Best $400-700 camera? - Band Promo Shots

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  1. mims2

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    I'm wondering what camera I can get in that price range that'll take the highest quality photo for the lowest price possible? I'm told the more expensive cameras in that range don't necessarily take better pictures, but only have more accessories. I'm mainly trying to avoid buying a camera with a few hundred dollars worth of useless accessories. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks tons.
     
  2. dmb70

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    Pretty much any point & shoot camera that you probably already have is fine for band promo shots. It's setting up lighting & finding an interesting background/setting that is the harder part.
     
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    Do any of you have any promo pics that you took yourself that you can post?
     
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    Shooting live bands is one of the hardest things for a phtographer. It takes skills and good equipment. Low light, tough angles, fast motion. If you just want great shots, pay a pro to do the work at your next gig.
    Any number of point and shoots will give you OK shots. Used Canon G5 is a nice choice.
     
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    I'm assuming by promo shots he's talking posed studio type stuff, OP correct me if I'm wrong. Shooting live is a whole different animal.
     
  6. mims2

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    yes just your typical "still" shot for flyers and promo pack stuff. Thanks for the info though!
     
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    In that case- just about any camera will do if you know how to use it. Try to find one that lets you shoot in aperture priority mode, so you can use shallow depth of field. And get a tripod!
     
  8. shane88

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    yep it's not the camera but the person standing behind it that counts
     
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    The camera doesn't matter, just make sure you don't do either of the following:

    1. Standing on railroad tracks
    2. In front of a brick wall

    8^)
     
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    If you're interested in picking up a camera, I'll recommend the Pentax K-X. You can find it pretty reasonably priced with a kit lens if you search the internet. There's stuff in Canon and Nikon's range in that price window, too
     
  11. shg

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    What, you don't have an iPhone? Do you live in a third-world country?
     
  12. shane88

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    good point :p
     
  13. bigredguy

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    For that price you could hire a pro for a whole day or maybe more.
     
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    +1. The Sony NEX-5 is also a good choice.
     
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    The responses above to the effect that the photographer/technique are more important than the equipment are pretty much right. But if you're dead set on doing the PR shots yourself, it's nice to have a decent camera. I'm a former pro photographer and I've been happy with my Canon Powershot G12. It's a nicely featured camera that's sort of a flagship model point and shoot (i.e. doesn't have the option of interchangeable lenses). It takes great pictures and is easy to learn to use. One feature that's very good to have is that it has a hot-shoe for an external flash. I have a nifty little flash unit Canon makes called a 270EX Speedlight, that lets you swivel the flash head up to bounce off the ceiling - which softens the light and gives more attractive results on people. If you buy at a big discount camera store you can get the camera and flash for a price within your stated budget.

    Good luck to you with whichever direction you decide on.
     
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    Any of the Nikon SLRs have excellent noise reduction and high ISO low light shooting options. Why is this good? Most bands play in environments with really bad lights...
     
  17. Braciola

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    OP,
    Whether you put a $200.00 camera or $2000.00 camera in your hands, the results are going to be about the same if you have no experience in photography.
    My advice, buy a good point & shoot, or hire a photographer.
     
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    Lighting is more important than the kind of camera you have. Hire a pro.
     
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    No photo is better than an unprofessional photo.

    Honestly it's more than just hiring a pro photographer too, you should really consider pro hair and makeup at a minimum..
     

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