There is a false belief that a digital camera or other photo taking gadget like a smartphone will take a better photo if it has a high Megapixel (MP) number. For example that a 12MP camera phone will take better photos than a 10MP compact camera.
This belief is wrong. For the purposes of 6×4″ photo prints a 5 or 6 megapixel photo is more than enough. Yes it’s nice to have a higher megapixel number on a mid/high end digital SLR camera so you can crop out parts of the photo you don’t need. However for smartphone and compact cameras raising the MP number can actually result in worse photos because the individual pixels in the imaging sensor get too small and generate noise.
All the following photos were taken by me several years ago with 6 or 8 megapixel non-professional level cameras and the results were great. 99 times out of a 100 the difference between those cameras taking good photos or bad were the limitations of the human factor – whether I was prepared for the moment, had chosen the right camera settings, held the camera steadily etc.
8 seconds slow exposure to get shadowy effect of people walking/standing next to the Cadmans Cottage colour wall for Smart Light Sydney. I like the ghostly effect of the little kid thats fallen over and her parents are leaning over her