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and I also custom design wedding and special event stationery.
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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Cameras don't shoot good photos, people do

Point-and-Shoot vs. the SLR. Consumer level vs. Professional. This topic has been on my mind a lot lately, as I have serious camera gear envy over the Nikon D300. It's also been a recurring topic of conversation among friends and fellow photographers, and even showed up in one of my recent Google searches for who-knows-what. (This is a really great article for those who are further interested in the topic of cheap vs. expensive: Your Camera Doesn't Matter.)

You see, I have this theory that any great photographer can take a great photo with whatever is placed in his hands to shoot with, and the "latest and greatest" is never necessary. That being said, quality does matter, but you can find a great quality camera within any budget these days. I never leave home without my trusty little Canon point-and-shoot digital elph camera, that cost me $250 back in 2006. And I still have the Canon AE-1 film camera I first learned how to manually shoot with back in high school because, although it was purchased in 1980 by my dad in preparation for the birth of my sister, it's still a great camera!

Some of my favorite digital pictures that I have taken, were with my 5.0-megapixel-fits-in-your-back-pocket-point-and-shoot-little-wonder-camera. Here are just a few:



Self-portrait





Sunset shot in western Oklahoma





Mom's Easter Lilies in bloom





Back fence at the Beer Can House. As a bottle collector, of course I took photos for my dream house one day; I mean, look at that light shining through!



Bottom line: keep your shooting simple! And always within budget. Although I am always happy to throw in my two cents for friends wanting to upgrade to the digital SLR age.

3 comments:

Anonymous May 13, 2009 at 6:44 AM  

I love the photos! I just need to learn how to use my dam cannon elf (other than the auto setting). maybe you will inspire me to take a class. -kt

kelkelphoto May 13, 2009 at 6:01 PM  

Lol, no class necessary! I don't even have a manual setting on my Canon Elph, so all of mine are taken on the auto settings. I'll show you how to use your camera, although I can offer you a great piece of advice: read the manual!

Anonymous July 13, 2009 at 9:44 AM  

I agree, all of our vacation and travel photos were taken on our point and shoot. Jules managed to take some amazing photos that are very much frame worthy!

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About Kelly Tarleton

I've always been a creative person, and the one who always had a camera on-hand at a moment's notice for any occasion. Photography and graphic design dominated my life in school and I loved every minute of it. I miss that constant creative outlet and want to share more of it with my family and friends through this blog.See more of my work at my website: http://www.kellytarleton.com/.

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