If you read my email you’d be busy since I get a bunch of it. You’d also see that many people still believe it’s the gear that makes the photo and not the photographer. If that were ever going to be true, it would be so when it comes to wildlife – or more specifically – bird photography.
The ability to capture birds well often requires a long lens, a fast focusing camera and a high frame rate – or does it?
It is possible to photograph just about anything with a compact (point and shoot) camera, particularly if it’s one of the higher-quality compact cameras.
Every photo in this post was made using a Canon G11. I went out with nothing but the G11 in hand one morning last week to prove it could be done and yes it can.
Don’t get me wrong. I’d prefer a Nikon D3s or Canon 1DMKIV for this job. But when people tell me they can’t make good images because they can’t afford good gear, I tend to think they are missing the point.
Give yourself a chance folks. Those pocket cameras are darn good these days. In fact, I’d venture to say they are better than many of the cameras used back in the day to make iconic images that appeared in the pages of Life and Look Magazine.
The compact camera can be a fun tool. Even if you have the big guns like the Canon 800mm F/5.6 “IS” “L” in your bag, take a break, give your poor back a rest and just head out with your point and shoot and see what you can get. You might be surprised.