Cheap Photo: Step-Up Cameras

For those of you that think that a DSLR will be too expensive of a choice: think again. Entry-level ones are becoming cheaper and cheaper and some are even rivaling prices of premium point and shoot cameras.

Canon XS with 18-55mm lens: $439.99 with free shipping from eCrater. If you want a more familiar dealer, Abe’s of Maine has it for only $10 more.

Samsung CL65 12MP Premium Point and Shoot with WiFi, Bluetooth, Geotagging and HDMI: $299.00 with free shipping from Amazon via LogicBuy.

So there you have it, a high-tech point and shoot or an economical DSLR. Make your choice, young jedi.

Cheap Photo: Nikon D3000 for $459.95

There are some great items available today for Cheap Photo after scouring the interwebs: check out some of these awesome deals here.

Nikon D3000 w/ 18-55mm kit lens: $459.95 (includes shipping, from Unique Photo)

Eye-Fi 4GB Explore Video SDHC Memory Card: $87.79 (includes shipping, from Amazon)

Canon Powershot G11: $429 (includes shipping, from Abes of Maine)

Canon Powershot SX200: $284 (free shipping, from Newegg)

Anyone else find anything good?

Cheap Photo: Free Lesson at Web Photo School

Everyday I’m going to try to bring you cheap deals in the photography world. If you have something that you’re selling or offering, please email me at ChrisGampat[at]gmail.com.

Today, Web Photo School is offering a free lesson to its readers: Hot Rod Pin-Up Portraits. Written by guest contributor David Perry, the lesson takes you through how to light your model properly and comes complete with strobist diagrams. Be sure to check out the videos as well.

The awesome part: it’s all done with a Canon 20D. So that means you don’t need something like a 5D Mk II to do this work. Check it out when you get a chance. (Warning: SOME PHOTOS NSFW)

Link us to some of your own work in the comments below or let us know about your photo deals that you may find.