Scene modes are pre-programmed "suggestions"
for setting up your digital camera for specific subjects. Many digital cameras
have Scene modes located in their screen menus, while others have them on the
command dial of the camera itself. Scene modes include Sports (also known as
Action, for making pictures with as fast a shutter speed as the light and camera
allow) and Night Scene (which slows down the shutter speed and often adds a
flash for illuminating close-up subjects). But not every Scene mode need be
used for the specific subject the instruction book might recommend. Here's
an example when I used Portrait mode for some close-up shots of flowers. Basically,
Portrait mode is set up for fairly close subjects and sets the aperture fairly
wide (so that the background is out of focus.) I modified the mode with some
other menu items.
Camera: Casio EXP-600,
zoom lens set at 28mm
Setting: Portrait mode
Menu Modifications: High Color Saturation, Soft Sharpness,
Software: Adobe Elements 2
the photo right out of the camera. The softness is a result of setting the Scene
mode at Portrait (which softened the background) and the image characteristic
in the Sharpness menu to Soft.
2) I used an Adjustment
Layer to darken the overall photo (2). I chose Levels (3) with a Multiply Blending
mode (4) and then moved the midpoint levels adjustment slider in toward the
black point. Multiply Blending mode, in essence, doubles the exposure on the
3) I liked the effect
but wanted to add another graphic element to the scene, so in Filters I chose
Add Noise (5) and moved the slider until I liked the effect.
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4) Here's the final. (6)
Want to try out Elements? Check the Adobe website (www.adobe.com)
for a trial.
Want to learn more about the Casio EXP-600? Check out our full report in our archives
or visit the Casio web site at www.casio.com.