We appear to be in agreement.
Originally Posted by Freakin
Generic cable releases are like $10-15. No excuse to buy a tripod and not just order a cable release off ebay/amazon the same day. Pretty sure you could even make one for <$5 from ebay/radioshack parts
I agree, if you are going to have a tripod you should also get/make a cable release/remote, when one is possible. Unfortunately, that will not be possible for most point & shoot cameras. With a DSLR it is also possible to forget or loose the cable release/remote [been there, done both, at least once
]. Yes, for many cameras one can be made one for < $5. However, you will probably want to spring for $7-$10+, as that might make it a bit easier to use.
While a DSLR is significantly preferred, I find that with just a little bit of knowledge/advice people taking pictures with a P&S can go from getting bad/unusable pictures in a particular situation to at least usable, if not good, pictures. I try not to limit what I say to assuming that the person is going to be using a DSLR with all the associated equipment at all times. In general, I assume that the more sophisticated readers have the ability to edit out (i.e. ignore) the portions which do not apply to them, or their situation.
I also have a strong tendency to run-on a bit with explanations
. This is particularly true without the feedback of seeing the person to whom I am talking
. Sorry if my doing so is contributing to our miscommunication.