Learn how to optimize the Canon SD770 IS for product photography
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Canon SD770 IS: Set for Product Photography
If you’re going to use this camera for product photography there are a couple of things you need to set up and it’s really quite simple. Use the manual mode just like we use for just about every scene. Press the function button to access the function menu and make sure that’s at the manual.
This will allow you to set the wide balance, which is very important, and you also going to want to change the flash and maybe the ISO, so keep that on manual. Go ahead and go down to a wide balance and if it’s critical that the color is accurate. You can set a custom wide balance, otherwise go ahead and choose the most appropriate setting if the product happens to be outdoors that’s great.
Just to use cloudier day and if your indoors under tungsten you can use tungsten or fluorescent but if you have a lighting set up in you really want to get the most accurate color. You can go hide and choose custom which in this case what you can do, you can see it in my screen right now which says click the displayed button so we evaluate the wide balance and you’re going to want a white piece of paper or anything that it can be gray also.
Anything that is completely mutual of any color. So here’s for example my white piece of paper I’m going to put it in my scene and I’m going to press the displayed button. The brackets, it doesn’t have to fill the entire screen just so that the brackets in the center are on that white card or gray card. Go ahead and hit display and it should evaluate. Now, my flash was turned on so you noticed that it flashed, if I’m not going to use the flash in the product scene then I would get out of the function menu.
Choose no flash, go back into function and again hit the displayed button. Okay. Not that my white balance is set I can escape the function menu by pressing the function button again my flash is turned off because previously I chose to turn it off for the wide balance and so I don’t want to use it right now. My ISO is to 80 and this really depends on how much light you have you may need to turn it up a little bit because we’re not using the flash but if you have two 100 wide light bulbs that really should be enough.
I’m going to leave the flash off there’s my ISO at 80 and finally it really depends on how close you are to the subject you may or may not need to use the micro mode. The micro mode is located here and the little flower icon just press the left navigation button to access that mode and move over to macro, its set or given a second to go away. Now that I have my little flower macro icon I can focus on things closer than two feet and again just like with any picture rest the shutter button halfway to focus on your target. Rest the shutter button halfway if you don’t want the focus subject to be directly in the center. You can then keep the button pressed halfway and recompose the image like this and once your ready go ahead and press the shutter button the rest of the way to take the picture.
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