We have just returned from a weekend away. On the way home we stopped off in Carlisle – I have arranged a special Photography Workshop in Carlisle Cathedral on March 26th and I just wanted to call in and get to know the building a little better.
So far, most of the photographers who have booked on this Photography Workshop have told me that they use Digital SLR cameras, but I have had a couple of enquiries from people who are very keen, but who use good quality compact cameras. They have asked – would these little cameras be up to the job, and is it worth them coming along on the workshop.
I have said it before and I am happy to say it again. It is not the camera that matters, it is the way that you use it.
A good quality compact camera is quite capable of producing fabulous shots in Carlisle, or any other cathedral. The trick lies in knowing where your small camera’s limitations lie. Work up to, and within, those limitations and your pictures can be absolutely fine.
To prove the point, this afternoon I snapped a couple of shots – one inside Carlisle Cathedral itself, and one in the super little restaurant the photographers can use for their coffees and lunches if they wish.
Both photographs were taken on my little Canon Ixus 690IS. I did not use a tripod to take the pictures. If you look closely at the picture of the stained glass, you will see one of the limitations I mentioned starting to show with the burning out of highlights in the lighter areas of the window. But even this can be reduced by with slight under-exposure (using the exposure compensation function).
Okay, if you enlarge these images too much they will show signs of noise – but the atmosphere of this wonderful building and a little of what goes on inside it is there.
Of course, the limitations of these small cameras mean that you may not be able to control your depth of field or use long exposures, but I am certain you will benefit from the experience -especially if you can bring along a small tripod.
We have got a very special day planned for this Photography Workshop at Carlisle Cathedral. Your photography permit is included in the price and we have gained rare permission to use tripods for one hour in the afternoon – a great opportunity to really produce some great interior shots.