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Learn how to optimize the Canon A610/A620 for sports pictures
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In order to setup your camera for a sport scene what you want to do first is change the mode dial to TV. The TV mode allows you to set the shutter speed while the camera adjusts the aperture accordingly, so let’s turn the camera on and let’s access the function menu by pressing the function button to change our function settings.
First thing at the top, you’ll see ISO minus currently is set to 200 if you are outdoors and it’s a nice sunny day you certainly don’t need 200 I’d recommend going with 50. I'm going to change by and by pressing the left navigation button to get to 50 then I'm going to go down to white balance. My white balance is currently set to daylight, that’s great if you're outdoors and its daylight. However, you can change that setting pressing again the left or right navigation buttons we’ll change that you change to cloudy if you're indoors and they're using lighting then you can use tungsten or florescent depending on what lighting is available basically my recommendation is just scrolling through this different options and seeing what produces the best color in your situation.
Lets go down one more to the drive mode by default the drive mode is set to single shots and this is probably not what you want for sports, lets go ahead and use continues so we again press the right navigation but didn’t get down to continues and what continues will do is allow you to press the shutter button and hold it down while the button is held down the camera just keeps on taking pictures so you have—I think a better chance of capturing the picture the way you want it.
The other options their default setting is probably fine, if you haven’t change them up until now don’t worry about getting into those now. So lets press the function button to exit. And the TV mode or the shutter priority mode. You’ll notice that at the bottom of the screen your shutter speed is highlighted and there are two green arrows indicating that setting can change by using the left and right navigation buttons.
So if I press the right button my shutter speed is increase a faster shutter speed will allow me to stop a very fast motion. If I press the left navigation button the shutter speed is decrease which will allow more light into the camera but as slow as other speed will have more difficulty stopping fast motion so it depends on what sporting event it is and what the letting situation is. But you probably want the fastest shutter speed possible given the amount of light and its very important to know how to adjust that. So lets get into that.
Finally just before we do that let me just say that the flash should be turned off, press the up navigation button at the flash button to scroll through the different flash options until you get that no flash icon. So flash is not going to help with sports—more than likely your sporting a subject is too far away from the camera for the flash to do anything. So go ahead and just turn that off.
Okay, in order to know if the shutter speed is too fast which you want to do is press the shutter button halfway before anything happens do not taking any pictures you just want to see what the camera is setting. So right now my ISO is set to 50 and my shutter speed is set to 1 over 200 and my aperture is set to F 2.8. See the aperture is in red which means the camera can't allow for a bigger aperture but if that’s still not enough which means the picture will not be properly exposed. It may still better enough and I can say doesn’t bother me and I will just take the picture. But if I want to make sure that the picture is properly exposed I'm going to either change my ISO or change the shutter speed.
Currently, this is because I'm indoors and my lightings is not very bright my shutter speed is at one over 250 and that for sporting is not good enough. I'm actually going to want a faster shutter speed. So what I'm going to need to do is change my ISO. So lets release that button I'm going to press the function button to access the function menu. Again go up to ISO increase that to 200, press the function button to exit and again press the shutter button halfway and notice now that I'm at one over 250 and now my aperture is F5 which is great its also not in red which means that my pictures is well exposed and it also means that I can probably increase my shutter speed and still have a well exposed picture and stop the motion at the same time.
Again I had to increase the ISO because I'm indoors, if your outdoors and it’s a sunny day 50 will get you a great results you can even probably go up to one over 800 of a second and still have a well exposed image. I'm just going to right and release press the right navigation button to increase my shutter speed to one over 400 that’s pretty good, press the shutter speed again notice my aperture went down to F4 that’s still fine and its in white which means that my picture is going to be exposed just great. So this is a good setting for me so that is how the shutter speed should be adjusted prior to taking your pictures in order to make sure that you have the fastest possible shutter speed for the given amount of light.
Now also very, very important is focusing before the picture is taken. This will help you when you want to take the picture the camera doesn’t have to focus and therefore it will take the picture much, much faster. So again just as before press the shutter button halfway in order to lock focus, just like that I locked focus on my subject I can move it around I can recompose the image if I don’t want my subject perfectly centered and then once the subject is in motion or once the motion has entered the frame I can press the shutter button the rest of the way and the picture will be taken it will be sharp in focus and I know that it will also be properly exposed.