FuturePastNow wrote:Individual components? You could look up the model number and find a good photo online. Obviously that wouldn't be "your" part, but the same model is the same model.
If you want a camera recommendation, you can't beat the photo quality of a dSLR. The sensor is bigger and better than a little digital camera, the lenses are bigger and better. New ones aren't cheap, but you can find used or refurbished for good prices. Check eBay or pawn shops. I'd look for a Nikon D40, D50, D60, or D70; those are old enough to not be expensive, but would still work great with all their lenses and flashes, and take great photos. Canons are good, too, but I'm not familiar with their model numbers.
Flying Fox wrote:Heck, if you don't need to see all the silk printing on chips/motherboards. The picture (in this post) taken using my really old A40 is more than enough.
Completely agree. I've got great "inside the case" shots from a pocket point-n-shoot I bought three or four years ago for less than $150 -- as long as light it well (with strong lights be careful of harsh shadows -- and that includes the built-in flash -- it's usually better to have two or three moderate lamps from different angles and forego the flash entirely). Having more light than you think you need allows you (or the program in the camera) to adjust the aperture to get more depth-of-field, which you often need when doing macro shots. On cameras without a manual mode (or if you just don't know what you're doing) it may take some trial-and-error to get results you're satisfied with, but you're never going to get there if you don't start with adequate lighting.Chrispy_ wrote:The only other thing I'd recommend is a bright, adjustable desk lamp; To get good photos you need good light, not expensive hardware.