Chapter 3

Taking Great Pictures, Automatically


Shooting your first pictures in Scene Intelligent Auto mode

Trying Live View photography

Getting creative by using Image Zone modes

Gaining more control with Creative Auto mode

Your camera is loaded with features for the advanced photographer, enabling you to exert precise control over exposure, focusing, and much more. But you don’t have to wait until you understand all those options to take great pictures because your camera also offers exposure modes that provide point-and-shoot simplicity. This chapter shows you how to get the best results in those modes, including Scene Intelligent Auto, Flash Off, the six Image Zone (scene) modes, and Creative Auto.

Shooting in Auto and Flash Off Modes

For the simplest camera operation, set the camera to Auto mode, as shown in Figure 3-1. Or, if you’re shooting in an environment that doesn’t permit flash, choose Flash Off, represented by the symbol labeled in the figure. This mode works the same as Auto but, as its name promises, prevents the flash from firing.


FIGURE 3-1: Set the Mode dial to Auto or Auto Flash Off for point-and-shoot simplicity.

technicalstuff Officially, Auto mode is called Scene Intelligent Auto mode. The name stems from the fact the camera uses its digital brain to analyze ...

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