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Cannot get clear close-ups

I'm trying to take pictures of small objects such as jewelry for selling online. I've tried multiple times to get decent close ups in Macro mode, with no luck. I can't understand why. I've seen other users post images of jewelry and coins that had decent close-up resolution, but I cannot achieve what they have done. I've switched to wide-angle and used the Macro mode, tried it with the flash on and off. Can someone walk me through the steps to take good close-ups?

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Re: cannot get clear close-ups

Recommend not using flash. The first thing is that your subject should be well lit. Try placing it on a lighter background with good lighting around it. Also recommend using a tripod to keep the camera steady, and setting and using the camera's timer to take the photo (this also helps keep the camera steady). The closest auto-focused macro shot that the S200 takes is around 1 foot from the subject. Depress the shutter button halfway to verify that the subject is in focus (one of the three squares on the LCD should turn green on the subject). Next depress the shutter button all the way to take the photo.

Posted on Nov 16, 2007

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What are the settings for close up such as jewelry?

In most cameras there's a icon on the back of the menu button that looks like a FLOWER, press on that and your camera should now go to MACRO, you can now move in closer to your subject as the camera will now focus on small objects easier. Most cameras set to Macro will let you move in as close as 6 inches away from the subject.

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Close-ups of jewellery

Are you handholding the camera? For macro photography you almost have to have the camera on a tripod or other stable support.

Is everything blurry? That probably indicates camera motion since I assume the jewelry isn't moving. If part of the picture is sharp, probably in the center, then it's a depth of field issue. The camera focuses a certain distance away, and anything not at that distance (closer or farther away) tends to blur. Unfortunately there's not much you can do to control depth of field with a point&shoot camera. See

Jun 04, 2013 | Fuji FinePix A607 Digital Camera

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Hi, Don't know how to obtain clear close up of small subject

Mount your camera on a tripod. Set it for "macro" mode. Turn off the flash. Light the jewelry with lamps (like worklight reflector clip on lamps) fitted with daylight balanced compact flourescent bulbs. Use poster paper of various colors for background. Set your ISO to 400. Set your white balance to "auto white balance". Have fun!

Feb 22, 2010 | Kodak EasyShare Z1012 IS Digital Camera

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I have a Powershot A85 and am trying to shot silver jewelry and am having a problem getting a clear picture. I have lost my manual - can you tell me how do I get a clean clear picture to put on a website?...

Recommend a room with good ambient, non-direct, lighting. Also place the camera in "Portrait" mode (the dial selection with the lady's profile). Also turn off the flash by pressing the lightning bolt button repeatedly until you get the icon with the slash through the lightning. Next put it in close-up macro mode by pressing the little flower button. Next use the timer to take the shot, by pressing Func Set, then scrolling down to the mode selection, and then scrolling right to select the 2 second option.

The camera is now set for such a closeup. Recommend using a tripod to keep the camera extra steady during the shot. If no tripod is available, recommend bracing the camera against another object, such as a chair to help keep it steady. Aim and zoom at the piece of jewelry, push the shutter halfway down to focus on the jewelry (should see a green box). Once you get the green box indicating focus, press the shutter all the way down to start the timer. Hold the camera extra steady until about a second after the shot.

Good Luck!

Feb 04, 2010 | Canon PowerShot A85 Digital Camera

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How to take close-up pictures ?

Look for a button or setting that looks like a small flower. If there is one on your camera it will set up for close ups to about 7 inches. When done press the button again to clear the setting. The button may cycle through several different settings so you may have to press it multiple times to access the close-up mide.

Aug 13, 2009 | Digital Cameras

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How to take clear close up pics of jewelry

use close up mode on camera (flower mode). turn off flash and light jewelry with other light source like sun light or other photo lighting (like light box or photo lamps).

Apr 16, 2009 | Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-P200 Digital Camera

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I do not know how to set the camera for close up of small items. Help

Hi - You can download the manual by clicking the link underlined in blue below:

Camedia C-60

See page 63 -64:



Select the macro mode or even super macro for really small objects. Note that the flash will not work in super macro mode. In both modes it is best to use a tripod or support for the camera to avoid camera shake.

Please take a moment to rate this solution & let us know if the information given was useful to you - Good Luck!


Sep 11, 2008 | Olympus Camedia C-60 Zoom Digital Camera

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How can I take pictures of something small and detailed, like jewelry

Try using the mode that shows the icon of the flower, it is for close-ups. Also try using bright desk lamps to illuminate the jewelry well enough so that a flash is not needed. if you can, set up a white box or white posterboard to bounce light around, this too will help. Placing the camera on a tripod or something to steady it while shooting will help as well.

May 15, 2008 | Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-P32 Digital Camera

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Fuzzy Pictures

When you resize an image (especially if the original image is quite large), you need to sharpen it before uploading.

Besides that, there's many other parameters that affect the image quality. The picture you uploaded here is too small to be properly examined. Make sure, in any case, that:

1) The camera has focused properly. Especially in items like the one shown (with multiple reflective surfaces), a camera can be easily fooled and focus on something other than what you intended
2) Make sure the camera settings are appropriate (ISO should not be too high, shutter speed should not be too slow)
3) Use a tripod for maximum stability

Dec 12, 2007 | Fuji FinePix S7000 Digital Camera

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FinePix 2300

I own a 2300. It is an excellent camera and has a very good macro. With a small lamp near the object it should really shine.

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