I cut my photographic teeth on aperture priority cameras. I had to learn how depth of field worked and how to make my subject the focal point of the photo through selective focus. Of course, there are other ways of doing it, but that was one of the important techniques that I learned.

A few years ago, “bokeh” was all the rage. Lots of blogs talked about the bokeh of a particular lens and how some lenses had good, others had bad. Often times, it seemed, people forgot about the subject and just looked at the smoothness of the background.

With the current cameras, it seems that manufacturers are going with smaller sensors. 4/3, micro 4/3, and even the Nikon 1 V1, having a sensor smaller than micro 4/3.

Having used these types of P&S cameras, it seems, at least to me, that the aperture markings are superfluous. They’ve simply become almost like neutral density filters, there to only regulate the amount of light, not to control the depth of field at all. Many ‘older’ photographers are shaking off their DSLRs in favor of the smaller, lighter, more portable cameras. I favor them myself for just those reasons; however, sometimes I want control of that DOF, but it’s just not very possible with the small sensors.

Of course, the right tool for the job and this is probably why we have many cameras, other than cameras are cool technologies and we like gadgets! I realize, too, that if I want the ultimate shallow DOF, I could shoot with an 8×10 view camera … well, that’s not gonna happen. :) I used 4×5 view cameras and even though I had maximum control, it was maximum hassle. So, I suppose there are trade-offs.

Anyone else miss having that DOF control when using a P&S, or do you just do a different kind of photography when wielding you P&S camera?

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