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.
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