How do you focus closer than 1m for close up work?
I have no problem with the camera or its operation but enjoy close up photography and wondered if there was a method of taking close up shots and being able to accuratly focus on objects within 1mtr. Has anyone else tried any method for this camera? [Please let me know if you can help.
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First thing to check is that thee leans does not have a smudge, or finger print, or dryed water spots, or anything of the sort.
One thing that is often over looked in the operation of digital cameras is that the camera has been put into "Macro mode". This is used for extreme close up photography, and any normal shots would be out of focus.
If you're right "on top" of the subject - then, yes - it should indicate "macro". Macro focusing is for "very up close" photography and is exactly as you describe. You simply physically move the camera a little closer to or further from the subject to focus.
Not all lenses are capable of macro focusing. The vast majority of these non-macro lenses are required to be at least a couple (or more) feet away to focus. Macro lenses on the other hand can usually get just inches away - which is a great capability.
In order to get close to the subject, you need to be able to focus close. If you're using one of the kit lenses, you won't be able to get much closer than a foot or two.
In order of decreasing cost:
Special macro lenses are designed to focus closer, as close as a couple of inches, but they cost more.
Extension tubes fit between the camera and other lenses, allowing the lens to focus closer.
Close-up adapters fit in front of the lens, also allowing closer focus.
One major consideration with any type of close-up photography is lighting. Having the camera close to the subject tends to block out light. Two possible ways around this are: a tripod or other support, and an additional light source such as an external flash unit.
That depends. A true macro lens allows you to get a 1:1 reproduction ratio; most manufacturers call a lens "macro" if it allows 1:4 or so. Some lenses work better for close work if you reverse them, using a reverse adaptor to put the nose of the lens onto the mount. Bellows and extension rings behind the lens will give you sharper results than close-up adaptors that screw onto the front of the lens.
The focal length will affect perspective; to get the same image size with a wide angle lens, you'll have to get closer, wihch will make the background seem smaller and farther away. You don't have to get as close with a longer lens, which will make the background seem larger and closer.
The aperture affects depth-of-field. If you're photographing something flat, like a piece of paper, you don't need much DoF. If you're photographing something three-dimensional, you'll need more DoF.
The exposure mode might depend on the lighting conditions and your personal preferences. I tend to do most of my close-up work in Manual. I also tend to focus manually, for better control.
There's no one set of "best" settings for close-up photography, any more than there's a set of "best" settings for any other type of photography.
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.
According to the specifications for the camera, the focus range is from 19.62 inches to infinity, so anything closer than this will be progressively more blurred, depending on the distance. The camera has no macro focus options. The specs also say that this is a 0.3MP camera with VGA (640x480) resolution. Unless this is strictly a camera intended for web graphics, its' uses are quite limited anyway and an upgrade may be worth considering. Most modern point and shoot digital cameras have excellent macro abilities at a very reasonable price. To me, this might be worth considering. I like the Olympus lenses for macro work in this catagory and there are several others worth considering as well- Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony and Panasonic all offer great options for close-up photography at reasonable prices.
Wish I could give you better news, but am guessing that camera is quite old.
Select Macro Mode - this is a fairly obvious first step but I’m always surprised by how many digital camera owners haven’t explored the shooting modes that their camera has. Macro mode is generally symbolized with a little flower and when selected it will tell your camera that you want to focus on a subject closer to your lens than normal (the minimum distance allowed will vary from camera to camera - consult your instruction manual to find yours). Macro mode will also usually tell your camera to choose a large aperture so that your subject is in focus but the background is not.
(From Sigma lens literature) Capable of macro photography, this
lens has a 1:2 maximum close-up magnification at the 300 mm focal
length. It's the ideal high performance lens for portraits, sports
photography, nature photography, and other types of photography that
frequently use the telephoto range. It also has a switch for changeover
to macro photography at focal lengths between 200mm and 300mm with a
maximum close-up magnification from 1:2.9 to 1:2. The minimum focusing
distance is 1.5m / 59 in. at all zoom settings.
have you set it to macro mode? (little flower icon on the right cursor) this function will allow you to get within about 2cm of the subject, however do not use the zoom as the lens cannot focus close enough. To get results any closer you will be looking at an slr and a budget on a few thousand! If enabling macro and not using zoom to allow the lens to focus doesn't get you close enough in you can always enlarge and crop images. have a look on www.picture-skew.blogspot.com i've taken some macros of flowers and bugs, this camera can capture the hairs on an ants back or the individual lenses of a flys compound lens eye.
persevere with this camera, for a very small budget you will get amazing results, ISO refers to the speed of 'film', it comes from the dark old ages of 35mm film cameras. Basically a low ISO is the lowest sensitivity to light and gives the best image quality, however as the ccd is less responsive to the light the camera holds the shutter open for longer. The higher the ISO the more sensitive the ccd but the greater the noise and lower the quality of picture.
Books, try looking for more photography orientated books and less digital camera based books. An upto date photography book will tell you all the technical information about how to take a good picture for any given senario.
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