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portraits cant get settings right - please help!

 
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Oct 27, 2013 06:48 |  #1

Hi,
I am trying to take portrait shots (close up) of my son (6 months). I am on a canon 60D and I am using the portrait lens 50mm. On my camera my setting is Av, with the mid point focus, aperture 1.8, also have tried aperture 2.8. Auto ISO. I'm shooting in the sunroom so I think there's lots of light, but I just cant get it to focus very often, so its driving me crazy. (Same thing happens when I am outside, so its not lack of light I don't think) I put the red focus spot on his face, he is not moving much at all, but most of my shots are quite blurry, the odd few are pretty good, but still if you zoom in to over 100% they are not crystal clear. Can someone please tell me if my camera might be on a funny setting or if this is normal? I feel like I am doing the right thing, and wondered if maybe camera is broken? Maybe I need to adjust settings? Any suggestions welcome. Thanks so much,
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Oct 27, 2013 07:46 |  #2

Post a picture with settings for any real help.


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Oct 27, 2013 08:03 |  #3

Jax1 wrote in post #16402518 (external link)
Hi,
I am trying to take portrait shots (close up) of my son (6 months). I am on a canon 60D and I am using the portrait lens 50mm. On my camera my setting is Av, with the mid point focus, aperture 1.8, also have tried aperture 2.8. Auto ISO. I'm shooting in the sunroom so I think there's lots of light, but I just cant get it to focus very often, so its driving me crazy. (Same thing happens when I am outside, so its not lack of light I don't think) I put the red focus spot on his face, he is not moving much at all, but most of my shots are quite blurry, the odd few are pretty good, but still if you zoom in to over 100% they are not crystal clear. Can someone please tell me if my camera might be on a funny setting or if this is normal? I feel like I am doing the right thing, and wondered if maybe camera is broken? Maybe I need to adjust settings? Any suggestions welcome. Thanks so much,
Frustrated!

yes, post a pic with the EXIF data

Shooting at large apertures (f1.8) significantly reduces the 'depth of field' where the subject is in focus so you have be careful in selecting the best focus point, how large a "DOF" you have at a given f stop, the shutter speed, etc. so maybe practice with an inanimate object where you select the ISO to achieve the best settings

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Oct 27, 2013 13:18 |  #4

Do you have the lens set to auto or manual focus? Just a thought...


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Oct 27, 2013 13:22 |  #5

Jax1 wrote in post #16402518 (external link)
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I put the red focus spot on his face, he is not moving much at all, but most of my shots are quite blurry, the odd few are pretty good, but still if you zoom in to over 100% they are not crystal clear

Place the red dot on his eyes, not his general "face". Also, what focus mode are you in? (Servo, Focus, One Shot) Once you focused, don't move or recompose. If you need to reframe your shot, then use a different focusing point to get the eyes in focus.

Also, posting samples of the shots you took with the EXIF data will better allow us to help you more directly.


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Nov 06, 2013 09:41 |  #6

Based on what you said..You need to adjust the settings or the camera is broken..


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Nov 11, 2013 14:37 |  #7

As above really, post a pic with EXIF and I'm sure somebody could help.

What sort of shutter speed are you getting? Could be a combination of many things


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Nov 12, 2013 15:38 |  #8

Stop the lens down to about 2.2 or smaller, shooting wide open with that lens isn't gonna yield the results you expect. Also, be aware of the minimum focusing distance.


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Nov 21, 2013 22:36 as a reply to  @ JCH77Yanks's post |  #9

I had this problem is the beginning with my 60d and thought it was broken, but I found that my Custom Controls/AF and Metering buttons got changed. You can assign the buttons to your preference. So what was happening was when I hit the point to focus then pressed my shutter it would start metering since my shutter button was assigned to Metering, not Meter and AF Start. I hope this makes sense.

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Apr 13, 2014 12:25 |  #10

Also what distance is your subject from the lens? Is it possible that you're closer than the minimum focus distance?




  
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Oct 30, 2014 15:26 |  #11

supfresh wrote in post #16403258 (external link)
Once you focused, don't move or recompose. If you need to reframe your shot, then use a different focusing point to get the eyes in focus.

This was a big thing for me. I would set my center focus point on the eyes and then re-frame. This caused things to be just a little off.


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Oct 30, 2014 21:00 |  #12

What is your shutter speed?


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Nov 07, 2014 07:13 |  #13

Maybe if you post a picture we might be able to help you.


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Nov 07, 2014 08:51 as a reply to  @ ethan870's post |  #14

Guys, you do realise that the person you are replying to asked their question over a year ago and hasn't been back on POTN since? They never bothered to post a pic or answer questions then, I doubt they will respond now.




  
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Nov 07, 2014 14:40 as a reply to  @ sandpiper's post |  #15

Seems to be my fault for that. Sorry. Didn't mean to necro a thread. I'll keep a better eye out next time.


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