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Can the phone photographing replace the camera?

Dec 23, 2019 1:02AM PST

I want to open on online store to sell shoes. So I need to prepare many items, then I just hesitate if I should buy a camera or just a good phone to take pictures about the shoes.
what do you think?

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Re: pictures
Dec 23, 2019 2:43AM PST

Even a cheap smartphone would be fine to start with. Pics on a website only need a low resolution. It's very well possible it's good enough.

Tip: use the "Save for web" feature in Irfanview (free download) to make them even smaller. The smaller the picture, the faster it loads.

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Dec 23, 2019 10:28PM PST

Thanks for your reply and the recommendation for Irfanview. It's really helpful. I will downlode to have a try.
After I finished my website, I really want to give you huge discount. haha Grin

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I agree with Kees.
Dec 23, 2019 10:01AM PST

My bet is any current camera phone will do given good lighting.

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re-I agree with kees
Dec 23, 2019 10:33PM PST

Thank you! At first, I really have a little worry about using phone camera not quite clear. Now, I decided now. Look forward to my new website, but it's German.haha

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Post was last edited on December 24, 2019 12:13 AM PST

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Today's camera phones.
Dec 24, 2019 12:14AM PST

Just need light and maybe a tripod to get the best pictures.

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Lights and a tripod a must
Jan 18, 2020 12:41AM PST

A phone camera is plenty Good Enough for this task.

I agree wholeheartedly with R.Proffitt on this. Lights and a tripod will make a huge difference. After all, photography is all about capturing light.

You might also get a "light box" to put around the shoes. They will provide a consistent background and an even reflection off the shoe. They can help produce a professional look for very little extra money. There are inexpensive light boxes you can buy, which are translucent fabric that you shine the lights through. There are other configurations, where you're bouncing the light around the inside.

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You are right about light boxes.
Jan 18, 2020 7:17AM PST

Awesome things you can buy or make one in a jiffy. A buddy thought I had gone mad as I asked if we could use a good sized cardboard box then put a white sheet inside with the product. A little light and the product had its glamour shot.

It's not rocket science and sometimes what you need is at hand.

Why I write this is I see light boxes for sale and sometimes they are overpriced.

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More on light boxes
Jan 18, 2020 10:46AM PST

That sheet in a large box sounds like a good idea.

More ideas for meiwen11 to keep in mind, it doesn't have to be actually box-shaped. You can flair out the top and sides (cut up another box to make a supports to tape into place. They're covered, so they don't have to look fancy) to make it easier to swap products. Maybe stash a shoe box under the sheet to provide a platform to show off the shoes. Or, a square box, so you can turn the shoes for different angles.

Also, once you have the product in place, a bluetooth camera shutter clicker would be handy. That way, you don't need to step all the way around the phone each time and bump the camera with every picture you take. Set it down, move your hands out of the shot and push the button sitting on the table. Next shot. Amazon has a bunch for under $10. For medium volume production like a coupla hundred shoes, it would be well worth it.

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Too bad Google BROKE the Camera App.
Jan 18, 2020 12:23PM PST
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Camera still better than phone
Jan 13, 2020 5:49AM PST

I think a phone will never be able to be as flexible as a camera but for your purposes it should suffice. All you need are good lighting and good angles.

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Of course !
Jan 13, 2020 8:01AM PST

yes in your case it can definitely do the job Wink

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