C&C Mushroom photos

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  1. CAG76

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    These mushrooms were growing out of a tree stump next to my house. I know this sounds funny but, besides the fact that I like black and white photography, I wanted to make these black and white because they are actually ugly looking mushrooms in color.

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    #1 the DoF is too shallow leaving the front of the fungus out of focus.

    If it were in colour would it look like this?

    Edit: I see not that the two pics are together.


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    Oh no. My photos would not look that good if it was in color. My mushrooms are too ugly looking a mushroom. Ok now how did you get the whole thing to be so clear. My lens seems to only focus on a small portion of the image. I am using that 18-55mm cheap kit lens with my Canon Rebel XSi. Any awesome tips, I would appreciate.

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    Oh man, if only I had an XSi, I cold take some good photos. Dreaming here.;) I have a Canon S5 IS (point & shoot). However, how I manage to get shots like the one above & below is to back off & zoom in for the shot. Try it & see if it works for you.


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    Wow! You took those with a point and shoot!!! Actually that is not a surprise. An S5 IS is a high end point and shoot. You can take photography with about any camera, but your images are so sharp and clear!! I can't believe that frog you took! I also have a Canon powershot G9 that I keep in the same bag with my XSi. I love my G9. The S5 IS is not much different than a G9. Only the style of the camera. All great cameras!

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    There's really nothing "cheap" about the Canon kit lenses.

    In principle, to increase the depth of field (how much of the image is in focus, front to back, as it were), you have to reduce the aperature... set a higher f-stop number. Now, there's a tradeoff. When you have a smaller aperture, less light reaches the film (sensor)... so you have to have a longer shutter speed... in order to properly expose the film (or get a correctly exposed digital image).

    But remember "camera shake." If your shutter speed becomes too long, the image will blur from camera shake. So how do we deal with that? We use faster film... film that takes less light to make the same exposure.

    Digital cameras today let us pick the "film speed" to us... the ISO number. The higher the number, the "faster" the film (sensor).

    So your image would benefit from a smaller aperature (higher f-stop number). That may require a slower shutter speed... and might even require moving to a higher ISO number (faster film).
     
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    Hmmmmmm This is good stuff!!! I still need to read up on that. I know there are some many different settings on my camera that I fool with, but I don't know which ones they are. I know about the ISO though because it even says ISO, but I just keep getting a a bit confused on what the F-Stop, Aperture, shutter speeds and such.

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    The f-stop *is* the aperture. Higher f-stop number means smaller aperture, and more depth of field.

    For the image of the 'shroom, you'd probably want to be in Aperture Priority mode... Av on my Canon Rebel XS... set the aperture to increasingly higher numbers, and let the camera decide on the shutter speed and ISO setting... keep taking photos as you decrease the aperture (set higher numbers... it's somewhat non-intuitive), and compare each once you get back to the computer.

    I'd meant to mention bracketing... or taking photos at the camera's suggested exposure, and then forcing it to both lower and higher exposure settings. This is pretty easy to do with a static subject, rarely possible with things like sports photography, and sometimes doable with just portrait type subjects.
     
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    Good explanation by kn4ds. I am a one finger hunt & pec guy so my posts are terse.

    I am pleased with the quality pics I get from the S5. Here is a tighter crop of the SAME frog pic as before that was taken from a distance of about 6'.


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    You'll get it soon enough. Just read up on it and apply it right away and youll remember. FYI - F-Stop is the same as aperture which is what controls Depth of Field. Shutter speed has more to do with light (but so does aperture in combination with shutter speed and ISO). it gets easier...
     
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    Hmm I will play with that. Yeah it's funny because I will play with some of the modes like the "P" mode and "TV" mode. I have played with "AV" once or twice, and would adjust things, but yet didn't really know what I was doing or didn't know what they are and what they did rather, but I would play until I get a good image. So this gives me a better idea so I will try some things tomorrow using "AV" mode. Thanks again!

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    That Frog pic is really clear! That S5 IS is a really good camera! I bet you have a lot of fun with that!
     

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