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Old 06-17-2006, 04:48 AM
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Canon settings

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I have a Canon digital photo and I used only automatic settings. I want to learn more about manual settings because it is a different mode to shot the best photos than auto mode, I think. Also, what is the best method, manual or digital zoom? I want to know how to correct in manual mode the light of landscape, buildings, portrait... for the day or night shot. Thanks in advance. Sorry for my english!
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Old 06-17-2006, 07:59 AM
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Not specific to Canon, but here is site with a whole load of information that you might find useful.

http://dpfwiw.com/exposure.htm
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Old 06-17-2006, 08:40 AM
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You don't say which camera you have. Canon makes several cameras.

In addition to online learning, of which there are several places you might find helpful, I'd suggest a hand-on program at a community college or a camera club in your area. With those you have the benefit of camaraderie and critique all in one.

The site mentioned above is a good one. Be aware, however, that photography has its own terminology just like any other hobby or profession. Once you get the terminology down, you will understand more.

Good luck,

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Old 06-17-2006, 08:57 AM
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VeryWierd and Janet Petty, thanks for informations. I don't specified the model of my camera because I have requested general informations for manual settings. In fact, I have a Canon PowerShot A70, 3,2 Mp ( my documentation is in german language) and I want to buy a superior model of Canon. I know that every model of camera has distinct settings but through comparison, I could see the general mode of parameters setting.
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Old 09-21-2006, 04:57 PM
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Oltenius,

A camera in fully automatic mode will do more or less decent job if you need to shoot a reasonable size object in 5-10 meters in front of you (daylight). Landscapes are usually not too bad, assuming the camera focus on a distant object (by default autofocus will target the centre of your picture). I believe you can do manual focus in PowerShot, but this probably is the least user friendly feature of Canon cameras. In high end cameras (not sure about PowerShot) there are programs that will set the parameters correctly for a given type of photo (landscape, candlelight etc). I would not use digital zoom as it magnifies the image by reducing resolution (basically works the same way as zoom tool in Photoshop).

I would think there must be mountains of info on the photography techniques available online. I have a few links that were in my bookmark folder for some time (not entirely sure how useful they are). As Janet pointed out, beware of lingo.

http://www.photo.net/learn/making-photographs/ (and other tutorials on the cite).
http://home.surewest.net/frcn/AutoManual.html
http://home.surewest.net/frcn/Camera.html

If you are looking at high end Canon, they make excellent cameras starting from EOS series (EOS Rebel (North America), E350D (Europe)). Price-wise (unfortunately) you are looking at completely different ballpark.

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Old 09-21-2006, 05:39 PM
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This is a site that discusses Canon and other cameras

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/forum.asp?forum=1010
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Old 09-21-2006, 06:11 PM
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Pavel & Skydog, Thanks for the interesting informations. I know that my camera hasn't a professional quality but... it's mine! I found an english documentation with many infos about manual settings. Hope to buy another model but my check has every day 1/2 of total money
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Old 09-21-2006, 09:14 PM
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Quote:
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Pavel & Skydog, Thanks for the interesting informations. I know that my camera hasn't a professional quality but... it's mine! I found an english documentation with many infos about manual settings. Hope to buy another model but my check has every day 1/2 of total money
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Dan
Dan,
My apologies. I have no intention whatsoever to imply anything negative.... It's always a question on how much you want to spend vs what you expect to get. And no matter how much you spend, there is always something better... I was looking at Canon EOS for some time, finally I had to settle for something less expensive...

I was about to suggest to check Canon cite for English manual....

Pavel
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Old 09-22-2006, 07:25 AM
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Pavel, I appreciated your informations, anything negative!!! It's my joke with ...but it's mine
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Old 09-23-2006, 12:09 AM
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Canon also has a very nice learning center:

http://photoworkshop.com/canon/

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