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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Predefined Scene Mode Usage Explained - Part I

No Flash (Use in areas where flash is not permitted) - The no flash mode enables you to take pictures easily at museums and aquariums that do not permit the use of flash. When shooting a night scene with a tripod, this mode can prevent images from turning out too bright and give the image a more natural feel.

Portrait (Blurring the background in order to make the model/subject stand out) - This mode creates a much more outstanding portrait by blurring the background, bringing the focus on your subject and nothing else. With the aperture set wide open, it is more effective with a fast aperture telephoto lens. If you lock your auto focus point after focusing, you can change the composition of the image when shooting.

Landscape (Pan focus on the entire landscape to bring out the appropriate brightness and sharpness of the scenery) - It is better to use the wide-angle end of a zoom lens to pan focus on the entire scenery when shooting landscapes. Flash is disabled in this mode, so I strongly recommend using a tripod when shooting at night.

Close-up (For high-magnification shots of a subject) - When taking close-up shots, it is recommended you use a macro lens, or the telephoto-end of a zoom lens. If your focus is inaccurate, the Focus confirmation light will blink, indicating an error. You should position your focus a step away from the subject.

Sports (For capturing fast-moving subjects) - In this mode, it is recommended to shoot with a telephoto zoom lens from far. When selecting the Central AF point, press the shutter button completely and the camera takes shots continuously while maintaining focus.

Night Portrait (Recommended for shooting glamorous portraits at night) - When shooting darker interiors or against night scenery, choosing the Night Portrait mode ensures the right brightness of both the portrait and the scene behind it. As the shutter speed is rather low at this point, a tripod is necessary.