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Point And Shoots Are For Professionals Too

Leica V-Lux 20 Point And Shoot Camera

Note: This is the “non-nude” version of this article, the editorial nude version, including six more photos, visit All photos in this photoblog post were shot with the Leica V-Lux 20 digital camera. All photos taken during the Moab IV photography workshop and future workshops include our June and September 2011 Moab photography workshops.

Leica V-Lux 20 Digital Camera Review

The Leica V-Lux 20 digital camera allows you to zoom in or out for amazing landscape photos.

I joined the United States Army back in 1987, almost two years after the introduction of the Nike Air Jordon shoes, but I wasn’t able to afford a pair until 1988 when I was stationed at Lee Barracks with the 3rd battalion, 8th Mechanized Infantry Division in Mainz, Germany. While these shoes didn’t turn me into a Michael Jordan where I could dunk baskets, they saved my knees as our physical fitness program often consisted of running almost 22 miles per week, especially during our 8.4-mile monthly battalion runs.

Leica V-Lux 20 Digital Camera

In this photo, shot with the Leica V-Lux 20, I zoomed in for a more vertical shot.

These shoes were a “runners tool” that allowed me to do what they were made for, running, similar to point and shoot cameras as a tool that allows people to take simple photos with great ease. While point and shoot cameras are meant more for amateur photographers, I’ve known many top professional photographers that carry one in case something catches their eye. They fit easily in pant pockets and often allow professional photographers to “blend in,” especially in areas where they don’t want to look like a professional photographer—yes, we have those days were we feel naked unless we carry a camera, especially when we don’t want the bulkiness of our professional gear.

Sometimes gear can slow us down, so while conducting another successful photography workshop in the Moab area of Utah, I decided to take my new Leica V-LUX 20, 12.1 megapixel point and shoot digital camera. Designed for travelers, this consumer digital camera packs a lot for it’s value for under $640, including GPS tagging of your photos, 720p HD video recording and a 12X optical zoom lens with a focal length range of 25mm to 300mm and in the vast lands of the Moab, nothing beats zooming in instead of hiking up a mountain side to capture that great image.

It’s GPS feature alone “has access to a total of 500,000 such points of interest across 73 countries.” When the GPS feature is enable, this camera tags each image’s EXIF information file with this valuable geographical data so you can reveal to your viewers exactly where you shot the image in “popular social networks, image portals, and map services like Google Maps or Google Earth.”

Leica V-Lux 20 Digital Camera Wide Angle Photo

Here I’m able to capture model Candice Marie with the vastness of the Moab using the wide angle feature on the Leica V-Lux 20

This is one reason I carry this camera, especially in the Moab where I have to locate my private shooting spots for future photo shoots in the Canyon Lands. These public access lands managed by the Federal government encompass 1.8 million plus acres of gorgeous architecture created by nature itself over millions of years.

In fact, the Leica V-Lux 20 has so many features, I didn’t have time to learn them all, so I trusted the camera and basically shot most of my images in this photoblog post on either Scene, Automatic or Program mode. On occasion I’d play with the manual mode and utilize either “force flash off” or “force flash on” modes, especially when I was shooting during the Moab Golden Hour light.

Moab Photography Workshop, Leica V-Lux 20 Photo

A photograph of model Eleya using the Leica V-Lux 20 digital camera.

I wanted to share my photos with you here so you could see, while I still use my professional photography gear, such as the Canon 5D Mark II DSLR or the Leica S2 medium format digital camera when shooting for my books, articles and assignments, that I too will sometimes take the shortcut of switching to an inexpensive, but reliable, point and shoot camera.

Obviously I would not shoot an NBA dance team calendar like the Sacramento Kings Dance Team 2011 calendar that I shot with the Leica S2 with a point and shoot. On those types of assignments, the Leica V-Lux 20 is the perfect camera for recording behind the scenes video and photos. It’s about using the right tool for the right job and a point and shoot is a valuable “photography tool” when scouting locations, recording your lighting setups, or when you’re just not in the mood of watching $10,000 worth of professional camera gear sliding down shear cliffs like those found in the Moab.

So my advice to any photographer, never leave home without a camera, especially when you don’t want to carry your bulky photo gear. Stick a point and shoot digital camera in your pant pocket besides that smart phone as you just never know what you might see around you and it allows you to stay ready for when your photographic passion strikes. No, a point and shoot won’t make you a professional photographer, but it will assist you like my Nike Air Jordan’s shoes did when I was a soldier.

Leica V-Lux 20 Digital Camera, Moab Photography Workshop

The Leica V-Lux 20 offers GPS tagging of your photographs for use with social apps and Google Maps.

While I will never be able to dunk on a professional NBA regulation basketball goal, that trip down to the Mainz Kastel military sports store near the Weisbaden Army Airfield paid off as those shoes saved my knees as I never had knee problems again during that infantry environment. With that I close by saying, please don’t forget our men and women that serve in the military, along with their family and friends, for they make the ultimate sacrifices that allows us our freedoms, including the freedom to read this photoblog. God Bless them! Rolando.

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  1. So often I get friends lamenting that they can’t take good pictures because the have a point-and-shoot. Thanks for showing some wonderful results from a camera other than a high-end DSLR.

    And thank you for your service…

    • You are welcomed! Pass it along for other to read too! Thanks, rg.

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