I have met many photography enthusiasts who want to take good shots, but somehow can’t end up taking professional shots. It’s because deep in their mind they believe they don’t have the ‘professional gears’ which we more popularly call DSRLs.
When we see professional photographers on the news and in the movies it often appears that only the DSLR cameras and super-fast lenses they carry are capable of making great images. Most amateur shooters want to take good pictures too, but they don’t want to spend a lot of money on esoteric photographic gear or learn anything about f-stops. Consequently, many amateur/ casual photographers believe that only complex and expensive gear can produce truly beautiful photographs.
“ Learning how to use that tool (point-and-shoot cam) is how you can create amazing images.
But I say, socket wrenches and screwdrivers don’t fix cars…good mechanics do! Cast iron skillets and French saut-pans don’t create delicious meals…good cooks do! The camera (like a cast iron skillet or a socket wrench) is simply a tool. And learning how to use that tool is how you can create amazing images.
Trust me, you can pick a point and shoot camera and capture excellent pictures, like your DSLR owner friends might be doing!
What’s point & shoot camera?
If defined very simply, a point-and-shoot is a film or digital camera in which the focus and exposure is entirely automatic. You aim and press the button, the camera does the rest. Point-and-shoot cameras can range from cheap throw-aways to pocket-sized digitals. Even high-end cameras have a point-andshoot option, in which the camera makes all settings automatically. Although there may be settings for different lighting conditions such as bright sun vs. dusk, point-and-shoot cameras have no options to manually set the aperture, shutter speed and focus.
How are they different from DSLRs?
Not surprisingly, DSLR cameras cost far more than point and shoot cameras. DSLR cameras also have more accessories available than beginner cameras, such as interchangeable lenses and external flash units. The interchangeable lenses give the DSLR quite an advantage over the point and shoot camera, because these extra lenses give the DSLR the ability to greatly change its capabilities and feature set as you change them.
A key difference between the two models involves what the photographer sees as he frames a shot. With a digital SLR, the photographer typically previews the image directly through the lens, thanks to a series of prisms and mirrors that reflect the lens image back to the viewfinder. A point and shoot camera often doesn’t even offer a viewfinder. Most of these tiny cameras rely on the LCD screen to allow the photographer to frame the photo.
Advantages of point-&-shoot over DSLRs
To start off with: You can simply slip them into your pocket and carry them anywhere. Heck, some of the new phones have excellent cameras and you don’t even need a dedicated point and shoot camera anymore… hitting those ski slopes and keeping good memories is easier than ever.
Most point and shoot cameras are very light weight. You do not need extra bags, tripods or other accessories to carry around. There are, however, advanced “SLR-like” point and shoot cameras that tend to get bigger and bulkier, due to their super zoom capabilities.
- Fixed lens
All point and shoot cameras come with fixed lenses. You don’t sweat in trying to change lenses.
- Massive Depth of Field
In layman’s terms, it means that point and shoot cameras typically cannot separate foreground from background, bringing everything in focus and making the entire scene look sharp. This could be both good and bad.
A point-and-shoot camera is always going to be cheaper to purchase and maintain than a DSLR.
“ Most point and shoot cameras are very light weight. You do not need extra bags, tripods or other accessories to carry around.
How to take good pictures with point & shoot?
1. Know Your Camera Like You Know Your Self
Read the manual! Face it. You don’t always know what your digicam can do. Take your time in knowing the presets of your camera. Read the manual and see which menus are available to your use. Some Digital cameras can also take manual photos, you can ditch presets and go for manual settings where you can control the aperture and the shooting speed of your camera.
If your camera is less capable of doing this, then focus on the things your camera can do. Check which filters are available to your point-and-shoot use them whenever possible. When you know what the settings are used for and which menus are needed in a certain scenarios then will be using your model to the fullest.
Don’t just use your camera when something is happening. The best shots are always shots of something ordinary. No matter how uneventful something is, take a picture. Play around with your settings and see which would be best in taking a picture when it’s dark and when it’s bright. It’s your camera, you should know what you can do with it.
2. Make The Most of What You Have
Taking your camera when going to a beach or attending a birthday party is just common use for your model. Great shots can be taken anytime and anywhere. Put your camera in your camera at all times.If what you have are the typical pointand-shoot modes like automatic modes such as landscape, portrait, night mode etc. use them! Try things out with what works best to prepare yourself for manual mode.
It’s nice to take photos where your subject is highlighted and their background is blurred. You can use night mode to create such a shot. Night mode can also be used if you want to create depth in your photographs, night mode is best used in lowlight situations but it can also be used just to make your background blur. If you want a steady well-balanced photo, use a tripod with this mode.
3. Exploit Your Body’s Flexibility
With lesser filters and lesser ways of manipulating your cameras settings, use your body as a camera trick. Don’t just go for a shot where your subject is right in front of you. Kneel if you must: to get a better view from the ground. Stand on a chair if you must: you can get really awesome headshots. Go behind a bush if you must: it creates a rustic frame.
4. Experiment on a Certain Style of Taking Photographs
Don’t aim for high caliber styles that your camera cannot handle. Styles like HDR photography, Infrared, panoramic shots or underwater shots (unless your camera is waterproof and pressure proof) are beyond your cameras caliber.Shoot simple color shots and black and white and even try landscape shots and portraiture with your typical digital camera.
5. Setting is the Key
Fix your settings to fit the situation you are in. Sometimes, good photography isn’t only about a good camera; it’s also about a good location. Finding yourself on a hill with the view of a mountain filled with houses can be a good subject for your pictures. Set your typical digital camera on landscape mode and start taking pictures.
If landscape mode doesn’t work, try night mode. Try different modes and play around your settings to capture the landscape. Landscapes are one of the best pictures styles that you can get. Don’t hesitate on taking a picture with just your point-and-shoot, take a picture of a gazebo in the school yard. Take a photo of the restaurant filled with diners or an empty diner early in the morning.
6. Light the Path
Close up of photographing with smartphone Lighting is one of the factors that gives life and depth to a photo. Dimly lit places are places where your camera is quite limited. Point-and-shoot cameras cannot take high definition shots when the lighting is low and that is where the flash come in. The way for a good shot is by finding the proper lighting for your shot. Work with the light that is available. If you found yourself in a place, where the only available light is a lampshade then that would make a good vintage shot.
Always take a picture against the light. If you happen to be inside the house with the window behind your subject turn the flash on and take a picture.
7. Choose a Creative Subject
Nostalgic antique wooden spinning top Creative subjects don’t always mean it’s a person smiling in front of a camera. A subject will be something that will be of interest. It can be a pet on lying on the ground, your baby just grabbing a toy or just a person jogging around the block.
- You can choose someone who is pouting or crying or just a face that gives you a really intense look.
- If the person or thing of interest is found in a good background, take a shot of the background as well.
- In taking a portrait, don’t just take a picture head on. Take a picture of someone from the side or semi-side view. You can even take a portrait of a person from above it creates depth and illusion.
- Don’t take a picture with a flash either, you might end up with a picture of flat quality where shadows are gone because of the flash.
8. Position Your Frame Properly
In photography, don’t always think that putting the subject in the middle of the picture is interesting. It really isn’t, it’s typical and very cliché this is why framing creates interest. It draws the attention of the viewer to where it’s supposed to be. When taking a picture, include either the entire background or just a bit of it.
- Don’t ever cut a picture of a person on the waist or on the knees. It’s always better to take a picture either on close-up or on a broader view. On close-up go only as far as a person’s shoulders and/or upper arm; if not, take a picture of the entire person from head to foot. Remember that pictures cut on the waist or on the knees can destroy the quality of a photo. Taking a picture of the entire thing gives a sense of completeness and continuity.
- Cut your frame on the waist when taking a formal picture. It is the best way to present a business-like image.
9. Take Your Flash Off the Menu (most of the time)
You should pay close attention to the position of your flash. If your flash is close to your lenses or right above your lenses, try to lessen your use of the flash. Taking a picture with the flash on would remove the shadows of your subject creating a flat lifeless picture.You may dim your flash a little by putting a semi-clear folder over the flash or even a thin piece of tissue. This will lessen the strength of the light making the picture more realistic.
Flashes are only good when the background of your subject is brighter. Turn on the flash to highlight your subject against a brighter background.
Top 5 point & shoot ca meras 2017
Here’s a list of best point and shoot digital cameras in India with excellent image quality. This list contains the best cameras picked from enthusiasts, travelzoom and bridge camera categories.
1. Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV
Why should you buy this: This super compact is a jack of all trades
Exhibit picks as: Our top pick
Price: ₹ 69,990
Who’s it for: Photographers who want a small but high-performance camera.
If you had to pick one compact camera that does it all, it’s this one. Sony’s RX100-series defies the limitations of a tight space. With every new model, Sony demonstrates its engineering chops. This pocket rocket is highly compact, yet it has a large, 20.1-megapixel, 1-inch sensor that uses a new “stacked” design that provides faster performance, like 40x super-slow-motion at 960 frames per second (fps), 1/32,000th electronic shutter speed, 16-fps burst mode, and 4K movie capture.
If you’re looking for a versatile pocket camera with a hot-rod engine, this is the ultimate.
2. Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II
Why should you buy this: For capturing the highest-resolution image quality… Period
Exhibit picks as: The best luxury pointand-shoot camera
Price: ₹ 259,990
Who’s it for: Street and portrait photographers who print their images
If you were a pro photographer, the RX1R II might be the pocket camera you carry. At this range, you better have the budget to buy one, too. But this advanced point-and-shoot is special not just because of the many modes and features, but the 42-megapixel full-frame (35mm) sensor inside — the same sensor inside Sony’s lauded A7R II mirrorless camera, one of the highest you can currently get. It also has a fast, fixed prime lens (35mm at f/2.0) that delivers superb images.This isn’t a camera for everyone, simple because for the price, you can buy a full-frame DSLR or mirrorless camera. But it definitely feels so luxurious in the hands.
3. Canon PowerShot G9 X
Why should you buy this: An affordable, highly compact camera with 1-inch sensor
Exhibit picks as: The best large-sensor(1- inch) point-and-shoot camera
Price: ₹ 29,500
Who’s it for: A strong large-sensor option for those on a budget
The G9 X Mark II is the slimmer sibling to its older, beefier G3 X brother, but both share the same 20.2-megapixel, 1-inch sensor. The G9 X functions more like the popular PowerShot S-series we’ve loved in the past, but the larger sensor delivers better quality images than the 1/1.7-inch used in the PowerShot S120 — and it’s only $100 more. Although it has advanced shooting features, it’s more of a simple point-and-shoot than the G3 X, and features a shorter 3x lens.
Consider this the budget alternative to Sony’s RX100 cameras. The image quality is not only pleasing, but also a nice replacement to the much-loved S-series.
4. Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III
Why should you buy this: A camera with long zoom, 4K video, and high-end performance and features
Exhibit picks as: The best point-and-shoot for budding pro photographers
Price: ₹ 114,990
Who’s it for: Any photographer looking for a DSLR alternative
Imagine the RX100 IV as a larger camera with a premium lens, and what you get is the Cyber-shot RX10 III. It shares the technologies found in the smaller camera, but the RX10 III has an 25x Zeiss VarioSonnar T lens. It has a DSLR-like body that provides the user with a good grip, and it’s weather-sealed against the elements. Sony also upgraded the camera’s video-capture capabilities, rendering it a budget-friendly filmmaking camcorder that’s well suited for things like YouTube.The price, however, puts it in the enthusiast category; if you decide to go this route, you’ll need to decide if you want a fixed lens solution or opt for an interchangeable DSLR or mirrorless model.
5. Olympus Tough TG – Tracker
Why should you buy this: Tough as nails camera that withstands the elements
Exhibit picks as: The best rugged point-andshoot camera
Price: ₹ 39,995
Who’s it for: Travelers who take their cameras into the water
Rugged cameras are essentially point-andshoot cameras that are built to be tanks, and the new Tough TG-Tracker is the most powerful yet. Like all rugged cameras, it’s waterproof, freeze-proof, dustproof, and shockproof. But what sets it apart is a sensor that captures data — latitude, longitude, altitude, direction, temperature, etc. — and overlays it on top of your video content (up to 4K). This is great for, say, a point-of-view bike ride where you want to see how fast you’re going at any given moment.It also makes for a great vacation camera, since it’s easy to pack yet can take a hit in any weather condition.