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I prefer using the...
manual focusing ring 4%  4%  [ 1 ]
autofocus by pressing the shutter halfway 83%  83%  [ 19 ]
Heck! All my photos are blurry! 13%  13%  [ 3 ]
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2008 1:15 pm 
Im quite concerned about this matter actually.

Those big shots at National Geographic magazine(pardon the pun) have those beautiful photos where everything but the subject is thrown out of focus.

A communique with Gordon said that 'the manual focusing ring in the Sony A200 is not very good for professional use'(or something similar) and this kinda confused me.

So which is the best way for focusing while throwing distracting stuff into blurry fuzz? If so, whats the advantage of the other way?


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SnS


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2008 6:22 pm 
SCREAMnSHOUT wrote:
A communique with Gordon said that 'the manual focusing ring in the Sony A200 is not very good for professional use'(or something similar) and this kinda confused me.


Hey SnS,

The manual focusing ring is present on lenses, so would not be affected by the camera body. Was Gordon referring to a particular lens?

If not, he may have been talking about the Auto Focus motor built into the body of the A200. Unfortunately, I know very little about the Sony range so perhaps you could be a bit more specific and maybe some A200 owners could comment?

Hope I have been of some use :)

Mark


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2008 9:08 pm 
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Hi SnS, we actually have a workshop on how to achieve this effect here:

Portraits with blurred backgrounds.

Gordon


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2008 7:13 am 
Well I know what the work shop is going to say but you need to get a big aperture so the DOF is shallow.

Off-topic: is that girl you are always taking photos of is that someone you work with or is it your Wife/GF? (if thats not too much of a personal question)

Edit ahh sorry that question was actually pointed at gordon, lol. Forgot to put his name at the beginning.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2008 8:34 am 
marzy wrote:
Off-topic: is that girl you are always taking photos of is that someone you work with or is it your Wife/GF? (if thats not too much of a personal question)



Umm I extremely-rarely take portraits...the first time ever i did was yesterday when I took an informal photo of a classmate to prove to another classmate that nice pictures are possible with 6 megapixels and my digital compact :)

SnS

P.S.: The person who selected "Heck! All my photos are blurry!" in my poll please own up :x ...Thx for giving me a laugh :D I put that option in as a joke and im surprised someone actually voted for it.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2008 3:00 pm 
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I actually picked the last one :)
The explanation is that what i prefer to use, depends on the situation. But autofocus is fine in most situations.

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marzy wrote:
Edit: ahh sorry that question was actually pointed at gordon, lol. Forgot to put his name at the beginning.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2008 10:46 pm 
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Hi Marzy, she's a girl who keeps walking in front of my landscape shots whenever I'm testing cameras...


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2008 1:28 am 
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Hi Marzy, she's a girl who keeps walking in front of my landscape shots whenever I'm testing cameras...


ahahahah you made me laugh right there gordon.. yeah evertime you take those darn landscapes she just pops her head up in the screen.. sneeky. :shock: :P :lol:


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