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Originally the "Tech Support Pits" were reports of the funniest tech support incidents, but over the years the column gradually shifted to answering tech support questions put forward by the readers of the Dear Webby Humor Letter.

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03/12/04: Apperture and Focus with digital camera

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From Penny=== Dear Webby, There are so many ways to auto-focus with my camera that I am starting to wish it had a plain and simple manual focus. Magazine articles about it are no help at all. Those guys just fill space and try to baffle with BS and big words because they don't understand the topic. I am counting on you to explain it in simple terms or tell me what to do. Thanks Penny Dear Penny All those many types of focusing can be divided into two groups: Spot and Area Spot, as the name says, focuses things just right for the spot in the exact center 1 or 2 percent of the picture. Area, that includes Matrix, Average, Field, etc. uses various formulas to sorta average things out. That almost always works against you. A recent example is a picture my dad sent me of my brother and his daughter on a ski hill. Behind them was a mountain with a glacier just to the right of the group. The shiny spring ice on the glacier of course was extermely bright in the sun. Unfortunately he had the camera set on Matrix or Average, and everything was too dark, especially the faces of my brother and his little daughter. But the glacier was perfect and showed waves and creases in it. Obviously, that was not what my dad had intended. If he had used the SPOT setting and locked it on their faces by pushing the clicker half way down, then lined up the shot so as not to saw off any feet or whatever, then the brightness of the faces would have been perfect and the landscape a bit too bright. Darkening the landscape is no big deal with a paint program, but getting features to show in underexposed faces is difficult. Overexposed, too bright and washed out faces are just as bad. In summary, focus on the reason for the picture, lock the settings by half pressing the shutter, compose (point the camera for the actual picture), and click down all the way. Have FUN! DearWebby
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