Want to take great product photos? The answer may be in your pocket

05 Mar

Anyone operating an e-commerce site is already familiar with how important it is to have quality product photography. However, there is this misconception that nothing less than a high-end DSLR camera is fit for the job. While this might have been true once, recent advances in mobile technology mean that even humble smartphones are often equipped with cameras that are more than adequate.

Realistically speaking, there is no way that a smartphone, however good, is ever going to be able to beat a DSLR, especially one with a decent lens. For sheer versatility you can’t go wrong with the DSLR route as the ability to change lenses gives you so much more options. Factors such as the depth of field and light conditions are easier to manage with a DSLR camera thanks to their larger lenses.

However, smartphones are not without their advantages, primarily when it comes to size and portability. It’s not always practical to lug a large DSLR camera, complete with lenses and other accessories, around with you all the time when your smartphones can fit snugly in your pocket. Smartphones usually act as a convenient way to access online photo sharing services as well, which provides you with the option to upload your snaps instantly. Compared to the elaborate methods required to do the same with a DSLR, the smartphone will come out as the clear winner every time. There are also other costs involved with using a DSLR camera, such as the software needed for post processing, and more technical know-how to transfer the photos online.

When adding up all the costs involved with investing in a good DSLR camera, along with the required lenses, it often makes more sense to opt for a smartphone. It won’t cost nearly as much, is versatile enough to be used for plenty of other things, and you’ll probably have enough money left over to grab some lights and a tripod as well. There are a couple of options available on the market when it comes to smartphones with decent cameras, and unsurprisingly they come from the big names in the field.

If you are looking for features, then the newly released iPhone 6 from Apple is a good choice. At 8-megapixels, its megapixel count is not as high as some of the competition’s phones, but it makes up for it with features such as “Focus Pixels” that improves the autofocus. The included image stabilization is obviously a big plus, especially when shooting in low light conditions.

The Galaxy S5 from Samsung, on the other hand, boasts a 16-megapixel camera with lightning fast auto-focus. You can even change the focus of the image after it has already been taken. Thanks to its fast autofocus and the ability to do so continuously, the S5 is a great choice for action shots.

For sheer image quality it is hard to beat the Lumia 1020 from Nokia, which boats a jaw-dropping 41-megapixel camera. This is probably as close as you are going to get with competing directly with a quality DSLR camera and it is great for snapping highly detailed shots of your product. This smartphone is also a winner in settings with lower light thanks to its optical image stabilization.

If you are looking toward a future upgrade, the Nexus 6 is looking like a good bet. While the phone isn’t available yet it is known that it will feature a 13-megapixel camera along with the obligatory image stabilization features. Thanks to the display size of this phone, it also offers a great platform for performing some image editing before uploading the results. If the Nexus 6 can live up to its expectations, especially the claims that it can achieve great nighttime photos, it will be a great choice for product photography.

The smartphone to choose really comes down to your budget and the features that most interest you. As far as ease of use and the ability to provide great quality photos consistently, the iPhone is probably the best bet. Thanks to its popularity, it is also a product that most people already own. All you need to do to push its capabilities is download a few apps that are designed to enhance the look of your photos.

If money is not an issue then it is obviously best to get yourself a decent DSLR camera and get snapping. Not everyone can afford this option though, which is why using a smartphone is a viable alternative. If you are on a tight budget, but don’t want to compromise on the quality of your product shots, it is possible to get great results using your phone.

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Become more professional with affordable photography backdrops

17 Oct

Almost everyone owns a DSLR camera. In fact, people are not satisfied with entry level DSLR but they are opting for those hard to afford models because of the status symbol.

So, when one has a really good camera, one needs to go a mile further than the rest of the pack. You can no longer take ordinary photos but those that look professional like it is done in the studio. You need affordable photography backdrops that gives you breath taking backdrops.

Even if it is just a baby’s photo, you want your baby photo to stands out amongst the rest. A plain background will make the whole photo looks dull. So, what people are opting now is to get those decorative tiles that give you the kind of ‘expensive’ and classic looks.

If you take a look at the link provided, you will discover how easy it is to assemble these tiles. They even have a video to make it very simple to get it done.

The tiles come in various sizes and I am sure getting with some creative works, we can even turn our own home into a photo studio. The surprising thing is the prices are not too steep so we can actually have them in our home. That way, we can take photos without having the needs to pay for expensive, professional works at the studio eh? Some may even start a small home studio and cater to the demands of parents who want beautiful baby photos taken in the comfort of home.

Of course, everything is up to our imagination and how these affordable photography backdropsturn on depend on our creativity.

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Video taken with my Nokia N97

04 Jul

I love my Nokia N97 because it takes great photos and also videos. The above video is shot using my N97. It has a pause function so it is easy for me to shoot an interesting clip using the various video filming techniques I have learned.

The Nokia N97 records in MP4 and the file size is not very big. So, I can just upload to Youtube from my phone. How convenient right?

After I have uploaded to Youtube, I choose a song under Audio Swap from Youtube and voila, I have a music video.

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Earth Hour 2010 – Photo collage to video

29 Mar

I love my Nikon D40 with its kit lens. Although the kit lens doesn’t take very great pics if compared to my 18-200 mm zoom lens, it takes nice photos in the dark.

The other day, during the Earth Hour 2010, where it was total darkness, I managed to snap some decent photos. I made a video out of those photos and I actually quite like it. It is much better than taking videos because my video camera really sucks in darkness.

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Vacations & spring breaks are money guzzling

16 Feb

The world weather has gone crazy. I heard that they have extraordinary cold winter up north of the globe. Meanwhile, over here at the equator, we are melting in the extreme hot weather.

If only traveling is not so expensive, I will be flying like the migrating birds from hemisphere to hemisphere to find the kind of weather I want instead of suffering in this heat.

For me, the ideal one right now is a place with spring temperature. Not too hot, not too cold, just nice. But then, I don’t have the cash to live that kind of luxurious life.

So, I shall just have to keep melting in this hot weather. Today, to escape the heat at home, I went to the shopping mall with intention to buy a new Canon S90 camera. I heard the price is about $1,550.

I read the review on digital photo magazines, both local and international version and they gave rave review to the camera. Since I have a stack of cash from hubby, I thought of buying it using the money. I prefer cold hard cash or prepaid credit card any day.

That way, I don’t have to face the music later. Pay now, no suffering later at all. That’s why prepaid credit card is the much preferred payment mode for most parents with grown up children.

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