When I try to voom in close to take a picture, such as a face shot of a group or a flower, etc, the camera keeps trying to focus but won't let me take the picture. I can hear the camera trying to focus. i need help
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Instead of shutter priority "Tv" mode, try setting to program "P" mode instead. Also, turn off the flash, and set to macro if shooting close-in (press downward on the little flower icon on the back disk). If pictures come out blurry, try using a tripod to hold the camera steady, or set the camera down on an object so it doesn't move while taking the shot. Try using the timer to activate the shutter to allow the camera to remain even steadier for the shot.
If it is clear in your camera LCD but looks out of focus once you download it to a computer, check if you have enabled close up shots, the one which looks like a flower near the menu button, you have to disable it. Pleare refer to the manual or closely watch the panel buttons. Once you disable close up shots then the pictures you take after that will be good.
If this is not the case we have to check on the autofocus options.
With autofocus digital cameras, blurred photos are almost always a result of camera shake. You need to hold the camera still even after pressing the button, as there is often a short delay before the shutter fires.
Many digital cameras have a two-stage shutter press- first pressure causes the camera to focus, then the follow through pressure takes the picture. If you are rushing this, you may get unfocussed shots.
Finally, make sure that you have not left the camera in Macro mode. This is a special extreme close-up mode offered by some cameras, and it does not allow autofocus on objects at normal distances. The icon for Macro mode is a little flower. Some cameras have a "face recognition" mode that tries to find a face in the shot and focus on that, so check your autofocus modes to see if it is set to something odd like that.
if your wanting to do macro photography (close up) on the dial on the back, click the left button on the circle and a little flower should pop up on the screen saying "Macro, close up shots" this is for pictures that are closer up then regular and U want them in focus. it takes a few times to get it focused a few times but when it is focused properly, the square in the middle of the screen should be red. if you want really close up, click the button another time and the flower should come up again and it should say "macro close up shots up to 2cm (0.8in). once again once its focused properly the square will be red. you will have to practice because it takes time to learn where its proper focusing points are but i'm sure you will get the hang of it.
on a very close up picture there should be a setting for close up pics on my camera there is a flower shaped button, you push it and the pics will be focused for close ups hope it helps, if it does vote for me
Things to check before you assume it is a mechanical issue-you can get vibration message if flash is disabled, be sure also that the macro mode is not enabled-this is very common on sony cameras to turn on by accident-flower button on camera will put in close up mode and you will get blur make sure no flower is present on lcd screen-if in macro press button on camera w/flower to turn off-also in menu you have continuous and monitor auto focus settings try changing one or the other and see what happens