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Just want to say something: PEOPLE NEED TO USE MACRO MODE ON THEIR CAMERAS. Just press the button that looks like a flower. It lets you take macros, which are for taking close up pictures. You have no idea how many instructables there are out there with incredibly blurry pictures.

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Kiteman (author)2008-04-13

I used to have trouble focussing with Macro mode (guyfrom7up - it's a flower on all makes of camera), especially if the object has low contrast, or I'm trying to take narrow subjects. Then I found a trick. > Hold a piece of paper printed with black-and-white squares beside the object. > Focus on the paper (with most cameras, this means pressing the trigger half-way and then holding it) > Turn the camera to the intended subject, remove the paper, and press the trigger all the way home.

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Labot2001 (author)Kiteman2008-04-13

You should do a short i'ble on that trick.

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ultrauber (author)Labot20012008-04-13

Or maybe just a forum topic or slideshow. It's a bit too basic for a whole 'ible.

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Labot2001 (author)ultrauber2008-04-13

By "short ible", a slideshow is what I meant; should've clarified that, thanks.

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ultrauber (author)Labot20012008-04-13

Well, I'm getting into this german thing. "Danke" means "thank you," and I thought it would go well with my username, which also is german. "Uber" means "ultra," so... And, you just used a different language in your reply, so now we're like, all over the world. Yay!

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Goodhart (author)ultrauber2008-04-14

Danke is thank you; intimate. That is, you do not reply Danke to everyone, to the main populace you would say: Danke schÖhn (shon with the o being an O umlaut )

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ultrauber (author)Goodhart2008-04-14

Ah, 'tis true, hovever, literally translated, "danke schöhn" means "thank you, pretty," and I decided against it for two reasons. One being if he plugged it into an online translator, he may be kinda confused, and two, because he did not posta picture. Eh?

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Goodhart (author)ultrauber2008-04-14

Ok, I was just being a purest LOL

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Kiteman (author)ultrauber2008-04-14

Re: the slide show - I'll add it to my to-do list.

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Goodhart (author)2008-04-14

Mine doesn't say Macro mode, but it does have a setting for Closeups.

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zachninme (author)2008-04-13

My fairly-old 3MP camera doesn't have macro mode, and yes, I checked thouroghly". And yeah, it doesn't have optical zoom either.

I need a new camera... or even a less-old one :P

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guyfrom7up (author)2008-04-06

I always do that, I think it's only a flower for kodaks my camera can't focus on stuff that's really small, though. sometimes you have to use a lens it also helps if you keep everything still.

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As kiteman said, all camera's use a flower for macro.

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LinuxH4x0r (author)guyfrom7up2008-04-06

canon is the same. Sometimes I manually focus on small stuff

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tech-king (author)LinuxH4x0r2008-04-13

i just use macro. ive only had problems with my etching ible when i held the etch up with no background. the camera would not focus on the plexiglass

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ultrauber (author)tech-king2008-04-13

Yeah, clear objects are hard to focus on. If you have an SLR, you can use manual focus, but most people don't have that. You could try setting it on a surface.

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chooseausername (author)2008-04-07

Most cheap digital camera don't even have an optical zoom. And some peoples don't even have a cheap digital camera.

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cool! (author)chooseausername2008-04-12

WOW..... I didnt know it was that bad in the outside world. I use my dad's canon elf, and his canon dslr. Me likes the dslr.

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ultrauber (author)cool!2008-04-13

What do you mean, "the outside world"? Do you live at the center of the earth?

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Atomic Shrimp (author)2008-04-07

If you have a camera with a fairly high number of megapixels (say, 7 or more), and the shot you want is beyond the close-focusing capability of your camera, you might find you can get a better picture by taking it from further away, then cropping out the bit you want. Obviously there's a limit to how big a picture you can end up with that way, but supposing you want a 320 x 240 image of your object, you're better off cropping out a bit that is about one tenth the height and width of a 3072 x 2304 image that is sharply focused, than you would be if you just pushed the camera right at the object, took a horrible blurry picture, then resized/resampled it down to 320 x 240.

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ultrauber (author)Atomic Shrimp2008-04-07

Well, a nice, good point-and-shoot is the Canon Powershot SD1000. It cost me $150, brand new, has 7.1 megapixels, 2 macro settings (one for close and one for really close), and manual mode. If everyone had these, then maybe Instructables wouldn't be so crowded with these blurry shots.

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ll.13 (author)2008-04-07

There's been an Instructable on How.To.Use.Your.Camera(in macro mode) =D

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Lftndbt (author)2008-04-07

In macro mode on some cameras, you still need to be at the correct distance to focus on the macro item you intend on photographing.
Some people don't get that, hence just hitting the flower might not help if your at a complete loss.

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killerjackalope (author)2008-04-06

I have become very good about macros images so meh, disregarded, even when the object defeats the camera's autofocus I'll use manual...

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