Saturday, November 25, 2006

My Camera...

Mr. Canon meets Monsieur Escargot A few of you have asked what camera I use? Here is my best friend, Mr. Canon PowerShot A510 (with just 3.2 pixels). I don't believe in all this pixel nonsense. You can get perfectly good pictures without going overboard in the pixel area. When I bought the Canon, a pro told me not to go for the big numbers -> you get less pictures. I like to shoot a lot, so I keep my settings low too. My painting teacher, Susanna Coffey, always said go for quantity and the quality will come.
My lovely brand new PowerShot sat in it's box for 2-3 months. Then Annie came to town with the same camera and showed me how ridiculously easy it was to take a picture.

I think it's useful to have a number of cards. This last trip I went daily to the Odean photo shop, unloaded my picts onto a CD, cleaned my card, and was ready for the next day. They have machines in France that spit out your photos in seconds too. I would love one of those...
New birds in the house sitting on unused Sony..I did buy a back-up camera, a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S90. It's got a huge LCD window 2.5" vs the Canon's 1.8". I made sure to take it out of the box. But I have not shot a single pic sorry to say :(

Now if Annie would just get a Sony I could get cracking on it :)

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

Carol, I can relate! I have a sweet little Olympus 3.2 that takes marvelous photos, including macros. Sharp, crisp, NICE. My Kodak, at 5 megapixels, isn't as satisfying, for a number of reasons, but unfortunately I needed the higher megapixels for print media, when I started the current book. Nuts...

Anonymous said...

Which reminds me--do you scan your art, or photograph it? I do both...

Ilva said...

Do take out the Sony and start shooting! I have a sony DSC H1 and I'm going to upgrade to a Sony Alpha 100 because I like it so much, the colours are so good!

Parisbreakfasts said...

Kate I have a scanner here I'm currently using as a..sort of shelf, unpluged and I need to plug the damn %$#@ thing in. I'm stuck waiting for sunup to shoot my watercolors to post to PB...
Embarrassing :(

Ilva Do you do house calls? Yr pictures are fantastic!:)

Lindsay said...

Thanks for a ;timely post. I'm asking for a small camera for Christmas!

Anonymous said...

If you will take your Sony out of the box you will discover that it (as well as most cameras) come with "quick start" easy instructions that will get you off and running taking pictures with out a lot of extra reading. Then when you have the time or Annie comes with a Sony (smile) take time to learn the great bells and whisles of your camera. Thank you for sharing regardless !!

Anonymous said...

By the way, you can purchase a 1GB card and that will hold up to 200 high resolution images rather than having several cards holding only a few pictures.

Parisbreakfasts said...

joy I've got 3 cards, 1GB included. It's easier to keep uploading to a CD. I have taken the Sony out of the box.You can see it here

smila said...

Hi Carol,
Finally something I can talk about 'cause I adore photography,for me it´s an Art(with Capital letters).I love all those personal points of view:Cartier-Bresson,Doisneau,Orkin,Salgado,Brassaï...I love taking pictures when I travel,since last year I use a Fuji Finepix V10,I adorre the quality of Fuji cameras and this one has an incredible screen.But even now I prefer shooting with my father´s old analogical camera(a Nikon one).
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Lisa Johnson said...

Thanks for this post! I need to get a camera and have been agonizing over the whole pixel thing. I plan to get a Canon PowerShot, so I'm glad to hear that you recommend it!

Anonymous said...

You're post is so funny! Please start using your Sony.

I have a Sony Cybershot DSC-P10 which is at least 3 years old now but still works like a charm. I must remember to buy a huge capacity card for it as i will be taking it with me on holiday in Dec [well, the Fiance is taking it with him as he prefers to use it than any chunky SLR]. He said it's people friendly. He likes to point and shoot. :)

simon said...

I agree Carol. 3.2 mega pixels is fine.. too much and it really sucks the time/power etc.

Like you i also carry a few cards.

I have a Fuji which as a 10x zoom, plus 2x optical.

I use it for wildlife photography. It has been wonderful. I am about to upgrade to get more zoom.. but i don't need more pixels!

Paula J Atkinson said...

I totally agree. I have a Konica Minolta Z1 with 3.2 pixels. It take amazing shots. They have now upgraded the camera to far more pixels, but me, I'm happy with my baby, ta very much...
My pictures are often so large they take forever to email. But the quality is perfect for me. I take lots of flower shots as well as close ups of all the cards , mini books & page layouts that I make. Why on earth do I need bigger!! I don't...

Parisbreakfasts said...

Paula Here's a tip for emailing photos in a managable size. If you have MSN's Outlook Express, it will offer to resize yr picts from 100's of KB down to 30-50KB.It makes for easier uploading to your blog too.All you have to do is right click on the pic. Then E-mail to recipient. I send the resized pic to myself and then into a desktop file for posting.
Glad you agree on this pixel thing.What's bigger is not always better.

Paula J Atkinson said...

Carol, thanks so much for your tips.
I will give them a whirl next time a relative wants a pic sending.

Parisbreakfasts said...

If you'd like some serious photo/camera tips, particularly if you're shooting food check out Elise's simply recipes

..I'm having doubts about my idiot PowerShot now :(

Tongue in Cheek Antiques said...

Your collection of little toys is really a kick!! The tiny garbage can!!

Naturegirl said...

Hey that Sony Ciber shot is what I use! I'm not techy in the camera dept. but my photos seem adequate..always room to learn more just ~*need time*~ to attend classes!

gris said...

My camera is a cannon and i love it!!

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Victoria Pittman said...

I have a nice canon 5mp that I love. I'm thinking of going higher just so I can crop and keep clarity. You know, I might just have been able to get that long range shot of a heron taking off...I don't know.

Re: talk about sending pictures ..Have any of you tried the free downloadable program from Google.. Picasa? I love it. Great quick tools for editing..automatically sets it to decent size for sending and blogs with one click!

TOW Blog said...

as the masters say: " it's not about the camera, it's about the moment you catch."

with a beautiful place like paris, no need for complicated cameras nor pixels!

keep shooting and keep painting!

minotte

Victoria Pittman said...

OOps. In my last post I mistakenly gave the wrong camera info.
The camera I like best at the moment is a Nikon cool pix 5600!

Argrow Images said...

Great talent!
Keep shooting!
Good luck!

Anonymous said...

hi carol, your friend told you the right things. worrying about large pixel numbers only makes sense when you want to have big enlargements of your pics. if you only shoot for the screen and only want small prints, you're fine with what you have. on the other hand: does that sony cyber shot contain zeiss lenses (i know the good ones do)? then i would probably give it a try, because the quality of those lenses really do make a difference. cheers, anne :)

Wanderlusting said...

Hey, I have the same camera! Wooot. I have been thinking about getting something smaller though, with a bigger screen but in the end, I think I'm happy (though the freakin shutter gets stuck sometimes)

Run Around Paris said...

Many great photos have been taken with 3 mp's. Yours are proof.

Felicity Grace said...

I have a Canon 300D, love it even if it's a bit heavy to carry around (just means I need two cameras!) A friend got the 350D when it came out but the photos were so enormous when he sent them by e-mail! I don't think the size they are now is necessary to be honest.

simon said...

wanderlust.. I am not surprised your camera "sticks".. the palces you have been..salt water and all!

Anonymous said...

I love your blog but I also love my recently purchased Canon Powershot A640 - 10.0 mpx.

Parisbreakfasts said...

R.S. I'm heading out to the upper regions of the Canon 6 after this post. I gotta get me some more pixels!