A&P New Camera V. Aperature?

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    epiphonist New Member

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    I got my first camera for christmas! I know it's not the best, but it will make due for me. My question is, whenever I use the Priority Aperature setting which adjusts the rest of the camera to my chosen aperature, I cannot attain the look I want. I was trying to photograph a bouquet my mother had, but I couldn't get the subject to appear clear whilst the objects behind and in front of it are somewhat blurred. Any help?
     
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    Including the model of camera would have helped, but I'm betting your camera isn't capable to creating the narrow depth of field required for such a shot. You can try standing further back and zooming in or using the macro mode if your camera has one.
     
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    I linked the words "first camera". Should have made it more obvious, sorry.
     
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    :o
     
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    Would you consider it a decent beginner's camera?
     
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    Zooming in half way (or more) looks like your best shot at the image you want. This site will calculate the DoF for your camera. http://www.dofmaster.com/dofjs.html

    I think it's fine, I would rather have a Canon S3-S5, but it should be ok.
     
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    shoot in macro mode
     
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    I used to have an s3100, the older version of that camera back in the day, set it to macro mode and the aperture to as small of a number as you can

    here is an old picture I took with it :o
    [​IMG]
     
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    That's pretty great for the camera. But even still the bokeh isn't there.
     
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    there is only so much you can do with that level of P&S :hs:
     
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    Thats exactly the style I want! Aperature at like 3.5?
     
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    Exif says 2.8
     
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    smaller number = greater DOF

    choose the smallest number you can, use your zoom more than not, and shoot away
     
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    also make sure there is plenty of distance between subject and background, with subject as close to the camera as possible for chosen zoom setting.
     
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    18-200 vr @ 200mm

    [​IMG]
     
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    okay, so I tried this, but when I set my aperature as low as it can, the shutter takes roughly 10 seconds to capture. Is this normal?
     
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    that doesn't sound right, a smaller aperture should make for a faster shutter speed
     
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    Maybe it was just the mode I had set for lighting.
     
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    sounds like you set it the wrong way. you want the smallest number, which is actually a larger physical aperture.
     
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    use a flash.
     

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