Exploring the zoom

Exploring the zoom

Exploring the zoom

Exploring the zoom

Exploring the zoom

My New PowerShot SX60 HS, Guide 2: Shooting at a distance

Hopefully you have been out and about taking some great pictures with your new camera, and the ideas shown in the first guide on composition have helped you to take some interesting and engaging photos.

In this guide we are going to look a little closer at the camera itself and check out one of its main features; a powerful zoom.

Once you have read though this guide we hope you will be inspired to take some even more creative pictures. Don’t forget to share your results on the Canon Facebook page using #MyNewCanon #CanonUsingZoom.

Using the zoom

You’ve probably already seen just how well your PowerShot camera brings distant subjects much closer to fill the picture. In fact, with maximum zoom you can even take pictures showing details from the surface of the moon.

Simply move the lever to change the zoom and make sure to keep your fingers clear of the lens, as it will extend out from the camera body at maximum zoom. The zoom is great for shooting, for example, wildlife, but don’t forget about the rules of composition from Guide 1. Even wild animals need to be framed well.

You’ll be surprised what becomes visible on the horizon

A big zoom lens isolates tiny details a long distance away from the camera, but sometimes it is difficult to locate your subject. Use a wider view to locate it in the frame and then gradually zoom in tighter to see it in detail.

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Your camera includes a helpful feature called Framing Assist so you don’t lose sight of what you’re shooting as you zoom in. Press and hold the Framing Assist – Seek button and the camera will quickly zoom out to a wide view but show the previously zoomed in subject surrounded with a white frame. You can now easily find the subject then release the Framing Assist button to automatically zoom back in.

Sharp photos of distant subjects with IS

When you zoom in to see a really distant subject the Image Stabilizer will help to keep the subject sharp and the camera will use a faster shutter speed to freeze the motion. At the maximum zoom small movements of the camera make a big change in the framing of your subject.

When using a long zoom in low light you will find that you get sharper results if you put the camera on a solid surface or use a tripod.

If you decide to use a tripod, then your camera works best with the image stabilizer switched off. This is accessed from the Menu button and changed via the IS Settings.

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For this shot a tripod helped get a pin-sharp photo. Remember to switch the Image Stabilizer off.

Shoot continuously to get the best photos

Your camera offers many other modes and settings to help your photo. For instance "continuous" shooting doesn't just help if you are shooting moving objects; it also helps taking photos at night.

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1. Continuous Shooting: Perfect to make sure you don't miss the action. Your PowerShot SX60 HS can shoot up to 6.4 frames per second

2. Handheld Night scene: Accessed using SCN mode on the Mode dial. This gives beautiful shots of evening scenes by automatically combining consecutive shots

Close-up pictures

Your camera is equally good shooting close-up as it is at distance. To set Macro on your PowerShot SX60 HS, press the left Cross key, then select the Macro setting.

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When you need to focus on small subjects close to the camera use wider or medium zoom settings for the best results. There is no need to fill the frame completely with what you are taking. Again it is worth thinking about the composition of your photo from Guide 1 (what is composition).

In fact, if you zoom in to the maximum the camera may not be able to focus on the close-up subjects.

Download your app

The Canon Camera Connect app links your camera to your Apple or Android device. As well as browsing and downloading your photos and geotagging them, you can also shoot remotely using the screen of your device to control your camera. Select the 'Remote Shooting' option and you can control settings such as Shutter speed, Aperture, ISO, Continuous shooting and Self-timer.

Start wide and zoom in to the detail

Click the image below, then run through the images to see the power of the zoom

Shoot, share and view with #MyNewCanon #CanonUsingZoom

Try experimenting by taking a scene with different levels of zoom to see which works best, bearing in mind the rules of composition you read about before. Which works best? Then share that with us with #MyNewCanon #CanonUsingZoom.

Share your results

Try shooting images from different distances, bearing in mind rules of composition, and share the best ones.