|Canon EOS 300D - Scene modes
The camera is activated via the large on/off switch on top of the camera. One who wants to use the EOS 300D in the simplest way would want to put the Command Dial on green. Set to this mode the EOS 300D will take over focus and exposure completely so simply pushing the release button will do the trick and take a picture. But one doesn't buy a system camera for that; however in practice it proved that in fact many users of a consumer camera prefer automatic photographing. One who wants to be a bit more creative can select one of the pre-set scenes. Every one of these scenes puts the emphasis on the component that distinguishes a scene from a standard picture. Like the Portrait mode ensures a somewhat hazy background which benefits the portrait. Landscape mode on the other hand makes sure the background is as sharp as possible which really benefits the wide angle image. Beside that the camera has a Sports setting, which strives to 'freeze' the object. In other words a shutter speed as quick as possible is used depending on the light circumstances. Opposite that we find the Evening Portrait image which strives to a shutter speed as long as possible in order to not only get the foreground but also the background exposure perfect. To offer all-round possibilities the EOS 300D also features Close up mode and the possibility to capture an image without activating the flash automatically.
Canon SLR camera - Exposure modes
The Canon EOS 300D features various exposure methods of course. The restriction doesn't comprise the diversity of methods but the availability of them. The automation department of Canon really struck here. It is not possible in any situation to make a choice from the three methods, the EOS 300D decides which situation is suitable for which method. The camera uses evaluative metering as a default which is the most suitable metering according to Canon. One who uses the EA/lock mode at one of the pre-set scene modes (a way of keeping the exposure steady while the composition can be selected) is being confronted with spot metering, (partial metering) so metering includes approximately only 9% of the total image. Then if someone wants to be really creative to completely operate the camera manually, he will meet the centre weighted metering! Now where is the creative way of photographing if we cannot make a choice from the total package the EOS 300D is offering?
|Canon 300D digital SLR - Aperture priority mode
The next, most interesting step in fact is aperture priority or shutter priority mode. Who ever started with an analogue camera and learning the basics of photography always had to start with the theory and after that the practice and the prints or slides as a final result. One who wanted to learn from theory and practice always had to be patient for at least two days (except for the dark room users). The learning process was way to slow for many learning photographers and the camera ended up in the darkest corner of the house. Digital photography has many advantages and one of them is the possibility of immediately reliving the emotion, in other words: reviewing the image straight away. This stimulates the learning process considerably. One who wants to experiment with settings like aperture priority or shutter priority will be able to see the effect of his or her adjustments straight away on the monitor. Setting the aperture or shutter speed can be done like we are used to do. Most lenses are disposed of their aperture ring because data transfer takes place electronically. The aperture is adjusted through the body of the camera and is being shown through the optical viewfinder. A handy setting is the A-Dep mode, a function we also find on the analogue Canon camera. To obtain the correct depth of field one always had to count in the hyper focal point or to be sure select an aperture opening as small as possible. The older lenses were equipped with a distance scale, a way to find a focal area at a certain aperture. The A-Dep mode enables a precise visual metering, an example of how automation serves convenience. The size of the image data is decided through the menu. This is an example of a function that would be better off with a quick button. Personally I change these settings regularly. One shot in JPEG format, the other in RAW format to edit the image later on.
Canon EOS 300D - Professional photographer
It is clear that Canon aims at the large group of consumers that can hardly wait to start with the 'real' job or that wants to continue the old hobby and turn it into a digital one, so to swap the analogue body for a digital one. Concerning the operation the EOS 300D is straight forward. Personally I miss the freedom and a full package of possibilities; on the other hand I have to bear in mind the target group the camera is meant for. One thing that is very obvious is that Canon hit the right spot with this EOS 300D digital reflex camera.