Hi friends, well now that I'm famous and in an art gallery and all, I don't do anything else except stare through my camera. But with good results I'm thinking. One quick question though, anyone use live view to focus more clearly. I'm trying it using the manual focus because with the waterdrops I have a hard time with autofocus. But anyways, I thought anytime the subject came into focus the red square on the lcd was supposed to turn green. This would surely help if it worked that way. Is there another way to do it or what? I persumed when I zoomed way in and using the livefocus it would be easier but that doesn't seem the case. Any suggestions? Enjoy my latest:
ShrimpBoy Brighton and Hove, UK Nikonian since 08th Jan 2006
Mon 04-Jun-12 02:47 AM
#1. "RE: I really must get a life!!!" In response to Reply # 0
You're right in thinking that the red box turns green when live view achieves focus. But if you're trying to focus on water drops with live view, don't bother. It is horribly slow compared to regular AF and certainly won't cope with moving objects.
Depending on how you set yourself up, your best bet is to prefocus on something you place temporarily where the water drops will be, switch the lens or body to manual so that focus doesn't change, and then get your water going and just shoot.
#3. "RE: I really must get a life!!!" In response to Reply # 1 Tue 05-Jun-12 01:20 AM by pasknucklehead
Gary, yes, that's how I do it. I usually use a pencil and prefocus on that, use autofocus to nail the focus and then set to manual because I know that it won't focus fast enough. That's not the problem. I am wondering if in manual focus when I do regular waterdrops, which I will include one here so you can see what I'm talking about, if I zoom in manually because it's almost impossible to use autofocus for this type of waterdrops, I don't see the advantage of the live view because the red box doesn't turn green when zoomed in and in manual focus. It would be so much easier that way, but does it not work in manual??? Is that clear? Here's a shot I'm working on, but I just can't nail the focus using just regular manual focus through the viewfinder....
Pete, if you're reading this post: I think I can see a really nice improvement over the sharpness of my down sampling particularly in this photo. So here's my work flow, just to check and see if I'm doing it how you told me...I do my editing, sharpen, change my image size for nikon, use bicubic sharper, the go back and sharpen once more. Is this correct? If so,,,then I think I got it...I do think this looks almost as good as the one I'm enlarging.....Let me know...
#4. "RE: I really must get a life!!!" In response to Reply # 3
I can't resist reading your posts. They inspire me to try things I might not have done, and try to improve myself. Your enthusiasm is infectious!
The only thing I would say is be cautious with that first sharpening step. Sharpening is accumulative so if you go to heavy to start with, it limits what you can do later without causing unwanted artifacts.
As to the live view focus box, I just checked on my D7000 and the red box does not turn green when focus is achieved even when your not zoomed in. I assume it will probably be the same on the D90. But I don't see that as a drawback. With macro imaging the DOF is usually so narrow, especially with the lens wide open and the advantage of live view is not for a range finder, but to actually look at the focus achieved and place it precisely where you need to for your creative intent. That's where the zooming in really shines.