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Three Cameras, a Shade, and a Potted Plant

Funny (innit?) how different cameras see the same thing…er…differently. Take, for example, the lamp that stands, beside a pot plant, in the corner of my sitting room. I often use it to test a newly acquired camera. Surely three pictures, taken within seconds of each other, would appear identical. You’d think so, wouldn’t you? So let’s see. Picture Number One was snapped with a tatty old Fujifilm J10 boasting 8.2 megapixels…

Notice how the autofocus had concentrated upon the pot plant? Well, with me standing in the exact same spot, it would be reasonable to assume that the second shot, via a 14.1 megapixel Canon Ixus 130, would look pretty much the same – only clearer. Well I thought so anyway…  

No, I wasn’t standing over by the door honest.  But what about a camera that falls roughly half way between the two megapixel extremes? How would that compare? I tried a 10.2 megapixel Samsung D1070. The result…

…was not what I expected. Which, I think, just proves that it isn’t the eye behind the camera that selects how a picture will look: it’s the sodding software. How very disappointing – even if the pictures aren’t.

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Photography: Take a Backward Step (or two)

I found this camera…

…in a charity shop recently. I’m happy to take a chance on old cameras not working because the money goes to a worthy cause. But in the case of this 2006 model, I spent the money just get the memory card inside it. You see, I have more cameras than memory cards, and any opportunity to even the balance is grasped like a drowning man. But the camera did work; and so I set about checking its capabilities. This is the result of a close-up…

To place the mediocre result in perspective, I then took a similar shot with this…

A somewhat improved device from 2017. But even the Canon can’t perform miracles…

So I took a couple of backward steps and sat myself down . Distance, it seems, is what I needed for a decent picture. A long zoom too, of course. Witness…

Then I waited (not what I’m good at) for a cloud to hide the sun…

So what did I learn from this experience? Answer: For close-ups you don’t have to stand over your subject: take a backward step – or two. It can make all the difference.

Blindingly Obvious Photography Tips

My mother (or somebody much like her – it could have been my chum, Steve) once told me: “Never shoot into the sun.” In those heady days of Kodak Instamatics, it was sound advice. But today shooting into the sun is almost mandatory. But even modern cameras can louse up sometimes: check this out…

 

Ooh, pretty pink shapes – but not an accurate representation of that glorious dawn. So here’s my blindingly obvious tip for the day: Unless you happen to be standing upon the roof of the Empire State Building, take two steps to the side. I did. This is the result…

Sorted!