Beading Business: How to Choose the Right Digital Camera for You

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Before you even think about jumping into the business of selling your finished beadwork, you'll want to make sure that you have the proper tools, and this includes a good digital camera. But choosing a digital camera can be an overwhelming and frustrating experience if you don't know what you're looking for, and you may be concerned that you can't afford a camera "good enough" for taking high-quality pictures.

The good news is that over the last several years, the quality of images from digital cameras has increased to the point where you can get great images from a camera that costs under $100. To give you an idea, my first digital camera, purchased back in 2003, had a digital resolution of 4 megapixels and cost $250. These days, most point-and-shoot digital cameras have a digital resolution of at least 15 megapixels and cost less than $100.

So even though you don't have to spend a small fortune on a camera to get quality images, you do have to take the time to do your homework and find out which camera is best for you.

Liz Masoner is a professional photographer and the About.com Guide to Photography where she writes about digital cameras and digital photography. I asked Liz for some advice for buyers who want to know what type of digital camera would be best for photographing their beadwork.

There is no "best" brand. Liz says that there is no one brand that she can recommend over another. Choosing your camera is really a matter of personal preference, and each brand has their advantages and drawbacks. Her only advice is to stick with a major brand like Pentax, Nikon, Kodak, Canon or Olympus. Photographs taken by any of these cameras will be high quality and suitable for selling your finished beadwork online.

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Decide what you want your camera to do. Before you go shopping, decide what you want your camera to do. Do you want a large camera that needs interchangeable lenses? Do you want a camera that you can toss in your purse or pocket? It's important to understand what your photographic needs are before you spend any money on a camera!

Understand the basic features of your camera. Sure, you can spend a lot on a great camera, but if you don't understand the basic features like digital zoom, optical zoom, or you're not sure how to use the preset camera modes like action, landscape or portrait, you'll be wasting your money. Take the time to learn what each of these features can do for your photos before you buy and you'll be getting the most out of your digital camera right out of the box!

If you're ready to upgrade your digital camera or purchase your first digital camera, a brief course in photography can also help. Check your local community college or fine arts center to see if they have any offerings in basic digital photography.

Do you have a question about buying or using your digital camera? Ask it here on the blog, or head on over to the About.com Photography site and get in touch with Liz!

Bead Happy,

Jennifer

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