Macroing with a point and shoot
The point and shoot camera has been an underdog all along. With limited features, a few options, a tiny sensor and small lens, the lowly P&S cam takes a backseat compared to its more robust, featured-filled big brother, the DSLR. But it doesn’t mean the P&S cam is less capable. We just need to learn how to tap its available features and master its shooting modes. I found an interesting article by photography book author and instructor David Petersen detailing how to maximize macro photography with a P&S. In his write-up Using Macro Mode Effectively: A Point And Shoot Tutorial, Petersen reveals what you can do to get the most of the macro mode in your point and shoot camera. The tips are surprisingly easy to understand and follow that after reading the article you’re bound to say “why didn’t I think of that before.” There is no perfect picture, and photography tips are not meant to make us overnight professionals because if that is the intention, we’re better off enrolling in a photography class or workshop. Tips are guides, handy pointers to help us improve and thus enjoy our hobby, interest and passion. Turn on that macro mode in your P&S and up the ante, challenge yourself and bear in mind that what you put in your camera is your vision. Your photography is always your story. By the way, the dragonfly photo was taken with a Kodak DX4530, a relic P&S by today’s standards.