Saturday, May 22, 2010

Joys of a Trusty Point and Shoot

My name is Stephanie and I own a point and shoot (P&S) camera. Her name is Matilda, she's a Canon PowerShot A590IS and she serves me well.


I used to post a lot more photos here on my blog. Then I began hanging out with a bunch of wonderful people who had nice (read: fancier) cameras and did all sorts of beautiful artistic things with them. So I became intimidated (self-imposed of course!) and stopped playing with my little Canon P&S. No more photos for Stephanie, or if there were photos there certainly weren't as many publicly displayed here.

Hooey. C'est fini ├ža.

Although there are things I can't do with my little Matilda that I could do with a fancier camera, there are many things
I can do:

I can play with colour, light and composition.

girly lamp

I can play with lines and shapes.
I can capture flare.

I can capture images of my favourite peeps, places or things.

D. and Cassie on Blue Mountain

I can stick it in my pocket or my purse for easy travel or access.

I can use my macro setting to take pictures of interesting details.

Hosta no 74

I can photograph my artwork.
I can illustrate a quote, a feeling or a story.

shades of grey on Bennett Lake

Plus so many things I haven't tried yet.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not dissing the fancy cameras. In fact, someday I foresee owning one and delving into more technical aspects of the craft.

But today I needed a reminder that even with a simple point and shoot I can play and experiment;
I can illustrate my emotions and stories; I can take pictures that bring me pleasure or capture the essence of something I see. And so can you.

Do you have favourite point and shoot photos? Drop me a link in the comments if you do; I'd love to see them.


  1. Oooo, I love this. I've been in a photographic funk lately and have decided I need the next step-up camera.
    You've totally grounded me and I thank you.
    And yes, the beach pics in this post were with my trusty point and shoot. Still, some of my favorites.

    Miss you!

  2. Jamie I love that post and its photos! Thank you for sharing them here.

    Miss you too!