I am in a positive whirlwind here trying to wrap up everything before we go. I leave in 8 days!! I can't believe it is here! I am having a mental freak out. Here's a list of everything I need to do or want to do before I leave: write a new book proposal, finish up 3 custom artwork orders, pack everything for Italy, pack supplies to teach in VA, write an article for Cloth, Paper Scissors, ship artwork for Cloth, Paper Scissors article, order more books + dvds to sell in VA, finish up a small project I will be teaching at the Italy workshop, clean the house, get things ready for the pet sitter, take Toby to the vet, get last minute supplies for VA workshops, staple booklets and hand outs for VA classes, do my 1st quarter taxes, and I am sure there are things I am forgetting! yipes!
When I get home from Italy I only have 4 days before I turn around to leave to teach at Art and Soul in Virginia. So I am getting ready for the VA trip as well as Italy. I have to pack up things to ship off there while I am gone. I'll leave a box with my mom and dad and then have DHL guy pick it up at their house. Whew! Deep breaths... deep breaths... it will all get done!
We will all have different suggestions...one of the main things is -- how does the camera feel in your hands -- if you don't feel comfortable with it, you won't use it!
Since it isn't everyday you go to Tuscany you might want to visit your local camera shop rather than a large retail store -- you are likely to get a more professional opinion - and prices don't really differ all that much.
It's been too many years since I have been to Tuscany (I lived in Europe once) - and my family is from Sicily and France.
Looking forward to seeing lots of photos of you -- in different outfits...LOL!
Be safe and have a wonderful time!
Good luck with your list. The first step is to get it written out, then you can start crossing things off! You can do it! :)
So make sure you have a tripod screw. I didn't even think about this issue.
Love your new web site design!
Good Luck getting ready for your trip - we were just in Castellina en Chianti and fell in love with the area.
I can HIGHLY recommend the Canon Elph series as well. We are on our second one and the ease of use and picture quality are amazing. My husband uses it a lot and even though he doesn't have as much photography knowledge as I do, he has turned out some truly lovely shots.
Ours is a Powershot SD700 IS and it is small and reliable. I have a Canon Digital SLR and love it, so have stuck with the Canon brand. The man at the camera shop said the ELph series is their best seller in the super small range.
Hope that helps.
I would definitely recommend the Canon Powershot line. Image quality is excellent and it's small enough to carry everywhere but not bulky in any way. I have both the SD500 which is an older model now, so reasonably priced, but also just bought the SD800 IS model. This model is a bit unique in that is has a wider angle to start with (28mm) where most pocket cameras start wider (35mm). What this means is it is better for landscape images by being able to include more in the image. That applies to when you ar closer to things as well so you don't find yourself backing up constantly to fit everything or everyone in. I would recommend this camera for your trip for those hard to 'back up' areas that are regularly present in small village settings plus it will do wonders for landscapes of the country or city. :) you can pick it up at Best Buy or Circuit City. Let me know if you have any questions! I'd be happy to help.
Have a safe trip!!
Karin in Naples, FL
I meant to say that the SD800 model has a wider starting point to its lense (28mm) rather than most other pocket camers which are DO NOT - beginning at 35mm.
The rest of the detail applies :)
As for resolution, it is a 9 mp camera (which is unbelievable for the price) so it translates to about 11.5" x 8.6" pics at 300 resolution.
Even though I recently got an SLR, I still pull this one out for quick pictures or when I need a lighter, smaller camera to throw in my purse. I haven't been disappointed.
I have a SONY Cybershot and I love it. Skinny & small, but with a huge viewfinder window in back. I carry it everywhere. It can fit easily in a pocket.
The canon sd800 is the newer version of the sd700 and has a wider angle lense I believe.