Life's been busy and hectic of late. After a long time, I managed to take some time out to view a few tutorials on Youtube to learn about some more features of Canon PowerShot SX50 HS. I found one really useful video which explains about the custom settings and how to ensure your camera is ready to shoot with most favorable settings for Bird Photography as well as Macro. Basically the two custom settings options (C1 & C2) available on Canon PowerShot SX50 HS can be set with one setting saved for a full zoom shutter priority mode and the other one can be saved for Macro. This ensures you don't have to spend a lot of time setting up your camera when you are out to capture some birds. So, with C1 selected on the dial, if I switch on the camera it straightaway zooms to 50x. All you need to do is point the camera at the subject, adjust the shutter speed if needed, focus and shoot.
When I tried these settings on my camera, I also learn't about a setting which I had not explored at all. In the MENU, there are options like AF FRAME, AF-POINT ZOOM, CONTINUOUS AUTO FOCUS, these when set correctly and saved to your custom settings, help you focus quickly on your subject such as a bird hiding between the thick branches and leaves.
Basically you need to set AF FRAME to FlexiZone. The other options in the AF FRAME setting are Tracking AF and Face Detect. After making these changes and setting my camera's C1 option with FlexiZone, I continued with the experiment I had mentioned about in my last post, Miniature Photography. I placed two of Devansh's cars at a distance from each other and tried focusing on each of them turn by turn. After setting my camera's AF FRAME to FlexiZone, the shifting of focus happened really fast. The video tutorial about custom settings option that I referred to earlier can be seen here.
|Focus on the Green Car|
|Focus on the Yellow Car|
|Devansh offering his cars for the shoot....??|