Have you ever tried to take close-ups of a small cluster of flowers only to find out that your subject looks blurred? I did, and was wondering what I was doing wrong…
Was I too close? Was it the shaking of my hands? Or the shaking caused by the breeze?
Trying to find a solution, I consulted the user guide manual that came with the purchase of my digital camera (Canon PowerShot S3 IS ) and upon checking out the different shooting modes of my camera, I discovered the Macro Mode function, symbolized by a little flower.
When selecting this shooting mode, it tells the camera that I want to focus on a subject very close to the lens. The camera will consequently select a large aperture to decrease the depth of field and keep my front subject in focus while the background will not be.
How close you can get to your subject depends on the model of your camera, but almost all digital camera will allow close-ups of small cluster of flowers or other small items.
Another reason for blurry images is the movement of the camera. Pressing a shutter button causes vibration, so be sure to steady the camera with a tripod. If not convenient to do so, bring the camera close to you, hold it with both hands while squeezing your elbows to your body, take a deep breath and hold it, depress the shutter halfway to lock in the focus, and shoot!
To help reduce hand shake vibrations, you could also set your ISO higher to get a faster shutter speed, but the risk involved here is to get a grainier image when ISO is set higher than 400.