As I mentioned earlier this week, using the macro setting on your point-and-shoot camera is essential to taking clear photos with sharp focus. If the camera you are currently using does not have a macro setting then it is time for you to look into buying a new camera.
Your new camera needn't be expensive. There are a lot of really great point-and-shoot cameras out on the market today that are under $200. Here are a few tips for comparing the macro functions on each camera in the camera section:
- Turn on the camera's macro function (usually a dial or button)
- Point the lens at something close, like the camera right next to you
- Get as close as possible until one part of the object fully fills the frame
- Auto-focus by pressing the shutter button 1/2 way down
- If the box in the center of the screen is RED, then let go of the button, back up about 1/2" and then refocus again.
- Keep repeating step 5 until the box turns GREEN
- Take the photo by pressing the shutter button all the way down
- Before you move, take a look at how close the lens is to the object and make a note of it.
- Review the photo for clarity by zooming in on the photo (usually done by pressing on the zoom feature when viewing a photo)
A decent macro function in a point and shoot camera will let you focus on your object anywhere from 10cm all the way down to 1cm. Just remember - closer is better.
Why so close?
In order to take the most dramatic and detailed photos possible, you must be able to get up-close and personal with your small objects! It's much better (and faster!) to take great photos in-camera than to try to adjust each photo in your photo editing software.
Next time: Time for your close-up: Let's talk about filling that frame!