Point & Shoot Cameras For Digital Photographers

Professional photographers use their DSLRs when shooting assignments. For everyday photography, however, they use point-and-shoots.

Unlike the ordinary person who simply takes photos for sharing or keeping, professional photographers are quite particular with the point-and-shoot they use. What follows is a list of the point-and-shoot cameras that most professionals prefer. (This is not arranged in any specific order.)

Nikon Coolpix P7000

This 10.1 megapixel resolution point-and-shoot has a 1/1.7-inch CCD sensor. Some photographers love the camera’s video capabilities. Since it has a small sensor size, most professional photographers use a high ISO – just a slight adjustment, though. Product details  here.

Nikon Coolpix P7100

The predecessor to the P7000, this point-and-shoot is favored by many professional photographers because of the impressive quality of the image it produces. Moreover, its advanced options for customization are a big plus. There are a lot of buttons, but this only means photographers have more control of the photos they take. It has a 10.1 megapixel CCD sensor.

It’s not as light as other point-and-shoots, but it’s comfortable enough to carry around in your bag or pocket. Product details here.

Sony Cybershot RX1

With a 24.3 megapixel sensor, the Sony Cybershot RX1 point-and-shoot camera is definitely built for professional photographers who want a compact everyday cam. And its sensor is full-frame, which means it basically gives off the same image quality as DSLRs.

It’s a little heavy for a point-and-shoot, but its size is just right. Professional photographers won’t mind, though, especially when they find out that this compact camera has a Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* f/2.0 35mm lens with 9-blade aperture. It’s a point-and-shoot that can be used for shooting low light scenes. Product details here.

Sony Cybershot RX100

This is the perfect point-and-shoot for professional photographers who value image quality more than anything else. Among its features are a 20.2 megapixel back-illuminated sensor, a 3.6 f/1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* zoom lens, a 3-inch LCD screen that can easily tilt and Wi-Fi (with NFC or near-field communication).

This small, easy-to-carry point-and-shoot is a good choice for bokeh photography. Product details here.

Fujifilm X100S

Made especially for photographers who prefer point-and-shoots with large sensors and prime lens, the Fujifilm X100S is a 16.3 megapixel digital wonder. It doesn’t look exactly like any of the modern-day compact cameras because it has a classic rangefinder camera look and feel. But don’t be fooled by its looks; the X100S has a myriad of features that professional photographers will love to feast on. In addition to this, the camera has a porthole viewfinder that combines the classic and the modern. Its Fujinon f/2.0 35mm equivalent lens also makes this compact cam a good catch. It also has a feature that allows photographers to easily adjust shutter speed. Product details here.

The iPhone

Yes, a lot of professional photographers use the iPhone for their regular day-to-day shooting activities. Most of them use the 4s and 5 versions, with the HDR function enabled. A number of them use Hipstamatic, Pano, Instagram and other free apps to get the effect/s they desire, but basically, their iPhones give them the shots they want.

The best advantages of the iPhone are portability and ease of use. Many professional photographers who used to have objections with iPhonography now recognize the convenience the iPhone offers. Capturing interesting moments becomes easier as you only need to pull your iPhone out of your pocket or bag and then take the shots you want. Product details here.

These are just some of the point-and-shoot cameras that professional photographers use. Which one interests you the most?

Two Critical Skills For Any Photographer

If you really want to be successful with your photography career and get into wedding photography or any other area of digital photography for that matter, then you are going to have to take the time to learn more about the different digital photography techniques that you can use. Only by finding out about digital photography techniques that are tried and true and which are going to help you here, will you ever be able to become a successful photographer and make it in your field.

Of all the different digital photography techniques that you could learn more about, there are a couple that are really important.

Field of View

When it comes to different digital photography techniques, one that you are definitely going to need to learn more about is field of view. This means that you are going to be able to look around a scene to encompass a broader view than what you would be able to get with certain lenses. This means that you could actually point the camera in several adjacent directions for each exposure.

In turn this is going to be able to give you a much wider view and which has a lot more detail than if you were to just take one single picture. However you have to realize that this is sort of going to be like creating a single image from a mosaic of images, which can be pretty difficult. However once you get it down, you will be able to take incredible scenic shots, which can span as far as you can imagine. It literally and figuratively opens up a whole new world for you.

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Dynamic Range

You are also going to want to take the time to learn more about the dynamic range of the different digital photography techniques. Basically what this means is that you are going to get the right exposure for your picture so that it has the right contrast and is going to look correct as a finished product.

When you are discerning detail and improving the local contrast, this has to do with dynamic range. You need to make sure that your pictures are not going to be underexposed where they usually end up too dark, or overexposed where it just looks like a light of flash and there is no real picture to make out.

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These are just two of the many great techniques in digital photography that you can learn about and use in your own photography career and of course it’s just a starting point. You’ll want to start by getting a decent dslr camera, a tripod and some good editing software such as Photoshop. Once you have the equipment in place, don’t be afraid to get out there and make lots of mistakes!

Here are a few references for you to get started.