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[Lesson 7] Producing Photos with An Artistic Feel

In Lesson 7, I will explain how you can add effects to your photos easily with the "Creative filters" feature. If you intend to start using a mirrorless camera, or have just purchased a new camera, this series of articles provides easy-to-understand lessons on techniques for capturing charming photos using the EOS M, which boasts high image quality and simple operability. By learning the basics of cameras and photography, you will be able to produce the shots you want easily! (Photos by: Yuji Ogura, Written & Organized by: Camera Biyori Editorial Department)

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Q: How can I produce photos with an artistic feel?

A: You can add Creative Filters to your image. By adorning your photos with cool effects, you can inject new life into bland scenes.

How to use "Creative filters" in the "Creative Auto" mode

*You can also apply the "Creative filters" in the "Av," "Tv," and "M" modes.

1: Tap the "Q" icon at the top right of the screen

Tap the "Q" icon, which is the shortcut for the Quick Control menu.

2: Select an effect

Tap the fourth icon from the top of the left column. The different types of effects will appear as icons at the bottom of the screen.

3: Adjust the level of the effect

Some filters supports varying degrees of adjustment to attain your desired vision. [Soft focus] allows you to adjust the degree of blurring in three levels. [Toy camera effect] comes with three types of colour tone settings, [Warm tone], [Standard], and [Cool tone], while the focusing position and direction can be selected in [Miniature effect].

Creative Filter Effects


Grainy B/W

Soft Focus

Fish-eye Effect

Art Bold Effect

Water Painting Effect

Toy Camera Effect

Miniature Effect

Recommended Filters

Soft Focus


The [Soft focus] Creative filter softens the overall image to create a dreamy effect. Ideal for flowers, portraits and wedding photos or subjects with a pale colour tone.

Toy Camera Effect (Warm Tone)

Toy Camera Effect (Cool Tone)


The [Toy camera effect] creates the vintage effect of a "toy" or "first generation" camera; ideal for giving portraits a cool, offbeat dimension with a slightly distorted, unevenly saturated look. This filter comes with a choice of three settings - Standard, Warm and Cool.

Miniature Effect


The [Miniature effect] blurs the edges of the frame to make  subjects look like small-scale models. Great for landscapes and city shots.

Canon's first mirrorless camera, the EOS M, comes in four colour variations (black, red, white, and silver) so you can pick your favourite!

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.

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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