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Arlene 
 

blurred /clear backgrounds


Hi.. I take pictures of flowers. I use the micro setting on my Nikon N65 SLR. I know how to make the flower clear and the background blurry.. But how do I make the entire picture clear? Sometimes I like to get the flower and the leaves in focus too. But the leaves are in different focus lenghths then the bloom, which makes the flower clear and the leaves blurry.
Thanks for your help .. Arlene


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3/31/2003 11:40:36 PM

 
Jeff S. Kennedy   By clear you mean sharp. To increase the depth of field (DOF) you need to use smaller apertures (higher numbered f-stops). Even at that, when close focussing a macro shot, even with your lens stopped down all the way, your working DOF is still pretty shallow.


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4/1/2003 12:11:26 AM

 
T. Frates   Yes... higher number F-Stops mean that more in the photo will be clear and crisp. Lower number f_stops "blurr" the photo. (less depth of field.) Don't set your camera below 125. Use 125, 250, etc... until you really get a handle on it.


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4/4/2003 1:02:22 PM

 
Jeff S. Kennedy   I'm not sure I know what TF is referring to by "Don't set your camera below 125. Use 125, 250, etc... until you really get a handle on it." I assume it's a reference to shutter speed. But if you are stopping your lens down to increase DOF then you will most likely need to go below these speeds. If you are shooting macros of flowers you should be using a tripod anyway so, unless the wind is blowing the flowers around, slow shutter speeds shouldn't affect you much.


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4/4/2003 2:53:19 PM

 
T. Frates   Thank you for correcting me JEFF. In actuality.. I was doing too much at one time. I was answering one question... got interupted and continued to answer to another earlier question when I returned. The "don't set your camera below 125 etc...." is in reference to a sports shooter. Sorry about that. And as you know... you are correct! Using smaller aperature (f-stos)increase the depth of field. That's it. Thanks again... for catching that.


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4/5/2003 6:08:11 AM

 
Arlene    Thank you Jeff and T.F for your response. I will try this.
~thanks again~ Arlene :)


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4/10/2003 9:24:56 AM

 
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