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Learn how to optimize the Canon A610/A620 for product photography
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In order to setup your camera for product photography, the mode you’re going to want to use is the program mode so go ahead and change the mode dial to P for program and then we’ll turn the camera on. And lets look in the back lets excess the function menu just click the function button here. So access the function menu now your going to want to use ISO 50 and that’s because you want to use the Tripod 50 ISO will get you the best colors and the cleanest image possible and since it doesn’t matter how slow the shutter speed is because your using Tripod you can allow your self to use an ISO 50.
The other thing lets go down to white balance you can choose by scrolling using either your right or left navigation button scroll along the bottom to choose the best white balance available. This really depends on the kind of lighting that you're using if for example you're using regular household tungsten light bulbs and go ahead and set it tungsten if its florescent lights then set to florescent or ever if you needed to be very, very accurate color to what you're taking a picture of. The best thing to do is set it to custom white balance which is all the way at the end. There's custom white balance, now in order to set your costume white balance what you need to do is have a either a white or neutral grey piece of paper or a board underneath your lighting situation.
For example, in this case you would have it here in front of the subject lit with the same light source that you're going to use when taking the picture. And basically you can see in the screen it says menu evaluate white balance which means press the menu button to take a sample of your board in order to judge what the white balance should be the brackets in the center of the frame should be on the whiteboard or the grey target. So I'm just going to focus on my background because I do have light background in this case.
I will just go ahead and press the menu button and that takes a reading and now my white balance is set for my lighting situation. So lets go down one more now to drive mode and as you can see minus set to single drive mode and here I also have access to the timer modes. And what I'm going to want to do is set it to a two second timer. The two second timer is going to allow me to press the shutter button and then release and let go of the camera completely this will eliminate any kind of shaking from my hands of any kind so that’s a good mode to use when doing product photography.
I will just go ahead press the function button to escape the function menu. And now that everything is setup you would want to obviously also turn the flash off because you are using controlled lighting. I just press the flash button or the up navigation button to scroll to the different flash options until you see the no flash icon and lastly out your Tripod. Into the Tripod amount in the bottom of the camera set the camera down pointed at your subject press the shutter button, there's a shutter button press the shutter button halfway to focus on your subject. Then you can recompose the picture with the button still press halfway remember I'm assuming that the camera is on Tripod. I would press the button now the rest of the way quickly let go of the camera and then the picture is taken that it.