Photography on the Cheap – Part One

As an adult who has put her husband through five years of university and has recently returned to school myself, I know a lot about pursuing photography on the cheap.  In the past ten years when money was tight, we still managed to travel across Canada and the US.  While part of me knows that some of those travel shots would have looked a lot better with fancier equipment, I've never regretted spending the money on a plane ticket instead of a new lens.

Moon-rise over Bryce Canyon, Utah. Taken in 2006 with a 3 Megapixel Canon Powershot A510.

More recently, I find that some of my favourite pictures are still taken with my point and shoot camera.  I have a little Panasonic DMC ZS-5 that is small enough to fit in my purse and is always with me when I decide to go for a spur of the moment trip to a beautiful corner of the province on a nice day. (We currently have the newer Panasonic DMC ZS-10 in stock in the store – it's a pretty sweet camera with a Leica lens, huge zoom, and built in GPS!)

Peggy's Cove – taken last fall with a Panasonic ZS-5.

I recently came across a blog post about photojournalism on a budget that encouraged people to get out and use the equipment they already own rather than waiting until they can afford the good stuff. Zoriah is a photo journalist with a CV that includes clients such as Doctors Without Borders, Unicef, The International Red Cross and Red Crescent societies, and has published work in everything from The Wall Street Journal and BBC News to The History Channel and Discover Magazine. In this blog post he displays pictures he took on a recent trip to Africa with a used  point and shoot digital camera he bought off Craiglist for $70. The images are haunting and speak volumes about the situation that some disadvantaged children in Uganda face.

Zoriah tells us, "Be inspired, go out and shoot and quit thinking about what your camera CAN'T do and remember all the things it CAN."

We can't all be award winning photo journalists, but it's still a good message for anybody interested in photography who can't (YET) afford the good stuff. Don't let your equipment stand in the way of being inspired by the world around you!