For some time now I’ve been working to improve my miniature picture taking skills. The best I can understand it, there is some strong voodoo involved in getting a clean shot of a miniature under artificial light using a Canon Power Shot A95. After much toil, I may finally have the settings I need to take crystal clear pics. Several references recommend using the AV setting with the aperture set to 9 (my Cannon seems to stop at 8 ) for max clarity of small objects. With this setting, I find Evaluate: Spot is critical to get the proper lighting on the figures. The default Evaluate creates a much to dark picture. The big winner is Drive Mode 2 – what is this cryptic setting? Timer 2 second delay. The timer is magic – even with a tripod, the act of taking the picture disrupts the camera.
examples with different degrees of post processing.
One other function I played around with is the Exposure setting. Pushing this setting from zero to +1 displayed a washed out, over exposed pic on the camera LCD screen. However, once the pic is loaded to the PC, the setting returns a well lite picture. This function may have some use as a workaround for a poor lighting or to tweak a shot that is proving difficult to light.
Update: converation with John over at Plastic Legions about the picture taking learning curve.