I’ll tell you, I’ve lugged my Nikon D90 SLR camera to many events and loved the results I get, but the weight of that camera and lenses often makes me wish that someone else would carry it for me. That’s why probably 75% of the time, I take my FujiFilm FinePix, 10 Megapixel pocket camera. Even if I carry my Nikon, I almost always have my FujiFilm camera anyway. I’ve had 2 of these in the past 10 years. It takes fabulous pictures, has great skin tones, and also takes wonderful videos. It’s inconspicuous and very easy to take candids, close range flash photos, and has an adequate zoom lens built in. I’ve gone for 3 days without having to recharge the battery with moderate shooting – that is, 300 – 400 pictures for me.
I sometimes sacrifice sharpness in the details and lack of manual focus, but those are the fun challenges when doing this kind of shooting.
It just goes to show, whether you use a professional camera, a pocket camera, or your iPhone, you can get great shots if you apply good photography principles: pre-focus, good composition, anticipate, steady hands during shutter release….and get out there and shoot!
Here’s a few shots I grabbed yesterday at the Houston International Festival (iFest)