I love photography. It is a passion of mine. I love Canon. I currently own a Canon 40D SLR. It is a fantastic camera and I love it more than I love most anything else that I own. However, there are certain situations in which carrying around such a large camera isn’t practical. For months, I’ve been trying to convince my husband that I need a point and shoot. Now, thanks to Canon, I have one– a Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS. I was given this camera as part of a review program for BlogHer. Oh, this camera. I absolutely love it. It’s compact, lightweight, but make no mistake about it. This little camera is packed with powerful features. The most impressive feature by far is the HS system. The HS system is technology that helps the camera take better photos in low light situations. It also takes amazing videos (1080p HD.) I recorded some video of my daughter over the weekend and was totally impressed with the quality. Super crisp and clear image and sound. There are quite a few different camera modes, so much fun to play with! Here are a few different shots I took using several of the different shooting modes. (all of these are straight out of the camera, no editing whatsoever.) Fish-eye effect: Toy Camera effect: Macro mode: Poster effect (taken in low light) Now, I’d like to introduce what I think is a really great project that Canon has started. It’s called the Second Shot Project. From their website:
When photographs don’t turn out, great moments are lost. Your Second Shot is an ongoing project to help real people recapture these moments. Armed with Canon’s low-light HS SYSTEM, we’re traveling the country to give people their moments back–from a bet involving a mechanical bull to a father’s surprise birthday party.
You can read about the “Second Shots” they’re helping others create on the Your Second Shot blog. While reading the stories there, I began to think about which photo I would submit if I were to participate in this project. There was one recent photo that came to mind. It’s a simple photo, one that would be meaningless to anyone looking at it. A few weeks ago, my daughter asked me if I’d have a tea party with her. “Not right now, sweetie. Maybe later” was my response. I was busy with a work project that I had to finish that night. After some time had passed, I put my laptop down and was going to tell my daughter that I was finished and would love to have that tea party with her after all. I walked into the living room to find a few chairs around the coffee table. in those chairs were stuffed animals. “It’s okay, Mommy. I got my friends to have a tea party with me.” I felt a little sick to my stomach. Why hadn’t I taken a few minutes to sit down to play with my daughter? I left her alone with her stuffed animals, grabbed my camera and took a few shots. I didn’t want to ever forget that moment or the lesson that I had learned. (To always make time to enjoy the little moments.) Fact: I do not like to use flash. I will avoid it at all costs. I understand that sometimes it is necessary, but personally? I’d rather avoid it when at all possible. This means that sometimes I have to crank up the ISO in order to get the shot. Doing this usually makes an image appear a bit grainy. Here is the shot: I asked my daughter to help me recreate the scene so I could retake that photo, using the Canon PowerShot 300 HS. Once we got the scene set up, I used the low light setting and snapped the shot (without flash!) This is what I got, straight out of the camera. Color me impressed. Have you ever had a moment lost due to a low light situation? A blurry shot. A shot that was too dark or too grainy. A shot you wish you could go back in time and re-do with a better camera?
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