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PostPosted: Fri Mar 21, 2008 6:54 am 
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Hi folks

I am always trying things with my Canon EOS 400D DSLR. Today I took a pic of a Praying Mantis.

I took this shot in "Close Up" mode which I believe is the correct setting for small things such as bugs, spiders, birds etc.

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I tried taking pics of him from different angles but could not get the camera to focus. I was lucky to get this one in focus shot. Advice on this issue would be most welcome. :)

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Your shooting these images in the "Macro" mode right?

Try shooting it in A or Av mode where you can controll DoF and thuse causing background blur and boosting your image, This can be done with a low f-number such as 5.6 or something around that. The higher f-number the more you will get in focus but this will aslo affect shutter speed!

try that out you will get it just right ;)

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Hey Colhad,

What kind of lens are you using?
It might be that you're using a lens which is unable to focus that close...
The picture is a nice one, but I agree it would have been that much nicer if the focus was better...

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he is plenty close up for me, Colhad....creeps me out a little. those sticky little arms he's got..

good job...

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Paukl wrote:
Hey Colhad,

What kind of lens are you using?
It might be that you're using a lens which is unable to focus that close...
The picture is a nice one, but I agree it would have been that much nicer if the focus was better...


I'm starting to think that now, I'd be very lucky if I can get it to focus at all.

I'm using the 18-55mm kit lens.

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