View Full Version : Macro Shots with Powershot A85 - Be Nice, I'm New...

05-26-2005, 12:31 PM
I'm rather new to the camera world, well, especially to the macro world.

I bought my Canon Powershot expecting to take some very detailed pictures of my painted models close up, and this is the result at the moment -




As you can see, pretty poor. These images were taken on auto setting, 1600 resolution, superfine setting, not zoomed in because that blurs it even more, and the macro setting enabled.

As I previously mentioned, I am new to the camera world, so how would I go about improving the quality of these images? Would it be lighting, another option being enabled, or can you buy special lenses designed for this kind of thing?

Any help would be appreciated.

05-26-2005, 02:48 PM
I take macro shots a lot with my old Kodak. Here are some pointers.

1) There's a minimum distance you need to adhere to. Get too close and the whole thing turns to mush because it can't focus.

2) You also can't be too far away.

3) Macro typically zooms the lens all the way to telephoto, meaning that the lens is at its slowest. At least, that's what my camera does, and it makes sense. If you can zoom the lens while taking a macro, that may help.

4) Because of all these factors, you have to make sure lighting is extremely good, a tripod would be a big help, etc.

If lighting is impossible to improve (i.e. I take food shots in restaurants), you need to maximize shutter speed to adhere to the 1/focal_length rule, otherwise you end up with a mess like I do (especially if you don't use flash).

In reality though, there's leeway. I *have* been able to pull off no-flash, indoor, available light shots with my point and shoot up to 1/15-1/20 s even though I'm fully zoomed in at 76 mm (http://www.dcresource.com/forums/showpost.php?p=45427&postcount=45) (by that rule, I'd need at least a shutter speed of 1/76 s). If you have a very steady hand, it's possible to get away with it. But don't expect to be able to pull it off with 1/10 s. I couldn't and got wasted badly. :(

I hope this answers your question. In a gist, just do what you can to make it easier for the camera to take the picture as quickly as it can, so that camera shake doesn't kick in and cause bluriness.