Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Enfield, Connecticut
Don't forget, most cameras have 3 settings for taking a photo.
- - 1: Focal Range AKA: Normal, (Auto on new digital cameras)
Use (Focal Range) for your normal every-day photos, usually center weighted.
- - 2: Infinity AKA: Mountain-Range, (Equivalent of the old Pin-Hole cameras)
Used to create a Flat Focus range that keeps a mild focus on target, while capturing details of your distant background.
- - 3: Close-Up AKA: Tulip, (This is the same as Focal Range (Auto))
Use this for any object that is within 3in. - 3ft. The pinhole is used with the focus, which gives a pin-point target focus. Any object that isn't dead center will be out of focus, foreground and background.
The AKA: is refering to the icon that most cameras use to show the focus type.
The above info is most directly related to digital cameras, and may also apply to any newer camera that is being made. If you take fish-tank shots, you NEED to use the CLOSE-UP settings, unless you are zooming from across the room! Never use infinity-focus (Most disposable 110 cameras are infinity-focus) as this will never give you a clear picture unless you are at least 10ft. - 1000ft. away.
One more trick to superb photos, if your camera has a delayed snapshot, use it... Set your camera on a tripod, or stack of books, and set the delay snapshot... Take your shaky hands off the camera, and wait for the picture to shoot...
Also, try to limit flashes, provide additional lighting where needed. When more light is present, the picture will turn out better because the shutter only has to stay open a fraction of a second... AUTO cameras will keep the shutter open until enough light enters. In poor light conditions you will see motion blur from shaky hands, and moving fish. Or, place a sheet of white paper in front of the flash to diffuse the light. The camera exposure computer determines how long to keep the flash and shutter on for.
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