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Old Dec 31, 2010, 11:13 AM   #1
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Just some quick photos from my new camera!
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They look great, Carol-

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Old Dec 31, 2010, 11:49 AM   #3
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Thanks Sara Joyce! Believe me, they were quick photos! I really want to get out with a tripod for close-ups, when it warms up a little; in order to get much better shots.
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I had settings of IA, using the macro button on back of camera; set to AF Macro.

I had the lens almost touching the pinecone, & still it's not nearly as close as some of the macro photos shown on this forum. What am I not doing?
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Carol, I think that most of us end up with a shot similar to this, then we crop and enlarge so the final shot looks like we are much closer. Leave it in AF Macro, then try using the P setting with Point focus and Point Meter. This will let you focus on a very specific area of the subject. Then, use one of your post processing software to crop and enlarge the part that is in focus.
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Thanks so much for those tips! I really appreciate it!
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I had settings of IA, using the macro button on back of camera; set to AF Macro.

I had the lens almost touching the pinecone, & still it's not nearly as close as some of the macro photos shown on this forum. What am I not doing?
I'm having problems with my software. What do you guys use, that's operator/easy?

I was using paint.NET; and when it updated itself; the program locked.
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I use Photoshop Elements. Very powerful but fairly easy to use. You can get it for less than $100. Or, you can use one of the free web albums (I use Google Picasa) which usually has a basic post processing feature built in.
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I'm having problems with my software. What do you guys use, that's operator/easy?

I was using paint.NET; and when it updated itself; the program locked.
Try Zoner Photo Studio 12 (free) or Pro 13 (not free but try for 30 days)

http://www.zoner.com/ww-en/support/downloads/free
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Nice, CSA- Anxiously awaiting mine, should arrive Monday!
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