Your guide to digital camera scene modes
March 4, 2008
Ever wish you could combine more than one picture into a single image? Like when you and a friend are at the Grand Canyon and there’s no one around to take a picture of the two of you together?
Many cameras have the ability to selectively expose one-half (or other fraction) of the sensor at a time, allowing you to “paste” two or more different subjects into the same frame.
This feature goes by different names, depending on the camera brand, and it’s often buried deep in the instruction manual. Find the feature and have some fun!
If you want to, you can shoot each panel without moving the camera, so you can create a sequence and get some interesting results—with very little effort. Optionally, you can capture something entirely different in each panel. Some cameras, especially some Samsung models, insert “dialog boxes” and “thought balloons” so you can add text later. Warning! Don’t turn the camera off between shots or you’ll lose everything but the first shot.
Want to learn more about scene modes? Visit the Canonical List of Digital Camera Scene Settings.