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Pic is fuzzy when taking close up shote of small items (EOM)

  • I am selling some cards of the 1992 Dream Team...and can't seem to get my camera to focus in on the fine print on this item...any ideas on how to solve this problem?...I been thru the instruction manual...and am unable to fine a way to adjust the camera for a setting that works...thanks, Kent

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Dear MrClean:

You didn't mention what kind of set up you were using or what parameters you have there in your shooting session so I will just give you my two cents worth on how I'd go about doing such a project.

When I used to do shoots for my ebay auctions I used a digital camera in combination with a tripod as hand-held macro phtography can be difficult at best. To get the best results I would recommend the following:

1. Use a tripod since flash photography in macro mode often
results in improperly illuminated or overexposed pictures.
Therefore you will need to be absolutely still in order to get
clear pictures. Therefore set your flash to NOT fire!

2. Remember that macro mode on your G3 means that you
MUST shoot between 1/2" and 1.6ft. Any closer or further and
your picstures will be out of focus.

3. I suggest you shoot in the (P)rogram autoexposure mode as
it allows for manual focus if necessary.

4. If you cannot achieve good focus using autofocus (your
bottom indicator light near the viewfinder blinks yellow) then
try switching to Manual Focus (the MF button on the back of
your camera to the right of the viewfinder). Use the camera's
Main Dial to focus manually. It is located in front of the
shutter button at the top of the hand grip.

5. To ensure the least amount of camera movement use your
self timer to trip the shutter.

6. Try setting up artificial lights (photoflood or whatever you have
available) at 45% angles to your subject for the best results.

If you do these things I think you'll get the results you're looking for.

Hope this helps.

Sincerely,
HeavyDLB

Posted on Jun 09, 2008

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