Creative Effects Mode - Floral Photography

Photography - 101 From Auto Modes To Manual
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This is the final video in our automated mode chapter and in this video what I want to talk about are the creative or the effect modes that are available on really more of the consumer and cameras. And when you step into the higher end cameras, these modes are not included. But what these modes basically do is they apply essentially almost things that you would do in Photoshop like filters and effects to the images right in camera. For this specific tutorial, we're gonna be using the Canon Rebel t five VI and there's a specific reason why I'm not using the Nikon because many camera brands and camera makes. Well what they do is when you're in these creative auto modes, they don't give the ability to shoot RAW because it basically is going to process the image in camera and it spits out a final JPEG. This is a kind of an important note to consider the Canon does let me shoot RAW plus JPEG, so it'll give me that final JPEG processed with these effects, but I also get the raw for later use.

Alright, so we're gonna be shooting on the rebel. Now I'm going to go ahead and get started. What we're going to do is flip into ca so creative auto on the rebel and we have a lovely little flower scene setup. So what we're going to do is I want to take a shot of this and let's do the first thing that Most of us would do when we just kind of get into photography. And we just start shooting as we see some cool flowers like this, and we're like, Oh, this looks beautiful. I'm just gonna take a picture.

And so we just go like this, and we're just gonna have the camera pretty much decide everything for us. And this picture looks absolutely not that great. But all we did was just walked up to it and we just took the shot. And I want you to train yourself out of that where you basically walk up to a scene and decide how to shoot it. What we saw on the last shot is that we saw too much background we saw, I mean, the composition was just Bull's eyed, centered. And then we saw this background which kind of clutters with everything, but it still kind of looks not very good, we need to do a little bit more.

And what we're going to do is I'm going to teach you guys some simple tricks here. We've talked about a five in one reflector, and I'm going to go ahead and grab one right now. So give me one moment as I grabbed my reflector stand. I'm going to grab a reflector stand and then we're going to put this in. And what I'm going to do is also grab a little scrim. I'm going to place this about right here.

I'm just gonna grab a standard five one, this is the scrim inside of a five and one Okay, so So all it's going to do is block light. It's going to allow the light through but it's going to soften it up essentially. Okay, so we're going to place this right over in front of our flowers. I'm gonna give myself a little bit of room to sit. Let's put it right here. All right, let me come back around.

And let's just see, well what that did. And immediately just in looking at the flowers from where I'm at, it's already improved. And this is something you guys can take anywhere you guys these fold up really small when you're going on a hike when you're going into the mountains. Take one of these with you. If you'd like to shoot flowers, you should have one of these scrims because it's wonderful for daytime shooting. Now, let's go ahead and adjust now I'm going to get the kind of the same composition that we've talked about.

Alright, let's take a look at that one. That's already so much better. But what I think I could do here is add maybe a little bit more light and maybe just a little bit more details to get it to look nicer. Alright, let's do this. Let's go ahead and I'm going to grab my silver reflector have one other reflector, I always carry around two or three reflectors because they're so handy. They're handy dandy.

Now what I can do is just basically use this to shape the light around the object. Okay, I'm gonna see if I like that in just a second. What I'm gonna do first though, is, let's go ahead and bring in a flower photographers best friend, your bottle of water. Alright, so this is one of the things that again, if you're going on a hike and you like to shoot flowers, take a little spray bottle with you because you can spray water onto them. And of course, the best time to shoot flowers is when it's basically just apres rain when you have cloud cover when everything is covered in water, but we don't have that right now we have bright sunny skies. So this is our cloud cover.

And we have this this is our water that we're going to spray onto it. So essentially mimicking what it would look like right after a rain storm. Okay, so what I'm gonna do is just kind of make sure that this is on the mist mode. Okay, so I'm just gonna spray a little bit of mist over I don't know why I'm shaking it. It's not like it's a Canna soda or something. But that's okay.

All right. Now I'm going to see if the silver side is something that I want, because what it's going to do is going to add a lot of extra light and dimension, especially to the little sparkletts of water that are all over these, the plant or the flowers, but what I'm noticing here is that the silver side, it might be just a little bit too harsh. So I'm going to take a shot of it just so you guys can see this actually. Okay, we'll take a quick shot. The Silver side is nice, but it might be just a little bit too strong. So instead of using a silver side, well I can use a white side.

So what I'm gonna do instead is just grab this other scrim I have one other screen right here. And let's just see if we like this because I like how it looks just without the without the scrim as well. We might not even need Well, we might not even need either. We'll see. And I actually kind of like this probably the best. So using this white.

It's a much softer look. We get a really beautiful look with the flowers and all I'm gonna do is just bring it in. Take the shot. looks gorgeous. I love it. Okay, so take a look at where are we We started when we shot that first shot this with the harsh daylight and all the way over to kind of adding in our cloud cover and then adding in the water and each step really improve the overall production of the image.

Now let's go ahead and check out the different creative auto mode. So remember, I am on RAW plus JPEG, so we're going to get the raw file in addition to the JPEG file. Let's go ahead and switch into I'm gonna hit the menu, we're in creative auto already. So all I need to do now is just basically go into the menu and just choose which one I want. Now with every one of these settings, we have standard, I'm going to read off what we have a standard setting we have vivid, soft, warm, intense, cool, brighter, darker and monochrome. And in every single one of these menus, we have the option to basically choose the strength of the effect we want to apply where they want to be low in strength or high and strength.

So something I think would look cool on this image is maybe something that looks more vivid. Okay, so let's go with vivid and I'm going to leave the effect. Let's go with Stan Actually, let's go low, and let's kind of bump it up and to see how it looks. What it's going to do is add a lot of contrast and saturation to it. So I'm going to try it like this. And then we'll kind of bump it up as we go.

Perfect. Now let's bump it up. Let's bump it up to strong and see what how strong it actually gets. Okay, I always forget to have a touchscreen on this. That screen is so nice. All right, that's perfect.

Okay, let's do the same thing again. All right, now I can see already just from the back of the screen, how much more contrast and saturation it's adding. Let's try some other ones. Let's go back I'm going to go back to the vivid menu or not the video maybe the standard just choose our ambience. Let's see here. Another one, I think is going to look awesome and this will intense is going to be fairly similar.

Let's do a monochromatic one because there's a bunch of different options here and most of them just do what they're going to say like the cooling one is just going to cool it down so it's not gonna be as warm. The warming one is going to make it more warm, it's going to bring in the yellows and the oranges. And so it's really kind of as far as the menu options. That's really what you see is what you get. What I want to do is do a black and white and we'll do a monochrome and then different kind of versions of black and white that we have, which I'm not a huge fan of but I want You guys see it just to see it. Okay, so let's go monochrome first.

And then bring in the reflector. Take the shot again. Perfect. Now let's go to the other mode. So in addition to monochrome, we have this effective blue, which is kind of like that cyan tone, monochromatic look, which I'm not a huge fan of again, but you know, they put these into the camera because there are a lot of people that dig these different styles. And that's totally fine.

Just because something doesn't fit your style, doesn't mean it doesn't fit someone's style. We also have a more sepia tone, when again, I'm not a big fan of sepia tone stuff, but I want you guys to see what it looks like. Okay, so here's the separate tone version. Now you can probably see from these images, why I recommend that you shoot these modes in RAW plus JPEG. It's great to have that JPEG processing camera to have that cool effect applied to it. But some of these effects can be very strong and these effects are not actually nearly as strong as some of them that are available in say a Nikon or Sony or any of the other cameras that you might get someone looks straight like paintings.

So if you have the raw file, you can always go back to it at a later point. Time, I'm gonna go ahead and pick a couple more shots of my lovely flowers. You guys for your assignment in this video, I want you guys to all go and basically play with these creative modes in your camera, they might be known as effect modes, they might be called something else or artistic modes, whatever they're called go out and check out what you have. See if you can shoot RAW plus JPEG in these modes. If you can then feel free to use them as much as you want. If you can't, I'd recommend that you kind of stay away from it a little bit because you might end up getting shots that are a little bit too much and you can't ever remove those effects that apply to it.

Alright, so that's it for this video. Once you guys get a cool image with one of the effect modes in your camera, be sure to upload it to SRL lounge comm tell us how you shot it what effect menus and so forth and I'll see you all in the next video.

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