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Learn how to optimize the Canon A610/A620 for a backlight scene
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Taking a picture of a subject or some person when there is a lot light coming from behind them can be a little bit tricky because it makes the person come out very, very dark. So, in order to compensate for that effect, let me show you what to do with your camera.
First, let's go ahead and set your mode dial t the program mode, change your mode dial 2P. This will allow you the flexibility needed and let's go and turn this on. Now, one thing you can do is use the flash. Using the flash will illuminate the person and in order to do that, you want to force the flash. With the backlight situation, the camera assumes there is enough light and it's not going to automatically use the flash. So just press the flash button or this here, up the navigation button, scrolls for the flash options until you get to this flash on icon. That’s going to force the flash. So that’s one thing you can do and the other thing to d if you are using the flash, press the function button to access the function menu.
Your ISL set to 50, that’s should be fine. Your white balance, set that accordingly depending on the lighting used in your situation but most importantly, when using the flash in this situation is having enough power in the flash top illuminate the subject properly.
Mine, currently is set to plus 2 that maybe good. It might be a little bit too strong. There is really no way of knowing until you try it out. So just press right or left navigation buttons to move that little green dash around and se the flash strength accordingly. Again, you may need to try a couple of different settings to know which one works best.
If you’re not going to use the flash and sometimes the flash, no matter how strong you said it, it won’t be enough. So you may not want to use the flash because it's not going to be any kind of advantage. Go ahead and exit the function menu. Turn the flash off by again, pressing this up navigation button. So we get to the no flash icon.
Now, it is very, very important. Let's go back into the function menu. Go down to one mark to metering. If you’re not using flash, you want to meter on the subject, which means you don’t want evaluative looking at everything because that’s going to take into consideration that massive amount of light coming from behind your subject. What you want to do is press the right or left navigation buttons to access the spot meter.
Let's press function to exit the function menu and you can see immediately with the spot meter activated, you have two little brackets inside your focusing square, which means only within those brackets is the camera, looking to judge what the right amount of light is. How the camera should be exposed? How the picture should be exposed? What the camera setting should be? So go ahead and press the camera button, the shutter button halfway and that will focus on your subject and also expose for your subject only without taking into consideration all that light coming from behind.
Now when you do this, you’ll notice that light from behind is going to be very, very white and very bright but that’s okay because at least the subject is well exposed. So those are the two options. Either, you use a lot of flash or use the spot metering mode.