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Basic Camera Setup in 10 Easy Steps



Main Menu:
  1. Connect the AC power adaptor to your camera
  2. Insert the memory card into your camera
  3. Install the close-up lens to the camera
  4. Select the Auto focus option
  5. Set the camera to manual mode
  6. Fix the aperture to the biggest F Stop number
  7. Turn off or disable the camera flash
  8. Enable your camera's macro mode
  9. A custom white balance adjustment is needed
  10. Adjust the file size and resolution to fine JPEG



1. Connect the AC power adaptor to your camera

In order to have continuous power supply without the need to rely on the camera batteries, use an AC power adaptor to connect your camera to an electricity outlet.

 

2. Insert the memory card into your camera

To begin photographing, you'll need to insert a memory card into your digital camera. The images you shoot will be stored in the camera's memory card until you decide to download them into your computer.

 

3. Install the close-up lens to the camera

This will ensure the proper focusing when using any of our lighting systems.

Installing the close-up lens on the Canon Powershot Cameras
In this example we are using a Canon S3IS


1. Detach the lens ring
2. Grab the lens and the lens adapter
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Press the button located on the front
bottom of the camera next to the lens,
in order to remove the ring.

Get the macro lens you are going to use (usually the +2 lens) as well as the lens adapter for the camera.
3. Attach the lens
4. Lens attached to adapter
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Simply grab the lens and screw
it onto the camera lens adapter

This is how the lens and the adapter should look after you have screwed them together.
   
5. Align the lens with the camera
6. Complete attachment to camera
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Align the white dot in the lens adapter
with the white dot found in the camera
Once the white dots are aligned, finish by securing the lens adapter to the camera by slightly rotating the lens adapter counter
clock-wise

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4. Select the Auto-focus option

Let the camera focus your product automatically.
Please check how to set the auto-focus option in your camera's manual.

Note: Most Canon cameras used in manual mode are pre-set to auto-focus

 

5. Set the camera to manual mode

This allows you to manually control the aperture and shutter speed.

Setting the Canon cameras to Manual Mode
To select the manual mode, please select the "M" mode of the camera.
View illustrations below for more details


Canon A620 Camera
Canon S3IS Camera
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6. Fix the aperture to the biggest F Stop number

Fix the aperture to the biggest F Stop number, as this will give you a greater depth-of-field in your pictures. By doing this, you will be able to focus the entire product your are photographing, rather than only parts of it. For most point-and-shoot cameras use F8.0, while for professional cameras use F16.0 or F32.0

Learn more about Depth-of-Field
Please refer to your camera's manual to learn how to setup the aperture.

Screen shot of the Canon A620 Camera
The camera's LCD monitors displays that we are using the following:
Manual mode, F8.0 aperture, 1/80 shutter speed, no flash, ISO 200




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7. Turn off or disable the camera flash

Turn off or disable the camera flash, our photography lighting systems provide you with enough light for all your photography needs. To enable or disable your camera's flash press the button with the image of a lightning bolt. The flash will be disabled when you see an image of a circle with a lightning bolt crossed out in your LCD monitor. (see the top right corner of the image shown above)

Note: The Canon S3IS does not have a "flash" button. To enable and use the flash simply pull the flash compartment up (open), to disable it simply push it down (close it).




8. Enable your camera's macro mode

Turn on the macro mode on your camera in order to correctly focus objects that are at a close distance from the camera's lens (4-12 inches). This feature increases the camera ability to focus at short distance. Turn OFF the macro mode when you are photographing a product that is more than 12 to 14 inches away from the camera.

 

Finding the Macro mode button on the Canon A620 and S3IS
Please view the following images to view
where the MACRO MODE (Tulip) button is located


 

Canon A620 Camera
Canon S3IS Camera
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The tulip symbol shown here appears when you
select the MACRO MODE function (by pressing the tulip button)
Once you have selected it, the tulip image becomes
smaller and appears on one side of the LCD screen

This is the LCD Screen of a Canon A620 Digital Camera


 

9. Do a custom white balance adjustment

Take or measure the light inside our system by using the custom white balance feature on your camera. Please do these adjustments with the shutter speed set at 1/200 or 1/250 and the ISO at 50.

Steps for a custom white balance adjustment to your camera
  1. Turn on the fluorescent or halogen lights of your photography
    lighting system (not both at the same time) with nothing inside
    View photos shot with halogen lighting before and after white balance
  2. Place your camera facing the inside of the lighting system (View Photo C)
  3. Turn on your camera and select the manual mode (Learn how)
  4. Select the shutter speed at 1/250 and the ISO at 50.
    Please refer to your camera's manual for information on how to do this.
  5. Press the "Function/Set" button to enter the functions menu
    (View Photo A for the Canon A620 or Photo B for the Canon S3IS)
  6. Move down the menu (by pressing the DOWN area on the main control) to the second option on the vertical menu called "white balance".
  7. Once you are in the white balance menu, move to the right and select the last option with the icon of a circle on top of two triangles (where the LCD says "Evaluate white balance") (View Photo D)
  8. To evaluate the white balance, press the "Set" or "Menu" button.
    The camera will take a picture of the light and measure the light inside the lighting system, it will then adjust the camera's white balance to the correct temperature of light inside the box.
  9. To exit the functions menu and save the setting, press the "Function/Set" button.


Canon A620 Camera- Photo A
Canon S3IS Camera - Photo B
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This photo shows you where the Macro Mode and Function/Set buttons are located in the Canon A620 Digital Camera

This photo shows you where the Main Control and Set buttons are located in the Canon S3IS

MK Photo-eBox PLUS - Photo C
Canon A620 LCD Screen - Photo D
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This is one way you may position your
camera in order to do the custom white balance adjustment in your camera.
This is the Canon A620 LCD Screen that shows you the functions menu under the "custom white balance" option. You can access using the menu with the "Functions/Set" button.


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10. Adjust the file size and resolution to fine JPEG
 

Adjust your file size to "L" (Large) and the resolution to "Superfine". This will give you a good file size and resolution for most of your applications.

Steps for adjusting the file size and resolution on Canon Powershot cameras
  1. Turn on your camera while on shooting mode (to take photos, not view)
  2. Press the "Function/Set" button to enter the functions menu
    (View Photo A for the Canon A620 or Photo B for the Canon S3IS)
  3. Move down the menu (by pressing the DOWN area on the main control) to the last option on the vertical menu. This should be the resolution/size menu.
  4. Once you are in the resolution/size menu, move to the right or left and select the "Large" size image, then press "SET" or other button - depending on the camera model (to switch to the resolution menu), and then select the "Superfine" option.
    To save the settings, simply exit the main menu.
  5. To exit the functions main menu, press the "Function/Set" button.
Screen shot of Image Size Menu
Screen shot of Image Resolution Menu
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NOW YOU ARE READY TO
START PHOTOGRAPHING

Take some pictures at different speeds to adjust the brightness of the picture, and verify the one that best suit you needs and personal preferences.

Important Notes:

 
  • Once you have completed the previous ten steps you will have your camera ready for use every time you want to photograph (while using the same lighting type, as using halogen lighting will require a new white balance adjustment).
  • The only feature that you will need to turn on every time you turn on the camera, will be the macro mode (tulip) function - As it does not stay as a saved setting.

 

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