There’s something about photography that seems to attract programmers. So many of the really good programmers that I know are also into photography. I, on the other hand, am just happy if my latest photo of the kids doesn’t include massive red eye. I’m always happy when a shot looks nice, but I know I’m not interested enough to be an exceptional photographer. I’ve never wanted a fancy SLR camera because I know I’d leave it on the shelf collecting dust. I’d rather have a camera that I will actually carry with me.
On that note, I’m really happy with the Canon Powershot S95 that Mala bought me. It’s even tinier than my previous pocket cameras but it takes really good photos. It’s no SLR, but I’m pretty impressed with the quality so far. I learned from David Pogue’s Digital Photography: The Missing Manual that image sensor size is, by far, the most important criteria by which to compare cameras and the S95’s image sensor is huge. It’s only 10 megapixels, but that is mostly a meaningless statistics. Ignore megapixels and pay attention to the image sensor size. I also love that it has no noticeable shutter lag. I’ve been chasing running kids around the past couple days and have yet to miss a shot.
If you’re not a photography buff, David Pogue’s Missing Manual has a lot of straightforward, simple advice that will make your pics better.
Here’s a few photos from this weekend: