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What Kind Of Camera Do You Use?

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posted 03-09-2014 05:45 AM

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#1 posted 03-09-2014 05:49 AM

iPhone which is why all my shop photos are blurry.


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#2 posted 03-09-2014 05:50 AM

Canon Rebel

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#3 posted 03-09-2014 05:52 AM

My phone, Samsung Galaxy Note 2

It can take great pictures, I just need to do my part better

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 03-09-2014 06:06 AM

I have no camera, thus no pics to show.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 [email protected]

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#5 posted 03-09-2014 06:58 AM

PLK the iPhones can take some pretty cool shots with just some practice!

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#6 posted 03-09-2014 07:21 AM

A Kodak “Easy Share” CX6330 Digital Zoom. 3.1Mega Pixels, 4x’s Digital Zoom, 7 Picture Modes, Approx. $200.00.

5 Years Old, don’t believe it’s available any more. Also has a “Sandisk” 128MB Digital Card good for at least 200 Pictures, about $65.00.


PS: I have 4 other “Pro” Types “Nikon” “Pentax” Etc. Up in the closet gathering dust …LOL..





-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#7 posted 03-09-2014 07:30 AM

Motorola Droid phone.
Just got the Sony Nex 7 but I am using it as a point and click since I don’t know how to use it.

I am hopping to take a photography class someday.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#8 posted 03-09-2014 11:52 AM

i use a fuji finepix, its an older camera, but its still doing its job, so i will use it until it dies, that way when i get a new one,i will get the most up to date, i sure love these cameras,

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#9 posted 03-09-2014 11:53 AM

I use my phone (Droid RAZR), but my wife uses her Nikon DSLR. I’ve got to take good care of her and make sure she has good equipment.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#10 posted 03-09-2014 12:06 PM

A Sony Alpha 850 digital SLR.

-- Stuart

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#11 posted 03-09-2014 12:46 PM

iPhone 5S. My two larger digital cameras (a Lumix and Nikon) now both go unused. The 5S provides remarkable clarity, color balance, low light performance and is so easy to use in both the shop and for my finished box setting shots (see: that I no longer go to the bigger cameras at all. I’ve also used the iPhone to create two “photo documentaries” (ebooks) on box making and used the iPhone camera exclusively. Many digital cameras will do the job, but I have found the iPhone more than satisfactory.

It can also be extended in function using the OlloClip lenses and a simple tripod attachment, though handy, I don’t really use these often.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#12 posted 03-09-2014 01:08 PM

I use a Kodak easyshare z650. Very simple to use not sure if it’s available anymore. It’s about 9 years old.

-- Dick F,Burg Iowa

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#13 posted 03-09-2014 01:17 PM

An older Kodak Z model easy share. Sometimes the pics are good, sometimes they’re not.

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#14 posted 03-09-2014 01:42 PM

Kodak easy share M550 12 megapixels. Works for me.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#15 posted 03-09-2014 02:41 PM

Nikon coolpix until Santa brought us both Samsung Exhibits for Christmas. I’ll probably be using the Nikon for now until I can figure out how to put the pics from the phone in an upright manner on here.

The thing of it is, I LOVE my new phone. When a customer explains their desires to me (renovation contractor), I can pull up my entire photo gallery and find something I’ve done before, hand them the phone and say “do you mean something like this?”. Instant gratification.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#16 posted 03-09-2014 03:12 PM

Canon, G12. I really need to build a light box/tent to help improve my pix.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#17 posted 03-09-2014 03:32 PM

a Sony Cybershot with a smart card.
easy to down load to my Mac and photo program to send digitally to LJ’s site

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#18 posted 03-09-2014 03:47 PM

For pictures I use my Panasonic Lumix. Great lenses for the money.
For my videos I use a Canon Rebel T3i. Shoots professional quality HD video. Could use it for pictures too but don’t bother to take it off the tripod for picture taking.

-- Marty,, 866-444-6996

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#19 posted 03-09-2014 04:38 PM

I use a Nikon D3000 and have several different lenses to use for varying purposes. I always use a tripod and have a photo cube and a variety of lights.

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#20 posted 03-09-2014 04:41 PM

the cheap cameras i break them often and wife gets pissed off

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#21 posted 03-09-2014 04:58 PM

Old Nikon D100 because I’ve used Nikons since 1963 when I got my first Nikon F and have collected lenses since. It’s all about the optics, not the megapixel count.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#22 posted 03-09-2014 05:06 PM

Sony cybershot 8.1 mega pixels with a 1 gig memory stick.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#23 posted 03-10-2014 02:30 PM

I love this little camera. I constructed a 3’ square light box out of pvc, a white shower curtain, and 2 clip oon shop lights with 60 watt bulbs.

-- Snow's Wooden Toys & Gifts

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#24 posted 03-10-2014 03:02 PM

Samsung S3 mostly. Sometimes a Nikon Coolpix.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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#25 posted 03-10-2014 04:04 PM

Greg wins, awesome setup.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#26 posted 03-10-2014 04:13 PM

I have used a variety of Nikon DSLRs which are really overkill for the most part. That being said, the ability to use manual exposure, set the f-stop to maximize focus and adjustable white balance is real handy.

Lighting is far more important the the camera used. A simple light tent and seamless background really do a wonderful job with any camera. Worst thing in the world is on-camera flash.

A tripod can make a big difference as well.

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#27 posted 03-10-2014 04:14 PM

8 yr. old Sony Cyber-shot

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#28 posted 03-10-2014 04:14 PM

Fujifilm finepix Z10fd. As mentioned in a previous thread, most projects are very customer defined, thus I don’t consider them to be my projects. If it fails me anytime in the future, I’ll probably just get another inexpensive camera.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#29 posted 03-10-2014 04:17 PM

iPhone or one of my Canons (7d, T3i)

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#30 posted 03-10-2014 05:51 PM

gee greg, you dont do anything half baked do ya, what a set up, its worth it though huh, if you are going to photograph your work, then do it right, you have to, very nice set up …

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#32 posted 03-10-2014 06:29 PM

I personally don’t think it makes much difference what you use to take your pictures. What does matter is:
  • good focus
  • sharp image
  • uncluttered background
  • good composition
  • good lighting

Whether it is a cell phone or small digital camera or DSLR or professional equipment, all of the above mentioned items come into play.

Take your time. Think about what you are attempting to do. Think about what pics you may have seen in magazines or on TV. Take a lot of pics. Film is cheep these days! :-) Then pick out the good ones and delete the others.

It is a very good idea to tweak each picture in some sort of photo editing program to adjust the exposure, contrast, crop out the ugly, unneeded stuff and sharpen the final image.

It sounds like a lot of work but it really is pretty easy. There are several free programs (Picasa) available to do this as well as the Paint program that comes with Windows.

Make ‘em look good and by all means post them in the correct orientation. Nothing ruins a pic of your project quicker than to post it sideways. :-)

Note: Lately I have been using my cell phone because of easy accessibility but I have used a Sony Cybershot as well as the Canon 1DMKIII which was used for sports photography.

Here are some links to “How to build an expensive light tent”
And my favorite
I made the tent out of 1/2 inch pvc pipe. Make it any size you want. I didn’t even use any glue.

Hope this helps.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#33 posted 03-10-2014 06:43 PM

Does anybody have an answer to getting the pic turned the right way. Sometimes is is easy and other times they are at 90 deg’s.

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#34 posted 03-10-2014 06:53 PM

Canon 70D. Back when I was working, we traveled with a fifth-wheel camper rig, and I took lots of pictures. I have the good Canon lenses, so I stick with their bodies. The 70D was bought to record The Warden’s dog trials. I am allowed to use it on occasion.

-- What's a vibrant young guy like me doing in a broken down old body like this?

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#35 posted 03-10-2014 07:11 PM

MT_Stringer, you beat me to it! I was going to mention that the actual camera plays a limited part in it all.

I’m involved in a 365 photo challenge. Most of the shots have been done with my iPhone rather than my Nikon D7000.

-- Community Manager

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#36 posted 03-10-2014 07:11 PM

madts…I use paint Shop pro for photo editing and it easily rotates the photos for proper orientation. Photos that are oriented improperly usually are ones taken with a cell phone. There are numerous photo editing programs that all do the same thing. You can also get some good photo editing programs for iPad and phones.

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#37 posted 03-10-2014 07:14 PM


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#38 posted 03-10-2014 07:18 PM

Cricket…those are some mitey nice photos you took with your phone. Does your phone allow you to rotate and save the improperly aligned photos that so many people seem to have a problem achieving?

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#39 posted 03-10-2014 07:24 PM

It actually does it automatically so it must depend on the phone.

-- Community Manager

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#40 posted 03-10-2014 07:32 PM

I use Pentax optio.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#41 posted 03-10-2014 07:37 PM

Interesting Greg.
Don’t you have problems with color rendering due to those CFLs?

-- What are those few hours of mine compared to those decades Mother Nature has put in it!

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#42 posted 03-10-2014 08:11 PM

@ madts – that orientation problem has been my problem also. I have a Samsung S3. What I discovered is that if I crop the image using the in camera “crop” tool, the problem will be solved and the pic will post in the correct orientation.

Note that even if I don’t want any part of the image cropped, just activating the “crop” tool and widen the crop to include as much of the image as possible, this makes the image orientation correct. I don’t know why, but it just does.

On my iPad II, I downloaded the “PhotoGene”. It may have cost a buck or two but it works well and has several tools to manipulate the images such as crop, frames, various exposure options, and rotate.

Hope this helps.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#43 posted 03-11-2014 02:22 AM

Canon 7D I use this camera for my photography and to make my patterns to make my scroll art.

-- Todd

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#44 posted 03-11-2014 02:41 AM

Nikon 3100 dslr…when my wife lets me use it…could be why I haven’t posted any pics


-- as technology progresses, wood workers seem to regress...all my power tools and my favorite is a chisel and a hand plane

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#45 posted 03-11-2014 02:50 AM

Canon Rebel for smoke shots of the crap people argue about, and in a pinch I have fone

Canon EOS 7D for the things that count

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#46 posted 03-11-2014 07:36 PM

Samsung Galaxy S4
Canon Digital Rebel DSLR

My Samsung phone takes good pictures and has a lot of built in tools to edit. However, it is extremely difficult for a phone camera with such a small lens to compete with a DSLR.

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#47 posted 03-12-2014 01:22 AM

My iPhone 5 and my Motorola Xoom tablet. I like the fact the images get uploaded immediately to Google Drive and I can the post ‘em no problem, or I can post the here right from the camera. I do have a bit of a hard time predicting when the images will post rotated from their proper orientation.

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#48 posted 03-12-2014 01:43 AM

I use both a Canon Rebel PLUS my Galaxy S3. IMO, the IMPORTANT thing is to use PhotoshopCS4 (shadows & highlights) correction settings to balance the back-lighting and tone. That alone makes nearly any image look professionally shot.

I can’t remember if Photoshop Elements (freebie version) has that feature or not.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#49 posted 03-12-2014 02:57 PM

I have to have good photos for the magazines I write for. For some photo shoots I use a decent Cannon on a tripod with special lighting, but most of my photos that are published are iPhone 4S or 5 photos.

The key is to have the “HDR on”. Here is a low light iPhone photo:


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