When using the EOS M3 outdoors, the bright sunlight may affect the visibility of the rear LCD monitor display. Using an external EVF can help overcome this issue. Additionally, functions such as the exposure compensation dial operate just like those of a DSLR, thus allowing you to enjoy genuine landscape photography. In this article, I will show you how to capture beautiful natural sceneries using some professional functions that the EOS M3 possesses. (Reported by: GOTO AKI)
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Capturing the scenery of a vast flower field with good balance
Display the grid and create a composition based on the Rule of Thirds
When you see a field of rape blossoms awash in a sea of yellow in front of you, you may be at a loss over how to capture the scene. In this case, the first thing you could do is to choose a flower with beautifully formed petals among the tall flowers. Make that flower the main subject, and position the camera such that sunlight appears to be shining at an oblique angle. Set the grid in the display settings to [Grid 1], and press the [INFO.] button to display the grid in the rear LCD monitor.
EOS M3/ EF-M22mm f/2.0 STM/22mm (35mm-equivalent)/ Aperture-priority AE mode (f/2, 1/4,000 sec, EV+0.3)/ ISO 200/WB: Sunlight/ Picture Style: Landscape
In the shot above, the main subject was placed at the intersection point of grid to achive good picture balance under the Rule of Thirds. The aperture value was set to the maximum of f/2 and the focusing distance was kept at the minimum of 15cm, in order to achieve a soft expression with a large bokeh effect.
[My shooting procedure]
- Found a tall flower in the flower bed.
- Fit a lens with large aperture onto the camera.
- Displayed the 3×3 grid, and used it to position the rape blossoms accordingly.
- Closed up on the subject and shot at the closest focusing distance of the lens.
Position the main subject at the intersection point of the 3×3 grid
You can make the photo look more stable by positioning the rape blossoms at the intersection point of the 3×3 grid.
The position of the subject will look off if you don't use the grid
If you shoot without the grid, the main subject may be captured in an awkward position, thus disrupting the balance of the photo.
Suppress white blowout and black crush to bring out the details
Set the Auto Lighting Optimizer to [Strong]
Due to the tunnel-shape geological formation, there is a huge difference in brightness within the cave. Thus I used the Auto Lighting Optimizer setting here, since a direct shot will result in blowout and black crush. There are altogether four Automatic Lighting Optimizer settings: [Strong], [Standard], [Low] and [Disable]. If you set it to [Strong] in this situation, the colour gradient of the scenery would appear with a natural depiction. Since intense light changes occurs in many scenes during landscape photography, you can generally set the optimizer to [Standard], and then select the level according to the lighting condition. This function to automatically correct the brightness and contrast is very convenient.
EOS M3/ EF-M11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM/11mm (18mm-equivalent)/ Aperture-priority AE mode (f/16, 1/10 sec, EV -1.7)/ISO 400 / WB: Sunlight/ Picture Style: Landscape
When I entered the cave, I was concerned about the contrast between the dazzling sunlight and the tunnel. The colour gradient of the cave and water surface was faithfully expressed using the Auto Lighting Optimizer to correct the brightness and contrast, thus creating a natural presentation.
[My shooting procedure]
- Observed the light in the cave and determined whether the contrast is strong.
- Shot with the Auto Lighting Optimizer set to [Disable]
- Changed the setting to [Strong] since the sea surface appeared blown out.
- Checked that the contrast was softened in the regenerated image.
Blowout occurs if Auto Lighting Optimizer is set to [Disable]
If the scene was shot with the Auto Lighting Optimizer set to [Disable], the colour gradient of the water surface in the tunnel will be blown out. This would have been reflected if the [Strong] setting was used instead.
Born in 1972 in Kanagawa Prefecture and graduated from Sophia University and Tokyo College of Photography. Goto published a photo collection work titled "Land Escapes," and is also actively engaged in works such as "Water Silence," an installation that merges photographs with videos.
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