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With Cameras while Traveling
a camera as a professional tool, a family documenarian or a means
through which travel and memories are enhanced brings three different
mind sets and three different types of equipment.
Night traffic, Shanghai. Olympus E-1.
A professional tool may look like a camera, but it's a working
partner in the process of making a living and is something that
puts food on the dinner table, buys a car and pays bills. When
a professional photographer selects a product it will nearly
always be required to perform without fail and bring as many
money-making features to life as possible. Professional photography
involves seeing beyond the obvious and capturing images that
have some fresh new point of view to them. That aspect often
involves a narrative component--the story that the shot suggests.
It's not just a picture of Brad Pitt attending a premier that
gets the page space, but the one with him turning with an eyebrow
raised in a moment of mini-drama. Special-ness in portraits,
product shots, editorial and advertising images is what professional
photographers constantly seek and their equipment needs to be
ready Right Now.
Girls visiting Tien An Men Square. Olympus E-1.
Family documenting needs a snap shooter--a camera that makes
nice small prints, images for the Internet and can be operated
by Naomi, Tom, Mary, Dick, Hank and Beatrice with ease and reliability.
It has to be small enough to fit into your lifestyle so it is
available when the mood strikes, and ideally it lashes to your
finger, wrist or neck to lower the incidence of gravity-involved
trauma. "Okay, you guys stand over there while I take your
picture," means more than it says.
Hold that post! Canon 300D. Sigma 28-200.
that the shot is something that can tolerate several seconds
of equipment preparation and that critical timing to the fraction
of a second is not the prime feature. For more advanced photo
enthusiast equipment the requirements go up a notch. Here a need
for longer zoom ranges, faster shutter reaction timing, larger
prints and more artistic goals all pull on the decision that
purchases the camera. These needs have created the large enthusiast
model market for camera that extends up to what is loosely called
the Prosumer league.
Vacation photos combine elements from all of the above. Like
a photographer on assignment, a photographic tour of some interesting
place keeps bringing novelty into view urging your shutter finger
forward. The itchy trigger finger syndrome is a good thing, especially
when the film doesn't cost you $1 per shot (or perhaps 110 yen
or one Euro).
Yangtze wash day. Canon 300D. Sigma 28-200 lens.
never have these first impressions again, so fast capture of
the changing world around you is greatly appreciated. But you
need to be able to hand the camera to Naomi (or Hank) from time
to time to get another point of view involved, so passing to
them something that is totally professional requires a moment
or five of quick training. Better yet, the camera you hand them
is designed to be ergonomically obvious to a novice.
No one camera does it all. When carry space drives the decision
process, the best image from the smallest unit becomes the defining
requirement. Our Nikon Coolpix 5400 came into play when something
big was not an option and its enthusiast photographic abilities
were accessed frequently. But this is the only camera handed
to others to achieve a different point of view.
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