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    Default How to shoot a wall?

    Wanted to shoot a plain white wall, tried program, auto,
    and semi-auto modes, all do not seem to work. The camera
    seems not able to focus on the wall. How to do it?
    My camera is Canon EOS400d. Thanks!

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    Default Re: How to shoot a wall?

    Put a flat object against the wall, an object that you can focus with, like a painting or drawing. Focus on that, then remove it. Use a grey card to measure exposure

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    Default Re: How to shoot a wall?

    Quote Originally Posted by a-z0-9 View Post
    Wanted to shoot a plain white wall, tried program, auto,
    and semi-auto modes, all do not seem to work. The camera
    seems not able to focus on the wall. How to do it?
    My camera is Canon EOS400d. Thanks!
    A plain white wall does not have contrast, tt's why cannot auto-focus ... got nothing to do w the modes or the camera ...

    usually I will focus at the edge of the walls and then shift-focus ...

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    Default Re: How to shoot a wall?

    you just have to use manual focus... simple as that....

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    Default Re: How to shoot a wall?

    Usually I'd just manual focus or look for a spot that has sufficient contrast to focus and recompose. Anyone tried using focus assist with flash? Can it focus that way?

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    Default Re: How to shoot a wall?

    i think it is quite difficult to manual focus on a plain white wall...

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    Default Re: How to shoot a wall?

    tape a piece of new paper on the wall to help you focus, once focus lock, remove the paper.
    for A mode, or P mode, dial +2EV and make your exposure
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    Default Re: How to shoot a wall?

    Lean a broom or mop (household item) against the wall, focus on that, then remove the broom (or mop).
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    Default Re: How to shoot a wall?

    use a laser pointer - point at the wall and focus on the spot/point.

    works for just about any low-contrast scene - except for perhaps a wall of red, laser-pointer sort of intense light (for which you probably will go blind from the effort...!)

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    Default Re: How to shoot a wall?

    Quote Originally Posted by cantaresg View Post
    Usually I'd just manual focus or look for a spot that has sufficient contrast to focus and recompose. Anyone tried using focus assist with flash? Can it focus that way?
    Yup, with my old F90 + SB26 setup, taking a plain wall with focus assist beam worked like a charm.

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    Default Re: How to shoot a wall?

    i would use manual focus for this scenario.

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