Learn how to optimize the Canon G10 for product photography
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With Product Photography, I highly recommend getting two light bulbs to illuminate the subjects. I don’t like using the flash because it doesn’t have a very good look that may over expose the subject and its very one directional. So unless you use an external flash and have it off to the side of the camera, but we don’t do that here. I'm just going to use two very simple one hundred watt light bulbs to illuminate my subjects. That is exactly what I have going on right now and this means that I want to turn the flash off in the camera so press the flash button inhere to access the flash options and with the dial. Just move over to flash off. Press set, or give it a second to go away because amusing regular light bulbs, I want to change my wide balance to match the light source.
So previously in the getting started guide, I went ahead and set up my shortcut button to access wide balance, so I’ll just click that, and I’ll move over to fluorescent. I'm using two fluorescent light bulbs and I’ll go ahead and press set. When my color is accurate, my flash is turned off, I just want to make sure that my Ayase is properly set so what I'm going to do is out press the shutter button halfway. It doesn’t matter if I found the focus point or not at this point. I just want to make sure that my shutter speed is fasten off so I can hand hold this shut. If you’re using a tripod, this is irrelevant and you would definitely want to use 80 to maintain the best image quality.
So in this case, I do have enough light and my Ayase was set to 80 which are great, so I don’t need anything other than that. Other thing that I want to do is in this case, my subject is very close to the camera so I'm going to set the macro mode. Let’s go ahead and press the flower icon and press it again to access macro when you hit set. We’re given a second to go away.
Now, I've got my flash turned off, my ayase I know was properly set and the macro mode is set so I can focus on the subjects close by and my wide balance is set to fluorescent which is the light source that I have been going right now.
Now, what I want to do is like what every picture would in focus on the target where you want the focus point to be, press the shutter button half way. The camera was able to lock a focus point and I can recompose the image. I don’t necessarily want what’s in focus to be right in the center of the frame. So I’ll just go ahead and recompose. You can mind the button is still pressed halfway that focus is locked on the eyes and now, I can just go ahead and press the shutter button the rest of the way to take the picture.
If color is very, very critical, and setting the wide balance to fluorescent isn’t as exact as you may need it, then you can set what’s called the custom wide balance. I’ll show you how to do that. Go ahead and access the wide balance menu. I’ll press my short cut button, and I’ll move over to custom. We have two custom wide balance options so in case you’re taking product photography outdoors, or product photography indoors, you can set up one for indoor and one for outdoor. What you set will remain in the cameras memory until the next time you set that, press that wide balance. So in order to set the custom wide balance, as you can see here, I'm over custom wide balance number one. I have these little brackets in the center of the frame and it says it display three value at the wide balance.
What I want to do is place a neutral weight card or gray card in my frame, so I’ll just put this right there and you don’t need the white board to cover the entire frame, you just need it to be over the brackets on the center of the frame, but it doesn’t need to be in your light source. So make sure that it is very close to where the subject is going to be in the light source, and then go ahead and just press the display button.
Okay, the calibration is done. It just blinks a little bit, and that’s it. And now, that wide balance has been set. Now I can press the set button to escape, and I'm using a custom wide balance that has been calibrated exactly to my light source. And now, just as with before, press the button halfway focus on your target. Hold that button pressed halfway, recompose the image and just rest of the way to take the picture.
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