Learn how to optimize the Canon G10 for a dusk/dawn scene
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This camera does not have a dusk or dawn scene mode, so if you’re taking these kinds of pictures what I would recommend doing first of all you want to make sure that your mode dial is such to the P mode program. This will allow you to have control over ISO and white balance. The other thing with the mode dial, make sure that your ISO is such to 80 ISO and your exposure compensation is set at zero.
The other thing you want is to make sure that your flash is turned off. We are taking a picture of a landscape after all and flash is not going to help at all, so press the flash button right here. It’s the right navigation button and either use this dial or the left and right navigation bands to choose flash off. It set or just give it a second to go away. Make sure your white balance is set to daylight. This is very important in the getting started guide we set up jour white balance to the short cut button so go ahead, press the short cut button, and choose daylight. Press set to accept that and now that our white balance is set to daylight, our ISO is set to 80, 80 will get us the best most smoothest colors in the sky.
Again this is a landscape so you can set the camera on a tripod if the shutter speed is too slow to handhold. So the flash is turned off, and that’s pretty much it. You’re ready to go, go ahead and press the shutter button halfway. It probably wants to put that focusing square over the horizon, so focus on your subject. Press the shutter button halfway, the focus on your subject. Once that focusing square has turned green you can go ahead and hold that button pressed halfway and recompose the image the way you want it. Put the horizon either if you want at the top third or bottom third or anywhere usually not in the center.
Once y our picture is composed the way you like it, go ahead and press the shutter button at the rest of the way. Now keep in mind to know whether you can handhold the picture or not. Go ahead and press the shutter button halfway and you’ll get your shutter speed down here at the bottom. If t his shutter speed is slower than 160 at of a second, you may want to consider using a tripod. It gets very difficult to handhold the camera if it’s lower than 160 of a second.
A lot of times 130 of a second may still be okay, you can also try and set the camera down on something as supposed to using a tripod but if you do have a tripod available go ahead and use that. It’ll be the best. If you do need to use a tripod because your shutter speed is too slow then what I would recommend doing, anytime you use a tripod. This is a good idea go ahead and press the down navigation button to access the drive mode little timer and continuous icons right there. Access the drive mode and all the way at the bottom yo have your ten or two second timer. Press the menu button while that is still displayed to access those options.
So press this again and I’ll press menu and I want myself timer to be on two seconds, so I’ll just move that over to two seconds and hit sets to okay. Now I’m set to the two seconds timer. You can also access this to through the main record menu but now that I have it set up to two seconds every time. I go in to this drive mode two seconds will be the option as supposed to ten seconds. Two seconds is great if I want to set the camera down on a tripod, press the shutter release and just kind of release the camera in order have it stop shaking before the picture is taken. The camera will have two seconds to kind of settle down and that will keep it from shaking and I’ll get a better picture over all. So this is a good idea if you are using a tripod in your shot.
Finally just remember as always go ahead and press the shutter button, place the focusing square on your target. In this case, it may be the horizon; you need to find some contrast in the image, so either that horizon or the edge of a cloud, press the shutter button halfway. Wait for that focusing square to turn green it shouldn‘t take very long and then with the button pressed halfway recompose the image you want it and then go ahead and press the button at the rest of the way.
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