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« on: August 18, 2006 08:40:20 AM »

How do you take pictures of your clay items so that they are not blurry?  I have been trying to take pictures of some beads and when I upload them they become blurry.  They are not blurry on my screen though.

Any ideas?

« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2006 08:43:10 AM »

Have you got a macro setting on your camera? If so, use this for extreme close ups and fine details. Turn off flash and place subject in natural light sometimes helps too.
Perhaps check if you can adjust your shutter speed.
Or adjust image size in a photo program.

If none of these work, do you have a scanner? Maybe you could scan the beads straight from there?

Hope I help a bit, I'm not a professional though so if it doesn't work, I'm sorry!!
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« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2006 08:57:47 AM »

There's loads of info on photographing small items (with natural or artifical light, with digital or film cameras or scanners, re cleaning up with photoeditors, etc.)  on this page of my site:

Having said that though, not quite sure about this part:

when I upload them they become blurry.  They are not blurry on my screen though.

So, they're not blurry when you look at them with you're camera's monitor (after shooting), they are blurry "when you upload them" (but where are you viewing them at this point?)... and they are not blurry when  you view the final image on your monitor (at an image site? or in your photoeditor, or what?)

Some of the differences could be in the magnification you're getting when viewing the same image in various places... iow, the smaller the image, the sharper it will look (or actually it's more the reverse... the more enlargement there is, the more any blurriness will show).

Also, why don't you tell us more about what type of camera you have, it's "close-up capability"...how close you can get your camera to the item before the finished photos start to look blurry, and what technique and light conditions etc. you had when taking the photos.  That should help in narrowing down what's happening and what you can do about it.

Diane B.

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« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2006 08:59:36 AM »

Thanks for the replies.

I was borrowing a friends camera as I don't have one yet so I can't tell you that information about it.

I will try to scan them and see what comes up.

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