EOS tutorial

Tips and techniques with your EOS DSLR

February can be a dreary time. It may be the shortest month, but the weather is still wintery and the delights of frosty mornings and seasonal snow give way to drizzle and rain. The days drag on and summer feels a very long way off.

What better reason to use your photography to cheer yourself up. Capturing beautiful and evocative images can be a great way to brighten up dull days and bring a little excitement to your daily routine. Use your photography to mark each day with something meaningful and memorable. And why not challenge yourself to take more photos this month too - you’ll be a better photographer for it.

  • Close-up mode
  • Vivid colours
  • Self-timer continuous shooting
  • Macro and close-up
  • Shoot a video story – your journey home
  • Personal project – warmer colours

Close-up mode

When you are really close to small subjects, use the Close-up Scene mode to improve the shot. This doesn’t change the distance the lens focuses on, but it does change how the camera deals with the scene. Look for the details in a scene rather than a wide, general view and take multiple shots of the details – the brightest points of the scene can give the impression that the scene is not just the same grey and bleak.

Tip: Good things to look for are multi-coloured lights or objects reflected in water or puddles.

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Tim Kouroff – Lantern Light
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Michael Gil – Rainy midnight snack
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Vivid colours

Be visually inquisitive and interested in your surroundings. Use your camera’s ability to boost the saturation for vivid colours. Some cameras have an Ambience Selection that allows vivid colours to be captured. An alternative is to select the Landscape Picture Style and you’ll get a much stronger rendition of colours in the scene. Outside in February there may not be so many bright colours, so a good challenge is to seek out colours to photograph within the scene.

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Kieran Clarke – Umbrellas
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Self-timer continuous shooting

Several cameras (EOS 750D / 760D / EOS 650D / EOS 700D / EOS 1200D) can be configured to take a series of pictures using the self-timer. The camera takes a set number of frames from 2 to 10, 10 seconds after the shutter has been pressed. You could take a quick series of self-portraits – ask your portrait subjects to have fun and be playful with different expressions and poses to help you get a great shot.

Macro and close up

If you want to capture the smallest details – the ones overlooked by most people – you will need the right lens. Try a macro lens (EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM for APS-C cameras, EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM for full-frame), or use an extension tube to allow your regular lenses to focus closer, thereby increasing their magnification. Shooting in close focus can create a disconnection from reality and suddenly you’ll see that micro-worlds of detail become fascinating and captivating. Close focus also results in very shallow depth of field, further separating the specific subject from its background.

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Christian Roth – The Time of Live
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Shoot a video story

If you’re looking for an idea for your videos you could tell the story of the lengthening days as the daylight increases. Use your camera to shoot a short video clip that you can then edit - start from shooting a clip of your return from work and then, every day or every other day, shoot the next clip. By the end of the month you will have a series of clips that show the change of light as the evenings get brighter and the highlights of your surroundings. Projects like this will encourage you to try out video on a regular basis with a clear story that’s simple to follow and shoot. As your skills improve with practice your videos will become more interesting too.

Shoot a warmer picture each day

The white balance control of the mid-range EOS cameras allows the white balance to be set to Kelvin and a specific colour temperature to be entered. The scale typically runs from 2,500K to 10,000K. You could shoot a picture every other day with a slightly warmer colour temperature, such as 500K more than the previous shot you took. You might snap the same scene or something different each day. As the Kelvin value increases your picture will move from a strong blue colour cast to a saturated warm orange toned image.

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See-ming Lee – Reflection
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