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Learn how to optimize the Canon G10 for people-in-landscapes pictures
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When capturing people in landscapes the idea is to focus on the person, but also have the background behind them then focus. So the idea is to try to get everything from the foreground to the background and focus and it’s very similar to setting up a standard landscape but you would probably want to use the flash in order to eliminate any kind of shadows from your subject’s face. And then kindly bring them out a little bit more in the picture.
So what you can do is turn your mode dial so SCN. SCN stands for Scene and we have a landscape scene. Let me just use your dial in the back to turn and try and find the landscape scene here it is and with the landscape scene. What happens is everything is automated and then come it tries to get everything in focus. As you can see, the focusing square in the center is now gone, but if I have somebody in foreground, I should be able to focus on them. The ISO is set to automatic, and my wide balance is also set to automatic. Since we’re outdoors, wide balance is okay because other wide balance is really best for outdoor pictures, but it is still best to actually set it to daylight. The ISO will be automatically set once I press my shadow release halfway. My flash right now is turned off by default but I can choose to turn it on. All we need to do is press the flash button right here, the right navigation button, and you can scroll over to flash on, press set. The reason why you don’t want to choose auto flash is because again, we’re outdoors, and the camera is going to assume that there’s enough light so it’ll choose not to use the flash. This is why we want to force the camera to use the flash by turning it on.
Now, basically all you do is to go ahead and press the shutter button halfway. Wait for the camera to try and find the focus, and then the mirror may not find the focus and may have to release and try again until you were able to find the focus on the person.
Now, because there is no focusing square in the center, I'm not really sure whether the camera is going to focus. So I don’t like this mode. The other way you can do it, and the way I would recommend to do it is very, very simple.
For your mode dial, don’t use the scene mode use the picture value. The picture value mode will allow you to set a picture, which will allow the camera to try and get everything in focus. So again, just as before make sure your flash was turned on, make sure your wide balance is set to daylight, so I’ll just press my short cut button, and will be getting started to guide and set up my shortcut button to access in the wide balance. And I’ll just use the dial here to move the wide balance option, until I get to either cloudy or daylight in this case, and then hit set.
Now I'm forcing my flash, my wide balance is set, my ayase is probably set to 80 and this is great because we really should have enough light in this picture so I don’t need any higher than 80, and 80 will give me the best color possible with the least amount of grain.
Down here, you’ll notice that my F-stop, my picture setting is probably 3.5 which os not good. This is not going to give me a very large of the field, and not everything will be on focus. I’ll just use the dial, and move this over to eight. Now I'm on F8 and outdoors and the daylight, these should really be just fine because it has absolutely no problem with this, and I can just go ahead and take my picture.
Now, the flash depending on how close I am to my subject, maybe a little bit to strum. If I am closer then let’s say five feet from the subject, and then I should probably trying to reduce the power of the flash, so as to not completely over expose the subject. So what to do is just press the function button right here in the center to access the function menu and the go down to the flash exposure compensation and just use your dial and move that little green dash into the minus area. You may want to choose minus one, and see if that works out for you. If it’s still too bright, you can go down to minus two, and that should certainly not to be too bright. This is god for pictures where the subject is. I’ll take probably a foot away from the camera, so try minus one, maybe minus 2/3 and a set to okay.
Now we can go ahead and take a picture just as we would any other picture, focus on your target again with people like to put the focusing square on their eyes, or somewhere on their face. Test the shutter button halfway and once that focusing square turns green. I heard a double beep coming from the camera so I know everything is in focus. I can then recompose the image. I don’t want my subject to be in the center, because I also want to see the background, some is going to move the subject over the side into a little bit and took them down to their eyes at about 2/3 and then go ahead and press the button the rest of the way to take the picture.
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