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4 for 12 [11]

I must be nuts because we decided to surprise the kids this month with a trip to Disney.  Why do I say I am nuts?  Because this is just about the busiest time of the year for a portrait photographer.  It’s really not a good time to be away from the studio for a week, but I have had a long time dream of seeing Disney World when it’s decorated for the holidays.  It also worked out that we could celebrate both kids’ November birthdays at Disney.  What an awesome birthday treat!  We had an amazing time on the trip, and of course this month’s 4 For 12 is going to be from Disney. I couldn’t decide between Mickey Mouse or Phineas and Ferb so I am sharing both.

I have sooooo many more pictures to share from this trip, but that will all have to wait until I finish some more pressing client work this week.

I took my new point-and-shoot Canon S95 on the trip, so here is my informal review of the S95.  The jury is still out on this camera for me.  I am the type of person who would rather enjoy Disney with my family than worry about $3000 worth of camera gear at an amusement park.  Because of this, I have always traveled with a small camera for personal non-business related trips.  Since my kids have outgrown strollers, it’s not like I have a lot of spare cargo space.  Whatever I need for the day needs to be carried by me, and I honestly really prefer to throw a small inexpensive camera into my bag before jumping on a water ride versus stressing out about protecting my D700.  Of course small cameras have their limitations and that is why I was so excited about this new S95.  It has manual mode so in theory I can shoot it the same way I shoot my SLRs.  My old Olympus point-and-shoot (which had recently developed some focusing issues, hence the replacement) did not shoot in manual but it had some different scene modes that worked quite well.  For example, “night portrait” on the Olympus would have produced stunning night images of my kids in front of Cinderella’s lit castle.  This Canon?  Not so much.  It has a low light mode and of course I could use manual settings to emulate a night portrait mode.  Neither of those two options was giving me the results I wanted though.  I am finding that the flash on this S95 just kind of does its own thing regardless of how much I dial flash compensation up or down.  There is no rhyme or reason to it.  Also, pretty much everything I shot with this camera is grainy regardless of ISO.  I know lots of professional photographers have this S95 as their “pocket camera” so maybe I just need a little more time to learn to love it.

Melissa M. - How fun for birthday surprise!

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