a few questions

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  1. bigbob302

    bigbob302 New Member

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    hey everyone. i just got a canon sx20is. this is my first camera and im trying to learn more about shooting great pictures. first question is... in macro and super macro mode the pictures are VERY dark. something i dont know? fash up or down it does not make a difference.

    second question.. i have been trying to get the focal point in focus and the background blurry. there was a post explaining the apeture settings to achive this not long ago. but today i shot a birds nest in a tree that was right infront of me. the background was a really cool old building so i figured it would be a good time to try this. i took two pictures. one with the apature setting as wide as i could and one as low as i could and it made very very little difference. can anyone shed some light on this for me.

    any additional links or help to get me started with toying with my own settings to get great photos would be appreciated greatly. thanks for your time folks
     
  2. Andy Stanton

    Andy Stanton Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    It's hard to tell what happened without looking at your photos and checking the EXIF data but my guess is either there was insufficient natural light or the subject was in the shadow of the camera (happens often when you're holding the camera close to an object). Other possibilities are that the aperture was too narrow, the shutter speed was too high, or exposure compensation was ratcheted down.

    Never use your flash in macro mode as the camera is so close to the subject that the flash will blow out the picture.

    The best way to do this is set a very narrow aperture and focus on the object you wish to be in sharp focus. In order to more easily focus on the correct object, make sure your camera's Autofocus is not on AIAF mode but in center mode, so the green rectangle is always in the center of the frame.

    http://forum.digitalcamerareview.com/showthread.php?t=1258
    http://forum.digitalcamerareview.com/showthread.php?t=1139
    http://forum.digitalcamerareview.com/showthread.php?t=5246
     
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