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    Hi all CSer,

    I am just wondering what do you guys do when you need someone to take pics for you?

    I love taking photos and being in photos for keepsake.

    HOwever there are many problems when I ask passer by to help:
    - poor focusing (many people don't know how to focus properly even in AF)
    - poor composition ( can take one sample ask him follow)
    - i cannot smile, coz i worry the guy drop my baby

    I jus like to hear your views on what you do? Put in auto mode or what? Or just carry a Pns everywhere you go?

    Cheers!!

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    Default Re: Hello, can you help us take a picture?

    Best way to just use a PnS. Most PnS have pretty decent picture quality nowadays and is easy to operate. I usually bring both a PnS and DSLR when I travel anyway - the compact has a negligible weight anyway.

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    Default Re: Hello, can you help us take a picture?

    Very simple.

    1. Buy a tripod.
    2. Mount your camera on it.
    3. Set self-timer.
    4. Run.


    There you go.

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    Default Re: Hello, can you help us take a picture?

    I'm more afraid that the passerby will run away with my camera.

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    And if I may add, set for a small aperture or use a wide angle lens to increase DoF so you won't mis-focus as much. Also works if you're asking someone to do it for you. Just make sure shutter speed is fast enough to overcome their shaky hands.

    As for composition.. umm crop?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArcticFox View Post
    Very simple.

    1. Buy a tripod.
    2. Mount your camera on it.
    3. Set self-timer.
    4. Run.


    There you go.
    lol

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    Default Re: Hello, can you help us take a picture?

    For me if got time :

    Mount my SLR on tripod and fire off with a wireless remote

    But more often than not - PnS
    ( I always get an additional PnS along for trips )

    Ryan

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    lol...there is something call remote, mount tripod, pose, ready then shoot... "Dun need run la bro"...

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    Put on a Dust Bin and set timer. Amazingly, get better pictures many times.

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    Default Re: Hello, can you help us take a picture?

    Set to P mode or expose manually first...

    then make sure the focus is on Auto...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ArcticFox View Post
    Very simple.

    1. Buy a tripod.
    2. Mount your camera on it.
    3. Set self-timer.
    4. Run.


    There you go.
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    Default Re: Hello, can you help us take a picture?

    best is set to auto mode... dun say u ask noob help u take.. u noe how ppl like to take PnS or hp cameras, and hold it @ arm's length n shoot themselves? i did that with a 30D with 24-70 mounted..haha! ended up blur cos i never reset AF points...

    or try doing jump shots like this:
    Mount on tripod
    compose and focus
    set timer.. n run back into position
    listen for ti-ti-ti then teeeeeeeeee
    jump after 0.5secs
    hah!
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    Default Re: Hello, can you help us take a picture?

    Quote Originally Posted by jkaiser View Post
    best is set to auto mode... dun say u ask noob help u take.. u noe how ppl like to take PnS or hp cameras, and hold it @ arm's length n shoot themselves? i did that with a 30D with 24-70 mounted..haha! ended up blur cos i never reset AF points...
    I can tell you from personal experience that it works *much* better with a 10-22mm Unless you have arms like an orang utan

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    For me, i bought sykestang's cheap remote, den throw my 400D on a dustbin or a ledge or chair or table, frame, prefocus, test, then step back and use remote.

    If die die have to ask people take for us, then set to green box mode, or just pass over my pns.
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    yes yes YES, couldn't agree with u more.

    i tried to switch to live view and ask ppl take photo for me.

    but they'll hav problem takign picture with DSLR and drying up my battery instead

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    Default Re: Hello, can you help us take a picture?

    I've tried this method:

    Prefocus, then switch to manual focus
    Pre compose, ask the helper to stand at where I want.

    Somehow it works.

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    Default Re: Hello, can you help us take a picture?

    Quote Originally Posted by redstone View Post
    I'm more afraid that the passerby will run away with my camera.
    you can always buy chain that long enough...

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    Default Re: Hello, can you help us take a picture?

    I wil use a tripod. However I realised passerbys luv to ask me to take their pics with their p&s esp when they see you with a big big DSLR. lol...

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    pass him/her a full frame with a 14mm prime at manual infinity focus @ f8, snap and go home crop urself. sure hit one
    agar agar point without looking at viewfinder oso can tio.
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    Default Re: Hello, can you help us take a picture?

    Quote Originally Posted by dennisc View Post
    I wil use a tripod. However I realised passerbys luv to ask me to take their pics with their p&s esp when they see you with a big big DSLR. lol...
    Yeah, that seems to be the case. They probably assume the photos taken by people holding dslrs are able to produce better photos.
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