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12/20/2006 02:15:48 AM · #1
how doyou get the focus so sharp all the time???/??
12/20/2006 02:24:00 AM · #2
Hundreds of shots = 1 good one.
12/20/2006 02:24:39 AM · #3
Originally posted by faidoi:

Hundreds of shots = 1 good one.


AMEN
12/20/2006 02:24:58 AM · #4
Video output when using P & S makes it easy too.
12/20/2006 02:25:42 AM · #5
I made 200 tries yesterday:) with my new lens 50mm f1.4 - it's extremely hard to make it focused on the eyes when I am in front of the camera.
I use dolls to adjust the light and then self-timer for "action" shots with my 18-55 lens (it's not so hard to get it focused right) and use remote control with my 50 mm lens.
hth!
it's only about trying and failing I think. I still haven't found any better way to control the focus.
12/20/2006 02:26:51 AM · #6
Originally posted by silverfoxx:

I made 200 tries yesterday:) with my new lens 50mm f1.4 - it's extremely hard to make it focused on the eyes when I am in front of the camera.


Try doing it with glasses on when the camera want to focus in on the glasses :(
12/20/2006 02:31:15 AM · #7
Originally posted by faidoi:


Try doing it with glasses on when the camera want to focus in on the glasses :(


:) I made it with the mask yesterday and it was perfectly in focus while the eyes behind were out of it:)
12/20/2006 02:31:59 AM · #8
Originally posted by silverfoxx:


it's only about trying and failing I think. I still haven't found any better way to control the focus.


what about manual focus?
12/20/2006 02:32:00 AM · #9
I guess in theory you could use a piece of string to measure where you to be posed and put an object in your place to focus on. Then you stand there with this piece of string touching your nose, drop the string, hit the shutter and um...remember to take the lens cap off :)

*edit - why didn't I think of this before for the self-portrait challenge?

Message edited by author 2006-12-20 02:32:40.
12/20/2006 02:52:11 AM · #10
Originally posted by briantammy:



what about manual focus?


I've never been able to stand *exactly* on the same place as my dolls ot whatever I was focusing on were standing. besides once I focused I can't change the position, and I often want to ly or jump:)
I just find it easier to use the remote control, it gives more freedom.
12/20/2006 03:17:49 AM · #11
I work out where I'm going to stand, take the camera off the tripod and focus from where I'm going to stand, on the tripod. Then I switch to manual focus and put the camera back on the tripod.

Helps to get the focus just about in the right spot. That or focus using a remote release.

Message edited by author 2006-12-20 03:18:13.
12/20/2006 12:09:44 PM · #12
Originally posted by Gordon:

I work out where I'm going to stand, take the camera off the tripod and focus from where I'm going to stand, on the tripod. Then I switch to manual focus and put the camera back on the tripod.

Helps to get the focus just about in the right spot. That or focus using a remote release.


now thats a good idea!
12/20/2006 12:10:32 PM · #13
Originally posted by shannylee13:

Originally posted by faidoi:

Hundreds of shots = 1 good one.


AMEN


Amen, squared!
And f/7.9.

But seriously - take a zillion shots, from every angle. I tend to turn the camera on myself when I'm bored, and after awhile you get to know yourself as a model very well. I tend to keep the aperature as sharp as possible so that focusing from the other side of the camera isn't such an issue. And then I take a million zillion shots.

Try participating in a 30 day self-portrait challenge and see how much you learn in the process!

Message edited by author 2006-12-20 12:15:10.
12/20/2006 12:27:48 PM · #14
Originally posted by karmabreeze:


Try participating in a 30 day self-portrait challenge and see how much you learn in the process!


now that's a good idea!
12/20/2006 01:01:58 PM · #15
For Canon users, the TC80-N3 is an almost essential piece of kit for SPs in my view (I'm pretty sure you can get the same sort of thing for other makes). Just dial in the number of shots you want and at what interval and leave the camera snapping away.
12/20/2006 01:03:25 PM · #16
Originally posted by AJAger:

For Canon users, the TC80-N3 is an almost essential piece of kit for SPs in my view (I'm pretty sure you can get the same sort of thing for other makes). Just dial in the number of shots you want and at what interval and leave the camera snapping away.


I'd second that. I've been able to do many, many more creative self portraits since I got that timer, than I could do with a 10 second delay.

Many of these wouldn't have been possible without it.

Message edited by author 2006-12-20 13:04:11.
12/20/2006 01:09:55 PM · #17
I was going to mention an electronic remote. I use Nikon's MC-36. In general, I set the focus area to where my eyes are in the frame and let the remote do the rest. If you have studio lights, or in general good lighting, a smaller aperature will help, as in this self-portrait (the notes have more information on how lighting helped focus).
12/21/2006 01:10:33 AM · #18
hwo much does a TC80-N3 cost in CDN
12/21/2006 01:12:04 AM · #19
or does anyone know a model number for a wireless remote for canon?
12/21/2006 01:12:39 AM · #20
IR Remote and enough DoF to be forgiving :-)
12/21/2006 01:14:51 AM · #21
Originally posted by noisemaker:

or does anyone know a model number for a wireless remote for canon?


RC-1
12/21/2006 01:18:20 AM · #22
Originally posted by noisemaker:

hwo much does a TC80-N3 cost in CDN


$200 US
12/21/2006 01:32:03 AM · #23
i think the rebel is the only canon SLR that can use the IR remote the others are all wired
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