Monday, June 12, 2006


Portrait Modes in Digital Camera

Portrait Mode

Digital cameras have a built in portrait mode to capture digital images of people with a sharp focus of the person in the foreground and in contrast a slightly softer view of the background which exactly means that a limited depth of field is effected. Hence, in this mode the camera opts for a wide aperture to minimize the depth of field. The automatic flash of the camera will also get set to' auto + red eye reduction' mode to reduce the phenomena of red eyes caused by the reflected light of flash in the subject's eyes.
An informal photograph of a friend or a member of the family can be created with very high quality in portrait mode if certain guidelines are followed.
For taking a good portrait, indoor light supplemented by your flash may not be sufficient. Choose early morning or evening and then select a location where the sun will be behind and at one side of the subject. This arrangement combined with your flash will be an ideal lighting set up for your portrait mode.
You should keep the optical zoom at maximum position and take a step closer towards the subject if necessary and compose your shot with head and shoulders of the subject emphasizing the subject’s features to the greatest extent .The portrait will appear nice when the composition gets closely packed within the frame.
A candid mood has also to be created with the subject before you take a shot. The person or persons should feel at ease and keep up a natural disposition. You can also start conversing with them with a blend of humor and capture a shot at the opportune moment.

Self-Portrait Mode or Timer Mode

In self- portrait mode as it is generally called, a timer gets involved to see that the picture is taken after a lapse of time when the shutter release button is pressed. The mode enables the subject to set up the focus first and then capture his own image or include himself in a group. The timer gets engaged when the shutter release button is pressed fully and the timer lamp lights up for about seven seconds to display the count down. The subject has to place himself in position during this time interval. The picture is taken approximately three seconds after the timer lamp starts to blink.
Focusing will get disturbed if the camera is moved when the timer has already started functioning.
This mode can be considered as a timer mode for all purposes.

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