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Digital Camera Important????

ineedaserger329 | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

I am not sure if it would be a good investment or a waste to buy a digital camera….I am looking into steamers and would like to get one soon, but i have an iron and have always done it that way. It would be nice to be able to prepare a portfolio with pictures and swatches for potential customers to look at, but a steamer would be nice, too. I don’t know if I can do both, but I’m pretty sure I can….I just don’t want to regret my decision. If I buy the camera now, I can probably get a steamer by next week, but I don’t think it would happen the other way.
I don’t know that a camera is even a good idea, anyone have any suggestions? I was thinking I could put pictures online and things, but I am afraid the opportunity to get an inexpensive camera will pass me by. Please offer advice either way!!!!


  1. Crazy K | | #1

    I don't have a business but I still like to take photos of some of my projects.  I am now wishing I had done more of that.  I didn't start until I started all the embroidery fun things!  Digital cameras can range anywhere from maybe $100 up to whatever you wish to pay.  Our first was about $100........it didn't last......the one I have now is about a $225 dollar model and it works fine for me.  I am not a photographer but at least I can record my projects.   Do some research............and see what fits your budget as well as your needs.  The one I have now is a 5.1 mega pixel.  I think that's good enough unless you're going into the photography business!

    Don't know if this helps you.  I love having the digital since I was horrible about finishing films and then remembering to take them in for developing!!  Now I can shoot..........upload to my computer and then if I want to send via email, print or do whatever, I can.

    They don't call me Crazy for nothing...............


  2. solosmocker | | #2

    A couple of years ago I told DH I would like a DC for Christmas. I told him there was one at Walmart for 69 bucks and that would be fine. He got together with our daughters and on Christmas morning I was gifted with "megacamera" and all the trimmings. This thing so intimidated me I wouldn't touch it and didn't for a full year. When I retired(quite early)I decided I had to get to know this thing and I absolutely love it. I love being able to take pics of my sewing and gardening accomplishments and post them on the internet, print off pics for my albums, etc. I have really, really enjoyed it. So whether you get the cheapy or the fancy, you will really like putting your accomplishments out there for other s to see or in your own albums to show family and clients. I wish I had pics of so many other things I have made over the years. Go for it!

  3. Cherrypops | | #3


    I use my digital cam all the time. Take photos of most things, upload to my pc.

    I use my scanner to save pattern envelopes to a file on my pc. I can then transfer these to Disc.

    When I get time I will use the laptop for slideshow presentations of my work and pattern selections. rather than printed pages. Taking swatches of materials used.

    The items i make and photograph, I then email to my friends and ask to pass on. More work comes my way.

    Work out your costs and how best you will use the camera.



    1. ineedaserger329 | | #4

      Thank you all!!! I am thrilled, I went shopping and got a digital for cheap and it's pretty good....got it on sale and got a free mem card.... I also got a steamer for cheap and have been using it all day....I'm setting up for a yard sale......
      Why am I just now finding out about all of these great gadgets?????
      Well, at least I am finding out.....Thank you all!!!

      1. Cherrypops | | #5

        Great News!!!!

        Im so pleased you are happy.


      2. fabricholic | | #6

        You won't regret buying a digital camera. They are wonderful. You can see it before you even upload to the computer and if you don't like the picture, just delete it. I am happy for you, also.Marcy

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        susannah_sews | | #7

        I hope you enjoy your digital camera.  I bought one last year, and have taken heaps of photos! It is really great to be able to check the photo as you take it to make sure it is ok, rather than waiting until the film is finished, processed and printed, only to discover that the photo is less than perfect!  It is also good to be able to edit, enlarge and crop photos, before printing them.  I have emailed a few to family, and printed on my printer at home, but it is also reasonably cheap to take the memory card into a camera shop and order individual prints.  Prints at home are ink based rather than dye based, and copies done that are printed with chemical dyes on good quality paper will last much better (because they are archival quality). 




  4. Teaf5 | | #8

    I, too, finally joined the digital photography age, and it's very, very exciting! A brother-in-law warned me to start right off organizing photos, as it's easy to collect a jumbled mess of digital snaps fairly quickly. After only four months, I can see that he is right. I am diligent in getting the photos off the memory card and into labelled folders on my computer and making backups of the best ones.

    I've also decided to make an effort to print as many of the best ones as I can because 1) computer media degrades and/or changes over time, so the digital files may not be accessible, 2) more people can enjoy the photos if they are printed and mounted or framed, and 3) photo documentation can be very valuable to future generations trying to understand our times.

    Eventually, I'd like to learn to post photos to the forum...sometimes, a picture is worth a thousand words, especially when I'm trying to explain a sewing technique!

    1. ineedaserger329 | | #9

      Good for you! Since I got mine, I have been trying to adjust to using it, all I used to use are the throw-away kind....I'm still pretty convinced they turn out great most every time....but you're right, I can't wait to print mine, I got some great pictures of my niece with my brother, what a pair! I, too want to learn to post on here, I tried to copy and paste once, but it didn't work, so I gave up....didn't have the patience that day. If you figure it out, please let me know.

      1. tmorris1 | | #10

        Scroll down when you are posting. There are several boxes - Post, Preview, spell check, attach files, cancel. Select Attach files and select the picture from your my pictures file, or wherever. Follow the instructions. It is really easy.

        1. ineedaserger329 | | #11

          Ok, thanks a bunch!!!

        2. Teaf5 | | #12

          Thanks for the simple instructions! I just posted a verbal description of a silk scarf wrap that took many words and may not be clear at all. Maybe I'll try the digital photo way to explain it next time!

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