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12:41 pm
November 27, 2013


Edward Antrobus

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After three years of bad photos, I've decided that its high time I learned the art of food photography. My problem: I don't have the budget to buy a DSLR. That said, my father has an old film SLR in storage somewhere that I could talk him out of.
The down sides that I can see are the cost of film and processing, plus having to wait until the roll is used up to get it processed. Am I missing any other issues? Trying to figure out if I should try this route, or just save up for an entry level DSLR and lens.

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1:16 pm
November 27, 2013


BeatingBroke

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Immediately, off the top of my head, the other issue you're going to run into is that you have no visibility on the quality of the photos until you develop them like you would if it were a DSLR.  What that means is that if you've got a setting off, or the focus off, or whatever, you won't know it until after the film is developed and would then need to remake the dish, as well as reshoot the whole works.

2:59 pm
November 27, 2013


Edward Antrobus

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BeatingBroke said:

Immediately, off the top of my head, the other issue you're going to run into is that you have no visibility on the quality of the photos until you develop them like you would if it were a DSLR.  What that means is that if you've got a setting off, or the focus off, or whatever, you won't know it until after the film is developed and would then need to remake the dish, as well as reshoot the whole works.

That is a very good point.

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7:43 pm
November 30, 2013


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Edward I see my wife taking amazing photos of the food we order in restaurants with her iPhone. Give it a try with whatever smart phone you have. Even a $80 point n shoot would come handy

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7:41 am
December 1, 2013


Edward Antrobus

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I have seen that claim but the iPhone obviously has a better camera than my phone. :(

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7:40 am
December 2, 2013


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A lot would depend on what kind of photography you want to focus on.  Since you are talking about food photography, (indoors – close up), invest in 'box-studios' and good set of lights.  Good lighting is the number one culprit for a photo turning out bad.  

7:53 am
December 17, 2013


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Sorry I'm late, but let me ask – Are you shooting for digital?  If that's the case, why not a used one?  Even the first Canon Rebel (300D, 2003) has 6.3 megapixels… overkill for digital as it is.  You'd have 3,072 x 2,048 pixels which is still bigger than the biggest monitor you'll run into.

 

The key benefit?  Any lenses you get are still compatible with the system you choose… even with cameras made 10 years later (or more).

 

I'm a Canon guy, but a similar argument applies to Nikon, Pentax, or whatever brand you're interested in – no need for a prosumer 2013 model to get into the game.  My sister started with a 300D, herself.

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6:41 pm
December 17, 2013


Edward Antrobus

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moneycone said:

A lot would depend on what kind of photography you want to focus on.  Since you are talking about food photography, (indoors – close up), invest in 'box-studios' and good set of lights.  Good lighting is the number one culprit for a photo turning out bad.  

I found instructions on how to build a DIY lightbox. I'm just waiting on a couple more parts before I can assemble it.

 

PK @ DQYDJ said:

Sorry I'm late, but let me ask – Are you shooting for digital?  If that's the case, why not a used one?  Even the first Canon Rebel (300D, 2003) has 6.3 megapixels… overkill for digital as it is.  You'd have 3,072 x 2,048 pixels which is still bigger than the biggest monitor you'll run into.

 

The key benefit?  Any lenses you get are still compatible with the system you choose… even with cameras made 10 years later (or more).

 

I'm a Canon guy, but a similar argument applies to Nikon, Pentax, or whatever brand you're interested in – no need for a prosumer 2013 model to get into the game.  My sister started with a 300D, herself.

Used is a good point and one I plan on utilizing. Even if I went with new, I'd get an entry-level one. But you are right, from a megapixel standpoint, my phone is more than sufficient; it is the manual controls that I'm looking for.

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