How To Guide: Using Modes

Moving off the Auto

Picture_Tutorial_p2Portrait Mode

Portrait Mode chooses the optimal settings for photographing people. The camera will produce images with maximum background blur and smooth, pleasing skin tones. Holding down the shutter will activate continuous shooting, useful when trying to capture a subject with their eyes fully open and for the ideal expression. The pop-up flash will activate if shooting in shade or low light to provide extra illumination.

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Wake me up inside, © Christian Oliver Harris 2012, Canon EOS 1000D

What your EOS does: The camera sets a large aperture to give maximum background blur, a suitable shutter speed for hand-holding the camera based on the conditions and a low ISO so your pictures are clear from noise. The Portrait Picture Style is selected which reduces sharpness and produces natural skin tones. The pop-up flash (with red-eye reduction) will activate if the camera tries to set a shutter speed that may produce camera shake.

Other types of photo to try: Food and still life photography can also take advantage of the Portrait Mode's maximum background blur to isolate the subject from the background.

Lens Option:EF 50mm f/1.8 II¹
Compact and lightweight with a wide maximum aperture, this lens is a great choice for shooting portraits.

¹ Requires Mount Adapter EF-EOS M for EOS M.

Picture_Tutorial_p2_03Sports Mode

Sports Mode is for capturing subjects that move such as cars, surfers or athletes. Switch to this mode to achieve the highest possible shutter speeds. The camera switches to a focus mode that allows you to track the subject by half pressing the shutter. Fully depress the button to take the shot. Holding the shutter down activates continuous firing mode to get the perfect moment, allowing you to capture a number of frames in quick succession.

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Got Cable, © Alexander Jung 2013, Canon EOS 5D Mark III

What your EOS does: In Sports Mode the camera automatically sets a fast shutter speed to freeze the action and avoid subject movement blur. A large aperture maximises background blur to isolate your subject. The Standard Picture Style is utilised for balanced colour and sharpness. The pop-up flash is disabled so in low light situations to maintain high shutter speeds the camera may select a high ISO.

Something to try: A fast shutter speed is not just useful for sports action. Children and animals can require a fast shutter speed to prevent movement blur. Using the Sports Mode's continuous shooting can also be useful; take lots of frames and select the ones with the best expressions afterwards.

Lens Option:EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II²
Compact and affordable with powerful telephoto performance this lens gets you closer to the action.

² Requires Mount Adapter EF-EOS M for EOS M or an EF-S mount Canon DSLR body indicated by a white square on the lens mount.

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