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Mary jo Bafile
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/7/2005
 

shooting when you wear glasses


I wear tri-focals and when I shoot I can usually tell when my photo's not clear, but more often then not these days i'm having trouble telling if my shots are clear and sharp. I can't wear contacts and i'd rather die than give up photography, is there anyway to help me make sure my shot's are sharp and in focus?
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7/2/2005 11:36:59 AM

 
Kay Beausoleil
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/31/2004
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  Um ... maybe it's time to have your eyeglass prescription changed? (This is the Voice of Experience speaking.) Another thing that happened to me: my camera has a diopter adjustment setting for the viewfinder, and sometimes I knock it out of position without realising what's happened; maybe that's the case?


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7/2/2005 1:46:56 PM

 
Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  If you have an SLR and you are focusing manually, you can trust that the focusing aids incorporated within the design of your focusing screen will insure critical focus of a key object,...even if it looks a little blurry to you.

My eyesight is pretty bad too and I ruined a pair of trifocals trying to focus my cameras while wearing them. (The glass over my right eye got all scratched from repeated contact with the eyepiece of the camera.)

Now I focus without glasses and use the split-prism focusing aid on my Nikons to lock in on critical focus.

(I still need my glasses to find my way home though.) :(

...Then of course, there's always auto-focus. (Just not for me.)


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7/2/2005 5:24:19 PM

 
Mary jo Bafile
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/7/2005
  thanks to you both, I'll experiment with what you offered. I have to make this short. it's off to the doc's to see what's up with this arm and that nerve. I couldn't hold the camera last night or go on line the pain was so bad. the only thing that keeps my mind occupied and off the pain is the camera


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7/8/2005 10:16:34 AM

 
Kay Beausoleil
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/31/2004
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  Hope it's nothing serious, Mary jo. Contact me through my gallery when you're ready if you need more ideas about focus!


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7/8/2005 7:16:59 PM

 
Christopher A. Vedros
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/14/2005
  Mary Jo, I see in your gallery that you use an Olympus Camedia. Is that the camera your talking about? If, so, Bob's method of using the focusing screen won't help, since it's not an SLR. I'm assuming that you're using the LCD screen and not the viewfinder, so the diopter adjustment won't help either.

If you are using the LCD screen, and having trouble seeing it, then updating the glasses might be the way to go. I've worn glasses or contacts for the past 25 years. Sometimes, if you go a long time between checkups, you get used to what you see, and you think everything is clear. Then when you update your prescription, you realize what you've been missing.

Good luck.


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7/8/2005 7:36:33 PM

 
Mary jo Bafile
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/7/2005
  thanks for all the feed back and thoughts. I have 2 tri pods and I use them a lot now, the glasses are only a year old, but I can't afford new ones till next year. I'm enlarging my shots when I get home now it seems easier to see if they're out of focus and I mailed a couple to a friend and asked him to tell me.. live and learn, thanks again for all the tips. don't want to write long, I want to go swimming tomorrow so I don't want to burn out my arm.


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7/8/2005 11:40:32 PM

 
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