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[Lesson 2] Basic setting and tips for your EOS M

In the second lesson, let’s learn about the basic settings to determine before taking a photo using the EOS M, as well as methods to adjust the focus. If you intend to start using a mirrorless camera, or have just purchased a new camera, this series of articles provide easy-to-understand lessons on techniques for capturing charming photos using the EOS M, which boasts high image quality and is yet simple to operate even by beginners. By learning the basics of cameras and photos, you will be able to produce the shots you desire with ease. (Written & Organized by: Camera Biyori Editorial Department)

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Q: How do we choose a camera setting?

A: Prior to taking a photo, it is useful to determine settings such as the format for recording your images, grid display during shooting, AF method, and shooting mode.

For the image-recording quality, you are recommended to select "L," the highest quality, as indicated by the icon with a smooth slope. This setting allows you to maintain a high image quality even in large photo prints.

"Grid display" displays grid lines that can be used as a reference for checking the verticality or horizontality of architectural structures or the horizon, as well as for composing a well-balanced shot.

For the focusing method, it would be convenient to set "AF method" to "FlexiZone - Single" if the subject is stationary, and select "FlexiZone - Multi" if it is moving. If the subject is moving, you are also encouraged to set "Continuous AF" to "Enable" to allow the camera to maintain the focus on the subject.

For beginners in photography, the "Creative Auto (CA)" shooting mode is recommended, as it allows users to adjust the extent of the bokeh and the atmosphere of the resulting image easily.

Q: What are the tips for adjusting the focus?

A: Start by "half-pressing" the shutter button.

1: Start by half-pressing the shutter button to achieve focus
Press the shutter button down lightly (halfway) to achieve focus on the subject, followed by pressing it down all the way to take a picture. If you press the shutter button all the way down in a single stroke, the image may turn out defocused.

When the shutter button is half-pressed, an electronic "beep" sound is emitted and the frame of the AF point changes its color when focus is achieved.

If focus is not achieved, the frame of the AF point does not change its color.

2: Do not move the camera forward or backward after focus is established!
Focus is achieved according to the distance from the subject to the camera. While only a small AF frame appears on the screen for focusing, focus is actually achieved on all parts of the subject that are located on the same plane. Be careful therefore not to move the camera forward or backward after focus is achieved. Doing so may also cause the point in focus to shift as a result.

1: Shoot with the camera facing the subject

2: Shoot from above the subject at an angle

Focus falls on the plane that is away from the camera. In this example, focus is established on the entire green surface (Polar bear is in focus for photo 1, polar bear and giraffe is in focus for photo 2). The longer the distance from the focal plane, the larger would be the resulting bokeh effect.

Canon's first mirrorless camera, the EOS M, comes in four color variations (black, red, white, and silver) so you can pick one according to your preference.

Camera Biyori

Camera Biyori is a Japanese photography magazine introducing charming photos and daily joy with cameras. Suggesting fun activities relating to cameras and photography, Camera Biyori editorial department also offer the "Camera Biyori Photography School" to recommend its readers to engage in photography and have fun.

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