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I dont really know how to improve my DoF or if it is something else Im messing up on. The picture is of Buddhist mala beads. I know the front should be more in focus. I would like the big bead connecting to the red strings to be in focus as well then fade to blur. I really dont see what im doing wrong.

My camera is Canon T1i stock lens. Thanks for any help.
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Looks like (if you're autofocusing) you mis-focused. I believe there are several AF points to choose from, are you sure you're using the right focus point? It seems like the portion to the right is more in-focus than the rest. Also, with a slow speed of 1/10s it seems like you had some camera shake as well. Either turn up the ISO or increase the lighting if you want the same aperture.
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So to reduce camera shake should I increase shutter speed while increasing the sensitivity to light?

I cant seem to get the focus right. Either auto focuses on the wrong part or I manual it the wrong way.
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You can try manual foccus. Also use a tripod if your not already..

I would say you need a big bigger dof.
I normally use manual foccus when im doing macro stuff.
    
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How do you focus "the wrong way"?

Use a tripod...
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Adjusting the DoF is by moving the little wheel on the corner of the eyepeice right? There is a wheel and when I move it it seems to help then I go to manual focus.

Got a tri-pod its junk will have to save up and buy better one.
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Lol, no, turn the ring on the lens. Just set it to MF first.
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So to reduce camera shake should I increase shutter speed while increasing the sensitivity to light?

I cant seem to get the focus right. Either auto focuses on the wrong part or I manual it the wrong way.
Are you selecting your own AF points or letting the camera choose where to focus?

If you haven't already, select your own AF points. Never let the camera decide where it wants to focus.

Also, increase your shutter speed. Stabilize your camera (tripod, books, whatever works). Set for a two second timer so you can press your shutter button and lift your hand off without introducing camera shake.
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Lol, no, turn the ring on the lens. Just set it to MF first.
Sorry that's what i meant. I turn the manual focus ring but, I leave the small wheel alone towards the far right unless it needs adjusting.
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Sorry that's what i meant. I turn the manual focus ring but, I leave the small wheel alone towards the far right unless it needs adjusting.
The wheel by the eyepiece is your Diopter, all this does is for people like me who wear glasses but shoot without allows us to adjust the eyepiece to be in correct focus, it does nothing to your image that the camera shoots. You want this adjusted so that when the camera is in focus on something it appears comfortabley in focus to your eye.
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