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Old 9th January 2008, 1:03 PM   #1
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Default Asking the passer-by to take photos.

Hi,

I'm talking of situations where you ask a passer-by to help you take a picture of you with a certain background or group of friends. Problem is, I'm using my DSLR most of the time and as you know it's not easy getting good pictures especially if you don't know how to use it...

Now for eg yesterday, I bumped into a celebrity in a bowling alley and asked my friend to take a pic of me and them.

Pretty much set it to Auto mode cept since the camera doesn't have any face detection it just focuses at the focus points. I do my best and set the focus for the middle point hoping that they'll aim the camera directly at us. But for some shear luck, the point focus on a tiny bit of space between out heads and ended up focusing on the background. Luckily I upped the aperture and it isn't too badly out of focus but it's still obvious.

So what and how do you usually ask a passer-by to take photos for you? I'm talking about the situation where you don't necessarily have a tripod or someone skilled enough. Whether DSLR or P&S.

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Old 9th January 2008, 1:08 PM   #2
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i do what you did... not much else you can do...

i do alot of events and parties and ppl say 'jump in jump in'... 99% of the time i say no... but on the occasions i do say yes...

i set the focus to all points and tell them to fill the whole window (people always aim with the middle of the viewfinder and waste half the frame) and make sure the strap is around their neck (specially if a girl is taking the pics, 1D2 + 24-70 + 580 + lightsphere = not exactly your average p&s weight)... or i see if any of the other togs are around...

the best part is they hold the button down and rattle of 8 frames... and the last 4 you always see me going 'nooo enough' and reaching for the cam...
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Old 9th January 2008, 1:20 PM   #3
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just set up your camera beforehand, and let them push the shutter button.
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Old 9th January 2008, 1:27 PM   #4
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just set up your camera beforehand, and let them push the shutter button.
Yeah... but that's the point of the thread you haven't really answered? hehe...

What settings? I know different situation different settings, but it's not that easy to just set and let em shoot. Especially with focusing. I don't dare leave it on manual focus incase they turn the focus ring.
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Old 9th January 2008, 1:28 PM   #5
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i just set it in full auto mode and give it to them. works like P&S most of the time. otherwise set it to portrait setting.

Not much can be done if person shooting does not know how to use the camera.
and then there is the camera shake as they are not used to the weight of it.

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Old 9th January 2008, 1:42 PM   #6
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I havent been in this situation yet, but i am wanting to buy a P&S Canon Ixus just for clubbing/smaller events and stuff where i dont want my DSLR, i suppose if i went out with my DSLR why not chuck the ixus in my bag too? If i do want a happy snap taken by someone else, take the point and shoot out, anyone can use them.
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Old 9th January 2008, 1:45 PM   #7
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I know different situation different settings, but it's not that easy to just set and let em shoot. Especially with focusing. I don't dare leave it on manual focus incase they turn the focus ring.
why not? what's so difficult.. just whatever you were shooting at in that same spot... just set the focus to all focus points... (i tend to shoot with 1 AF point myself) and away you go... unless you're shooting ultra slow most ppl can handle it..

do alot of ppl here choose to manual focus? i can't remember the last time I really needed to do that... matter of fact I'm this close to duct taping my 24-70's AF/MF switch to to AF... after i fucked a series of photos when the switch got moved by accident...
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do alot of ppl here choose to manual focus?
Absolutely!

1. Night and long-exposure photography
2. Tripod-mounted studio work
3. Waiting for action, pre-focused on a particular spot
4. Taking out-of-focus shots because I've forgotten to swi... oh, wait...
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1. Night and long-exposure photography
2. Tripod-mounted studio work
3. Waiting for action, pre-focused on a particular spot
4. Taking out-of-focus shots because I've forgotten to swi... oh, wait...
#1 i don't really do too much of this.. but even then i've used AF for the original focusing... switched to MF so i can do different exposure lengths..

how much better is manual focus? i guess sometimes you can't AF due to no AF points being where you need them once the shot is framed...

#2 see question in 1

#3 that one... yes i do that..

#4 for me there is a reason why this happens.. the eye cup has been long gone... lost and trampled in a crowd somewhere.. so that little dial for the viewfinder keeps moving, and then i can't see shit.. i often rely on green 'focus ok' light in the view finder or the fact the cam won't shoot unless it's focus... which has led to that problem... i should just buy another eye cup.. haha... or tape the wheel into the right spot.
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I recently used manual focusing with my 50 F1.8 in an indoor event shooting models over crowds of ppl with my 40D and live view

I swear live view magnification + manual focusing is a God Send!
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I recently used manual focusing with my 50 F1.8 in an indoor event shooting models over crowds of ppl with my 40D and live view

I swear live view magnification + manual focusing is a God Send!
+1 for this. I find it hard to accurately manual focus at times with the 40D, especially in low light, and live view makes this very easy to do.
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Old 9th January 2008, 2:27 PM   #12
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What's all this talk about 'auto' focus?? I'm holding my T-90 w/24mm in front of me right now and I don't see no button . . . ?


But anyways, the ultrasonic ring motors on L-series lenses can be manually focused while the lens is set to auto, so basically the switch is pointless unless you want to set the focus.
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Yeah... but that's the point of the thread you haven't really answered? hehe...

What settings? I know different situation different settings, but it's not that easy to just set and let em shoot. Especially with focusing. I don't dare leave it on manual focus incase they turn the focus ring.
well auto mode works nicely if configured right.

shouldn't take that long to configure your camera (if you know your way around it) to the desired settings before handing it over, right? otherwise it's probably best to leave it in auto and RAW so you can fiddle with the picture afterwards. just make sure it's not in manual focus mode
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Firstly I'm curious about who the celebrity was that you'd be overly worried about it, but that said. I've always found group focus best bet. Don't set it to Automatic, just semi automatic, or completely manual. (on AF on).
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