CAMERAS

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CAMERAS

MY TAKE ON CAMERAS BY IAN GREGSON

Some of these photos were taken with my old 2002 Canon Ixus 330 1.9 megapixel camera. (including the one above taken on the west coast of the South Island of NZ). It fitted in my pocket and was built like a small metal brick. I just wanted to mention that, because too much talk of overkill camera gear gives me the droop.

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Something that seems to be seldom discussed online is that most images on web pages are only 300 – 500px wide. Or that most photos are viewed on Facebook, and the maximum size on Facebook is 720px wide. But most people don’t even click on the images on their FB timeline, they just view the thumbnail – which is only 470px wide. So the vast majority of photos are viewed online at 470 px wide, and in that size, just about any resolution would do the job.

On this site the thumbnails are mostly copies at 500px wide, but if you would like a really big copy of anything just ask me nice and send some nekid pichers ov yerself in exchange.

After five years and over 10 000 photos taken with the Ixus 330, I did eventually get around to getting something more bling – a Canon Ixus 960 Titanium, which I used to take thousands more photos for another five years.

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It eventually met an unfortunate and wet demise, so I bought an Ixus 500HS in a styling blue colour. Smaller, better specs in theory, it was an OK camera for a surprisingly cheap price. Although I have to say the image quality wasn’t as good as with the Ixus 960.

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Still having a soft spot for the 960 Titanium (A classic IMHO), I did later get lucky and bought a mint used one on Trade Me for a bargain $100, including a waterproof case. (The original retail on this combination would have been around $1200, but cameras are not appreciating investments)

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In 2015 I upgraded to a Canon SX600, which was a dirt cheap NZ$200 on sale. And it’s a kick arse camera! It still fits in my pocket, even with an 18x zoom, and it’s 16 megapixels with a 3 inch hi-res screen. It’s both the cheapest and the best camera I’ve ever owned. In fact I bought a second one, because I couldn’t help myself. Cameras are so small and cheap now I might as well have one in each pocket.

My take on cameras is that for what I want to use my photos for – websites – the camera I use makes bugger all difference, what matters is always having one in my pocket ready for action, and to be able to use it rapidly without having to look at it.

Taking shit loads of photos also helps me to get some I like. Each picture is raw material for the almost unlimited enhancements available in programs like Photoshop, Snapseed, GIMP, and Lightroom.

Although over the years I’ve downloaded a copy of just about everything, my favourites are still Photoshop 7 from 2002 and the free Android app Snapseed.

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Most of the other artwork on this site is my doing as well, and includes paintings, drawings, and photoshopped graphics – if you rip any of it off I will track it down using embedded watermarks and sue you for $500,000 per item… yeah right.

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