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shot out doors close up hand held ,trying to get the colour right a few shots where taken and i chose this one

Tags: Flowers and plants Red beauty

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pamelajean Plus
14 1.4k 2158 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2015 5:55PM
It's a valiant attempt at a flower close-up, Paul, but there is no one area that is in focus. Focus is a common problem with close-up shots like this.
Was this taken outdoors and the flower was moving?

I suspect you were simply too close to the flower, and the other problem is that you didn't use a tripod.
The creative programme mode that you chose is not really suitable for a static flower shot. As it says, it's giving you a slow shutter speed and without stabilisation or support, you are not going to get a sharp image. Trying a hand-held close-up at this shutter speed is unlikely to give you a satisfactory result.

Step back a bit, use a single AF point, and focus on the flower centre for best results. Experiment with different shooting distances until you attain some sharpness.

You are almost filling your frame with the petals, and have the flower centre prominent, which is good. You just need all of that centre stamen/pistil inside your frame, and offset rather than in the centre.
Getting in close avoids including background clutter in your frame.

mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.3k 2268 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2015 7:28PM
The colour is gorgeous, but as Pamela says there is nothing in focus! She has covered this comprehensively. I suspect a mix of trying to focus too close plus camera-shake.

I would just add that this is really a demonstration of the importance of knowing and understanding your camera, what it will and will not do.

Check carefully:

How close to the subject it will focus;

How to get just one focusing point (and use it carefully);

The parameters within which each mode calculates settings. Classic example here - don't use a mode that will give you a slow shutter speed when hand-holding!

A digital camera, like any other sophisticated electronic equipment, from a satnav to a microwave, gives results according to the quality of the instructions it is given - you need to give the right instructions! Start reading the manual, and if there are items that you don't understand someone here will be happy to explain them.

paulbroad 13 131 1289 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2015 9:08AM
Pretty well covered. Macro must usually have at least a plane critically sharp. I think you are too close for the camera to focus as there is just a hint that things further back are a touch sharper.

Some compact cameras are good at macro, some less so. When this close, magnification increases the effect of camera shake as at great magnification with a telephoto.

You need the smallest aperture you have. If you can set the aperture, chose the smallest. Likely to be f8. Then the fastest matching shutter speed to help avoid shake. A tripod is a great help, but even a light wind can instill movement.

dudler Plus
17 1.3k 1701 England
15 Mar 2015 2:42PM
The key seems to be in the EXIF data - 100 ISO, and 1/30 @ f/3.5.

The light was obviously dim, so that raising the ISO would be a natural thing to do. Ideally, though, you need a lot more light. Keep it soft, but bright enough for (say) 1/250 @ f/11, adjusting the ISO to get there.

That way, you can kill both camera shake, and limited depth of field.

And... Don't forget to:

1 focus carefully (either with manual or AF - both take care this close);
2 after taking a shot, look at it enlarged, on the screen. If it's not sharp enough, take it again;
3 keep on shooting!

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