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Old Friday 12th November 2010, 20:29   #1
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Olympus 590UZ

Hi. I use an olympus SP-590UZ with autofocus. However my pictures keep comming out very badly. The focus seems to change and the item I wish to photograph moves out of focus as can be seen from enclosed pictures. Anybody got any tips or ideas.
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Old Saturday 13th November 2010, 01:53   #2
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The problem with the pictures might be that they are too large: try to reduce the number of pixels to about 850 on the longest side.

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Old Thursday 30th December 2010, 21:01   #3
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This is what keeps happening. It's always the best shots
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Looks like the camera is focusing on the background rather than the bird. Does your camera have a "spot focusing" option (not sure if that is the right term)? If so, turn it on if it is off. On my FZ18, there's an option for this, and brackets appear in the middle of the view screen that show the small area that the camera will try to focus on. If you can fix that on the bird, then you will (hopefully) be all right.

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Old Friday 31st December 2010, 09:54   #5
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Looks like the camera is focusing on the background rather than the bird. Does your camera have a "spot focusing" option (not sure if that is the right term)? If so, turn it on if it is off. On my FZ18, there's an option for this, and brackets appear in the middle of the view screen that show the small area that the camera will try to focus on. If you can fix that on the bird, then you will (hopefully) be all right.

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Thanks for your reply.
What happens is this. There is a small oblong area in the middle of the screen when I press the button and I believe the camera concentrates the auto focus on whatever is in this area. The problem arises when I then press the button to take the shot and the oblong area moves off centre and focuses on something else. Also I can line up a shot like I did with a rather close up Roe Deer, but when I shoot the camera focuses on a twig or a leaf between myself and the animal.
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Hi Stephie. I have downloaded the manual for your camera and it should be possible to change the focusing method to 'SPOT' which is probably the best option for bird photography. In the menu choose 'AF Mode' and see which option is selected at the moment. It looks as if 'iESP' is the default position and, if this is so, change it to 'SPOT'.

If you do this you should be able to locate the target on the bird (or whatever else you want to be in focus) and half press the shutter. Keep you finger in that position, not releasing it again, and recompose the shot how you wish. You then press the shutter button the rest of the way down to take the shot.

It sounds to me as if iESP is selected and the camera is choosing what to focus on, rather than you.

I hope this helps.

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Thanks very much Ron. I will give it a try.
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..also check if you have "face detection" switched on..(wish it had "bird detection" )

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