Well no matter what camera on earth, as long you have the eye! you are a Photographer!
and eat Smarties!
When I first became a so called "enthusiast" photographer it was all about my cellphone camera! and it was a 3.2 Megapixels ill show you examples of it.
Well I got to note Camera phones has its capacity/limits just as what Paulflexes says ISO and blaa blabla blah! and so as in every photography exposure is I M P O R T A N T ! . Got to tell you I'm not a good portrait oriented photographer, where I'm not so good at and still experimenting learning about it.
Talking about lighting you might want to have lights that are coming from both directions...left and right! Like many of todays Interior Designers they embed lights both side of mirror so you will get a well glare on the face so as the eye sees, where a lens is just like it!. (thats why Im a Pro-CMOS then a CCD which Sony love using it! where they lost my love for them)
Okay back, with a balance lighting and settings you would always get a good shot! let it be photogenic or not! Talking about those lighting example as below..you want to get that ambient light
or shall i say indirect light so it distribute evenly,Not direct hard light like the Sun! it burns! unlike the Moon on full moon day
simply makes my wonderful night.
OR this but i hate round just don't like the view scope im getting and its not masculine *like one of our RJ here who likes Men masculine
and S C R E W Photoshop! that software is like Britney Spears!Anyone knows of any photo editing programs that good and free?
My dear we live in a P2P world, and the word free has many meanings to it.Feel free to P.M me if you really want to know but then again all software editing aren't that simple as how editing goes.I plan on using a digital camera, once I find it.
I would reckon a samsung self-portrait camera! to cut short everything!
Im not a Samsung bias fan but they are bloody innovative! well my advice on your first digital camera if you are more incline towards-self portraits or shall I say "together Cam_whoring" that you prioritize most. Trust me your friends especially girl-friends will love you more!
If you want to be a super classy
, dont wanna mess with, or your a "Kiasu" type where showing the world you are well-endowed with a camera ..get a Canon! S110 or S95 (still my favorite! overall in design and spec.) well Im not "Kiasu". but I'm overwritten by the word "Kancheong" being on such land to be quite honest.
Sadly real photographers are not Cam-whores like "Whores" or "Hoes" I dont know, so they never built a self portrait screen for us in front as Samsung did!, to be a little "professional" they made a flip panel like the G12 or the now Gx1 which is just overpriced when you can get a DSLR for it.(Yes all this above within the league of Digital Camera category, Not the big guys DSLR)