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Old May 31, 2010, 9:58 AM   #1
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My camera finally arrived

I need help understanding macro mode and how to get the best out of it, when l look at some of the pictures on here l'm blown away.

I've tried taken close up pictures using the iA, and Macro Mode as well as being closer the object l want to take the picture of.

If l use the zoom, the picture is very blurry eachtime.

help needed please

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Old May 31, 2010, 10:07 AM   #2
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Here are the distances for focusing

When "zooming" you have to be in the correct range for it to focus.
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Old May 31, 2010, 10:09 AM   #3
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In the macro mode (close ups) you have a very narrow area of focus (depth of field).
In the last picture of the day lily, the one up front is out of focus and the one to the right in back looks to be in focus. Using "spot focus" can help pinpoint the area you want in focus. The dogs eyes look in focus but his nose is just slightly out of "field of focus" or DOF. You can increase the DOF by using the "Creative" mode in the macro setting but you usually have to have lots of light to increase it and maintain a good shutter speed. If the shutter speed is too slow and movement will blur the picture.
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Hey clint thanks for the advice, l've heard a lot about this spot focus, can you tell me more.
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Old May 31, 2010, 10:33 AM   #6
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Put your camera in the P mode
Press the Menu joystick next to the LCD - you will see lots of settings you can change
Go over to the focus section and choose spot focus

Also take time to read your manual - it's boring and technical but it will explain a lot of things your camera will do.
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Also go here read the info and download the pocket manual

http://www.seattlepcservice.ie/fz35.htm
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spot focus is the way to go.
Just pinpoint to an area on the subject and then hold steady if recomposing the pics, since the dof is very narrow.
I often try AF macro and it will not focus (as in your race car picture), then I zoom back out a bit or step in / out to get a clear shoot. Just a lot of trial and error to master it.

I also like to use the EVF instead of the LCD when shooting macros.

Clint501 - Good explanations.
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