The point-and-shoot(ing) experiment

Haven’t you ever wondered why we are always trying new, more expensive gear? Let’s face reality, a good point-and-shoot camera nowadays can easily deliver the performance of (almost) any camera of, say, 20 years ago – or maybe not?

Sure, the glass might have been better and lenses on compacts are not that fast. This means less Bokeh. On the other hand, for a lot of fashion / editorial work, you can get along with little to no Bokeh. Simply pick a different setup – different style.

So over the next couple of months I intend to do some shootings solely with a point-and-shot and a simple reflector. In fact, I tried it already at a shooting on the weekend and I used a Sony RX100. However, I have to admit that I did not dare to completely rely on the Sony and I used it alongside with my Leica workhorse. Of course, in direct comparison to the Leica, there are differences but the Sony faired very well. I guess the thing I missed the most was a viewfinder – in the bright sunlight it was almost impossible to compose the shots and accurately judge the exposure. I had some great models though, Brittany and Maegan, that made my life quite easy. Sometime soon I will also post the Leica ones for a direct comparison.

More shots in the gallery below:

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4 thoughts on “The point-and-shoot(ing) experiment

  1. I bought a Nikon P7000 point-and-shoot a couple years ago when it was released and it is pretty much my go-to camera when I’m not shooting film. I keep it in my car and have used to shoot everything from car shows to architecture. I don’t even own a DSLR, if I want Bokeh and print-quality, I just use my trusty old Canon AE-1.

    Great portraits.

    • thanks! I agree – for most purposes a point-and-shoot is sufficient; even printing I would say (up to a reasonable size). Bokeh and viewfinder are the only real “issues” for me. I will post some pics from the Leica soon for a direct comparison. Btw, I think the P7000 is a great camera. I loved mine!

  2. Couldn’t agree with you more. Far to much stock is put into having the best most expensive gear, rather than simply focusing on the task at hand – taking a good picture. Your portraits above prove that you don’t need a Canon 5D Mark II to take a good image. Just a grasp on the basics of photography will do.

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