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Best &cheapest camera for ecommerce site (modeling/fashion)?

by raechelli / February 5, 2010 10:44 AM PST

I'm thinking about starting an ecommerce site that sells clothing. I want to have the clothes modeled (photos similar to cherrykoko.co.kr or dahong.co.kr), but I don't know what camera would be best. I'm trying to minimize start-up costs, so I'm looking for a cheap camera, but with good image quality. I was looking at the canon 350d, but I want to get some recommendations and advice before I invest in something. I know the 350d isn't manufactured anymore, but if I bought a used one, I could still change the lenses on it. I don't mind if it's not brand new as long as it would serve it's purpose. Is it a bad idea to get a used camera?

any suggestions would be really appreciated. thanks.

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different perspective

The problem won't be the camera, it'll be the lights. If you really want to post nice images on the net that convince people to buy your clothing then you'll want good lighting. If you plan on doing outdoor modeling then a DSLR would be a good choice, but indoors, more of the background and lighting will be more important. You could go with an older point and shoot, that has a hot shoe, and do very nice work with the right background and lighting.

To give an example, here is a site showing different lighting schemes. It'll give you a start to doing lighting for fashion/modeling.

http://uk.fotopunto.com/articulo-explained-lighting-schemes_60

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thanks
by raechelli / February 6, 2010 1:45 AM PST
In reply to: different perspective

Thanks for the advice! the lighting schemes are very helpful.
Can you recommend any camera models? P&S or dSLR?

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Yes
by kalel33-20416052469708587370302374692233 / February 6, 2010 4:25 AM PST
In reply to: thanks

If you want to save money then look at one of the older Canon G-series cameras. They have hot shoes and produce very fine photos. I still have my Canon G2 and use it every now and then. It takes very good photos for a point and shoot. If you want to go the DSLR route then pretty much any entry level DSLR will work for you and are able to produce photos in-line with the ability of the photographer.

For lighting and backgrounds, there is a wealth of information on the net, and there is a lot to learn. You might do better to buy used equipment or cheaper equipment if you don't plan to use it often.

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