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Old Apr 22, 2006, 10:31 AM   #1
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Hello all,

Complete newbie here!

I have a D50 and on it, I currently have a telephoto lens (28 - 80 mm Nikkor).

Yesterday, I wanted to experiment with the timer and placed my D50 on a tripod and took the following photo.

It came out blurry and unfocused. I was using the automatic setting.

Any advice on what I could've done wrong will be helpful. I'm an eager learner.

Thanks so much!


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Old Apr 22, 2006, 10:52 AM   #2
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maybe u are too close to the lens the wall behind u seems to be more infocus
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Old Apr 22, 2006, 11:05 AM   #3
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Thanks for responding, Reanimator!

Perhaps so... what I did was: I set up my D50 on a tripod and then half-clicked it until I heard a "beep" letting me know it was focused.

Then I clicked it all the way, allowing the timer to start while I moved to the location.

Maybe what happened, was that it focused on the WALL (the background) and not the subject (ME).

Is there a way to set it so that when a subject (ME) enters the field, it will change its focus?

Thanks again!
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Old Apr 22, 2006, 3:27 PM   #4
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Quote>> "Maybe what happened, was that it focused on the WALL (the background) and not the subject (ME)."


From past experience, I believe that's exactly what happened. The only way I can think to get the focus on YOU would be to put an item in the position you will be occupying and focus on it with the half-press, then press the shutter all the way and move in to position.
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Old Apr 22, 2006, 3:36 PM   #5
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JockScott wrote:
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Quote>> "Maybe what happened, was that it focused on the WALL (the background) and not the subject (ME)."


From past experience, I believe that's exactly what happened. The only way I can think to get the focus on YOU would be to put an item in the position you will be occupying and focus on it with the half-press, then press the shutter all the way and move in to position.

Hi JockScott,

Thanks very much for your advice! I think I'll have to try that.

I'm still learning... I appreciate all the advice.
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Old Apr 23, 2006, 10:30 PM   #6
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Not sure if your camera has it (I am sure it does but....) use your manual mode, and focus on infinity, and then use the timer ..... everything in the picture will be in focus at that point... I have made the exact same mistake.... no biggie, you live and learn.... Goodluck
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