Regarding the Nikon 4500: I highly recommend the Nikon Coolpix series
of cameras; my only complaint is the useless manually! Nikon assumes
we all have a SLR (Single Lens Reflex) background and have worked
with 35mm cameras and we know all the photo terms. We don't and it is
so confusing! Good manuals for digital cameras can be found at
Digital is so different than traditional 35mm photography. In my
opinion the biggest advantage to digital photography is "white
balance" control. We can use any combination of light sources and the
camera will auto correct for us. I wrote this short tutorial on
taking pictures with the Cloud Dome. Please call or email with
questions regarding your camera settings.
I also found a fantastic new light bulb at 5500 Kelvin for Ott-Lites
and desktop lights. The highest I can find is 5200 Kelvin. This
light source is so amazing; the company has a patent on it. Light is
measured in Kelvin; 5500 is the best for diamonds and
jewelry. I can sell the spiral bulb for about $29.00 each. It is
hard to take pictures of gemstones and get the highlights; you have
to have a "pure" light source. Thanks, Cindy 800-609-8999
1) Make sure your white balance is set; with most digital cameras,
"Auto" is the best choice. Refer to your camera's operating manual
for additional (Or contact http://www.shortcourses.com
for a better manual)
2) Turn your flash off.
3) Set your camera at the highest image quality that is possible
(typically this is "Fine"). This will make for a good master. The
higher resolution, the better the picture. You can always bring the
picture down in pixels, but not up. So, it is better to start with
the best resolution.
4) Use the preview screen on your camera to center your object.
5) Select the "Macro" mode on your camera. This is typically
represented on our camera as a flower. For the best results, use
the zoom on your camera. When you zoom, the Macro flower should turn
from white to yellow, indicating that the camera is now in Super
Macro mode. This will provide the best picture possible. You can
also raise the object up on a pedestal to get closer to the object.
6) If additionally lighting is necessary, we recommend using an Ott
Light or a natural daylight spiral light bulb (for best results, use
with a goose-neck desk lamp). Look at object in the view finder on
your camera. Move the light around to find the best placement for
your object. Different placement of light will produce different
7) Set the timer on your camera while holding your light in position.
8) Voila! You have just completed a fantastic Cloud Dome picture!
Cindy Lichfield Cloud Dome, Inc. P.O. Box 9 Lafayette, Colorado 80026
303-926-8999 * 800-609-8999 303-298-7645 fax