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Learn how to optimize the Canon A610/A620 for an indoor/party scene
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To set up your camera for indoor situations or pictures at a party for example where there isn’t a whole lot of light, what I would recommend doing first is set the camera to the program mode. Program mode is going to allow you access to certain functions that are necessary to increase the ISO for example and things like that, so just turn the camera on.
Now first, let me walk you through the function menu. Let's press the function button to access this menu and at the top, you see I have ISO. Four hundred are good for when you’re in very, very low light situations. Your really may have to test this out if your indoors and there is a lot of light then you may be able to choose 200 or even 100, probably not 50, that’s more for outdoors, so 200 is great all around.
Now, let's go down to white balance minus it to tungsten, which in the most indoor situations, that’s probably what you’re going to find. So, use tungsten for that. If your lighting condition is florescent, just go ahead and scroll over to florescent to choose that option. You may want to want to see if you don’t know for sure then just choose one or the other and see which [produces the best color.
So, let's keep going down. The drive mode is single drive and that’s fine. Effect has turned off and that’s also fine. Now, a flash compensation by default is set to zero and I’d like to leave it there initially because I really don’t know what I’m going to need over after taking a couple of pictures, we’ll quickly learn if the flash is too bright or if the flash is too dark and then change this accordingly. If the subject is more than ten feet, away or about three meters. I would recommend just turn the flash off and not using this at all, which would mean this function is irrelevant. But if the flash is turned on, because the subject is close and you want to illuminate that subject and you may want to turn this down a little bit. If the subject is close again, or if the subject is further away up to ten feet, you can increase that to have more power.
Now, if let's say your in a situation or your taking a picture of an entire table of people indoors and you have people close and you have people far, I would recommend turning the flash off. The flash will make the people close to you. It seems very, very bright and the people far away seem very, very dark. So, would just recommend turning that off and sticking to a high ISO , so let's press the function button to escape the function menu and now that my flash is set. My flash up here is turned off, that’s a no flash icon if I did need to change that, and I can just press the up navigation button or the flash so that’s a scroll. For the different flash options, there is no flash and that’s pretty much it. Essentially, at this point, what you’re going to want to do is just press the shutter button halfway first, in order to make sure the camera is able to focus on the subject and this can be very difficult and may require a lot of patience when you don’t have a lot of light.
So I’m just going to press the button halfway, focus on the subject. If you are having difficulty, try and find something with a lot of contrast. They’ll make it easier to make it easier for the camera to focus. Once, I have the button pressed halfway, I can keep it that way and just reposition the camera to compose the picture the way I would like it and then I just press the button the rest of the way.
And after I’ve taken the picture, you can see, is it good without the flashes. Is it no good without the flash? Do I need to use the flash and you can always try again?