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Hi Sara. Two things to think about. If you want to take on our friend Kirby, then an SLR on a tripod is the way to go. [Not to mention a few years practice and study] Then a day comes when you are visiting a daff. breeders garden and see a super flower that you just have to photograph. Best hope it’s growing in a pot ‘cos if its in the middle of a bed you’ve no hope with a normal SLR. If you have your little compact. and the sun is shining brightly on the monitor, you wont see nuthing. So there are little cameras that twist in the middle like the Nikon S10 so the lens can point up at a flower but the monitor is flat to your eye. It’s great provided the sun is not too bright as it has no optical view finder. Best option in my view is a camera, SLR or compact, that has a hinged monitor that will twist in any direction but also has an optical viewer. Ask at as many good camera shops as you can find and check some websites like Nikon and Pentax. Good luck Rob Murray in sunny Victoria.

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  1. Although it won’t help for landscapes, one of the very nice things about Daffseek is that many (all of the newer?) photographs show details of the make, model, fstop, lighting conditions, date etc. when one clicks on the picture.  This would allow someone to judge the close-up abilities of some of the cameras used.  Drew Mc Farland, Granville, Ohio.
    In a message dated 16-Feb-10 4:47:29 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,  title= writes:

    Sara, As you have discovered, there are many choices out there.  One question to ask is what you wish to do with your photographs.  If you want to enlarge them to no more than 8″x10″, then you can get something other than an SLR.  You can do amazing things with high megapixel compact cameras, if you know someone who can teach you.  If you want 8″x10″ and above, tack sharp, look at SLRs.

    You need to know the difference between ‘optical zoom’ and ‘digital zoom.’  Both will increase the lens’s apparent reach, but digital zoom greatly reduces the detail and color quality of your photograph.  This is especially important if you want to crop your photograph.

    SLRs can be expensive and heavy, but there are some that are lighter and more affordable.
    Back in 2006, National Geographic published “National Geographic Guide to Digital Photography:  Take Great Digital Pictures.”  The ads for equipment are out of date, but the articles might help you.  Check your library.  National Geographic also publishes photography field guides.  
    And don’t forget “Consumer Reports” which regularly publishes information about some, but not all, digital cameras.
    If at all possible, handle cameras that might interest you.  You can get great deals on line, but if the camera doesn’t feel comfortable in your hands, it’s a waste.  Also, some cameras will advertise a ‘macro’ function, but it will not focus close enough for you to get the close-up you want.
    Is there a camera club in your area?  Your public library can help you locate it/them.  If so, check out the website, which may have ‘galleries’ of members’ photos.  Find someone whose work matches what you’d like to do and contact that person.  You can also attend a few meetings and ask members what they use.
    Photographers are like daffodil people — most are friendly and very willing to share their expertise.

    Vicky Eicher


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