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The Canonical List of Digital Camera Scene Settings

Put your digital camera in touch with its inner expert photographer

ArticleCompact Digital Cameras Gear Guides & Reviews - by Mason Resnick, June 22, 2010

Did you know there's an expert photographer built into many digital cameras? You'll find this little genious in the preset Scene settings--specialized shortcuts that tell the camera which settings to use for specific shooting situations. UPDATED!

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TAGS: adorama,  digital camera,  mode,  setting,  scene,  pixels,  beach scene,  ebay mode 

Do you know your DSLR’s exposure modes?

Take full control over your camera

ArticleDigital SLRs Gear Guides & Reviews - by Joe Farace, August 14, 2009

When it comes to knowing the difference between program, auto, Tv, Av, and manual, do you feel a bit green? After this in-depth look at DSLR modes, you’ll be an expert!

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TAGS: exposure,  mode,  digital SLR 

DSLR scene mode secrets!

The easy way to good exposures

ArticleDigital SLRs Gear Guides & Reviews - by Joe Farace, October 15, 2008

Scene Modes are Program mode on steroids. They turn the whole job of exposure over to camera's CPU to not only make all of the relevant exposure choices—and maybe even ISO and color balance settings--but is biased toward specific shooting conditions. The Scene Mode you choose may even automatically pop-up the built-in flash!

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TAGS: exposure,  how-to,  tips,  mode,  scene,  scene mode,  metering 

Close-up Mode

Your guide to digital camera scene modes

ArticleMacro Photography Techniques and How-Tos - by Jon Sienkiewicz, May 21, 2008

Three rules apply to all close-up photos—all are governed by the unbendable Natural Laws of Physics.

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TAGS: digital,  camera,  close-up,  compact,  mode,  scene,  nikon speedlight,  noise,  Nikon D90,  noise reduction,  Nikon P6000,  Focus on Macro Photography 

Backlight mode

Your guide to digital camera scene modes

ArticleComposition and Exposure Techniques and How-Tos - by Jon Sienkiewicz, May 16, 2008

A strong light behind the main subject usually fools the camera’s built-in automatic light meter—and the results can be awful. The subject’s face is often too dark because the camera, in its attempt to achieve correct overall exposure, can be over-influenced by the background.

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TAGS: digital,  camera,  how-to,  mode,  tip,  backlight 

Text/Text Capture mode

Your guide to digital camera scene modes

ArticleCompact Digital Cameras Gear Guides & Reviews - by Jon Sienkiewicz, May 15, 2008

Generations ago, spy movies depicted secret agents covertly snapping pictures of confidential government documents with tiny Minox and other “microfilm cameras.” That was all technologically possible, but in truth, the results were probably so poor that the Cold War lasted far longer than it should have.

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TAGS: digital,  camera,  how-to,  mode,  text,  text capture 

Borders (in-camera processing)

Your guide to digital camera scene modes

ArticleQuick Photography Tips Techniques and How-Tos - by Jon Sienkiewicz, May 13, 2008

Digital cameras are learning new tricks...and adding borders to images in camera is one of them!

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TAGS: digital camera,  compact,  mode,  borders,  in-camera processing 

Special Effects (Fish Eye)

Your guide to digital camera scene modes

ArticleCompact Digital Cameras Gear Guides & Reviews - by Jon Sienkiewicz, May 12, 2008

There was a time when using a compact, point-and-shoot camera meant doing without most of the creative versatility that SLR cameras deliver. The advent of digital photography has changed that substantially. Many advanced digital cameras have one or more creative modes built in.

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TAGS: digital,  camera,  pentax,  mode,  fisheye,  Z10 

Baby mode

Your guide to digital camera scene modes

ArticleQuick Photography Tips Techniques and How-Tos - by Jon Sienkiewicz, May 5, 2008

Kids are fantastic photographic subjects. But babies and toddlers can be challenging to photograph for many, many reasons.

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TAGS: digital,  camera,  compact,  mode,  scene,  baby 

Food Mode

Your guide to digital camera scene modes

ArticleQuick Photography Tips Techniques and How-Tos - by Jon Sienkiewicz, April 9, 2008

Use a window seat—and a scene mode—to shine a light on edible delectibles. Here's a brief, er, digest.

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TAGS: digital,  camera,  compact,  mode,  food 

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