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EOS M3 Photo Technique  - Snapshots -

Taking photos with the EOS M3 is fun. The EVF lets you create compositions with ease so that you can concentrate on taking the shot. Its small, lightweight and easy-to-hold body makes casual snapshots a breeze, and even familiar scenes turn out looking especially brilliant. Here, I will introduce some street photography techniques that make use of the camera’s potential. (Reported by: Maiko Fukui)

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Making jam on a scone look delicious

Use Creative Assist to increase the saturation

Warm colours and colour saturation can make food look more delicious. In this case, the focus is on the lovely colour of the jam. To make this colour sparkle and the food look more delicious, I used the EF-M22mm f/2.0 STM to create a full bokeh effect, and used it as a macro lens by zooming in on the jam until a distance of 15cm. I also placed a teacup in the background so as to create the atmosphere of a café.
Using Creative Assist to adjust the [Background] to [+1], [Brightness] to [+3], [Saturation] to [+3], and [Colour tone] to [+4], I achieved the finishing that I intended, and the resulting photo looks even more inviting. Even if you are unfamiliar with technical terms such as WB and exposure compensation, you can still adjust the colour tone intuitively while checking the rear LCD screen.

EOS M3/ EF-M22mm f/2.0 STM/ FL: 22mm (35mm equivalent focal length of 35.2mm)/ Creative Assist (f/2.8, 1/1,000 sec, EV+1.0)/ ISO 1600/ WB: Auto/Picture Style: Landscape

A delicious-looking scone that I ate in a stylish café. The jam colour looked lovely, so I placed it in a bright location and increased the [Saturation] using Creative Assist to capture a shot of my delicious memory.

[My shooting procedure]

  1. Looked for a bright shooting location where the jam will sparkle.
  2. Placed a teacup in the background.
  3. Turned the mode to the Creative Assist mode.
  4. Adjusted the settings in Creative Assist and shot the picture.

How to adjust Creative Assist

Turn the Mode Dial to [Creative Assist]. From here, I adjusted the [Background] to [+1], [Brightness] to [+3], [Saturation] to [+3], and [Colour tone] to [+4].

Colour tone looks desolate if default settings are used

Shot taken without Creative Assist. Although the shot is clear, the overall image has a cool tone as well as a dreary feel to it. There is also a lot of blank space in the composition, and the strange location of the cup handle draws attention away from the jam.

Lens used
EF-M22mm f/2.0 STM

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Bringing out the gleam of a glittering sea by capturing it in gold tones

Adjust the WB to [Shade] and the WB correction function as well

I thought of capturing the sea glittering in the setting sun and the silhouettes of the windsurfers in a painting-like image. Using the EF-M55-200 mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM, I tried to create a simple screen composition by focusing on the silhouettes and tightly compressing the surface of the sea, the horizon and the sky. Although the surface of the sea constitutes 2/3 of the composition, the glitter of the sea becomes something like a pattern, supporting the composition and preventing it from becoming monotonous.
As the sky near the horizon was cloudy, I decided to colour the shot boldly and set the WB to [Shade] so as to tint the image with a golden hue to match the glittering sea. Since the yellow may appear too strong with these alone, I pressed the [INFO.] button to recall the WB correction function and increased [A] to [2] and [G] to [3] so as to create a warmer, sepia-toned image. The viewfinder was focused on the surfers.

EOS M3/ EF-M55-200 mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM/ FL: 200 mm (320 mm equivalent)/ Aperture-priority AE mode (f/6.3, 1/1,250 sec, EV+1.0)/ ISO 100/ WB: Shade (A2, G3)/ Picture Style: Landscape

A sea illuminated in the setting sun is captured in a golden hue with a bold WB setting. The glitter of the sea surface gradually becomes more in focus towards the back, changing from the round bokeh effect in the foreground, finally appearing like a sparkling sheet of sequins.

[My shooting procedure]

  1. Observed the glitter of the sea surface, and decided on the angle and composition
  2. Used a telephoto lens to draw the subjects in the distance closer
  3. Set the WB to [Shade] and increased the [A] and [G] values with compensation function
  4. Observed the balance between the surfers and waves before shooting

How to set the WB correction function

Press the [Quick Setting menu/Set button] and then press the [INFO.] button to display the correction screen after selecting the WB. As the yellow looked too strong with the WB set to [Shade] alone, I increased the [A] and [G] values with the WB correction function so as to create an ambience of warmth and nostalgia.

Image looks bleak if WB is set to [Auto]

Shot using WB [Auto]. Although the sea is glittering, the grey colour of the sky near the cloudy horizon stands out, making the overall image look bleak. Colouring is also an important element to make the subject look more appealing.

The look of the waves changes the image dramatically

I was not satisfied with this shot as the timing between the waves and silhouettes did not go well together. Since the overall image and the glitter in the sea surface will look different depending on the wave motions, make sure to keep this in mind in order to capture the perfect shutter moment.

Make objects look more three dimensional with a low shooting angle

I stood up and sat down trying to search for a position where the glittering sea would look good. By capturing the scene from a low angle, I was able to project the distance between the front and back of the sea in a slightly three dimensional manner, and created a sense of depth in the sea surface.

Lens used
EF-M55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM

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EOS M3 Kit II (EF-M18-55 IS STM & EF-M55-200 IS STM)

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Maiko Fukui

Born in 1983 in Osaka. Photographer. Actively involved in magazine and advertising photography, book writing, photography workshops and so on.

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