Compact camera tutorial

Telling compelling stories through images and movies

Creating great images that can convey a story or message to your viewers requires a combination of technical and artistic skills.

Canon cameras have a wide range of technology and features that will help you achieve the technical aspects of storytelling. But deciding what you include in the frame, what you leave out and the placement of key elements in your image all require your thought and artistic decisions.

Whichever camera you’re using, there is a range of techniques to tell a story through your photos. Canon tutor, Brian Worley explains how to get the most from your camera. He also reveals useful tips for shooting with your LEGRIA and explains how you add an extra element to your visual stories by printing your images using a PIXMA Wi-Fi printer.

Telling fascinating visual stories with your IXUS or PowerShot

Compact cameras like your IXUS or PowerShot often have extensive depth of field making them ideal to capture images that tell the full story of a subject and its environment. This month we will cover:

  • Maximising the depth of field
  • Using light trails to lead through a picture 

Maximise the depth of field

When you want to capture a scene in great deal to convey your story, Smart Auto on IXUS cameras automatically detects the scene as ‘landscape’ and changes settings accordingly. Some PowerShot cameras also have Av modes. In this case, select a small f number to maximise the depth of field and capture more of the scene in focus.

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Small cameras and those with a vari-angle LCD can be positioned such that they capture a significantly different view of each particular scene, allowing you to tell more of a story about a city scene, landscape or photo of people in context.

Tip: Use the leading lines of a pavement to draw the viewer in through the picture by holding the camera at floor level when taking cityscapes.

Use light trails to lead through a picture

Most cameras have a long exposure mode. Use this to capture photographs at night using moving traffic to provide lines that lead the viewer through the frame and convey a narrative of events – for example trucks arriving at a port or a solitary car journeying on an otherwise quiet road.

It can be a challenge to keep the camera still, so use a tripod or place the camera on a solid object like a window sill or wall to avoid unwanted camera shake.

If you’ve felt inspired to capture an image which tells a fascinating story, why not share it with the world. Upload them to The Gallery.