Photography forum: how to set my camera macro setting

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Name: Sheridragonfly/Sheri
Alabama (Zone 8b)
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Sheridragonfly
Apr 28, 2015 1:17 PM CST
I just want to ask how to set my camera macro setting to take the pollen on the
inside of the flower and insects clearer.
I am self taught but from practice ..
I am not able to work well with manuals and no where to take classes
if I could afford them..

only question I have is for me using auto focus all the photos I submit on here since I became
a member..


is how to get the pollen and how to get insects legs and more definition on small
creatures and flowers..

I have a sony digital with 30 optical lens and love my camera

it has manual setting and also macro I do not know whether I have to change ISO
or what to do for macro photos of insects and flowers..

I really want to learn
someone may know on here..

I am sure I could learn if you tree mail me..

I would appreciate it ..here are some of my photos..
I am including my WORST work..this week

I would never enter these in a contest or on the site..

This is what I have left to learn..how to make those things pop and clear
such as insects and pollen without using a SLR camera or all those lens attachments.

I have good lens Carl Zeiss and good camera but need some help

Sheri in alabama
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Name: Asa

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evermorelawnless
Apr 28, 2015 1:57 PM CST
@Sheri,

So much of that depends on the abilities of your camera. If you tell me what model it is, I may (or may not) be able to give some advice.
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Name: Sherry
Northern California
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wcgypsy
Oct 25, 2015 6:12 PM CST
Sheri,

All I can say is that your "worst" pics look better than my "best"...lol..perhaps I need to start getting used to my new little camera....
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Oct 25, 2015 7:59 PM CST
Find your camera manual and look for a little flower icon somewhere on the camera .. that's the macro setting.
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Name: Sherry
Northern California
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wcgypsy
Oct 25, 2015 9:26 PM CST
I think my new little cam is not as good as my old one.....find the manual...lol..I know where my flower icon is, it just does not seem to function well. Sometimes it's happy, sometimes it isn't.....
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
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evermorelawnless
Oct 27, 2015 5:17 PM CST
What is the brand and model number of your camera?
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cliftoncat
Oct 31, 2015 4:07 PM CST
I too like your photos and think I have similar issues to yours - I have a good camera but often my pics don't have the detail I hope for. From my reading around the subject, it seems that the critical points for macro photography are (i) eliminating shake (which is exaggerated in macro mode, so even pressing the shutter can blur the photo) and (ii) getting the depth of field right. For (i) the easiest way to fix the problem is to use a tripod and if you have it a remote shutter release cable; for (ii) depending on your camera, you may be able to see the depth of field with a preview (often by pressing the shutter release half way).

I'm no expert, but a keen amateur - hope these suggestions help!
Name: Sheridragonfly/Sheri
Alabama (Zone 8b)
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Sheridragonfly
Nov 5, 2016 12:45 PM CST
my camera is a sony dsc HX100v


I usually use P for automatic

I did have the moon featured on a tv program last week showing the craters
and also my fox photos another day on a tv program in our state
I fell asleep at 6 am and missed my moments of fame! LOL

On this camera which has 30 zoom have to focus it closer than the object and then hold it and zoom into the bee or insect and focus button again. I wonder why as it is frustrating and lose the object
waiting to have to auto focus twice ....it only works this way in the yard and on distant and close
sheri
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Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
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Rose1656
Nov 6, 2016 8:20 AM CST
I'm going to follow this thread. If you think you need help with your macro setting after posting these pictures, then I REALLY need help! *Blush*
Name: Der Thomaskantor
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bwv998
Nov 19, 2016 10:01 PM CST
Hi, Sheri @Sheridragonfly,

I may be wrong, but according to the owner's manual and this thread:

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3044641

there isn't a setting for Macro mode — the camera automatically does it for you. Because of that, I'd recommend you take advantage of the manual focus mode:

http://www.binarycafe.com/2012/07/09/using-the-manual-focus-...

Hope that helps!

P.S. @Rose1656, you have to tell us the model of your camera please. :)

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Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
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Rose1656
Nov 20, 2016 8:24 AM CST
I have a Pentax K7.
Name: Der Thomaskantor
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bwv998
Nov 21, 2016 7:05 PM CST
Hi, Rose,

Unfortunately, it appears to be that there is no macro mode for the Pentax K-7. However, don't let that set you back! Macro mode on most cameras typically just set a smaller aperture, sharpen your photos artificially, and perhaps bump up your ISO. You can "create" your own macro mode by using Manual and adjusting your settings manually. There is nothing that macro mode can do that you can't do!

If you do really enjoy macro photography, I suggest you purchase a good quality macro lens, and you'll see a great improvement in your photographs.

Have a fantastic Thanksgiving!
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