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  1. Sticky: Good tip! I also use the spot metering feature...

    Good tip!

    I also use the spot metering feature which as the name suggests will control the light metering based on the center of the image (usually the item you are shooting). Of course this...
  2. Sticky: I used to use an old Canon ixus75 which was ok...

    I used to use an old Canon ixus75 which was ok for shooting my collection but not great in terms of manual control and certainly the optical zoom was lacking. So I updated this year to a Canon...
  3. Sticky: Even without a tripod you can get away with...

    Even without a tripod you can get away with simply placing the camera on a pile of books or something similar then to avoid shake from pressing the shutter, just set the shutter timer to 5 or 10...
  4. Sticky: In case anyone is wondering, the big square light...

    In case anyone is wondering, the big square light thing in Rene's 3rd and 4th shots is called a 'soft box' and is basically a fancy light diffuser. As I mentioned above, a similar cheap alternative...
  5. Sticky: If using a desk lamp as a makeshift light source...

    If using a desk lamp as a makeshift light source for instance, I've had results with taping tissue paper from the lamp shade in order to diffuse the light. Further, when shooting digital, I often...
  6. Sticky: In my case, my wife is a professional...

    In my case, my wife is a professional photographer so I can access her backdrops, tripods and expertise when necessary. The only trouble is she detests my collection!

    As a hint when shooting...
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