Tips & Tutorials

EOS M10 Lesson 1: Controlling brightness and background blur to enhance your subject

Canon’s latest mirrorless camera offering, the EOS M10 with its lightweight and chic design, has gained popularity thanks to its ease of use even for those who are not proficient with a camera! Join me as I explain more in this beginner’s guide to using the built-in Creative Assist function on the EOS M10. (Photos by: Yuji Ogura, Edited by:Etica)

In Lesson 1, I will share with you 2 tips that will help you take impressive photos – how to control the brightness and the degree of background blur of a photo. The Creative Assist function provides easy-to-understand options for the various finishing effects, allowing you to operate shoot with ease. Skilfully enhance your subject to take photos that you will love!

 

Adjust image brightness to change the look of your photos

Depending on the subject or situation, the brightness of your photos may appear different from what you intended. If this happens, try using the Creative Assist function to adjust the image brightness. By doing so, you can have fun changing how your photos look.

 Here I will show you the difference in effect using photos of the same subject. I captured some objects placed by a window, and created a bright finish, which made the photo look refreshing with a soft ambience. When I created a dark finish, the photo gave a mellow and calm impression.

 

A brighter shot

EOS M10/ EF-M15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM/ Creative Assist/ Brightness +2

 

A darker shot

EOS M10/ EF-M15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM/ Creative Assist/ Brightness -2

 

Creative Assist function: How to adjust image brightness

(1) Select "Creative Assist".

 

(2) Select the “Brightness” icon

 

(3) Move the slider to adjust to your preferred brightness. Adjusting toward the “+” side makes your photos brighter,while adjusting toward the “-“ side makes it darker.

 

Change the look of your photos by adjusting the background blur

Creating bokeh by adjusting the degree of background blur both enhances the main subject and softens the look of the photo. Conversely, when you put the whole scene in focus, the entire photo appears sharp. To get your desired image, try using the Creative Assist function to adjust the blur. 

Take a look at the examples to below to see the difference in effect for the same subject. A blurred finish makes the flower look softer, whereas a sharp finish not only makes the flower but also the photo as a whole look sharp.

Blurred shot

EOS M10/ EF-M15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM/ Creative Assist/ Background +2

 

Sharp shot

EOS M10/ EF-M15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM/ Creative Assist/ Background +4

 

Creative Assist function: How to control background blur (bokeh)

(1) Select "Creative Assist".

 

(2) Select the icon for "Background".

 

(3) Move the slider to adjust to your preferred level of background blur. The higher the value, the greater the level of blur in the photo, and the lower the value, the sharper the photo will look.

 

 

When you control the brightness and background blur, you can take photos like these!

Brighten the photo to beautifully capture kale leaves made transparent with light.

EOS M10/ EF-M15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM/ Creative Assist/ Brightness +3
[Shooting Conditions] Shooting location (weather): Outdoor (sunny), State of light (strength, direction): Soft light / backlight

 

Darken the photo to give the camellia flower a mellow, muted look

EOS M10/ EF-M15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM/ Creative Assist/ Brightness -5
[Shooting Conditions] Shooting location (weather): Outdoor (cloudy), State of light (strength, direction): Soft light / oblique light from the right

 

Increase the background blur to make bright red, ripened nandina berries stand out.

EOS M10/ EF-M15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM/ Creative Assist/ Background +2
[Shooting Conditions] Shooting location (weather): Outdoor (cloudy), State of light (strength, direction): Soft light / direct light

 

Reduce the blur to sharply capture right to the end of a Torii-lined path at a shrine.

EOS M10/ EF-M15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM/ Creative Assist/ Background +4
[Shooting Conditions] Shooting location (weather): Outdoor (cloudy), State of light (strength, direction): Soft light / oblique light from the right

 

TIP: Try changing the aspect ratio of the photo!

You can adjust the ratio of width to height of a photo by changing the aspect ratio. As shown below, the look of the photo changes with each aspect ratio (3:2, 4:3, 1:1, and 16:9), so do experiment with them.

 

1:1: Square. Popular on social media such as Instagram.

 

16:9: Optimal ratio for viewing on TV. The longer side is considerably longer than the shorter side.

 

3:2: Same ratio as that used for 35mm film. This aspect ratio is used for standard photos.

 

4:3: Commonly used for compact digital cameras. This aspect ratio is closer to 1:1 than 3:2, and is easier to use when composing photos, even for beginners.

 


EOS M10 Kit (EF-M15-45mm)

 

A mirrorless camera perfect for beginners as it can be used freely and with ease, just like a smartphone. The Creative Assist function provides easy-to-understand options for finishing effects, which lets users understand the effects without having to know any technical jargon. The body and lens are compact and lightweight, which make it a joy to use as it can be carried around with ease.

 

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Yuji Ogura

Ogura’s work in photography expands from shooting photographic works to development and printing films. He is one of the tutors at the “Camera Biyori Photography School”. He started his career as an engineer at a film laboratory and later establishes his own “mogu camera” lab. He also runs the “mogu sun” portrait studio.

 

Etica

Edits Japanese camera magazine “Camera Biyori”and the other numerous books, and organizes events. Also run the photography school, “Tanoshii Camera School”
(@tanoshiicamera).

 

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