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Old Jul 18, 2002, 6:20 AM   #1
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I am having trouble focusing on close-up objects.

I point the camera at something from a few inches away, in "A" mode with closeup-focus mode (the little flower) selected.

I let it focus, then click the shutter button. It takes a picture, but it has focused on the background rather than the object in the center.

How can I get it to focus on the center object?

A secondary problem is that the display on the back is so low-resolution compared to the "real" image that I can't tell that it's out of focus.

If it helps, the "object" is the bottom of my foot. Or more specifically, the glass sliver which is apparently embedded in it. I can't see or feel it, and am trying to get a good picture so that I can try to dig it out without spending $1000 on an E.R. visit. The camera keeps focusing on ANYTHING around it -- the cuffs of my jeans, the couch, the wall, the kitchen door. Everything EXCEPT the enormous foot in the center of the image, covering 90% of the area.

Both I and my foot would appreciate a speedy reply. :-) It hurts like #&*#&**&#&*&*#&*&*. Much thanks.
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Old Jul 18, 2002, 3:29 PM   #2
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what camera are you using ? may be it will help as people with that same camera are more familiar with.

My guess is that the focus area of the camera is too wide
My suggestion is that you place something contrasting ( a ruler) next to your foot to help the camera detecting the focus area .
May be you get to close ?( under the min distance of macro mode )
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Old Jul 18, 2002, 3:35 PM   #3
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Another suggestion:

Take a white ( or light color) cardboard, make big black ( or dark) lines on lit with a sharp marker , I mean cross lines as a net. Cut a hole in the middle enough for the "subject" . take a shot of the cardboard with the part of your foot in the middle . This way , the camera can't focus else where then the foot or the grid , which are at the same distance .
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Old Jul 18, 2002, 4:12 PM   #4
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My guess is you are also zoomed in tight. I would check the manual to see at what zoom point you need to be in for Macro shooting and what is the max distance away you can be.

Another suggestion is to use manual focus instead of AF for that type of shot.

Camera shake is another problem, especially if you are zoomed in.
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