My sister’s wedding gave me another hobby to seriously look at: photography. Since childhood, I considered this as an expensive option reserved for the spendthrift, but with photographs getting digital and running costs getting lower, this option deserved consideration.

I always wanted to have a handycam to capture the event. Yet when the time came, it struck me that a handycam is not so useful, since they are not seen frequently, cannot be easily uploaded or shared, is too heavy to carry, and so not a good value for money. So the other option was to look for a decent digital camera that could take high quality pictures taking me to something above the amateur level. My research took me to a lot of places, websites and people and I finally zeroed in on Canon Powershot SX 110 IS. It cost me 15300 INR from Fundamental Electronics, South City Mall, Kolkata. I also purchased a pair of rechargeable Sony AA batteries; and I had the battery charger anyway.

This camera has a lot of features any serious zealot would look for. Though I had no idea of what they could do, I knew I wanted to take good pictures. Having read the reviews, I was sure I had made the right choice. It was not too difficult to start with the beginner’s mode; it gives good photographs even to an amateur. Even the hand shakes are taken care by the illumination stabilizer, and you are left with photographs that are clear to the unaccustomed eye.


Today my experiment was the effect of shutter speed on the photograph. The camera allows me to change the shutter speed to match my requirement. This is measured in seconds. For instance, a shutter speed of 1/2000 would mean that the aperture is open for 1/2000 second. Longer the duration, greater is the amount of light captured (and hence bright images). But this would also result in a blur, if the camera or the subject is in motion. Here is a comparison between two photographs taken with varying shutter speeds.


With shutter speed of 1/50


With shutter speed of 1/15 (and a 2.2x digital zoom)

This has a shutter speed of 0.5 with a macro AF

This has a shutter speed of 0.5 with a macro AF