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    Help with new Canon camera please...

    Folks, I got a new Canon PowerShot A590 IS with 8.0-mega pixel resolution. I got it exclusively for shots of my watches.

    I realize I may not have gotten the best camera for that, but I am operating on a huge budget deficit. Any advice on how to get the kind of detailed closeup shots I am looking for---the kind we see on this site all the time----operating with this camera?

    Please, let me know..thanks in advance for any assistance.

    rich

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    Re: Help with new Canon camera please...

    Quote Originally Posted by Tanksoldier View Post
    Any advice on how to get the kind of detailed closeup shots I am looking for---the kind we see on this site all the time----operating with this camera?

    rich
    Use the macro [flower icon, usually] mode and set your camera up on a mini-table-top tripod near your subject.

    Make sure your subject is very well lit -- a desktop lamp works well, especially a pure white light. You can also set up a few white pieces of paper or cardboard standing near the watch to reflect light from all angles.

    Point your camera at your subject and see if it is able to focus. If it can, move the subject a bit closer and see if it can still focus. Repeat until you find the closest it can get before it cannot focus.

    Frame the shot as you like, then use the countdown timer (or remote if you have one) so that the camera does not shake from you pushing the button. You can turn IS off for macro shots like this, since you don't need it.

    The key is -- tripod, plenty of light, use macro mode and find closest focus.

    Post some shots when you have them! =)


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    Re: Help with new Canon camera please...

    Thank you kindly...am learning......

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    Re: Help with new Canon camera please...

    Quote Originally Posted by spluurfg View Post
    You can turn IS off for macro shots like this, since you don't need it.
    Regarding IS and tripods, I saw this using a quick look-up on Google. I'm sure there is more info (opinions?) out there...

    http://www.dlcphoto.com/TripodAndIS.htm

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    Hi Tank soldier,

    Also use the timer function. You will be amazed about your first resuls when using the timer on a tripod. If there is plenty of light, you can try it without tripod. You need to take the photo direct after focussing.



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    Re: Help with new Canon camera please...

    Your setup for all shots should look something like the below for general use, your pics will love you for it, yours may or may not have all the below but damn close. As suggested use a mini tripod and set the timer on 2 seconds. Use the macro setting by the buttons on the back

    Make your general setup like this on the A series, from a recent review I did elsewhere. After that its about lighting and the angle of the watch to best use the lighting which should be natural or outdoor lighting to avoid color cast


    Mode Dial: P (top of camera, not set to P you cannot access all the settings)

    Menu in Shooting Mode
    (Menu Button)

    First Menu
    AF Frame: Center (the focus point)
    AF Frame Size: Small (the focus point size)
    Digital Zoom: Standard
    Flash Sync: 1st Curtain
    Slow Sync: Off
    Red Eye: On (maybe in the back flash button)
    Safety FE: On
    MF-Point Zoom: On
    Safety MF: On
    AF-Assist Beam: On
    Review: 2 or 3 Seconds (the minimum)
    Display Overlay: Gridlines
    IS Mode: Shoot Only
    Converter: None
    Date Stamp: Off
    Set Button: ISO (back buttons shortcut)

    Second Menu
    Mute: On
    Startup Image: Off
    Power Saving: On, 30 Seconds
    File Numbering: Continuous
    Create Folder: Off
    Auto Rotate: Off
    Lens Retract: 1 Minute
    Video System: NYSC
    Print Method: Auto

    Menu in Viewing Mode
    Too many to list and have never used them!

    Set Button Menu
    (Button in Center of Ring on Back)

    ISO: 80
    White Balance: Auto
    Drive Mode: Up to you
    Color: Vivid (maybe no vivid personal preference)
    Flash: 0
    Metering: Center Weighted
    Resolution: Superfine
    Size: L

    Back Buttons

    Flash: Off
    Exposure Compensation: 0
    (rest are personal preference)
    Last edited by JMS; August 1st, 2008 at 02:38.
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