Bring the fun back

It’s been a long time since I photographed just for pure fun, without thinking about getting a good picture… or even a correct one. What ignited all that fun was our new baby camera 🙂

It might be a baby sized one, but it definitely not for babies! It’s a beast inside a small body 😀

What I liked about the D-Lux 4 is the fact that it is…. small, obviously, and very smart. The 5D has always been a burden to carry around, and an attention magnet… and I don’t mean that in the good way. Even when I decide to take the 5D out with me sometimes I find it hard to even get it out of the bag in the first place, and even when I do… it’s -literarily- a pain in the nick to carry around for a long time, especially when I’m not motivated enough.

With a compact camera you have no obligations. You don’t have to feel guilty if you carry it and never use it… because it’s just there, ready when you are, and most likely you will use it anyway. Psychologically, because the camera is small and feels like a toy you don’t feel obliged to take the perfect picture, you just.. take pictures! Pictures like these:

In-car reading material.

I think these mugs are still there! I’ve
been looking for them!

It’s been a long time since since I took
a picture of a tumble dryer

..or a button!

Not bad, is it? 🙂

Could you take fun pictures like these with a big DSLR? Sure, but not as easily. Most compact cameras, and the D-Lux 4 in particular, are very smart. Most DSLRs lack smart features like face recognition, smart scene selection or even live view. Yes, new DSLRs have live view, but who use it anyway? With a smart compact camera you don’t have to worry about the white balance or even the ISO you are using, the camera is smart (and limited) enough to use the most suitable settings.

Feeling creative? Not a problem. You can have full manual control of every single setting. You can preset your ISO, WB, A, T, ±, MM and Focus, you can even use a (real) flash and tripod or shoot RAW if you want, but why? 🙂

The big question now, will a compact camera replace my 5D?

Not in this life time!

The picture quality of the D-Lux 4 -although great- is still not as good as the quality of the full frame 5D, it’s not as sharp… and lets not talk about the colours! I still have not used the D-Lux in RAW mode, but I’m sure it will make me change my mind a little bit about the statement above when i do. Would I take a compact camera with me to a photography trip with other photographers? … they will laugh at me! And most of all, I can’t use my beautiful 70-200 mm with the D-Lux, can I?

Speaking of beautiful things, here are more fun and lovely pictures: 😀

china town birmingham arcadian
Full Auto mode. All I did was minimal exposure
and saturation adjustments. I could’ve set the
camera to do that for me though.

Lift (elevator) shots are always tricky, but not
with a compact.

Black and White modes (with an “s”) are very
useful.. and fun.

I usually get this stuff from a T-max.

The pinhole mode is also fun.. and lovely.

3 تعليقات على “Bring the fun back”

  1. it’s good to read this from a photographer since many look down on compact cameras. i am still attached with my early compact work and still enjoy the better results with G9 🙂

  2. I do agree with you 100% .. i like my G9 for the sake of easy carying, easy to use and many good features ..and i manage to get great reasult out of it landscape, macro, portrait and even i use it in my home studio.
    Yet, the quality of the picture is not similer like SLR .. even if you are using raw.and if you increae iso .. u will get noise quikly

    But for fun pictures .. how will need to enlarge picture 100*70 🙂

  3. samar…

    Every camera has it’s use, it’s just a tool. If you know how to take a good picture with a compact camera then do it. If you know how to take a good picture with a disposable, polaroid or toy camera also do it, what matters is the final result.


    I printed 10×15 pictures from the compact any they came out glorious 😀 … what else will I need?

    I haven’t tried the D-Lux with low light yet, I’m not expecting much though 🙂

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