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Old Jan 10, 2005, 12:44 PM   #1
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Instead of pulling out my pictures from last summer's car shows, I decided to try something that is challenging for me. I have trouble with close-up/macro shots. My biggest problem is the lighting followed closely by getting the focus exactly where I want it. My setup is a Nikon CP5000 and I recently purchased a Nikon SB-600 flash. I know the flash is overkill for this camera, but I bought it knowing I want to upgrade cameras in the near future. I spent about an hour trying different angles and settings with the flash. And here is one of the better pictures, in my opinion.



The camera with left in auto-focus with the Aperature set to F5 and the shutter at 1/60. The flash was pointed straight at the car with the built in diffuser in place. I also set the flash to the lowest possible output. The only post processing is cropping re-sizing and converting to a jpeg. (My appologies for the jpeg artifacts across the hood.)

To conserve bandwidth here is a link to a second picture. http://home.comcast.net/~ericstill/landy.jpg

In this one I turned the flash and bounced it off the ceiling, this allowed me to open up the aperature to F2.8 without causing too much of a reflection. The best pictures I could come up with were a little dark, but I think that would improve with some sort of a backdrop.

Without sharing what my close-up shots used to look like these are a vast improvement. This new flash appears to have solved part of my lighting problems, and my next step is to set up some type of a backdrop and try these again. As for the focus, the only thing I can come up with next to to begin playing with the manual focus. Which really isn't that much fun with this camera. So my question is am I headed in the right direction? Any additional tips would also be appreciated.
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Old Jan 10, 2005, 2:31 PM   #2
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It looks like you're getting there. I wouldn't have reduced the aperture though. It looks like the dof is a bit shallow here. I'd also suggest sorting out a base and backdrop. Even bed sheets will do. Just make sure there are few creases if you're using a light colour and keep it as far away from the subject as you can is it's a course weave. It'll only leave the car to focus on.

I find manual focus with digitals to be a big pain in the bum. It's very hard to get it spot on.

Have you thought about not using the flash? Instead using a desk lamp and keeping the shutter open for longer? Even four seconds? You may find focusing easier as you'll have constant light on it rather than none with the flash.
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Old Jan 10, 2005, 2:45 PM   #3
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Thank you for the advice on the backdrop. I'll give that a try.

As for the longer shutter, the CP5000 really doesn't seem to like it. I have yet to try it with controlled lighting, but my night shots usually come out very grainy. Though I will admit it is probably user error. I do have a couple of small halogen desk lamps that I could try though.
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You might also try stepping back a little bit and letting the depth of feild of a longer focal length do its' job.. Macros are great for some things and yours is at least as good as any others I've seen of a model. But, you have to remember that when you get that close, you are limiting your sharpness. Step back and crop the photo would be my suggestion.

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