The End of an EraPosted by Matt on January 12 at 10:39 am
Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve been in the process of trying to replace one of the founding members of the Lima team. Being responsible for photographing every product photo on the site over the past 5 years and every bead in our magazine ads, we thought that a formal retirement was well deserved. I’m talking about the smallest member of the Lima team — our digital camera.
Before I give an introduction to its successor, let me give you a quick history of our old camera. After college graduation, Ali had an internship with an interior designer. Rather than being paid, she asked her boss to just buy her a digital camera. She chose the Olympus Camedia C-720 from Circuit City and it was the first really nice thing that Kevin & Ali ever owned.
They set up a “photo studio” in one of the closets of Ali’s college apartment so that she could photograph her jewelry and eventually, beads for a new web site they were thinking about starting… When the camera wasn’t in the photo studio, it was in downtown Ann Arbor snapping pictures of Ali’s friend Heather modeling Ali’s most recent jewelry designs. Needless to say, these were not the most professional of photographs, but she was proud of them
Although the camera has been a loyal companion to us over the years, it’s had its fair share of problems. Every once in a while, the camera shuts itself off and locks up for about 10 minutes. The battery and memory card doors have to be Scotch taped in order to stay closed. On top of all that, the lens cap has been missing for years.
I think anyone would agree that it was about time for a new camera. However, we wanted this new camera to last just as long. So, we bought a Canon Rebel XSi Digital SLR Camera. It’s a real beauty! I won’t get real technical, but lets just say that there are 4 times the number of megapixels in the new camera. If you’re not sure what a megapixel is, that’s OK, just know that the new camera is far superior in image resolution and quality!
I know it sounds kind of like Toy Story with cameras, but we’ll never forget that old camera. When there’s a Lima Beads Hall of Fame, you can be sure that the old camera will be in it. As for the new camera, it has very big shoes to fill, but we think it should fit in quite nicely at Lima Beads.