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How to Shoot a Moving Baby

I just bought a digital camera (3.2 megapixel) and am trying hard to capture images of my baby girl. I like to take close-up pictures. I have problems with the slow shutter reaction. When I press the shutter release button, the camera takes some time to capture and meantime my active baby will move which will result in a blur image. Please advise.

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8/8/2003 12:32:04 AM

Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2000
  That long shutter lag seems to be the nature of many digital cameras. You might be able to minimize it if some of the delay is due to a flickering-flash red-eye reduction feature (turn it off). Also some cameras have a choice of shooting modes, some of which will not fire the shutter until the camera can confirm autofocus. Your camera may (or may not) have a mode that allows the shutter to trip without waiting for focus confirmation.

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8/8/2003 5:16:06 AM

Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2000
  Another P.S.
If your picture is blurred, it is because the shutter speed itself is too slow, rather than the lag between pressing the button and the shutter opening. If your camera is capable, set a higher ISO setting to get faster shutter speeds.

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8/8/2003 5:18:43 AM

Michael Kaplan   I agree with Jon. You rpicture is blurred because the shutter speed is too slow to stop the baby's movements.
1) If you find that the Baby is blurred but anything else in the picture is sharp (whatever is not moving) than you need to try and increase the shutter speed. Increase the light on the baby or increase the ISO your camera is using if you have that adjustment or you will have to use a flash.
2) If you find that everything in the picture, even static oblects are a bit blurred it can be 2 things. a) you are too close and your camera can not focus that close. Check your manual to see what the closest focus distance ir or there may be a macro mode for closer focusing. b) The shutter speed may be too slow for your hand holding the camera. If that is the case then try to either use a tripod or to brace yourself using something like a chair, a wayy etc.

It would be easier to help you with the problem if I was able to see a picture.

I hope this helps.
Michael Kaplan
Canon EOS-10D

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8/8/2003 9:27:54 AM

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