mar 2006, 03:31
I have a Fuji F10 best compact i have ever had worst was olympus c50z
The Maven: The F10 has a great sensor that is the envy of the point & shoot world. I always wished Fuji and Panasonic would team up, then we could have iso 1600 with a 12x f/2.8 IS zoom lens! The c50z isn't great, but Olympus once made a fantastic camera that still has a cult following today - the c2100uz "uzi". Sadly, they've not made another camera like that for a long time.
Nice snapshot, Duane.
The Maven: Thanks Brent!
  • Suby
  • 15 Mar 2006, 09:17
Nice snapshot smile
The Maven: Cheers Suby!
  • Colin Hunter
  • 15 Mar 2006, 11:31
It seems cruel to call this a 'snapshot'. My first impression was of a very strong, professional photograph, and a classic for advertising London tourism. I'm very keen on diagonals that make for strong compositions, and the standards the soldiers are carrying provide this.

My second impression, by the way, is the same as the first. Superb.
The Maven: Thanks a lot Colin. You're much too kind smile Look forward to seeing your shots up here on Shutterchance. I'm sure we've got a lot to learn from you.
great capture them in walking pace.
The Maven: Thanks Chantal!
  • Micki
  • 15 Mar 2006, 12:12
That's it, I'm dusting off my P&S, and taking it with me when I can't take my SLR. I'm sold.
The Maven: LOL.. well, you never know what photo opportunity might come along when you're least expecting it.
  • Veloran
  • 15 Mar 2006, 14:36
Very well composed, especially with those diagonal lines. Was your camera shooting at f2.8 though? If not, perhaps you could have gotten an even better shot with a shallower DOF on your DSLR? Anything to help get rid of that black light fixture in the background! tongue
The Maven: Good point! I had stopped down to f/4 to get more sharpness. But it was probably better to trade a bit of sharpness for a more blurred background.
  • Paul
  • 15 Mar 2006, 15:09
I love my point and shoot. It's small, I can take it everywhere and not lug around my DSLR, and the images are still good enough to sell.
The Maven: Yep Paul, the size of the point & shoot is a big advantage. Because of the size and weight of my Canon DSLR, I often found myself caught out with no camera when a great photo opportunity came by. With a small P&S, it's much more convenient. No excuses any more for not having at least a small camera in my pocket. wink
  • Dave
  • 15 Mar 2006, 15:27
Cool. The colors and subjects are perfect. I think I might clone out the lamp. The color of it sort of draws my eye from those fantastic hats.
The Maven: Thanks for the suggestion Dave. smile Now that you mention it, the lamp does clash with the hats. Well spotted!
  • Dia
  • 15 Mar 2006, 17:08
Very nice photo, captured well these two guys smile
Im not a professional, still an amateur and my S1 IS works fine with me wink
The Maven: Hi Dia! There are many amateurs that take better shots than the paid professionals. Your Delphi shots are great!
Love the colors and seriousness of their faces.

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