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Camera Settings
An optical zoom helps you compose your shots. Ignore quoted values for
"digital zoom" as these settings operate by using a relatively small area of the
sensor, which you can do more easily and to a higher quality, in
post production.
The ability to adjust such settings as aperture, ISO, and white balance will
make a big difference. Such adjustments are now available on many compact
digital cameras.
Finally, your camera should have a remote control release so you can ire
it without touching the camera. If this is not possible you can use the delay
timer (which can usually be set to either 2 or 10 seconds delay).
Support Equipment
While it is possible to take good product shots with the camera handheld it is more
convenient to have some sort of support for the camera. A small tripod is perfect.
Failing that, rest your camera on a sturdy table or with a pile of books so that it
cannot move between shots. Use the remote control release (if available) or the
delay timer to ire the shutter so you do not move the camera as you are taking
the photograph.
Camera Settings
Cameras often have lots of settings available; these are optimal settings which should
be used:
File Format
Higher-end cameras may offer a number of file formats in which to save the
photographs (e.g. RAW, TIFF, JPEG). RAW can offer more flexibility in post
processing the images but for most purposes choose JPEG.
File Size and Resolution
Choose the largest resolution available on the camera as this uses the full recording
capability of the sensor.
Set the highest quality available on the camera. Lower settings throw away some of
the information recorded by the sensor.
Choose the lowest degree of sharpness available. It is much more effective to apply
sharpening in post production. If you are not planning to do any post processing,
you may want to use a slightly higher setting.
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