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Photography

My Camera:  I've had my camera for over a year now and all I can say is "Wow!  What a difference!".  I could not do decent pictures until this camera.  It is the Nikon Coolpix 8800.  I usually like to share but it is really, really hard for me to share this camera.  Although they call this a compact camera, it is not little.  It's rather large and heavy for a digital camera but it is so nice.    Can you tell how much I like it?

  • 8.0 Megapixel sensor.
  • 35-350mm 10x Zoom-Nikkor ED Lens.
  • Vibration Reduction (VR) function.
  • Nikon exclusive D-Lighting feature.
  • Exclusive Advanced Red Eye Reduction.
  • Voice memo function.
  • TTL flash capability when used with SB-600 and SB-800 Speedlights.

Light Box:  I kept putting off this purchase.  I am so pleased that I finally got one.  I bought an American Recorder SIB-100 Photo Studio-in-a-Box on Amazon for $69.29.  I thought I'd have to spend $250.00 or make my own.  The Studio in a Box is a great product at a good price.  It comes with a tripod, lights and the diffusing box.  It's completely portable and easy to set up and break down.  I don't really like the lights it came with.  I still need to purchase lights but the box works great outdoors in the sunshine. No more shadows and bright spots on my bead pictures! 

  • Fully adjustable aluminum and steel camera stand for ultimate stability
  • Complete photos studio ideal for internet auctions and online catalogs
  • Soft light box for uniform illumination, reduces glare and harsh shadows
  • Versatile two-sided background with blue and grey surfaces
  • Two 2800K tungsten lamps for even color temperature and excellent clarity

With the camera and the light box I don't need to fuss with my pictures except for resizing and one small adjustment that I do in Photoshop.  That one adjustment is the levels and I found this nifty trick in an article written by Lori Greenburg.  I use the levels adjustment to set the white point and that's it!  The tutorial is here:  Digital Imaging For Glass Beads.

 

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