Lovely Ladies from EVO, photographed with a POINT & SHOOT!

Remember how I was on that photo panel at the Evo Conference in Park City, Utah? And how Jenny Cisney from Kodak was *also* on that panel?

Jenny Cisney was on the photo panel too and she ROCKS.

Well, we all had a conference call *before* the panel, you know, to talk *about* the panel, and Jenny asked about what kind of equipment we had.

I am not sure if I have ever listed what I shoot with, so here goes:

– Canon EOS 40D
– Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro lens
– Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM lens
– Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM lens
– Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 II lens
– Canon Speedlite 580EX II External Flash
– Alien Bees Studio Light Kit

Notice there is no point and shoot there?

Jenny did as well.

So Kodak was kind enough to provide all the photo panelists (and some session attendees!) with a Kodak EasyShare M580. Thanks so much!

Which I immediately starting shooting with.

Park City is gorgeous.

Here’s the thing, friends.

As Chase Jarvis often says – the best camera is the one that is with you. I am often quite happy with the photos from my iPhone. And sure, I like to control the DOF and bokeh with my fancy lenses – the point is this: ALL THAT CRAP IS HEAVY.

And at a conference, it’s a bummer to carry a backback full of stuff all the time.

You may want to go light.

So you can capture Laura just sitting there, being lovely at the table.
The lovely Laura Mayes

Or the sparkle in Maya’s eyes.
Maya as amazing eyes.

Or Jen, with her camera at the ready.
Ms. Lemen

How about Esther’s devilish smirk?
The Lovely Esther

Or the sun setting on Helen?
Helen from Tartelette

Yes. All those with that little point and shoot.

And while Kodak does clearly make a fine camera, you can get these results from your camera too. Play around with the manual mode if you have it. Or the pre-programed scenes. Shoot into the light. Or stretch in post-processing.

The point is – PLAY. Take a load off. Have FUN.

You really CAN take great photos.

This article has 13 comments

  1. Leslie

    So true! I always travel with my point and shoot even if I have my dslr.

    It takes amazing images (Canon Powershot SD1100), especially in the middle of a sunny day and my friends love that I can hand it off to them so they can shoot too.

    It’s nice to have a few photos of myself from vacation too… 🙂

  2. Zipper

    Love these!

  3. Brené Brown

    These are wonderful! I’m wondering if the post should be “**I** can take great photos with a point and shoot?

  4. keli @ kidnapped by suburbia

    nice!!! i’m actually in the market for a good p&s b/c the one i have is about 7 years old and a pOs. these pics are great!!

    of course, the user makes a big difference 😉

  5. Nat

    It’s interesting but I find some of the shots people comment on the most are the ones from my cheapo PAS that I keep in my purse.

  6. ljc

    Well said. Take lots of pictures and save those memories forever. Your shots are lovely!

  7. Jerry Deese

    I need to invest in a good P&S eventually. While I love having my DSLR at the right times, I would also like the luxury of not carrying it around for those “just in case I see something” times. I love having my iPhone for those moments, but some times I just need something a little more capable.

  8. Anonymous

    I have an old point and shoot, but you are right. I should try to take more photos! I am missing too many memories! – m

  9. TG

    This is fabulous…I like it!
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  10. Kim Hosey

    “The best camera is the one that is with you.”

    So, so true. Really the best piece of photography advice there is. (Well, maybe that, and for my son: Quit shooting from right below Mom’s nose.) I LOVE playing with new lenses, but capturing the moment is really what it’s all about. And these really are fabulous! Love the lighting.

  11. janice

    Nice photo’s..thanks for sharing..

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  12. Sloane

    I love my point and shoot. I got the one my photographer boyfriend recommends to people, the Canon S90 (Kodak is great too!!) and I simply love it. Sure nothing replaces a high quality SLR, but the joy of having something in your pocket and with you always is pretty incredible for catching every day moments.

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