About every time I see somebody’s gorgeous travel photo, I think, I should really learn how to take a proper picture. I’ve tried off and on, studying what the heck “aperture” means and then promptly forgetting, looking into what different camera lenses do and then giving up when I realized they didn’t fit my camera. I even thought about paying for a photo editing app once! (I didn’t.) But at the end of the day my method will always be better photography through pressing random buttons.
My camera of choice for the past 4-5 years has been the Canon G1X, which falls on the spectrum between “point-and-shoot” and DSLR. I am ride or die for Canon going on 10 years, ever since their customer service fixed my ancient little point-and-shoot, well over warranty, totally for free. (Take note, customer service.) So when I decided to level up, but a DSLR proved both too intimidating in functions and price, the G1X, with a reassuring auto mode, limited manual controls so I could futz around without getting too overwhelmed, and a nice little flip-out screen, was ideal.
Nine times out of ten the camera takes great pictures on its own, too. Some samples from the past years:
Some of those photos were taken with auto, some not. The Canon G1X gives me just enough fiddle room to feel comfortable.
I’ll forget a few more times what aperture priority vs shutter speed priority means for my photo results, and if I’m supposed to turn the dial + or – to get more light or less. But in the meantime this little guy is doing a great job saving me from myself, and through the magic of technology if not my own skill, I am taking better photos.