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    Need some basic help.

    Honestly, the most basic help there is. I just need to take pictures of my watch so I can sell it. Plain and simple.

    Ever time I take it it turns out blurry. Every time.

    I have a Nikon Coolpix.

    Someone please help me.
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    Re: Need some basic help.

    You should use the macro function (flower) A tripod an some natural lighting.


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    Re: Need some basic help.

    Tripod.
    Enough day light (build in flash will do no good)
    I guess Coolpix should have some audio signal or whatever to show you that the focus is captured when you halfpressed shutter button, after that signal don't move the camera
    Good thing is to put autoshutter feature (2 sec, you need no longer wait) just to avoid share movement from hand...

    And to make the picture better never forget about background and composition...

    Hope it helps somehow
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    Re: Need some basic help.

    If you are trying to take closeups then use the macro function - the little flower on your camera - consult the user guide as to what the minimum focusing distances are for normal and macro mode. Other than that, as others said tripod or a steady hand!

    Good luck.
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    Re: Need some basic help.

    the biggest problem is the blurriness and the glare.

    I have tried what you all said, nothing.
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    Re: Need some basic help.

    Could you post up a sample?


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    Re: Need some basic help.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kyle L View Post
    Could you post up a sample?
    Thats a great idea. I should have just done that to begin with.

    I will post one tomorrow. THank you all for your help, btw.
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    -Seiko SKX781: The Orange Monster
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    Re: Need some basic help.

    Place the watch in the area with plenty of ambient light, but make sure the light does not beam on the watch or you will have glare.

    1. use a tripod
    2. set camera to AV mode
    3. set apperture(f number) to f8
    4. turn the caamera flash off.
    5. set the camera to ISO 100
    6. if you can not get it to properly focus in macro mode, then disable the macro mode and just place the camera on the tripod about 2 feet away from the watch and zoom in to fill the frame with the watch. make sure the camera has focused. if it didn't, move further away and zoom again.
    7. set camera to self timer, focus(press shutter button half way until it beeps) and hit the shutter button further to start the self timer. Do not touch the tripod or camera until you see the image appear on the rear lcd display.

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    Re: Need some basic help.

    If you don't have a tripod and you are hand holding, make sure the blur is not caused by movement. To ensure this, set camera to shutter priority mode and manually select a speed of 1/60 second or faster (1/90, 1/125, 1/250 etc). If the EXIF data of your blurred shots is showing 1/30sec or slower (1/15, 1/4, 1/2 etc) that is too slow to hand hold or even have your hand resting on it - the tremor of your heartbeat will cause blur.

    Also make sure the lens is clean and doesn't have some dried spaghetti bolognese on it (trust me, been there, done that)!

    As others have said, good light is the most important thing, tripod, macro and self timer come next.

    I guess you're not looking for a lesson in hyperfocal distance - although it would solve your problem if you are still having them after the above!

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    Re: Need some basic help.

    Set it to macro. Use a tripod. Set the self-timer to take the pic.

    Try that and see if it helps any.

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