Back in 2006, the point and shoot was a God send. You could sit in your bathroom, hold that light-as-a-feather camera above your head, and bam! a perfectly acceptable Myspace profile picture was born. But in case you are not aware, it is no longer 2006, but in fact 6 years later, which is practically a lifetime in digital technology-speak. This is why the point-and-shoot should no longer be a thing that fashion bloggers, or anyone for that matter, should use.
Here are my reasons why:
*Disclaimer: I want to note that I'm not talking about the crazy $350 point-and-shoot cameras that have manual settings just as good as your DSLR, I'm talking about your run-of-the-mill $100 PowerShot type of point-and-shoot. (Just let me be sassy about point-and-shoots here for a moment.)
1. Sure, the point-and-shoot may have slightly better quality versus an iPhone or Droid photo, but what a smartphone may mildly lack in pixels or resolution it makes up in photo editing and sharing. Fashion bloggers are all about utilizing social media to their benefit (and tend to be working on the go) so why would you use anything else than a one stop shop for photography, editing, and sharing? The point-and-shoot just adds extra steps into the equation, and the results don't make the extra time spent worth it.
2. If you are going to spend the $350 on a quality point-and-shoot, why not just go balls to the wall and spend the extra $100 for a DSLR? That extra investment will offer you more options, as well as growth in your photography skills. Practicing with a wide range of settings will help you fine tune a style and, with enough practice, you may be able to produce professional quality photos.
3. The shelf life for point-and-shoots is only getting shorter. Smartphone cameras and capabilities are only becoming more extravagant, so investing in a point-and-shoot at this time would be like taking a step backward. While I understand the price for a smartphone can be hefty (They break all the time! I need to pay how much for data!? The screen is cracked! I dropped it in a sewer when I was texting while drunk!) it can make a fashion blogger's life 1,000x easier.
4. In my mind, I equate point-and-shoots with bricks and Ashton Kutcher. And nobody likes Ashton Kutcher anymore since he cheated on poor Demi and sent her to rehab for whip-its, right? Right!? Sure, he's with Mila Kunis now and she's great and all but let's just say, for the sake of my argument on a philosophical and psychological level, point-and-shoots are directly correlated with whip-its. Do you see where I'm going with this? I don't either.
We, collectively as a group of forward thinking, tech-savvy, blogging and curatorial gurus (did I use enough buzzwords there?), need to band together on this cause.
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