When I was young I remember Sony, National and Aiwa being the ones to turn to if you wanted an electronic gadget such as a new stereo or a walkman…boy, how times have changed. Now there are too many brands to even name. Simply choosing a camera to take on a trip can be overwhelming with so many models from Canon and Nikon alone. Add in Sony, Casio and others and it’s hard to know what to choose. Sometimes when I’m at the electronics store I will listen to salespeople talk about all the latest functions and why one camera’s better than another but the real question should always be – does it take good photos? If you’ve read my blog before then you’ll know I’m a huge fan of Ken Rockwell’s site because he tells it like it is. The other day when I was reading his site I came across a rather interesting video comparing Canon’s 7D (professional type) which is over 100,000 yen and the iPhone 4G which you can throw in your pocket – take a look for yourself at the difference here.
One other thing to remember is that no matter how good the camera might be, it is always the skill of the person that takes the photo that determines just how good the pictures are. Ansel Adams, probably the most famous photographer in the world, took all his photos with a 35mm camera and one look at his photos and you’ll be amazed. Thankfully digital has made it easier to take great shots for average people because you can shoot and then see what you’ve just shot on the LCD screen. Two of my students at Smith’s 英会話 Hirakata just returned from trips overseas and some of their shots were simply stunning. And as I’m going to redecorate our classroom in a few weeks time they kindly gave me copies of their pics. Will post pics of how things turn out once it’s ready.