What type of camera would be best?

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  1. BCguy

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    Hi everyone, and thanks in advance for any help you might be able to give me.

    My situation is this, my girlfriend and I are starting a jewelry business, using gemstones and such, not really gold and silver etc. I need a camera that can take nice, clear, close up shots of what are, at times, very reflective materials / tiny, yet detailed stones. Using just a basic digital camera, it's either not in focus as well as it probably could be, or the reflection wreaks havoc on the picture.

    Any ideas on what type of camera I should be using? What type of lighting/background. Most of these photos will end up on the web. I know next to nothing about taking pictures, so again, any help you can provide is greatly appreciated. Price wise, I am looking at whatever it takes to get the job done effectively. As you can imagine in the jewerly business, image is everything.

    If I haven't provided enough info, please ask me some questions.
     
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    Take them to someone who knows what they are doing
     
  3. Dominantly

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    Bitter will help you with this I'm sure.

    But my suggestion is to see if you can get a local guy to shoot them for a good price, if you do the cost analysis and decide that it would benefit you in the long run to shoot them, then you are going to need to shell out a little coin.
    I would recommend you head over to your local photo shop (if you have one). There you can actually get a feel for the equipment and an idea of what you'll need via demonstrations.

    The basics are going to be a body, a macro lens, a tripod, a light tent, and lighting. Then add in software, memory, remote, and an additional lens or two.
     
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    Bitter Jeweler Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Like this?

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    Canon XSi with the 500mm 2.8 Macro lens. Body $500-600, Lens $500.
    The 500mm is super sharp, a great lens for the price. Avoiding facet reflections is the real trick, and is pretty much trial and error, especially when introducing flash. Depth of Field can also be problematic.

    :grumpy:
     
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    gsgary Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I hope so :lol: i held back
     
  6. BCguy

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    Wow! Yes, exactly like that Bitter! Beautiful photos. I appreciate everyone's help so much. As this is going to be a full-time business, I would like to own the equipment and become adept at taking the photos myself, however, perhaps in the beginning I will enlist the help of a professional until I can at least learn the basics. Thanks again!
     
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    He means the 100mm macro :)
     
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    Bitter Jeweler Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    :lmao: Ooops!
     
  9. Overread

    Overread has a hat around here somewhere Staff Member Supporting Member

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    heh for a moment I thought he meant the 50mm f2.8 macro from sigma :lmao:
    Though for ring work an EFS 60mm macro or a sigma 70mm macro would work just as well as the 100 and be a little cheaper.
     
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    Wow,,
    THe photo is so so great!!!

    Best Shot:thumbup:
     
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    A macro lens, Canon body
     
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    BitterJeweler, there is something missing from your post. How long did it take you to learn to get those shots?


    To the OP, getting the camera is the very easy part. Learning photography to get to the point of getting this kind of shot consistently is another story. Unlike some people I will not tell you to hire a pro. You can learn but you need to be realistic about it. It will not happen overnight.

    Keep in mind also that bad photos will not help your sales.
     

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