I'm a beginner when it comes to photography and I need some guidance. I have a Canon Rebel xTi DSLR with a 50mm lens (I don't have the original 18-55mm lens). I recently purchased a lightbox to take pictures of jewelry for my Etsy shop. My challenge is I can't get the camera to focus in on the shot. Maybe I'm too close? I don't really know the limitations of the 50mm lens.
Here is my setup:
Lightbox with white background
3-4 light blue resin rings
1 ring in front (in focus)
2-3 rings in the background (preferably blurred)
Lightbox has a hole in the side to shoot though so I'm very close to the rings when trying to focus (maybe 8 inches away)
The camera won't come in to focus on the shot, and even if I switch to MF I still can't focus it. I'd appreciate any help. In a perfect world, I'd like to be able to use my existing lens to photograph the jewelr, so that I don't have to buy any additional equipment.
Thanks so much, and Happy New Year!