Thursday, February 03, 2005

Have Camera, Will Travel...

I bought a Canon Powershot A95 as my first digital camera. I wanted a model that had all of the basics for point and shoot, yet still went a little higher and farther in quality to do more. I needed a camera that could also create art without worry over resolution loss and document finished artwork with excellent image quality for gallery submissions.
I am totally happy with the camera so far. I take it everywhere I go and find myself shooting in the public library, classes and constantly at home. I've mostly been exploring the results given with different white balance. I love being able to take dozens of shots without the nagging feeling that I could be wasting film. One of my ever-present concerns with my old Nikon is that there is a finite amount of film (and money to process it) and that I must be very frugal and careful with what I have.
A side-benefit of the digital camera's review function and LCD screen is communication: take photos and later be able to show the experience, encounter, image to people.
I believe that this camera is re-awakening my interest in Photography. After several frustrating years in professional darkroom work and a bad health scare due to poisonous photo chemicals, I had just about given up on photo as a favored art form. Digital photography really jumps over my problems with traditional darkroom work. A relief.