Back to using a compact camera….but beware the pitfalls.
I have always owned a camera of sorts. Before I started being serious about my photography I always carried a digital compact camera with me. Nothing bigger than the size of a credit card as I remember. However when I started studying photography and purchased an SLR I still continued to use my compact. This was laziness on my behalf. Whenever I was requested to take a camera into college or on a trip I always took the compact and never the SLR. It was convenient you see. Needless to say, I only ever knew how to use my SLR on full auto. By recognising what was happening here I decided to sell my faithful compact camera on ebay at a massive loss. However, the result of this made me rich. Rich in knowledge. It was then that I had to learn how to use it. Yes indeed, once the compact was gone I properly learnt how to use my SLR and felt that I had achieved something. A step in the right direction.
I have not owned a compact camera for over three years now, but the time has come for me to purchase one again. There are times when I am out when the camera on my phone just wont do. Its ideal for some situations but not all. There is the gap between camera phone and SLR that needs bridging. When I was at the Foto8 seminar last month a compact would have been ideal to whip out and grab a few shots for my blog. Instead I had to haul my SLR around which to be honest just became a little annoying.
I never wanted a top spec compact camera, just something very slim and light. I settled for a Canon IXUS130. Yes its the size of a credit card and will serve its purpose well. HD video recording will also come in handy for those emergency recordings.
I’m not as obsessed with photography equipment as I used to be. My camera is a tool. A tool of the trade. A recording device. Whether it be a pinhole in a box or a lens device recording an image onto film. My vision is whats important. How I decide to record that vision is not the important factor.