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even the early, early digital cameras can do it well at times

 
Jeff_56
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Oct 02, 2013 01:30 |  #1
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I took this with a Sony Cybershot camera. It was a 2MP camera from the very early days of digital. There were earlier cameras of course but this is when digital first really started to come into it's own. This camera had a big lens and quality glass and a quality sensor. I actually got quite a few great photos with it. I still have the camera but it has problems now especially when shooting macro stuff. I know this isn't a Canon camera but I wanted to post this just to show people that they don't need the very best cameras to get decent shots. I think it's decent anyway. Let me know what you think. Clearly there was some trouble with the white shirts and there was too much of a green tone because of the sun shining brightly on the trees but I don't think it blew out the whites at all (well maybe a little on the collar which got more light) and there isn't even much pixelation for a 2MP camera shooting white on white in the bright sun (not direct sun fortunately). Remember this is a cropped photo too so the limitations are there but I would have expected worse.

BTW this is my father in law. He passed away more than 10 years ago. Cameras can do great things IMO. I know this photo means a lot to my wife and her sister.

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PS - I obviously was looking for total realism here. I was never a big fan of airbrushed work although I know many people like it. I'd rather show life with all the wrinkles and spots. The best shots of my parents, who are also gone now, are airbrushed and I much prefer this image of my FIL. It's just my taste I guess. I'm not knocking anyone for doing airbrush type work. There is certainly a market for it. Many people pretty much demand it. But this image is almost like looking at my FIL in the flesh. We've had an 8X10 of this hanging up for many years and my sister in law noticed it recently and she loved it. She said it was like he was standing right there. So I gave her that one. I can make more. I never throw away a photo. I keep a digital copy (several actually) for just such occasions.



  
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Oct 03, 2013 00:43 |  #2

I do not know what to say. You said it all. This is a nice snapshot. We are not all using "The very best" but are trying to learn different techniques from different photographers so we can expand our range. I also shoot with a Fuji camera that is a few years old, but I post mostly my canon shots because I want to get better and learn from what I feel are some great photographers.


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Oct 03, 2013 02:33 |  #3
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Thanks Pirate. I don't use the very best either. I use a basic DSLR mostly but I've taken some good photos with my Galaxy S4 smart phone recently. It surprised me big time because most of the stuff I take with it is not that good. But I found that it takes decent photos at the near macro level. It has a deep DOF for that kind of photography which can be a good thing. My T3 is temperamental about giving me enough DOF to get an entire flower in focus for example. Of course if I get back farther and shoot the same shot I generally get a better result for the DOF but I like to take macro shots and they are hard to get right without stacking.

I like learning new stuff too. And that includes learning what shots my phone camera will take well. It's been said many times I know. It isn't so much the camera as knowing what it will do. It generally takes practice to learn that. But I took a lot of shots with that old Sony camera including stuff that can't be replaced like photos of my kids when they were in school. I had a strong flash setup for sports events inside a school gym so that alone gave me an advantage over what most cameras from that time period would do.

I just shoot as a hobby anyway. I do produce video professionally but not as much as I once did. I have a lot more money invested in that equipment for sure. But like everything else a person just needs to work with what he has until he learns what it will do well and what it won't.




  
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Oct 09, 2013 05:36 |  #4

Very nice shot indeed ! Although I have a 5D2 and a 7D, I find myself using my 8MP cell phone for a lot of shots I would have normally used my 7D and 17-50 lens for. I shoot a lot of construction progress pictures, and the cell phone is more then sufficient to use, even with cropping.
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