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Learn how to optimize the Canon A610/A620 for a copy scene
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A copy scene is something that you can use your camera for in order to document to as a scanner for example to take pictures of old photographs, or so your in the library and you need to take a picture of a book that you’re reading using this copy scene is very helpful. Let me show you how to setup your camera for this.
Basically, it’s very similar to most other pictures. First thing, set your modal to P for program. This will allow you the flexibility needed to have access to the other settings. Go ahead and press the on button. Now, press the function button to access the function menu and let’s quickly walk through the different functions available. ISO is currently set to 50. If you are able o bring whatever it is your taking a picture of outdoors and put it in a shady spot, then 50 is exactly what you want. If you do find yourself indoors and there isn’t a whole lot of light and you may need to increase the setting even up to 400 in some cases. Again, in this case, its more for documentary purposes so a little bit of image noise, its really not—it shouldn’t bother us at all.
So, I’m going to stick to 50. Assuming, I can bring this old photograph or whatever it is this document outdoors or provided with enough light. Go ahead and go down. Now, again, if I am outdoors, daylight is just fine. If I’m indoors then set the white balance according to the kind of light being used inside, now you can scroll through this different options to see which gives you the best results on the back of the screen. I’m just going to stick to daylight for now.
Okay, let’s keep going down. The drive mode is at the single-shunt which is fine. The effect is turned off which is great. The flash is turned to zero. For the most part, the camera will probably be very, very close to the subject, whatever documents it is that you’re photographing. So you don’t want to use the flash, it may be too strong and you won’t see the detail in the document. So I would say, don’t use the flash which means this function is irrelevant. Go and go down. Metering mode is set to too evaluative which is great.
So, let’s go ahead and press the function button again to escape the function menu. Now, my flash is turned off. You can see that by the no flash icon. If yours is not turned off, I highly recommend, turning it off by pressing the up navigation button or the flash button until you see that no flash icon. So now, I know the flash is not going to be used and lastly, because I am focusing on something very, very close, I’m going to need to use the macro mode. So, go ahead and press the down navigation button to access the macro setting and this will allow me to focus on something very close.
Now, which we’re going to want to do when focusing on close subjects is zoom all the way out. So with your zoom lever, just push that in this direction to zoom all the way out and then you can physically get closer with the camera to the subject. So, I suppose to zooming in and backing away, you need to zoom out and physically get closer. Make sure you don’t get too close because then you may block lights that can be actually very valuable. So at this point, go ahead and press the shutter button halfway. See if your shutter speed is not too slow because I’m assuming this is going to be a hand held picture. You’re not going to be using a tripod. If you can use a tripod and you need to use a tripod, go for it. That’s fine. But if you’re in the situation where you don’t have a tripod with you, just make sure that number is above 160th of a second. If it is not, it means that there isn’t enough light and you’re going to have to increase the ISO. So release the button. Press the function button, go on up to ISO and go ahead and increase that to 200 or even 400 if it’s really very, very low lighting where you happen to be, and then just press the function button again to escape. Press the shutter button once more. As you can see now, I’m at one over 800, that’s much, much faster. In your case, if you’re anywhere near 160th that’s fine, go ahead and take the picture. If you’re not and it’s still to slow, you can try and take the picture anyway. It isn’t going to harm anything. If you need to use the flash, go ahead and turn that on but I would recommend accessing the flash compensation as I specified before. I’ll show you how to do that real quick. Press the function button, go down to the flash compensation. If you absolutely have to use the flash, go and turn the all the way down, press the left navigation button and that all the way down to minus two. In this way, it shouldn’t be too powerful.