Point and shoot like a pro
I lug around a medium-sized camera bag during photo walks and event coverages. Aside from my Canon DSLR with its 18-55mm lens, this bag contains the following: two extra lens (35-80mm and 75-300mm), an external flash unit, flash diffuser, battery charger and extra batteries (both for the camera and flash), lens hood and caps, a set of filters and extra memory cards. If the shooting situation calls for it, I bring along my sturdy tripod with its own carrying bag. If it’s a one week out-of-town trip with lots of possible shoots, my laptop and external hard disk goes with me. It’s a hassle bringing all of these along. And it’s just a hobby. Now imagine a gear guy (not me) with equipment enough to fill a small car, carrying such Fedex-sized baggage on a kilometer long trek up a mountain trail. Only to find upon reaching the top that the sun has settled over the horizon bidding him goodbye…and goodnight. This gear guy faces the perilous journey of hauling all his gear down the steep slope in darkness. The point? For casual city or nearby strolls, I just carry a point and shoot cam tucked conveniently in my belt pouch. I read somewhere that the best camera is what you have. If you have a DSLR and can’t part with it wherever you go, that’s your preference. But since last year I can’t seem to go out of the house without my P&S on my belt. Like my keys, wallet, cellphone and wristwatch, its an item that can not be left behind. Point and shoots now have risen above their lowly reputation with the latest compacts sporting long zoom capabilities, fast processors, large megapixels and tons of creative shooting modes. Others can even capture in RAW. In other words, point and shoots with prices lower than DSLRs have now become your all-in-one travel cam – smart, rugged, stylish, powerful, feature-filled and pocket-sized. Now all you have to do is understand the various settings and options to maximize the use of your P&S. You can start off with this article How to Use Your Point & Shoot Camera Like a Pro which gives a rundown on the most common shooting modes available on point and shoot digital cameras. The above image was captured with a 16-megapixel Nikon Coolpix with shooting mode at Landscape, picture mode set at Vivid, and post-processed with PhotoScape.