Help with macro on ixus 800 please....

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  1. Gerbutt

    Gerbutt TPF Noob!

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    Hello there

    I carve wooden rings and other jewellery and I've been needing a camera to take pics of them for the internet. I did a lot of reading and eneded up with the ixus 800. It's my first ever camera and as far as I can tell it's ace, but, when I'm taking macro shots of rings with the lens about 3 or 4 cm's away, the pics have always got a shadow from something from the centre of the pic down to the bottom right. I can't work out what it is? The only thing I can think of is the sticking out lens thing is casting a shadow from the flash? Is that right? Any help on how to get a clear pic would be brill thanks?? Thanks Gerbutt
     
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    Sounds like you have found your problem.
    Anytime you get that close and are using a top mounted flash you will not get good coverage.
    Short of spending several hundred dollars on a ring flash, something you may want to look into if you do a lot of close work.
    You could try and use supplement light from another source.
    I have used a flashight before.
     
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    Yeah, it's a shadow from the lens itself.

    I've used a LCD handheld light (a small booklight) as well as a remote slave flash. Both have strengths and weaknesses, so you have to judge the situation vs. the need.

    As stated previously, a ring flash is also a good option, but you have to be wary of washout.
     

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