I thought it might be useful to everyone if I shared some tips on photography. I don't know much but I do know a useful tip or 2. If anyone wants to add a tip please feel free.Still ImagesI have my camera set to take a 2MP image size. It took me a while, but I eventually figured out that a 10MP image is actually less useful than a 2MP one. The quality of the image is dependent on the lighting and how well you frame the shot, not the image size.Drop ClothI went to a fabric store and got 4 yards of a basic black cloth. The price was under $5, and it's more than adequate.Tripod - $40Trust me, you want to get one. I got mine by reading the reviews of the cheapest tripods on Amazon.com, and then following the advice of someone who wrote "if you have a few more bucks, get brand X instead". Mine is very adequate.Digital CameraYou want one that has an optical zoom, flash, and lots of settings. A digital zoom won't cut it, trust me. And if you get the flash then you can use this one camera for both video and still image. Before you buy a camera check the macro setting. This will tell you how far away from the camera you need to put the device in order for the camera to focus on it. My camera works from 1cm to 1m.My camera is the Sanyo Xacti CG-10. I like it because of the LCD screen on the swivel arm makes it easy to hold the camera at the best angle to get the best shot. It also has more settings than I know what to do with.