Taking photos...

The reason why donors are required to send us photo of their hair/ponytails prior to the arrangement of the collection is for us to verify if the hair is acceptable.

Before this rule was implemented, we received feedback saying it would be a wasted of time for both parties to meet if the hair was not accepted. After having this rule, people are now asking us why can't we just meet up? Its just hard to please everyone, but we are sticking to the photo's rule.

We are not expecting to received photos taken by a professional with a pro camera (DSLR) with controlled studio lightings, what we want is your subject (in this case, your hair or ponytail) to be in focus and taken with sufficient lighting.

Some may say that they don't have the best camera, so they are not able to take what we requested. But, what is a best camera?

'The Best Camera is the One That's with You' is a book published by a photographer, Chase Jarvis. The title tells it all. So what would be the best camera for most of us? Our smartphone of course.

With the technology so advanced, we believed that most of our smartphone (with camera function) should do the trick. All you need to do is to have sufficient lighting and get your hair or ponytail in focus. We always recommend outdoor or near the window if possible, else you could use the built-in flash.

The photo above was taken in a room on an overcast day with the help of the built-in LED flash and room light switched off. The ‘camera’ we used is a 3-yr-old low-end smartphone, Samsung Galaxy Ace (i5830). No post-processing was done to this photo.

Many of our donors did a good job in sending us photos of their hair and ponytails by just using their smartphone, which is much better than the one we used here. So what is the best camera again?