Why A Starter Digital Camera Kit Can Be Your Best Choice

A Starter Digital Camera Kit Will Easily Provide Everything You Need.

A starter digital camera kit can be the best choice for an extremely busy parent or grand parent today. If you are a grand parent today, and your grand child lives nearby, you probably know the joys of grand parenting!  You are probably also aware that you have even more limited time to get those very special pictures of your grand baby as he or she grows up than you did with your own children.  Because your access to them is much more limited, and even if it isn’t, you find that because you are older, taking care of them requires even more energy than it used to.  That is why a starter digital Camera Kit can be your best choice.  The camera in the kit is usually fairly light and easy to handle.  And, you get all of the basics in one package and don’t have to spend a lot of time shopping around to figure out just what you need and don’t need.

Our daughter and her former husband have let us have our grand daughter every other wednesday since she was born. Actually, we even had her every week for the first six months of her life, that is until we found out that her parents were getting a divorce.  Then, her father did not want us to take her on “his” wednesday, because he still had to pay for day care even when she was with us. [Read more…]

A 10mp Pink Digital Camera Perfect For Young Ladies

You may have noticed that summer arrived a few days ago with summer solstice, and this means a lot more outdoor activities. One of my grand daughters, aged 11, got a 10mp pink digital camera as a gift from her father, and — to my delight — she loves it!

Of course, pink is her favorite color. Almost every item of clothing in her wardrobe is pink — socks, tops, shorts, pants, snow suit, bathing suit — you get the idea!

What I really like is that she is taking an interest in my favorite thing to do — photography! Her aunt was here yesterday with my grand daughters little cousin and out came her 10mp pink digital camera to snap away. Her new cousin is a chubby little girl just 3 months old, and cute as a button.

Once she took dozens of photographs she had to share them with me, and I must admit, she has the eye for photography. While she knows nothing of the “rule of thirds”, “white balance” or any of the other technical stuff (she is only 11, after all!), but wants to learn.

Pink Is The Color For Girls!

10mp Pink Digital Camera

10mp Pink Digital Camera

Her 10mp pink digital camera is a Canon 1200IS which works really well, and takes wonderful photographs. Frankly, I was surprised at that quality of the pictures. They were very rich with outstanding color.

I can’t wait until we download some of them and I can look at them on PhotoShop. I’m willing to bet there are some keepers in there.

If you have a youngster who has an interest in photography, encourage them. My experience is that young girls are more interested in photography than boys, and if you give them a really cool pink camera they really take to it — just like a duck to water.

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Considering A New Camera?

So far we have been looking at how to use your camera, and most of you may have a point-and-shoot camera. These are great cameras, particularly given the advancements in technology today. Many functions previously unavailable on compact cameras are now there, giving you more options to get great photographs.

But perhaps you are thinking about making a change, an upgrade to a camera with more flexibility than your current camera. Here are some questions to answer when considering a new camera:

  • Do you have the desire and time to learn something new?
  • Do you want a camera that gives you the ability to:
    • Choose your depth of field?
    • Choose Advanced modes like Portrait, Landscape and so on?
    • Choose Aperture Priority/AV mode?
    • Choose Shutter Priority/S/Tv mode?
    • Does your present camera give you these choices?
  • What size prints do you want to make?
  • Do you want higher quality, larger image files?
  • Would you like to use a program like Adobe Photoshop CS5
    to correct and/or improve you images?
  • Would you like to be able to use interchangeable lenses?
  • How much can you afford to spend?
  • Are you willing to carry a lot of additional equipment when going on a shoot?

Putting some thought into answering these questions can help you decide whether upgrading from your present camera makes sense for you. And keep in mind there are lots of choices ranging from Digital SLR cameras for a few hundred dollars to high end cameras costing thousands of dollars.

The amount you pay for a camera does not necessarily mean that the camera will take better photographs; remember, the single most important element in producing great photographs is – you, the photographer!

If you have to choose between taking a course in digital photography like 123di, or purchasing a new camera like the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS
I recommend taking the course first. Your camera is a tool to use but the artistry, the ability to see and create great images, comes from the photographer – you!

Remember, keep taking lots and lots of photographs of your kids. You will be glad you did!

Betty Muscott, Child Photographer

Betty Muscott, Child Photographer

Canon PowerShot SD780 IS Camera Review

My son is a mechanic for a charter airline, and his job is one of being what they call a “roadie”. What this means is that he travels with the airplane because a lot of places they go in the world there are no mechanics, facilities or services. Often times he has to work on the aircraft out on the ramp.

He flies on Douglas DC-8s and Boeing 767s, and has been all over the world. Some time back he asked me to recommend a camera to him, and upon my recommendation he purchased a Canon SD PowerShot SD780 IS. As a novice photographer he has found the camera easy to carry and use, and has downloaded a number of photographs on the places he travels to.

Today he happens to have flown from Norfolk, VA to Gitmo (Guantanamo Bay, Cuba), and I am sure he will have some great photos to share with me when he returns. That little Canon 780 IS works very well for him, fitting easily into a pocket, easy to use, excellent image quality and a good battery life.

Canon PowerShot SD780 IS Digital Camera

Canon PowerShot SD780 IS Digital Camera

This wonderful camera may just be the slimmest ELPH yet, but it packs a lot of power. Its original design matches Canon’s most innovative camera technology, and even when the conditions for taking a picture are not ideal you have Canon’s technology on your side and you will be getting HD photos that are unforgettable.

The CanonUSA Customer Ratings for the PowerShot SD780 IS camera are as follows:


  • Lightweight/Portable (109);
  • Easty to use (104);
  • Excellent image quality (97);
  • gGood battery life (86);
  • Nice features/settings (85).


  • Poor low-light performance (27);
  • Poor image quality (15);
  • Complicated controls/menu (14);
  • Missing features/settings (12);
  • Short battery life (9).

Overall this little camera scored 5 stars 5-stars from CanonUSA, Amazon.com and Adorama.com.

What’s In The Box

Ultra slim and a hip design in 4 vivid colors, this compact yet feature rich 12.1 megapixel dynamo with HD movie shooting capabilities and large, crisp 2.5″ LCD make this camera easy to use, handy to tote and priced to delight.

If you are looking for a great little point-and-shoot digital camera this Cannon PowerShot SD780 IS ELPH Digital Camera will serve you well.

Remember, keep taking lots and lots of photographs of your kids. You will be glad you did!

Betty Muscott, Child Photographer

Betty Muscott, Child Photographer

Latest News If You Are About To Purchase A Canon Digital Camera

If you’re thinking of buying a new compact digital camera, then you might want to wait a month and check out the very latest models to be released then by Canon. They have updated their Powershot A-series with several new features and are offering four new models which cover the entry level budget photography sector pretty comprehensively. We have been using Canon for years and love the reliability, ease of use and good quality lenses that they are renowned for. So if you too want to purchase a Canon digital camera check out their latest models:

The new Powershot A495 and A490 replace the popular Powershot A480, as a budget, very user-friendly compact digital camera. They both have 10 megapixels and a 3.3x Canon optical zoom lens. With Smart Auto modes, face detection technology and a new low light mode as well as smart flash mode, these little cameras do all the work for you, so that you really do just have to point and shoot. They also have great video capabilities and a new software option that allows you to upload video directly to YouTube. Retailing at $129.99 and $109.99 respectively, these compact cameras are a very affordable choice for the teenager in your life, or if you want a pocket camera as a back-up to your SLR, so that you never miss a shot of your kids when you are out and about.

The Canon Powershot A3100IS and A3000IS replace the current Powershot A1100 IS, both have a 4x optical image stabilized zoom and a large 2.7” screen. The A3100 has 12 megapixels and the A3000 10 megapixels and they are the first of the A series cameras to have Lithium Ion rechargeable batteries, instead of using AA battery cells, which should extend battery life to around 230 shots per charge according to Canon’s tests. Both cameras have the Smart Auto functions, Face detection technology and Smart Flash exposure as well as video capabilities. They retail at $179.99 and $149.99, respectively.

Two new creative modes have been added to all the new Powershot models: a new poster effect mode, to create retro poster style images on camera and and Super Vivid to add saturated color to dull images and bring a picture to life with rich color.

While there are no user reviews available yet, as the cameras will only be released in late February 2010, it could be worth waiting to buy a new compact camera, so that you get the very latest in technology. Alternatively if you are a bargain hunter, you might well find the previous models that are about to be replaced being sold at discounted prices as the new models come in to take their place.

Mum and Photographer

Mum and Photographer