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  1. #1
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    Question Beginner to camera menu/settings -HELP

    Hey everyone,

    Well, thanks to this site i purchased the Canon PowerShot A710 IS!

    I'm basically trying to get recommendations from all you pros/enthusiasts out there in different settings. I'm completely new to shutters speeds/lag/times/and all those settings in cameras..what do you recommend for
    portraits,
    outdoor,
    and indoors?.. Please get back to me ASAP. Take care!
    Last edited by BigJimb0; 04-16-2007 at 06:53 PM.

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    Welcome, Jimbo. The A710 is a great little camera. But sorry, your question doesn't have a simple answer.

    To get the desired exposure for a particular shot you pay attention to aperture (the size of the lens opening), shutter speed, and ISO (light sensitivity of the sensor). These three things determine the amount of light that the camera "sees." They also affect things like depth-of-field (the range of the scene that's in focus), motion blur, and image quality. Aperature, shutter speed, and ISO are interdependant variables--changes in one affects the others.

    Having said that, what settings you would use depend on the light available and what you want your picture to look like.

    Here's two suggestions to get started. First, read a good book. Many beginners find Bryan Peterson's Understanding Exposure to be extremely helpful. Second, take a bunch of pictures in different situations in auto setting. Look at what the camera chooses for shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. Study how the pictures look. Do the same for the "creative zone" settings (portrait, sports, night time, etc.)

    I found the learning curve to be steep but not too long. The hard part is putting it use effectively. The beauty of digital is that you can experiment till the cows come home and not have to worry about the expense of film and processing.
    Last edited by AdamW; 04-17-2007 at 11:54 AM.
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