Why Not a DSLR?


Recently I was at a conference and about ten minutes into the session I was asked if I could take candids of the event. The photographer who was going to cover the event discovered that the battery in her camera was dead. I was asked because I usually have a camera with me.

Fortunately I did have my Lumix LX5 with me. If you are not familiar with this camera, this trusty camera was first released in mid 2010 and is actually a point and shoot model. The lens has a zoom range of 24-90 mm. I really enjoy creating photos with this camera. While it is as simple to use as pointing and shooting, it does have Program, Shutter, Aperture, and Manual modes. Plus it has a fantastic macro mode. So using this little package of a camera, I started documenting the conference.

The person sitting next to me then asked me the following question:

“Why aren’t you using a DSLR?”

Now I could have given a long winded answer, but I decided the easy way out was to simply say, I didn’t know I was going to photograph the conference, but this camera will do everything I need it to do because of the various shooting modes available on the LX5.

“I guess you have a DSLR and do some shooting” I asked the person who was concerned about the camera I was using.

“Yes, I do have one and I do shoot every once in awhile.”

I know his concern was that I was shooting with a small and perhaps a camera that could not deliver what I needed. I appreciated his concern, but I was not worried because my trusty little camera has more than enough horsepower to provide what I needed.

Sometimes we worry too much about obtaining the latest camera model, the camera with the most pixels, or the camera with the latest bells and whistles. As I have mentioned in earlier photography articles, as photographers, we tend to worry too much about technology and not the creation of photography. Yes, I said it, the creation of photography.

So let me ask you this question. Do you take photographs or do you create photographs? Back in the late 1980s I attended a photography seminar given by Ken Marcus, who at age 14 studied with Ansel Adams. I learned so many things from him that one day, but what hit me like the biggest camera in the world was when he asked the seminar attendees “Do you take or do you create photos?”

So long as you can set the ISO, the shutter speed, the aperture, and you have a decent lens, then your camera will do what you need. Don’t worry about the size of your camera, instead worry about the composition, your depth of field, your subject, the story you are creating and your camera will deliver what you need from it.

If you want to go from taking to creating photographs, then join Jonathan and I this Saturday, March 12, 2016 for DSLR Photography Part II. If that date does not work then join us Saturday, June 25th. Click here for all the details: