There has been a lot of blurry pictures on the forum recently. Kind of a shame because it's so much harder to help someone out when all you have to go on is an out of focus picture of the problem.
I realize we aren't all professional photographers, but the answer is so easy. Learn to use the "macro" or close up mode on your camera. I borrowed the following off a photography site.
"Nearly all digital cameras have a macro mode. You'll know if yours has one because one of the menu buttons will have an icon of a flower on it. This switches the camera into a special close focus mode and many allow you to get less than 10cm from the subject. With some cameras from makers such as Nikon and Ricoh you can get as close as 2cm from the subject which allows incredible closes ups of tiny subjects"
BTW some of the photographs on the forum are suburb! But it would be nice if all were adequate.
Exactly correct. With digital photography, multiple pictures cost no more than one. Blurry? Shoot it again until you get it right. You can delete the bad ones.
Not only is is important to get the focus correct, especially in low light conditions it is important to keep the camera still. Using a tripod and the camera's internal delay timer will make it very easy to get tack sharp photos in most any lighting condition. I almost never take a macro shot without a tripod and inexpensive tripods can be found for a few bucks.
This photo was taken in low light and the shutter speed was way too slow to get a sharp photo hand holding the camera.
Ask Steve how he got that key to just hang there in mid air !
I figured it was laying on a nice clean pane of glass,...???
Steve may live out in a true hillbilly rural area, but he makes some damned good pictures and videos :-)
I won't give away the secret yet, but I'll give a hint: No glass.
By the way, Jim is exactly right. You can shoot in low light and still get sharp pictures if you use the tripod and self timer to eliminate any camera movement.
Steve suspended the law of gravity.
Key sitting on top of a stick in the ground with Blu-tac holding it in place?
That's pretty good. It was a piece of welding rod.
GREAT closeups !
Jim, is that one of the new gears? The bolt hole is in the wrong place.
No, that is a 3:1 gear set (39 ring gear teeth) and no matter how it is made some bolts will line up with the space between the teeth on the ring gear.
Besides blurry photos, how about poor lighting, poor positioning, general poor photography. There has been a thread on this before.
...and there will be again.
Yep, tripod and timer are a must for me for close ups and low light. And after Mr. Steve told me the secret of his great close up shots with the neutral backgrounds, I have done a few of those myself for CL and eBay.
Wonder why no one gets offended by this like they do the complaints of spelling/grammar/punctuation? There are a couple of folks on here whose writing is so poor, it is difficult, and sometimes impossible, to decipher what they are trying to say. And I'm NOT talking about people from other counties who do not speak English as a first language. Everyone makes spelling and grammar errors. I started a sentence with "And" just a second ago, but you could still tell what I was saying. No, we don't need the grammar police, but on the other hand, one does need to write well enough to effectively communicate.
Just remember to not split infinitives, and that a preposition is the wrong kind of word to end a sentence with. When using apostrophe's be sure each one is in it's right place.
Beginning sentence with "And" is perfectly correct if "And" is followed by a comma. Just sayin ......
Steve you forgot about dangling a participle!
THAT DOES IT! I'M OFFENDED! TALK ABOUT MY PHOTOGRAPHY SKILLS ALL YOU WANT, BUT DON'T TALK ABOUT MY SPELLING/GRAMMAR/PUNCTUATION!