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Old September 1, 2010, 06:12 PM
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I see a lot of nice photos of some rigs that look amazing. Even more so because the photography captures the colors and essence of the build just right. So I was wondering do you need like an SLR camera? Are these photoshop enhanced as well?

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Old September 1, 2010, 06:17 PM
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I see a lot of nice photos of some rigs that look amazing. Even more so because the photography captures the colors and essence of the build just right. So I was wondering do you need like an SLR camera? Are these photoshop enhanced as well?

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No you don't need a SLR.

A good P+S with some manual capabilities with good lighting will work just as well.

And anyone who thinks you NEED a slr doesn't know how to take photos.
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+1 for the above. SLR are nice but a point and shoot can do the same for PC pic. Good light and quality camera is the key. Trust me, I use a DSLR and sometime I can't take a good pic because the light isn't good or I just can't find the right setting for the camera.
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A good P+S with some manual capabilities with good lighting will work just as well.
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The lighting being actually good is very important when working with shitty cameras(any camera really, but most point and shooters are absolutely terrible in low or crappy light). You do not need a 50bajillion watt bulb though.

Also, tripod! (or a monopod/bipod/stable adjustable platform of some other sort) They can really help with most shots and give you a chance to play with the exposure settigns a bit more should you need to.
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Also, tripod! (or a monopod/bipod/stable adjustable platform of some other sort) They can really help with most shots and give you a chance to play with the exposure settigns a bit more should you need to.
This is the key factor IMO. Lighting can help eliminate the need for one, but if you want a good low-light shot to show off the illumination, then a tripod is a must. However if you have a shaky hand, then you'll probably want a tripod regardless of lighting.

If it's a nice day outside, you can always shoot out there. Preferably on a more overcast day or in the shade though. Direct sunlight isn't typically that great (and makes your case burning hot).

Other factor I'd say is white balance. Usually you can fix that up afterwards though. White balance helps a ton with getting the colours "right".

Also consider using the "Macro" mode on your camera too when doing close up shots. This way they'll actually be in focus. I absolutely hate when people post out of focus closeups. Usually it's a flower icon on most cameras.
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Thanks for the tips but you guys have any pointers on exposure settings and such?

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Thanks for the tips but you guys have any pointers on exposure settings and such?

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Up to the individual and camera.
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Up to the individual and camera.
Yup, each brand act different in some light condition. Ask us when ready to get a new camera and we are gonne help you out and then give tips on light, exposure and other setting.
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MDPC Photography Tutorial:

- Never use flashlight
- Set ISO to a fixed setting
- Use the "A"-Mode (Aperture) to control blur effects
- Never shoot when you hold the camera in your hand
- If you don't have a tripod... Place the camera on clothes
- When the camera is placed in a fixed position... Use the automatic time controlled shooting mode
- Don't target the lamp directly on the target, try to illuminate the target by reflecting it
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large bean bags work better than clothes for a place to rest as it won't allow vibration as much.
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