Monday, December 5, 2016

Focus

*Beats head against the wall*
  I ran into a big problem today, but don't worry... I'm not going to sit here and complain about it. My camera stopped focusing correctly. I'm trying to work the issue out by playing with settings, but I'm afraid it's a bigger problem than I can fix.


  The trouble started when I was taking photos of a different project than the one here, and I thought maybe it had something to do with the color or lighting. So, I grabbed another WIP to test it out. Although I wasn't able to solve the problem, I scored a few that weren't too bad. Now I have some crochet eye candy to share with you. Hope you enjoy!


crochet, circle vest, Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable



crochet, circle vest, Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable



crochet, circle vest, Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable



crochet, circle vest, Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable



crochet, circle vest, Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable


  Those are the best of the bunch. I took all the above photos in the same lighting while playing with various functions. Nothing seems to change. I searched through help forums and ran across many suggestions that it could have something to do with the IS setting. Switching that didn't help, either. Nine times out of ten, it just won't focus at all.


  As a last resort, I even tried the auto-function. In the following pictures, I moved the table over to increase the amount of sunlight falling on the project. At least I can say it seems to have changed itself... But I don't think it did a very good job at it!

crochet, circle vest, Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable


crochet, circle vest, Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable


crochet, circle vest, Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable


  Well, I'm perplexed. Auto-function might be kicking in to do something, but none of my manual settings are changing at all. And can we agree that auto-function sucks?


  I think I've beat my head against the wall over this long enough, and there's not much use in trying to troubleshoot any further. I've been taking about 100 pictures a day with a $100 re-manufactured camera for almost two years! The poor thing has probably had enough. Ain't that just my luck... I just replaced the battery and memory card a few months ago! *Sigh* I'm going back to my yarn now, because that makes me feel better. There's always a camera on my phone, after all...


Happy Crocheting!


  *Update* The purpose of this post was only to share the pretty pictures I got out of that whole mess... But since I'm getting comments and messages from people that want to help with my camera issue, I'm adding some examples of the bad ones.






  The camera is a Canon PowerShot A3300 IS. It's just a compact digital that doesn't have many settings to adjust. There's macro and infinity for focus, brightness adjustment, a few filters, and color enhancements. Each of the previous photos were taken using various combinations of those settings, minus the filters. I've had this issue before after using the zoom function, but it has always corrected itself after powering down. This time, it isn't correcting itself. Because I'm adjusting so many functions and still getting similar-looking photos, I suspect that I'm hitting buttons but the camera isn't actually changing anything at all.

  So, if you're a camera pro and you happen to know how I could fix it, then I'd love your help. But please, don't go out of your way to help me solve this problem. I've already been looking into a new/used/refurbished camera. I found a Rebel T5 on a discount that's almost within my budget... But wait, now I'm on eBay looking at all kinds of DSLR's that come with tripods, lens kits, and random other things I probably don't need. Maybe some time spent without a camera will finally make me get on Ravelry and finish adding those patterns I'm supposed to be selling... Maybe then I could afford the camera I want. Ooo, look! I found yarn on eBay! Aw, darn... Maybe that's why I never get anything done.

 

6 comments:

  1. I don't think your camera has enough contrast to work with to get the focus right. Try placing your hook on top of your crochet, or anything with crisp edges and different colour (unlike your fluffy yarn) to give your camera something to focus on.
    I find that white backgrounds are not good for photography unless you have a whole studio/lightbox set up. Bright blue or green are good, and also grey are good options unless you want to do a whole lot of white balance mucking around or post processing. Fluro lights can muck with your white balance as well.

    Adding more natural light meant there was to much glare and the camera adjusted for that which is why you got a darker shot.

    But then again, sometimes the auto-focus doesn't want to play ball. You might have to try your hand at doing it manually.


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    1. Thanks for the tips, Stella! Ugh, I have all florescent lighting in my house, and it's near impossible to get a decent photo at night.
      As for the pics with the extra sunlight, I was just trying to get the camera to do something different... After a flood of messages in my inbox, I've updated this post to include some examples of the original project I was photographing. Everything *was* going fine, then this happened in the middle of the shoot. None of my manual settings are working to change anything. :(
      I liked my little compact, but I don't think it was made for two years of blogging. I'm already looking at a "more professional" model.

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  2. Hello Jenny,
    I'm no help with camera-problems, I would panic and hope my husband could fix it.
    Whatever you're working on I like the yarn - looks warm and sumptuous.
    Never mind the pictures - enjoy crocheting!
    Marjan

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    1. Haha Marjan! I don't dare let mine near anything - I'm the technical one around here. He still can't figure out how to set the clock on the coffeemaker!
      The yarn is Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable, the color is Meadow. And I think the pattern will be here for free sometime soon! I think I'll keep the rest a surprise until then ;)
      Have a happy day!

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