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Learn how to optimize the Canon A610/A620 for a night landscape scene
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I really like a night landscape picture. There’s something about long exposure pictures that gives a different look to the image. Setting them up is also quite simple. What you’re going to want to do initially is set up your mode dial to the TV mode, this is shutter priority. The shutter priority mode will allow you to set a very, very slow shutter speed. So let's see how we do that.
Turn the camera on and let's go ahead and first walk through the function menu. I’m going to press the function button to access the function menu. As you can see, my ISO is currently set to 200 with night landscapes, that is not what I would recommend because you are using a long exposure and because your using a tripod, it doesn’t really need to be a high ISO because you can allow yourself a very long exposure.
So set that to 50, which is going to give you the best color and the least amount of image noise. Then go ahead and go down to your white balance, depending on the lighting used. I’m assuming it's going to be tungsten, usually street lighting is very yellow so go ahead and set this to tungsten. You may need to choose florescent and again, this depends very much on your lighting situation but you can try both or you can scroll between each one at a time and see what produces the best color.]
So let's go and go down. The drive mode is set to two single shot, this is great. the effect is turned off, that’s great. I’m not going to use the flash. So the flash compensation is irrelevant and my metering should be set to evaluative because I do want the camera to look at the entire scene to judge what the right amount of light is.
Let's g ahead and press the function button again to escape the function menu. Now, if in your case, you do not see the no flash icon, go ahead and press the up navigation button to change that. You can scroll through the different options. The options are apparently are flash or no flash so you do not want to use the flash and go ahead and set that. Now, at the bottom, you’ll notice when your in the TV mode or the shutter [priority mode, you have your shutter speed highlighted with two green arrows. This means that you can use your left and right navigation buttons to change that setting.
So I’m going to use the left button to decrease. I slow down my shutter speed and at night, there is really very, very little light. So even though, you may have t test this with a couple of different pictures, I would start with maybe 10 seconds or maybe 8 seconds and then work from there. If that’s too bright, it can always go a little bit faster. If that isn’t bright enough then you can go to 13-15 seconds is the slowest and the longest the shutter will stay open.
Usually, that’s really just fine for mostly situations and I’m going to set mine to 10 and of course, we’re using a tripod. When you have shutter speeds of this length. So one thing I did forget to mention, press the function button one more time so we can access the drive mode. In the drive mode, you have the timer modes and because we’re using a tripod and because we’re using a very, very slow shutter speed, what you’re going to want to do is set that to two seconds. two seconds will allow you to press the shutter button and let go of the camera completely to give it a second to stop shaking from your hands. Even people with the steadiest hands want to use this mode. This is very, very helpful. So just press the function button again to escape and you can see here that my drive mode is set to two seconds. And I’m going to press the shutter button to focus on whatever I like right now because I’m indoors and my shutter speed is set to 10 seconds, everything looks very white but in your case, it’ll be just fine. So don’t worry about that. Press the shutter button the rest of the way. The camera, after two seconds, we’ll go ahead and take the picture and again, if it's too bright, go ahead and adjust it. If it's too dark, you can compensate for that as well.