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Discussion in 'Macro, Flowers, Insects, and Greenery' started by WCBike, Jul 3, 2008.

  1. WCBike

    WCBike

    726
    May 16, 2008
    Millsboro, DE
    I need some help to shoot this better the next time. Shot at dusk. Nikon D80 with Tamron 18-250 lens. Shot in Macro Mode at 250mm on tripod. I really like the shot except that the edges of the flower are blurred. Is this because I was in Macro Mode? Any suggestions how to set the camera for a sharper picture?


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  2. turtile

    turtile

    416
    May 12, 2008
    Delaware
    Its because of the shallow DOF. You can use a smaller aperture (F11 or higher). Manual focus will help as well if you've been using auto.
     
  3. Spectre

    Spectre

    Feb 20, 2008
    Oregon
    Definately increase DOF if you want the entire flower in focus. Keep in mind, by using a smaller aperture it will slow down your shutter speed. Are you using a tripod? If not, you may need to, depending on available light.
     
  4. WC, not sure where the focus point is, but you might be too close to the point where the lens cannot focus. Not familiar with this lens and it's minimum focus distance, but if you are shooting manual, you can shoot a shot no matter the focal length/focus lock.
     
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