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Blurry Close ups Olympus ZX-1

paulas 5 9 Austria
26 Apr 2013 8:23PM
How do I take close ups of things without them being blurry? I press the shutter down to the middle until it focuses but it quickly goes blurry again.
I am using an Olympus ZX-1. I am not an experienced photographer and I normally use the setting SCN Cuisne with flash.
Also how do you adjust to get the foreground in focus and the background not or vice versa?
Any tips would be great.

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cheddar-caveman 14 1.1k England
26 Apr 2013 8:27PM
It sounds as though you are too close to your subject and the lens can't focus - come back a bit. Also remember that your DOF will be very shallow close in and you therefore need a small aperture to compensate. Doing that you need a slower shutter speed so use a tripod!
paulas 5 9 Austria
26 Apr 2013 8:43PM
Hi, thanks for your answer.

If I go back a bit then I get things in the picture which I do not want, the plate for instance.
I am very new to this so what is a DOF?
How do i set a small aperture? What is a small aperture.
I think I need to invest into a photo course LOL!

Hopefully I will learn by doing until then!
cheddar-caveman 14 1.1k England
26 Apr 2013 9:01PM
Sorry - I just looked up your camera and not what I thought! OK, DOF - Depth of Field - the range between which the image will be in focus. You cannot set your aperture so forget that!
What are the "things" you are trying to get close to - "plate" comes into the shot??
joshwa Plus
7 847 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2013 9:03PM
Silly question, but have you put it in macro mode?
paulas 5 9 Austria
26 Apr 2013 9:31PM
@joshua yes I have put it in macro mode, doesnt help.

Ive attached a photo


Coventryphotog Junior Member 5 149 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2013 9:43PM
Back up a bit and try again Smile you are too close....
paulas 5 9 Austria
26 Apr 2013 9:54PM
@ Coventryphotog I know but I would like to avoid having the plate etc. in the picture. Is there no way to get a real close up?
Coventryphotog Junior Member 5 149 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2013 10:23PM
Start by backing off and taking focussed images then think about getting closer using macro mode, or super macro if your camera has such. You can always crop the plate out of your shot....

Look in your manual to see what modes are available to you.
joshwa Plus
7 847 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2013 10:23PM
You should be able to focus on subjects 1cm away from the front of the lens, using the super-macro focus option.
Are you able to try a different subject - such as your computer screen? If it fails you may need to try manual focus?
ianrobinson Plus
8 1.2k 8 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2013 11:28PM

Quote:Back up a bit and try again you are too close....

Spot on advise, look at the fork it is starting to focus yet it's in the background, this is a good example of you being too close the the subject.
Every lens has a minimum focus distance and yo can find this info on the lens instructions.

if you have difficulty getting subject sharp, back up, simples.
Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
27 Apr 2013 1:28AM
It does not look to me like the camera is set to super macro mode, if it was you would not be seeing that fork at all.

I don`t own a XZ-1, only a Fuji x10 but does have a super macro mode, and that needs to be set.

This toad was tiny, smaller than a 50p coin, dof is very shallow.

Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
27 Apr 2013 1:40AM
Should have added, unless you set super macro mode in the menu it will not let you focus in super macro mode.
cheddar-caveman 14 1.1k England
27 Apr 2013 7:56AM
Looking at your photo, the fork in the background is in focus so as I said at the start, you are too close!

Looking at the overall size of the picture, your lens seems to be fairly "wide angle". Can you get back from the plate and then use your zoom to bring it closer?

In the manual it should tell you the different minimum focus distances for the different zoom positions. Your lens covers 28mm - 112mm. I suspect that picture was taken at 28mm? Stand back physically and zoom in - experiment with different distances/different zoom positions.
paulas 5 9 Austria
27 Apr 2013 2:18PM
Thank you all, That is some real solid advice there. I will experiment with these things.

Once I have mastered these things I will more than likely be posting some new 'Beginner' Questions.

Have a good day all.

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