trying out my Canon 870IS
Just posted some of the first shots I made with my new Canon 870IS..

Would appreciate any comments, suggestions, inputs on how to improve taking pics with my new camera..


By the way, how do I create a blurred background while focusing on my subject without using any image editor? Can this be achieved using my p&S cam? Also, for Canon 870IS users, what is your usual setting for outdoor and indoor shots. How about for night shots? Tips and tricks in using the 870IS will be greatly appreciated..


Comments (7)

Lcangeles wrote:.

Just posted some of the first shots I made with my new Canon 870IS.Would appreciate any comments, suggestions, inputs on how to improvetaking pics with my new camera..

For once, when somebody posts the first photos from their new camera, yours are really good - great compositions. Not sure you need much help in this forum!.

By the way, how do I create a blurred background while focusing on mysubject without using any image editor? Can this be achieved using myp&S cam?.

You'll only ever get a slightly blurred background with your camera. You'll get the best results by zooming as far as you can, getting as close to your subject as you can, and making sure the background is a long way away. In macro mode, you'll get more blur..


Comment #1

I agree with Andrew - you have some very nice images. Keep taking lots of photos, it's the best way to improve..

The only real criticism I have is to try to make sure that your horizons are horizontal, especially in the seascapes. Oceans flowing downwards looks very odd!. If necessary you can straighten and crop the image in a photo editor..

Also, try varying the position of the horizon on the image. The "rule of thirds" suggests that you put the horizon either one third of the way up from the bottom the image, or one third down from the top. This normally works well, but experiment..

The two father and son shots are taken into the sun and the backgrounds in both are blown out - pure white. This works well in these particular shots but is normally to be avoided. Experiment by taking some shots with the sun behind and to the side..

I like your "By the Light" image. In this case the blown background works very well..

Experiment with the "Little City" shots with different exposures - maybe exposure compensation of -1/2 or -1.0. This would reduce the blowing out of the lights and windows, but might make the scene too dark. Experiment, it costs nothing!Chris R..

Comment #2

Thank you taking time to see my pics and for sharing your thoughts and inputs with me..

With such a small and compact camera, I sure will be taking a lot of pics with it. My previous cam was also a Canon but on the bulkier side...the Powershot A75. Although it also takes good pics, the only downside to it is that I usually am lazy to bring it with me because of it's weight/size. But with the 870IS, I always bring it with me and so I have more chance to use it..

I will try to do better at composing my photos and I guess the best way to do it is through practice..

Thanks guys!..

Comment #3

Nice Images! About the out of focus bit, the size of the camera's sensor really limits how much one can throw a background out of focus. This is one of the advantages of using a DSLR. As someone else mentioned, using the long end of the zoom, the lowest possible aperture, and getting in close will help..


Comment #4

I just returned from two weeks in Europe ( Paris and Venice ) and used the SD870IS as my primary camera. It was a Christmas gift and my first major shooting experience with this great little ultra compact I could hide in my pocket ( or hand ) ..... My general setting is Manual , 100 ISO , - 1/3 exposure , AWB white balance, My Colors off, Digital Zoom off, IS mode ...Shoot Only, and Evaluative metering. In Venice, weather was mostly overcast and rainy ....I changed AWB to Cloudy and changed My Colors mode to vivid....and that worked fine..

I brought my Canon SD700IS as backup, but with the 28mm wide angle of the 870 , wound up using the 870 for about 98 percent of my shooting..

I was very pleased with the results. I am still somewhat jet-lagged after 11 .5 hour flight home ( reason I'm up and awake at 3 a.m. ) and just began reviewing some of my 6000 shots on my computer screen...... Only one 870 shot ready to post , yet....My first shot of the trip......taken while waiting for take-off on flight from Amsterdam to Paris.good luck with your new camera,.


P.s. Much too bleak  ....I added another 870 shot ...crop of shot taken early Jan of Rose Bowl float.....

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Comment #5

The Sd870IS doesn't have a manual mode, does it?.


Comment #6

I see now, they call it manual but it's really just basic exposure and wb adjustment..


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