first macro/close up attempt.

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  1. John_05

    John_05 TPF Noob!

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    this is my first attempt at taking close-up/macro shots. having to get so close with the camera i have (Fuji E510), i couldnt figure out a way to get better light. i had the barrel of the lens almost touching the compass when i shot so i didnt have alot of room to work with using the only light i could manipulate easily. in this shot, you can see the shadow of the lens on the compass. does anyone have any ideas that i could use to get better lighting, and any overall criticism/advice on the pic would be helpful too.
    also, the shot was done with all manual settings, so i would appreciate any feedback about the settings i used. i will post the EXIF data after the pic. thank you (in advance) to anyone who gives me any comments/criticism/advice.

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    and here is the EXIF data i got from Exifer.

    Make: FUJIFILM
    Model: FinePix E510
    Copyright:
    Date modified: Sunday, January 29, 2006 8:34:45 PM
    Orientation: Top / left side
    X-Resolution: 72/1
    Y-Resolution: 72/1
    Resolution unit: Inch
    Firmware version: Digital Camera FinePix E510 Ver1.00
    YCbCr-Positioning: 2
    Date taken: Sunday, January 29, 2006 8:34:45 PM
    Date digitized: Sunday, January 29, 2006 8:34:45 PM
    Exposure time : 1/125
    Exposure program: Manual
    Exposure mode: Manual
    Exposure bias [EV]: 0.0
    F-Number: F2.9
    Focal length [mm]: 4.7
    ISO value: 100
    Shutter speed : 1/128
    Aperture: F2.9
    Max. aperture: F2.9
    Subj. distance range: Unknown
    Flash: Not fired, compulsory flash mode, return light not detected
    Metering mode: Multi-segment
    Light source: Tungsten
    White balance: Manual
    Sharpness: Hard
    Brightness: 4.17
    Colour space: sRGB
    Sensing method: One-chip color area sensor
    File source: DSC
    Custom rendered: Custom
    Scene type:
    Subject program: Standard
    Image width: 2592
    Image height: 1944
    Components configuration: YCbCr
    Average compression ratio: 40/10
    Focal plane X resolution: 4545/1
    Focal plane Y resolution: 4545/1
    Focal plane res. unit: 3
    EXIF version: 0220
    FlashPix version: 0100
    Makernote: 46 55 4A 49 46 49 4C 4D 0C 00 00 00 15 00 00 00 07 00 04 00 00 00 30 31 33 30 00 10 02 00 08 00 00 00 0E 01 00 00 01 10 03 00 01 00 00 00 04 00 00 00 02 10 03 00 01 00 00 00 00 04 00 00 03 10 03 00 01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 10 10 03 00 01 00 00 00 02 00 00 00 11 10 0A 00 01 00 00 00 16 01 00 00 20 10 ...
    Compression: 6
    X-Resolution: 72/1
    Y-Resolution: 72/1
    Resolution unit: Centimeter
    JPEG offset: 1294
    JPEG size: 9955
    YCbCr-Positioning: 2
    Index: R98
    Version: 0100
    Focus mode: 1
    Focus warning: 0
    Color: 0
    White balance: 1024
    Sharpness: 4
    Flash mode: 2
    Macro: 0
    Exposure mode: 768
    Blur warning: 0
    AE warning: 0
    Version: 0130
    Slowsynchro: 0
    Image quality: FINE
    Unknown fields: 0/0
     
  2. Chiller

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    This is kinda cool, for your first attempt.
    Only that light distracts me a bit. Sorry..dont know much about your settings.
     
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    thanks Chiller. i dont like the light either, but im not sure how to get better light onto the compass, so i thought i would ask here. i dont have much to work with other then the flexible type lamp i used for that shot and a couple of regular lamps, so i thought someone here might have an idea that would help. i thought if i posted the settings/EXIF data, someone might be able to tell me if they could have been set better to get a better shot, or if i just need different/better light.
     
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    off topic...but

    how many ppl here use the reverse lens macro tequnique? I DO :)

    nice shot btw
     
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    I think the fisheyed cap is making reflections that are fooling the focus....so only the blue part is focused... put a grocery bag over the lamp and rubberband it, It should take away the harsh spots that reflect it will at least be a lot more soft..
     
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    im not sure what you mean by "fisheyed cap". the camera i used is a Fuji E510 and i dont have any attachment lenses for it. its just a normal "point and shoot" digital camera. as for fooling the focus, i manually focused it but i had to handhold it so i may have moved some. with the E510, you have to hold the exposure button on the side and then use the zoom buttons to manually focus.

    thanks for the tip on the lighting. i was going to try using a piece of white fabric i have because the bulbs i have probably wont be strong enough to produce enough light thru anything else. the main problem i had was getting enough light onto the compass because i had to be so close with the camera. i get a lot of lens flare with the Fuji, so i didnt want to aim the light straight towards the camera. a friend of mine suggested i use something to diffuse the light like the fabric i have, and use a mirror to aim more light where i need it, so i am going to try that tonight or tomorrow.

    thanks again for the tips, and if you could explain what you meant by "fisheyed cap", i would appreciate it.
     

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