I hope it's OK if I vent a little. I am so discouraged. I feel like I'm trying hard to learn, but it seems like either I'm not learning very well or I'm just running into the limitations of my camera. Sometimes I get nice sharp images, but most of the time they're not very sharp. I know about not using flash and using natural light and all that good stuff, but I can't do that very well in my house as I need a LOT of light with the smaller sensor in a P&S. I try doing things to help, like increasing ISO and I get ridiculous amounts of noise. Outside where I have natural light I can't seem to get sharp images of my kids because they're too busy moving and no matter what I do, shooting wide open or not, keeping the shutter speed high, etc., the images are not really crisp.
I know I've learned stuff in the eight weeks or so that I've been on this board. For example, yesterday I had an outing by myself taking landscape photos and although I didn't get much that was good, I did manage to get one I quite liked, largely due to the advice given to me on a C&C request a few weeks back.
But having said that, I kind of feel right now like "What's the point?" How good can I really get with this camera? Is that a cop-out? By now I guess you guys know where I'm at in my skills, so you can see that I have a lot of room for improvement, so perhaps you can honestly tell me it IS a cop-out!
A hairdresser friend of mine who's not into photography at all was cutting my kids' hair today and, since I normally cut my own kids' hair, I was taking a few pictures, so we got talking about it. I didn't want to use flash and wasn't sure there was enough light in the shop, and she said, "Oh, I took awesome pictures of a client last week without flash -- it's no problem!" Turns out she has a DSLR, of course, so the low light isn't as big of an issue. It just made me feel frustrated.
I'm really, really not one of those people who believe that owning a DSLR will automatically make me a great photographer. Please don't misunderstand. I think it's kind of like owning a high-end sports car -- just because you have one, doesn't mean you're a great driver. But there certainly are limitations, and I guess I'm wondering if I can really get a lot better with my P&S, or if I'm kind of stuck where I am until I get a DSLR and can go the next step up. I literally get stunned by the beautiful photos you guys post here, just so desperately want to start creating ART and capturing moments so beautifully like you guys do, and I feel so, so far from that, and like it's totally hopeless.
On top of everything, today I noticed some blur on a couple of images and looked at my lens and it appears scratched. I sure wish we could afford a new camera.
Thanks for listening. Sorry to be such a downer.