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Thread: Best camera to use for pictures of quilts

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    Best camera to use for pictures of quilts

    Hi to Everyone,

    I was wondering for any advice some of you might give for the best camera to show a quilt off to its best advantage.
    I know nothing about cameras, but I need to find out anything anyone has to say.

    Kindest Regards,

    Diana Vance
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    Personally I think most of the digital cameras on the market today are pretty good. Even the cameras on the phones aren't bad. I have used Canon for years and have been happy with it. Mine is a Power shot SD 980 IS...I am sure there is a newer model now.

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    it is not really the camera, but knowing how to use it that is the main problem with getting GOOD shots.
    Lighting is the biggest issue..knowing when to use natural lighting and when to FORCE the flash for instance.

    I found this website GOOD to research from when my daughter bought me a Better camera...which by the way, I had to take an actual class on digi-photography to learn to use and now just use my Sony Cyber shot camera phone!
    THe $300 camera sits in a bag!

    http://www.digitalcamerareview.com/

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    I agree, I think you will do well with most any digital camera. The trick is in your technique. Here is a GREAT website that will teach you, in layman's terms, how to successfully photograph your quilt. It covers lighting, setup, and your camera settings. I highly recommend it.

    http://www.hollyknott.com/stq/index.htm

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    thanks for posting that site Peckish...I had forgotten about that one...LOVE it!

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    I can't wait to get a camera, to post my pic's. Any camera. But if I had a camera, I would take individual pictures of the quilting I really wanted to show
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    I use my kodak easy share C195, My pictures come out really nice, my husband got it at walmart for me last x-mas

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    I learned a lot about quilt photography reading the Holly Knott post. Thanks for posting the link.
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    I would think the main thing is your own picture taking ability. Adequate lighting and space to hang the quilt.

    The next thing would be is if you want a digital photo to share on your computer and over the net would be not to set the megapixels too high. My computer is older and doesn't want to download large files needed for some picture settings.

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    Thank you Jackie and Peckish I have a nice sony camera but my technique is not that great, great site!

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    Thanks for that great link, Peckish. I've got it saved in my Favorites now. All of the folks here on the board are the best!
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    Quote Originally Posted by AliKat View Post
    The next thing would be is if you want a digital photo to share on your computer and over the net would be not to set the megapixels too high.
    I try to avoid changing the settings on my camera, because I don't always remember to change them back. You can easily resize your photos using your photography software.

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    I have a cannon powershot sx230 hs, and totally love it, not just for quilts! Its a little pricey, but has 14x optical zoom that is so amazing, I no longer carry the big camera around and it goes up to 56x digital (works well on a tripod). I can take close ups and see things I can't even see with my binoculars : )

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    As in all photography, it's not all about the camera. It's in learning how to use it to the best advantage. Not only lighting, and focus, but also picture composition make a difference between a so-so picture and a great picture. I agree with moreland above.
    I used to be "hot", now it's just "hot flashes!"

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    Now if someone would just come up with a way to convert all those expensive film-based cameras we all own to a good digital one...boy, could they make a killing!
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    I bought a Kodak Touch Screen camera, it's nice.
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    great web site
    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish View Post
    I agree, I think you will do well with most any digital camera. The trick is in your technique. Here is a GREAT website that will teach you, in layman's terms, how to successfully photograph your quilt. It covers lighting, setup, and your camera settings. I highly recommend it.

    http://www.hollyknott.com/stq/index.htm

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