As promised, we show you here our prize-winning picture, shot with the fine Canon Powershot, athe presentation of the Fiat 500 Catwalk Edition. Just look at our report there. We give you here the link.
The photo is all about originality, evoking the setting, i.e. the bistro, and taking advantage of the fact that we were shooting a miniature car. We also think that a good photo has to tell a story. Which it all does here above...
Herunder, we took a detail shot of the 500 Catwalk Edition, evoking also the city surroundings and the bistro, in front of which it was parked...
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In general, when taking good photographs of cars, take first a good hard look at your equipment. Forget your I Phone, only a fine camera will do.
At the presentation of the new Audi A4, which was done in an upbuilt area with a busy ring road, we found in the neigbourhood a small manor house, with an immaculate and scenic garden. The proper shooting place for the new Audi...in the midst of the industrial area!
Look at the setting, the background, and forget parking lots. Your car can go places, so it is easy to find an interesting spot, even if it is some miles or kilometers away. Walk around the car, to find the ideal lighting conditions. Indeed, try it out. There is plenty of space on your disk, so shoot, shoot and shoot. Soon you will learn which light contrasts your camera can handle. And which it cannot.
For our website, we always have to bear in mind the vertical layout. Look how evening light works so well... with light entering sideways, lighting the front of the car up very nicely, and enhancing its contours. The rugged mountain top scenery suits the Renegade, of course.
Do not forget the rule of thirds, but try also some off centre shots. This works fine when you can take horizontal shots. On my web site, the vertical shots work best, due to the layout, so I have always to keep that in mind...
Remember that early morning and late evening sunlights are just beautiful. Invest in a tripod, and experiment also with time shots. Use natural light where you can. We will show you with our new Canon how to do this...
If you are photographing a moving car, try slow shutter speeds, pan with the car. Use small lens openings however, to get some depth of field, so the car at least comes out sharp. This is not only a technique for long lenses, remember that.
The Canon G9 X
Now back to the camera. It is beautifully compact, weighs only 209 grams, and indeed, fits in your pocket, being only 31 mm deep.
Nevertheless, it sports a one inch size sensor, and shoots 20.20 megapixels. So born for the real stuff. It has a 3.00 zoom, being a 28-84 mm equivalent. It has the DIGIC 6 image processor and sensitivity ranges from 125 to 12,800 ISO. It is reasonably luminous with apertures ranging from 2.0 to 4.9.
The LCD screen holds its own also in sunlight and has a high resolution 720 x 480 pixels array, with a three inch diameter. To make the camera as sompact as possible, it is fixed and does not swivel, but that is hardly a drawback.
Using the camera is intuitive, just four button controls at the back, two knobs on top, besides the shutter button, and a ring at the base of the lens barrel.
The circular knob on top lets you choose between the several shooting modes. In the "auto" mode, the ring at the lens barrel clicks between fixed focal lengths, just for that quick, intuitive zooming.
Put it in "P" mode, and the ring at the lens barrel clicks now between stops of under- or overexposure. This feature we really loved, as digital cameras need adjusting exposure to achieve those crisp results. Zooming is then done with the "classic" knob on top of the camera. Of course, this Canon does shoot movies, but do not expect 4K quality. It offers 1080p60 though.
We think our Canon looks great in its silver coloured livery with orange/beige leather inserts...
Burst shooting is available, with up to 6 frames per second.
We like the very sharp images, the excellent contrast and color balance of the sensor, even in low light and shadowy conditions. It is compact, but truly handles like a pro...
Just look at the photos of our test cars!
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