Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Learning You Camera, One Step At A Time

Every camera is different and yet very much the same.  After all, they all take photos, don't they.

So, the question was asked:
"does it matter what camera you use? I have a panasonic lumix and I can't take good pictures! I do alot of product photography and need close ups."

Camera Type
I have not used every brand or type of camera out there, but I think it's safe to say that it does not matter what type of camera you use.  Each company has it's pros and cons to their cameras, but in the end, it sure better take a photo.  I have had a Pentax film camera, Kodak digital, and now Nikon, and they have all treated me very well!  
Reading the manual is often helpful, along with watching youtube videos on your camera.  People seem to do youtube videos on anything and everything these days, so chances are you'll find helpful videos on your camera.

Close Up Photos

With most point and shoot cameras, you need to be about 20" back from your subject to photograph it.  Each camera is different, so it's best to check with your camera's manual what the specs are on your camera.  If you're having a hard time getting close enough. step back and reshoot. You can always crop your photo after shooting in editing software. Just remember not to crop the photo too tightly.  If you're taking photos for listing your product online, Etsy generally crops you photos somewhat for the thumbnail so you want to leave some white space around your product.  

So in the end...
Most new cameras work well, but you have to understand how to use them.  Make sure you study your manual and learn your camera. I had to spend a few days with my SLR when I first got it to figure it out as it operated so much differently than my other digital had. 

I don't enjoy the photographing process
If this is something you're telling yourself more and more, consider hiring a photographer to do your photos.  They will shoot your item in different angles and capture the beauty of your product.  You will also be relieved of time spent shooting to rather create more new product.  Having a photographer shoot your product can be especially cost effective if you are reproducing an item multiple times.

If you have a question, please leave it in the comments or e-mail me and I will try to cover it next time!
For more camera tips, see Camera Tutorial .


Unknown said...

I did not know you have to be 20" away. Thanks!

Linda B said...

I keep backing up, but it's tough to do small jewelry designs sometimes.

Unknown said...

Helpful tips for everyone - thanks! I have a Nikon too.

nangatesdesigns said...

Good tip about leaving more white around your photo. I tend to crop too tightly to get more up close on the subject matter. Will work on that. Thanks!

IsabellesAttic said...

very good tips, thank u for sharing them!

Unknown said...

Thank you for this information. Our camera literally beeps at us if we're not far enough away, or even if we're not close enough to the subject. It refuses to snap a shot unless we're the right distance away.

ariella42 said...

Good tips!

Lori Bergmann said...

Great tips on standing farther away with point and shoot cameras! I get that question a lot too and use extender tubes with my SLR for all my macro photos—love it! *Ü*

Unknown said...

Most of the time my husband takes the pics, but recently I have been. I am glad for the programs where I can edit them. Thanks for the tips.

Sewinggranny - Mona said...

what do you mean read the manual...lol... so that is what I am doing wrong!!! Thanks for the tips.