Macro Challenged

I am so macro challenged with this camera.  I will practice until I get it though!

Daffodil leaves!! Yay! Even though it’s only 30 degrees out today, soon there will be daffodil flowers!

The focus is not on the crocus flower, but I had to show it to you anyway!! I do love the fact I can flip the screen up so I don’t have to lie on my stomach to get these photos.

Lily leaves – soon there’ll be lily flowers!

Shagbark Hickory twig, with too much sunlight, but I’m not complaining about the sun.

I wanted to get the end, but instead it focused on needles further down. Okay, I’ll take the hint and back off.

I love the detail it captures, even though it wasn’t what I was looking to get.

Practice makes perfect, right? And I need lots of it. I *will* get this camera’s macro feature down. Any hints would be greatly appreciated!


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. iheartfilm
    Mar 23, 2009 @ 16:11:47

    I’m guessing this is a point-and-shoot, but nevertheless, my advice would be to use a tripod. Macro isn’t really supposed to be done handheld.



  2. Lynne at Hasty Brook
    Mar 23, 2009 @ 18:10:31

    I have a Nikon Coolpix S10. With the macro on I focus from a bit further distance, then move closer and refocus. That seems to work. Sometimes I put my hand next to the object, focus, hold the shutter down to fix that focus then move my hand away.
    I look forward to your macro flower shots!


  3. Pam
    Mar 23, 2009 @ 19:01:17

    Thanks Lynne! I’ll try your two methods.
    I have to get the macro down before the flowers really come out in full force!


  4. Susan Gets Native
    Mar 23, 2009 @ 21:37:48

    Those are okay! What are you complaining about!
    When I am doing macro, if the part I want isn’t in focus, I back up a tiny bit and crop later when I upload. It’s called cheating.
    Practice DOES make perfect with macro! I just love that you have a new camera to play with!


  5. mon@rch
    Mar 23, 2009 @ 21:52:53

    Practice Practice Practice!


  6. Linda in Erie
    Mar 24, 2009 @ 00:09:32

    Your camera is taking very nice picture! I didn’t know those pine needles had those little rows of dots on it. Very interesting.


  7. jayne
    Mar 24, 2009 @ 06:47:32

    I’m certainly not the macro queen, but the one thing I did learn is that if you are shooting that close, you just need to surrender and use a tripod or something on which to put the camera to take the shake factor out of the mix! :c)


  8. jason
    Mar 24, 2009 @ 20:09:49

    Definitely a tripod helps, Pam, both with macro and telephoto shots. Also, try shooting with a higher f-stop (something like F8 to F11, but not much higher than that). One thing P&S cameras do with macro photos is use a smaller f-stop than what’s usually needed, so see if you can grab a bit more focus by narrowing the aperture a bit.

    But as others have said, I agree that these pictures are quite engaging. Especially that last shot: beautiful and enlightening!


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