Miniature Photogaphy Part 2

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....??


  1. These are very nicely taken photos. I use the Canon PowerShot SX20IS and these photos' quality are by far better.

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  2. I liked the shot of the links.
    Great series with the toys.

  3. Lovely post - I like the pic with smaller DOF (green car first), for I feel that if you focus on the further object and keep the near one out of focus, it does n't create equal amount of visual interest. What do you say?

    1. Agree with you but I was only trying to see how fast the focusing worked with the new settings that I was exploring. :-)

  4. Hi Kalpesh! As you may remember, I have the SX40. But it's very much like the SX50 and I found this video very informative. I've not used the SX40 much and haven't been that pleased with the results but I think that is because I haven't spent much time getting to know its possibilities. So thank you!

  5. Wow, great shots and your son is super cute...

  6. This is helpful and the photos are wonderful but can you tell me exactly how you set the camera. I have it set to Flexizone...are there other settings I need to make?

    1. Hi Jacob,
      I mostly use FLEXIZONE and sometimes TRACKING AF.
      AF-assist Beam is ON.
      In ISO AUTO SETTINGS, MAX ISO Speed is set to 800 so the camera doesn't go beyond ISO 800.
      Continuous shooting mode is ON. SPOT FOCUSING is what I have selected instead of center weighted avg or Evaluative.

      All of these are set on Custom Settings 1 with shutter priority mode. This really helps a lot with Bird Photography :-)

  7. Great Shot Focusing one car at a time.. :-)

  8. Nice work. I’m really so happy to get such a wonderful blog..Simply loved it…Wishing you all the best..
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