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Jan 29, 2012 14:49 |  #1

I am still working my way up the learning curve with Digital Photography. Recently acquired a Canon 60D. Have been trying to take quality pictures of some small collectible type items (figurines etc.) to sell on EBAY and other forums. Please refer to the attached sample picture I took earlier. Note that generally the picture is OK EXCEPT for that the entire picture is not in focus. Namely, if you look at the base of the figurine it is blurry. The settings I have been using on the 60D are CA (Creative Auto) and the little flower icon "Close Up". If I'm correct, my issue has to do with Dept of Field setting (correct me if I'm wrong please). From you experts, what would be the correct setting for me to use so that the entire figurine is in focus and crispy clear? Thank You for your help.

Also--the lens I'm using is a 24-105mm. I also have a 100mm Macro but in this case I used the first lens.


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Jan 29, 2012 15:02 |  #2

You should put it on AV and adjust your aperture so the whole item is in focus (the higher the #, more of the statue will be in focus). This will also cause you to have to use either a higher ISO, shutter speed, or use a flash. In AV the shutter speed will adjust for you, but it might cause a low enough shutter speed to show shake, so if that happens you can use a tripod or other surface. Also, and I know you weren't asking for critique on this, but it will look better if you use a background that doesn't have folds and wrinkles... when the statue is more in focus, those creases and folds will be, too.


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Jan 29, 2012 15:04 as a reply to  @ Randi's post |  #3

How do I adjust the apertuare once in AV? Thx.


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Jan 29, 2012 15:14 |  #4

In AV mode it is adjusted by using the top wheel.


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Jan 29, 2012 15:17 |  #5

Once you figure out the controls, read the manual to learn how. Look at this online DOF calculator. Take some time to change the variable, distance to subject, aperture and focal length to see what happens when you change the variables. http://dofmaster.com/d​ofjs.html (external link)




  
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