Which camera for a bit of bedroom photography? ;-)

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by A Poster, Nov 29, 2003.

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    A Poster Guest

    Looking to buy a digital camera for a rather er... specific application...

    Basically my wife and I would like to buy one for use in the bedroom, if you
    know what I mean. I know, I know - it's all a bit pervy but then why do you
    think they still make Polaroid instant cameras?! We already have a cheapo
    Kodak digital camera which we bought a couple of years back but it doesn't
    cope too well in low light conditions and also tends to 'white out' flesh
    tones. Does anyone have any recommendations for a digital camera that is
    happy being used in low light conditions and leaves skin tones looking rich
    (ie. not whited out!) when the flash is used?

    I'm sure we're not the only ones using digital cameras in the bedroom so I'd
    be interested to hear other people's opinions on which makes/models etc are
    particularly suitable for a bit of bedroom photography! ;-)
    A Poster, Nov 29, 2003
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    Böwser Guest

    One with a combination of remote control and low noise at high ISOs. The
    Digital Rebel is suitable for this, but pricey. Avoid flash at all costs,
    since the level of detail a flash can capture isn't always a good thing.
    Softar. Use a softar.

    Careful on timing that remote control release, since, well, you know. Don't
    forget to crack a smile.
    Böwser, Nov 29, 2003
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    Rich Powell Guest

    Depending on your "package", you may want to consider a zoom lense. Or a
    wide angle if you are lucky.
    Rich Powell, Nov 29, 2003
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    Frank Weston Guest

    The camera is relatively unimportant so long as you have a good tripod.
    Frank Weston, Nov 29, 2003
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    RacerX Guest

    Try the digital rebel with a flash and a remote unit it makes for fun or so
    ive heard
    RacerX, Nov 29, 2003
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    johnpower Guest

    You don't need your camera. You need me and my camera! Email for

    Actually the G1 works fine. You don't want a 1DS for that type of
    application. A smaller more maneuverable one is much better.

    Besides, most of us (I am sorry to say) don't require 11 megapixels to
    adequately capture the "important parts"....

    Thank God I do though.
    johnpower, Nov 29, 2003
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    A Poster Guest

    Excuse my ignorance but who makes the G1 and 1DS?
    Hehe. I'll take your word for that one, mate! ;-)
    A Poster, Nov 29, 2003
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    A Poster Guest

    I was thinking more along the lines of a macro lens... ;-)
    A Poster, Nov 29, 2003
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    A Poster Guest

    No - macro lens. ie. a lens that makes very small things big... ;-)
    A Poster, Nov 29, 2003
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    orwell Guest

    so I'd be interested to hear other people's opinions on which
    makes/models etc are particularly suitable for a bit of bedroom
    photography! ;-)

    Another thing you might want to consider....

    If you both want to be in the pictures, it can be a bit difficult to
    "stay in frame" when things start happening. Several of the Nikon line
    have a "swivel" lens that allows you to rotate it 180 degrees so it's
    pointing "back" at you. That way you can see the screen (if your
    eyesight is REALLY good for that small lcd!) and be in the picture at
    the same time. There are other cameras that do that as well, but you'll
    have to check those out yourself. (FYI, I used a Casio QV-8000SX for
    years with great results. It's only 1.3 megapixel, but the LCD was very
    large, bright and easy to see. Skin tone was never a problem, even with
    the flash and it had a wonderful zoom. It's long discontinued, but if
    you can find one cheap, you might want to give it a try...)

    Another option... If the camera you pick has video out and will send
    the "live" feed (as opposed to just sending a feed in playback mode),
    you can hook it up to a TV and use that as your viewfinder. Obviously
    you will need a remote. You have to be careful in choosing. Some
    cameras use the same jack for the remote and for the video out.
    orwell, Nov 29, 2003
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    A Poster Guest

    Just looked at a review of the G1 and it seems the internal flash produces
    quite pale skintones...

    A Poster, Nov 29, 2003
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    MarkH Guest

    I think that the Canon G3 with Canon 420 flash would be reasonably good
    value. Tilt the flash so that it bounces the light of the ceiling.

    This setup gives you a fancy E-TTL feature and flash exposure compensation.
    E-TTL gives what appears to be one flash, but is actually a double flash.
    The preflash is used to set exposure and the second flash is for taking the
    picture. The flash exposure compensation means that if stuff looks
    overexposed, you can set the flash to be fired at lower power.

    The Canon G3 is also a good all round camera. It has a good 4x lens (35-
    140, f2-f3) 4MPix, good battery life, flash hotshoe, many manual overrides
    for almost all settings.

    If you want to spend more, there are many options. I like my Canon 10D
    with 50mm f1.8 lens, if I had a 420 or 550 flash then it would make a top
    notch camera for the sort of photography you are referring to.
    MarkH, Nov 29, 2003
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    Gavin Cato Guest

    But he may need decent AF in low light, which we all know the Totally
    Outdated D60 isn't much good at.
    Gavin Cato, Nov 29, 2003
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    RustY© Guest

    I often find the choice of assistant more important than the camera for this
    RustY©, Nov 29, 2003
  15. My Olympus has TV-out (for composition) and an intervalometer (so you don't
    have to stop to press the remote release). I can see how these would be....
    Martin Francis, Nov 29, 2003
  16. Use an autofocus camcorder with remote control, mounted on a good
    tripod and aimed at the scene of the action. Start camera, start
    performance, AF will respond and keep important elements in focus.
    Remote will enable you to zoom in and out on the action if you can
    spare the time.

    Capture stills during post-processing as you wish.

    For best quality, you need a camera operator - and why are you trying
    to shoot in low light conditions? When you feel the need for a
    photographic record just keep the lights on and give the camera a
    chance to give its best.

    George For Prez, Nov 30, 2003
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    Mark B. Guest

    Any compact digicam is pretty crummy indoors with internal flash. The G1
    works great with the Canon 420EX.

    Mark B., Nov 30, 2003
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    gudgeon Guest

    Hmmm. Premature flash is generally not welcomed by either partner.
    gudgeon, Nov 30, 2003
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    johnpower Guest

    And we all wish you the best of luck.

    I noticed no women chimed in to this thread...
    johnpower, Nov 30, 2003
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    J Guest

    This is a great suggestion - the Sonys with the nightshot capabity (I
    think it iluminates the room with infrared to get the effect) is a great
    option. Please post pics of your results ;-)
    J, Nov 30, 2003
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