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EOS M10 Lesson 2: Controlling contrast and saturation to enhance your subject

The EOS M10, Canon’s latest mirrorless camera, is the perfect model for beginners! In this article, lets take a look at how the Creative Assist mode makes achieving your ideal photo as easy as 1-2-3. (Photos by: Yuji Ogura, Edited by: Etica)

In Lesson 2 I will talk about the Contrast and Saturation settings, which are the deciding factors for changing the final look of your photos. The EOS M10’s Creative Assist mode is a handy feature that provides easy-to-understand options without bogging you down with photography terms, and allows you to control the contrast and saturation with ease. Once you master Contrast and Saturation, in addition to the “Brightness” and “Background” settings, which I have talked about in Lesson 1, you will be able to create a finish that better suits your preferences.

 

Adjust the contrast to change the look of your photos

"Contrast" refers to the difference between light and dark.

When you set a higher contrast in Creative Assist mode, the bright areas will appear brighter, while the dark areas will be darker, which gives you a photo that “pops” and looks sharper. When you set a lower contrast, there is less difference between the light and dark areas, which makes your photos look less sharp in that aspect. 

Take a look at the difference in effect for the same subject. In the pictures below, a higher contrast makes the woman appear colder. Finishing the photo with a lower contrast makes the photo look a bit “softer” and the woman appear kinder.

Taking photos with high contrast

EOS M10/ EF-M15-45mm f/.5-6.3 IS STM/ Creative Assist/ Contrast +2

 

Taking photos with low contrast

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

 

Creative Assist function: How to adjust contrast

(1) Select "Creative Assist".

 

(2) Select the “Contrast” icon.

 

(3) Move the slider to adjust to your preferred contrast setting. Adjusting toward the “+” side makes your photo look sharper,while adjusting toward the “-“ side gives it a softer look.

 

Adjust saturation to change the look of your photos

"Saturation" refers to the intensity of colours. When you want to make the colours of objects such as plants, miscellaneous goods, and buildings more intense, set the intensity towards "Vivid", or if you want to create a calmer impression, set the intensity towards "Neutral". 

Here,  I will show you the difference in effect using photos of the same subject. When you finish your photos with more intense colours, the colours will appear more vivid overall. Conversely, when you finish your photos with more neutral colours, the colours will appear more faded overall.

Taking photos that are more vivid

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

 

Taking photos that are more neutral

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

 

Creative Assist function: How to adjust saturation

(1) Select "Creative Assist".

 

(2) Select the “Saturation” icon.

 

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

 

When you control the contrast and saturation, you can take photos like these!

Set a higher contrast to create a cool photo using light and shadow

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

 

Set a lower contrast to create a calming impression of the fence with its cute shape

EOS M10/ EF-M15-45mm f/.3.5-6.3 IS STM/ Creative Assist/ Contrast -4
[Shooting Conditions] Shooting location (weather): Outdoor (sunny), State of light (strength, direction): Soft light / slight backlight

 

Increasing the intensity enhances the redness of the fire bucket

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

 

Reducing the intensity evokes a sense of nostalgia
EOS M10/ EF-M15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM/ Creative Assist/ Intensity -2
[Shooting Conditions] Shooting location (weather): Outdoor (cloudy), State of light (strength, direction): Soft light / slight backlight

 


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.

 

Click here for more details

 


 

 

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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