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.
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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.
From my understanding the camera is VERY sensitive to movement and the slightest movement while the picture is being taken will blur the image considerably. This may explain why it can take decent pictures up close but not far away. The further away an object is when the shutter is open, the more exaggerated the distortion will be making it very difficult to take snapshots at a distance. The best thing to do is to simply try to stabilize the phone best as possible when the picture is being taken. It has an exceptionally powerful camera for a cell phone so it should take great pictures as long as it is held steady. Very steady.
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.
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.
The best setting really depends on the type of pictures you want. Do you want a white background and a completely focused picture or do you want a natural background and more artistic type of picture? The latter is easier to produce as it can be done with a soft hand-held flash and almost any kind of natural lighting conditions and you can put it on a surface according to what you want to get - reflection, colors, shadows and what not. Getting a white background takes more lighting effort and way more Photoshop to cut the item from the background. See the picture of the same rings, different style of photography.
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.