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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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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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The ringtones are supposed to go with the phone owners, aren’t they?

17 Jan

I went to this neighbourhood hair salon yesterday because every other hair salons have increased their prices tremendously. So, whether I like it or not, I have to go for a hair cut at the salon across my apartment unit. Therefore, it spells regular with a capital R. All the neighbours, grandmas and maids were there because they also want to appear like Cinderella from the place.

I brought along my Sony Ericsson P1i with unlimited broadband so I have the chance to surf and even blog about my visit there. However, do you know how annoying it is to be holed up in a stinky hair salon filled with chemicals and lots of women chatting at the top of their voices? They want to make sure others can hear them above the din of the hair dryers and whatever machines they are using.

Apparently, every grandmas and aunties and maids are into Polyphonic Ringtones and my nerves were highly tested with all sort of songs and funny musics. Hey, it is no longer Christmas, so please spare me the Jingle Bells.

Out of nowhere, I heard some Hip Hop Ringtones and it makes me wonder….Who is using that? Wowzer, it was one cool’s grandma’s phone. One hip and funky grandma she is. I bet if there are Dance Ringtones, she would have stood up and sway her hips.

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Family of Sony Ericsson mobile phones

05 Nov

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I was having dinner with my family  yesterday and we had to wait for an hour for the food. Since I was too free, I decided to take out the mobile phones and took a pictures. My hubby used to carry a Sony Ericsson as well but he had just lost that phone. Otherwise, we will have four Sony Ericsson in the home. (right now, he is using a temporary Alcatel phone until I buy a new SE and give him my old one, muahahar)

Seen above are my old SE T630 which my # 2 son is using, the middle one is the SE K750i which belongs to my eldest son and the S500i is my phone.

I am not going to get the purple K770i which costs RM1,250 because the purple colour is too dark. It looks black-ish rather than hiao-hiao purple. I hope they launch the K850i next week, like what they informed me. I think I will get the K850i over the SE P1i. Blekz…

The 5.2MP Sony Cybershot will come in useful for my food blogging. Eat, snap, blog = money.

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Sony Ericsson K770i – PURPLE!

02 Nov

Waahhhhhhh!!!! I want this phone because it is purple in colour.


Or shall I get the SE P1i or wait for K850i?

I don’t know. Let me go and find out the price of this barney phone tonight and let’s see how much it is compared to SE P1i and the yet to be launched K850i.

PURPLE!!!! I want! Who cares what spec as long as the colour is pink or purple.

Updated :  I called up the regular shop and they told me the price is only RM1,199.