Bokeh troubles

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  1. Tostitos.

    Tostitos. TPF Noob!

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    Okay, so..

    I have my camera set to Aperture Priority Shooting. The F number or whatever it is called is F2.8 (the lowest my camera will go). I looked at the screen, and it showed a beautiful bokeh image of my christmas tree. But, whenever I took a picture, the camera focused in and the bokeh was gone. It ended up being just a regular picture of our tree.

    I'm not understanding what I'm doing wrong. I will focus in on an object as close as I can get to it, and the background will be blurry, but it will not have that nice bokeh effect. I've seen many awesome bokeh images here, so I was hoping that an experienced photographer could help me out.

    I'm using a Sony Super SteadyShot DSC-H5, if you need to know that.
     
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    humm, can you manual focus on that camera?
     
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    yes. It says peaking Off, with some numbers.
    My mom accidentally threw away the manual, so I'm not sure
    how to work the manual focus.
     
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    Try focusing on something in the foreground with the Christmas lights in the background. Basically, if you focus on the tree, the camera is auto-focusing on the tree.
     
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    Just tried that.
    At first, I used the Flexible Spot AF to focus on it and had no bokeh effect. Then, I played with the manual focus feature. It gave me the bokeh effect with the christmas tree lights, but that's all. I tried taking a picture of a present in front of the tree, and the present was just blurry.
     
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    put the present lets say 10 feet from the tree, focus on the present, one third of screen is took up by present, focus on that!!! with tree in back and aperture around f / 4
     
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    It took forever to finally get that damn square to turn yellow (that means it is focused). And when it did, I took the picture. But the pic came out very very bright, and there was no Bokeh. I tried it with a WB of Flourescent, and then switched the WB to auto..but it still came out very bright.
     
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    hummm, can you show us some pics? what mode are you shooting in?
     
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    one minute.

    i'll have to go upstairs and load them on my mac.
     
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    You're not having bokeh troubles....You're having Depth-Of-Field troubles.

    Finding the manual for your camera took me about 80 seconds:


    Enter www.sonyusa.com
    • Hover on "Electronics" at the top of the page, then
    • hover on "Consumer",
    • "Cameras and camcorders",
    • "Digital Cameras",
    • click on "Support & Drivers",
    • click on "Manuals-Spec-Warranty",
    • go to option 2 and
    • select your camera from the drop down menus,
    • click "continue" for a list of users manuals.
    • Easy-peezy.
    Give it a try, it will help your Internet search skills the next time you need to find something.
     

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