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Hey everyone, I want to take pictures of stuff, but not with my terrible camera on my phone, so I was wondering what you all could recommend me. I'm just going to be doing general picture taking, nothing too fancy, but it has to take good pics of my PC, haha. So, any ideas?

Btw, my budget is anything at or below $150.
Edited by TheRockMonsi - 10/19/11 at 8:07am
 
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Hey everyone, I want to take pictures of stuff, but not with my terrible camera on my phone, so I was wondering what you all could recommend me. I'm just going to be doing general picture taking, nothing too fancy, but it has to take good pics of my PC, haha. So, any ideas?
Are you looking for a point and shoot or an SLR?

A good point and shoot runs around $300+
The cheapest SLR runs $450+

I always say for a few more dollars always get an SLR as there is so much more control with iso, zoom,white balance,aperture shutter speed etc.Meaning, it is better in low light conditions and almost every aspect if customizable,when you learn how to use all the options that is.

A question to ask your self is do you ever want great photos or good photos. Though the gear does not make the photographer, an SLR will allow you to take shots from vantages that a point and shoot will not.

A good starter SLR would be a Nikon 3100 (or 3000)( 5100) or a Canon Rebel XS (or Ti,T2,T3) (called D1000) being about the cheapest SLR, but certainly entry level with no video etc.

I would recommend reading this guide stickied on this forum.

I am a fairly new photographer and i am sure others in this forum will be able to give a lot better advice, i am just giving you some place to start or at least see what exactly you are looking for. Perhaps you don't know, so hopefully this will give you a place to start.

http://www.overclock.net/photography...ers-guide.html
Edited by micro5797 - 10/19/11 at 8:01am
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Your post is a VERY good start for me, micro, so thanks a whole lot for it! With that being said, I think I should set a budget since I freaked at those prices you mentioned. I don't see myself spending anymore than $150 on a particular camera, I would actually like to spend less than $100 in all honesty. So with that being said, are there any particular suggestions, or does it not matter at the specified price range?

Oh and before I forget, I guess a point and shoot? I don't know for sure, I guess I should read up a bit more.
 
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Canon Rebel XT

This is the entry level DSLR for Canon. It is far from shabby and will put any Point and Shoot to shame (DSLR > Point and Shoot) If you are just looking to take pictures of you and your buddies hanging out to put on facebook or w/e, then I would not recommend a DSLR and would go with the more compact Point and Shoot. However if you want to get into digital photography then the Canon Rebel XT is the intro weapon imo (I have friends at SCAD who were in the photo department and this is their recommended entry level camera for digital photography, so if its good enough for SCAD then its good enough for any beginning photographer imo, dont go to SCAD its overrated)

--- Edit I just read your post - in the $100 its pretty much all the same, the notion that you want to take pretty pictures of your computer says more about the photographer than the camera, so this is my suggestion for taking pretty pictures of your rig with a $100 camera.
1.) Dont use the flash on your camera, this is going to cause a giant reflection and glare that will create a giant blow out (white spot). Instead turn the flash off and point lights at your computer so that you can better control where the glare is so that it will not effect your shot.
2.) It doesnt hurt to photoshop it =D, a lot of people say that photoshopping is "Cheating" in photography but the fact of the matter is that it is just another tool in pipeline that all professional digital photographers use.
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Canon Rebel XT

This is the entry level DSLR for Canon. It is far from shabby and will put any Point and Shoot to shame (DSLR > Point and Shoot) If you are just looking to take pictures of you and your buddies hanging out to put on facebook or w/e, then I would not recommend a DSLR and would go with the more compact Point and Shoot. However if you want to get into digital photography then the Canon Rebel XT is the intro weapon imo (I have friends at SCAD who were in the photo department and this is their recommended entry level camera for digital photography, so if its good enough for SCAD then its good enough for any beginning photographer imo, dont go to SCAD its overrated)

--- Edit I just read your post - in the $100 its pretty much all the same, the notion that you want to take pretty pictures of your computer says more about the photographer than the camera, so this is my suggestion for taking pretty pictures of your rig with a $100 camera.
1.) Dont use the flash on your camera, this is going to cause a giant reflection and glare that will create a giant blow out (white spot). Instead turn the flash off and point lights at your computer so that you can better control where the glare is so that it will not effect your shot.
2.) It doesnt hurt to photoshop it =D, a lot of people say that photoshopping is "Cheating" in photography but the fact of the matter is that it is just another tool in pipeline that all professional digital photographers use.
Thanks for the tips, but I don't consider myself bad at taking pics at all. I've attached a pic of my PC that I took with my phone a while back. While it looks good when it's scaled down, when you view it in it's full size it looks bad. Not only that, but it doesn't have auto-focus. Will I be seeing these issues with a $100 camera?
 
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Emmuh has good advice on taking the pictures.
Here is a thread on how to photograph your rig:
http://www.overclock.net/computer-ca...g-updated.html

Also, i can't recommend a good P&S as i went from a 2007 P&S to an SLR, so i am out of the loop on cameras in that price range.I used a P&S until i felt the camera was holding me back and i wanted to expand my range/knowledge of photography.
I can say that if you have Photoshop (camera raw) Look for a camera that will take what is called "raw" pictures, meaning that it will take standard photos as well as a digital version that is easily and more able to be edited by PS. My friends fuji had this option.
Keep in mind that most P&S should take good out door shots as there is a lot more light. While looking at reviews, i would look for something that takes better indoor pics if possible. But with good lighting you can always make a camera take a good indoor shot as it will show in the link above.

EDIT:
It isn't you, it is the lighting and even using a cheap $25 tripod would make a world of difference.
Please keep us posted and i would love to see your pics.
Edited by micro5797 - 10/19/11 at 8:19am
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Get either Canon, Nikon or Pentax brand for point and shoot.

Not sony.


I would love to have the Leica $1000... lol
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Get either Canon, Nikon or Pentax brand for point and shoot.

Not sony.


I would love to have the Leica $1000... lol
i would have to disagree, you find a discontinued sony tx/wx series now on sale for about 150-200 and they are some of the best compacts and ultra compact PS on the market.
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Would this be a good starter camera? It even comes with a tripod. Don't know if it's good though, still reading up on all this camera stuff.

If you don't want to click the link, it's a Canon PowerShot SD4500.
 
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Would this be a good starter camera? It even comes with a tripod. Don't know if it's good though, still reading up on all this camera stuff.

If you don't want to click the link, it's a Canon PowerShot SD4500.
I would think that it would be good , just for the name sake (without reading any reviews).

Some of the great pros that i see and didn't expect from a P&S are:
Auto*, ISO 125/200/400/800/1600/3200 in P Mode (helps in poor lighting situations, but can add grain to image)

Exposure Compensation:+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments

White Balance Control: Auto*, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom

Shutter Speed: 1 - 1/4000 sec

Just to name a few big ones.

This camera looks to do a lot and mastering it and its settings will go a long ways to learning an SLR if you ever choose to go that route.
Also with all that control over those settings, it should take great pics.
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