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HELP with Canon G9 and small object photography

could anyone prescribe a suggestion for settings -- need to do small object photography, specially, very small marks on jewelry and other miniature type collectibles -- thought that setting was finally right even if cropping would be necessary -- instead have very grainy pictures -- if someone could get me started -- probably could get going from there -- am also considering a ring light and if necessary will invest in close up lenses (but seems that macro should be able more than compensate) -- many thanks -- best wishes to everyone for the holidays

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needing to look into microscope adapters. Such were available for SLR film cameras years ago and film is still, far and away, more capable of capturing the the kind of extremely find detail that escapes the human eye.

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You don't need any extra lenses, your camera is well equipped for the job.
You just need to know more about "desktop" photography.

You do need a tripod.
It is very difficult to hand hold a camera while shooting close-up or macro shots.

The best extra you can buy is a "light box".
This is a box that can fit easily on a tabletop.
It has translucent sides and top and you use two lights for illumination.
This will produce shadow-less shots of small objects.

Here is a picture made with the aid of a $50 light box:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v159/randol9p9/IMG_0638_1024.jpg

Here is a link to a shortcourse on desktop photography:

http://www.shortcourses.com/tabletop/
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