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Unread 05-06-2013, 05:11 PM   #46
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This should inspire you Bradly --

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What a great thread,
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No way am I a pro, but when I have the problem you are describing, blurry close-ups, I will back off a foot or two and then zoom-in and use the flash. I usually take a few pictures that way playing with the angle to get the proper lighting I'm looking for. A lot of good advice here, play with your camera, it'll come around.
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Oh yeah, and when was the last time you cleaned your camera lens? I know after I BBQ even if I'm away from the action, Alot of airborne stuff still gets on my glasses lens.
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Oh yeah, and when was the last time you cleaned your camera lens? I know after I BBQ even if I'm away from the action, Alot of airborne stuff still gets on my glasses lens.
Great point!
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Cool video.

Clean my lens? Whisky Tango Foxtrot what is a lens?

Again thanks to everyone who took time to offer advise it is much appreciated.

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As for your wife's lenses, just look and see if they're "FD" lenses or "EF" lenses. EF lenses have been around since the late 80's and will work with current Canon DSLR cameras. FD lenses were the prior generation, used on cameras like the AE-1. They're manual focus and have a different mount, so won't work with current cameras without an adapter.
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I really love this little tool. I inspect the lens usually before every shoot and give it a quickie if needed:

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I got some great advice yesterday. Today for lunch my son wanted some of the stuff I made Sunday. I had the idea to plate it up and use some of that great info for a new pic.


Old Picture.



New Picture.



Whats different: The biggest thing is I moved outdoors for better light. I mounted the camera to a tripod, used the timer, and shot it from 24" away. Then I cropped it and used the enhancement feature in IPhoto.

I won't always have the option of daylight so I am working on some lights for inside. I have a lot to learn but this is a huge step in the right direction.
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Not much I can add to this, but have a photog friend that stated for good pics, the most important aspects are, in order:

1) Photographer
2) Lighting
3) Lens
4) Camera

1 and 2 being the most important. Even with a cheapie point and shoot, he can take great pictures.

As someone mentioned, probably similar to cooking, where a good cook can cook up a great meal, regardless of the equipment he/she is using.
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Do you make the same plate of food each time?
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Just another point, sometimes, again, you can be too close to a subject, a slightly longer view point can make a more complete story. These two images were shot hand held, top lit, ambient indoor lighting, with a Canon EOS 40D DSLR and a f1.8 prime lens.

Depth of field was necessarily short due to low light and a wide open aperture. Focus was automatic, but, tight to the middle of each dish. The idea was to create a library of dishes for a BBQ shop. These images are reduced from the original 2800 x 1900 format for posting. No other post-processing was performed on these images.





Here is one of the images as delivered for web use. This has some post-processing done.


ah heck, here is the other finished image...


BTW, I highly recommend smoking pork belly without any cure, that above photo is a 3 hour smoked pork belly, no cure, just a simple rub.
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Love the soft focus on those bacon wrapped thingies Bob. Playing with depth of field can be fun.
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Unfarkin believable! That photo is absolutely, positively as good as any food photo I've seen. Great styling, composition, lighting and color balance. Kudos to you.
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