Walking all day with a big, heavy D-SLR around your neck or shoulder can become a real pain after a while, so I’ll often leave “the big gear” at home or in the hotel room (secured, of course) and venture out with only my point-and-shoot camera.
On this particular day in San Cristobal de las Casas, in Chiapas, Mexico, where the above image was made, I’d been out shooting all day with my D-SLR, a Nikon D300s, but later that afternoon when we decided to go out for a bite to eat, I chose to bring along just my pocket camera. In this particular instance, the reason I did is because it was raining intermittently and I didn’t want to chance my gear getting unneccesarily wet.
At present I’m using the Canon S90 point-and-shoot camera, which is a few years old, but they’re up to the Canon S100 (currently $429.00 at B&H Photo). The tiny but powerful S90 that I use shoots RAW files and SD video (the newer Canon S95, a great deal at just $299.00 and S100 models shoot HD video and have other more robust features) and allows for a lot of other custom settings that as a professional photographer I need. You certainly don’t need to spend $300 to $400 on a point-and-shoot, but these are very capable cameras that come highly recommended.
“A point-and-shoot in your hands is worth more than the perfect D-SLR in your bag.”
~ Seamus Murphy
My main point, however, goes back to the old adage “the best camera is the one you have with you at the time.” Nowadays this might even be one of the new camera phones that are increasing in quality all the time. I currently use the Apple iPhone 3Gs, but look forward to upgrading to the next generation when my contract runs out with AT&T.
A camera phone is something you likely have with you all the time, so be sure you’re taking advantage of all that power in your pocket.
I guarantee you’ll miss 100 percent of shots when you don’t have your camera with you.
Here are a couple of questions for you:
- Do you always have a camera with you?
- Are you bringing along a point-and-shoot camera when you hit the road?
- How about a smart phone with camera, do you have one of those?
- If so, what make and model are you using?
Ralph Velasco is an Orange County-based photography instructor, international photo tour guide and author.
He’s an award-winning blogger and the creator of the My Shot Lists for Travel app for iPhone.