Help me choose Camera for shooting clothes for online shopping mall

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  1. xeniac

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    First of all, let me thank you in advance for your replies.
    I am a complete novice when it comes to photography.
    However, I am opening up a online shopping mall for women's clothes, which
    requires me to take photos of models in clothes, for both indoor and outdoor.
    I have no idea what would be a good camera for this purpose.
    Of course, if I just get the top of the line DSLR, I assume all my problems
    would be solved.
    But, I would like to limit my budget to around $500 on camera and
    $300 for lighting if possible.
    I have experience in editing photos using lightroom and such, and I'm hoping
    this would enable me to get a cheaper product.
    Please recommend some products for me, it would help me out greatly in my
    endeavor to support myself in this grave economy.

    Thank you so much again, and have a wonderful day.
     
  2. Andy Stanton

    Andy Stanton Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    For business photography a DSLR would be best, though you could probably get by with a good point and shoot as long as you're going to use the photos online only.

    You can pick up a good DSLR, the Canon Rebel T3 with an 18 - 55mm lens, for less than $500. If you want to get by a bit more cheaply consider a Panasonic LX5 (less than $400). Both the Rebel T3 and the LX5 have a flash hotshoe so you can add a separate flash if you feel your pictures need more light.

    As far as lighting is concerned you will probably need a light tent and you may need some stand alone lighting. There should be some websites geared towards business photography that can give you more information.
     
  3. xeniac

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    Thank you so much for your prompt answer.
    $500 actually fits well for my budget, I'm going to go with Canon Rebel T3 like you recommended, unless told otherwise.
    Would I need any other lenses for my purpose in the future?
    Do you have an website that you've used and trust?
    I would appreciate some recommendations on a good book to teach myself on photography as well.
    I'm sorry for asking so many things, and Thank you Very much again.
     
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    I love this site, everyone's so helpful
    You guys are great.
    Thank you, I will look into this.
     
  6. Andy Stanton

    Andy Stanton Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    It will do a good job for you. Here's a link to some sample photos:
    The World's Best Photos of Canon and Rebel and T3 - Flickr Hive Mind

    The Canon "nifty 50" is a 50mm non-telephoto lens that's fast, with a 1.8 aperture, and takes very good portrait shots, even in low light. It's also quite inexpensive.
     
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    those are some awesome looking shots!
    I ended up getting the t2i because I found a refurbished model that was about the same price as t3!
    But thank you so much for your help. Took me a month trying to figure out
    what to buy, but you helped me choose in less then a day.
    Thank you!
     
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    I'm reading the articles on your links right now, and I must admit that
    though it's helpful, some parts in explanation require some explanations on. haha
    But that's for me to figure out by studying up on photography.
    Thank you for your help, I'll try to share what I've learned with others
    on the forum once I start to grasp up on photography!
    My Canon T2i's coming next tuesday! I'm super excited!
     
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    Those writeups will be a whole lot easier to follow once you have the camera in your hand. Don't forget to pick up a memory card right away, even before the camera arrives. Canon DSLRs will not even turn On without a memory card in place.

    Kelly
     
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