Just recently, Kamran, a food blogger inspired me to take photos from a point and shoot (P&S) and DSLR camera. That would be an interesting comparison. Kamran takes photos with a P&S camera but if you see his blog The Sophisticated Gourmet, you would have thought that it was taken with a DSLR. I consider him a brilliant, genius and talented cook, writer and photographer and many others I’m not aware of. He even designed his own food blog. What a rock star and he’s only 17 years old.
I started taking photos for my blog almost the end of November last 2008 if my sister’s camera is available. The only thing I did when taking photos was focus and shoot. It has always been like that until today. I have no idea how aperture, shutter speed and ISO works until about a month ago which is still confusing. I know it’s a good lens but never even looked that there’s an Auto and Manual focus on the side of it. (Yes, you can laugh). But even when I started last year I always shoot on Manual mode but on Auto focus. For me, as long as the subject looks good through the lens, I just click, click, click, click and click. With the point and shoot camera, I also take photos the same thing as with a DSLR – just focus and shoot.
The following are photos were taken with a DSLR (manual mode on auto focus) and a point and shoot camera. Most of the photos are impromptu shots, which means, I didn’t do any setup and background but simply placing the object on a space where I can take photos. I didn’t even consider the lighting. How come I didn’t think of that? But the photos were taken outside the window (sometimes sunny, sometimes cloudy). I told you it was impromptu. I also decided not to do any post processing so you can see what it really looks like. First photo is taken by a point and shoot while the second is taken by a DSLR. You’ll be the judge.
Adzuki Beans - This is from my blog post Adzuki Bean and Shiitake Mushroom Soup
Almond Croissant - This is probably the best almond croissant I've ever tasted.
Rocky Road Brownies - These were baked by my sister who is planning to sell her goodies this coming Christmas holidays. She was asking me to take photos of these and her other baked confections.
Between the two cameras, I obvioulsy like the DSLR. Who doesn’t? Well, the lens sees differently. But I believe that anyone can take good photos with a point and shoot camera. I believe I can if I practice. As you can see the photos above, I’m not really good with the point and shoot camera and it’s clear which photo is better. I’ve also tried to take the two photos using different cameras identical but the angles are still different from each other.
I do have some photos on the blog taken with a point and shoot camera. I also agree with other photographers that the most expensive camera doesn’t make you a good photographer because I’ve experienced that with my brother-in-laws’ camera. It is a good camera with a lot of features but it didn’t make me a better photographer. I honestly admit that I use the Photoshop to edit the brightness/contrast, hue/saturation and the color balance. But I always try doing the minimal editing as much as possible.
You can also check Adventures in Photography by Jen Schall from her blog My Kitchen Addictions who did a more thorough exploration of using two different types of camera.
Now that you’ve seen both photos from two cameras, please let me know what you think by leaving a comment below. I posted this not only because of Kamran’s wonderful idea, but I’m also here to learn.