A ShortCourse Book
Canon PowerShot S3 IS Photography

Canon PowerShot S3 IS Photography

Canon Powershot S3 IS

This clearly written and easy-to understand short course on your Canon Powershot S3 IS explains step-by-step how, why and when you use your camera's controls for better pictures. This guide is available as a traditional 144 page large-format (8.5 by 11) spiral bound book printed in black and white, and as a full-color, fully searchable PDF eBook you can order on a CD or download instantly. The eBook also includes links to animations and other resources that bring to life the core concepts of digital photography.


Introducing Animations

The eBook version of this book has 55 interactive animations that illustrate and explain the core concepts of digital photography. Integrated throughout the eBook, these animations help you understand your camera better, and they are also a lot of fun.

To use the animations you need the eBook version of this book and an Internet connection.

Click to explore the light path through an SLR then minimize or close the animation window.
Click to see how full color images are created from only three colors then minimize or close the animation window.
New, a Short Courses digital photography book for people who want to get better pictures with their Canon Powershot S3 IS digital camera. This beautifully written and illustrated guide, drawing on the much more comprehensive information on the ShortCourses Web site, pulls together answers to the questions you might have about using the S3 IS, including the following:
  • Taking Pictures in Auto Mode
  • Customizing Display Information
  • Using Tabbed Menus
  • Using the Function Menu
  • Resetting Settings
  • Keeping an Image Displayed
  • Changing the Image Review Time
  • Displaying Images in Playback Mode
  • Managing Images In Playback Mode
  • Giving a Slide Show
  • Selecting Image Size and Quality
  • Changing Exposure Modes
  • Using Image Zone Modes
  • Shooting in SCN Mode
  • Saving Originals
  • Using Program AE (P) Mode
  • Using Shutter-Priority (Tv) Mode
  • Using Aperture-Priority (Av) Mode
  • Using Manual (M) Mode
  • Choosing a Metering Mode
  • Choosing Center or AF Spot Metering
  • Using Exposure Compensation
  • Using AE Lock
  • Using Program Shift
  • Using Autoexposure Bracketing (AEB)
  • Turning Safety Shift On and Off
  • Displaying Histograms
  • Evaluating Histograms
  • Using the Self-timer
  • Setting the Delay Time
  • Selecting an Image Stabilization Mode
  • Changing the ISO
  • Increasing Sharpness of Moving Objects
  • Moving the AF Frame
  • Using Single or Continuous Autofocus
  • Using Focus Lock and AF Lock
  • Using Manual Focus
  • Bracketing Focus
  • Increasing Depth of Field
  • Decreasing Depth of Field
  • Conveying Motion
  • Adjusting White Balance
  • Zooming the Lens
  • Turning Digital Zoom On and Off
  • Using Digital Zoom
  • Using a Converter Lens
  • Using Macro and Super Macro Modes
  • Increasing Depth of Field in Close-ups
  • Selecting Flash Modes
  • Turning Red-eye On and Off
  • Using Flash On
  • Using Flash Off
  • Using Slow Synchro Flash
  • Selecting 1st or 2nd Curtain Flash Sync
  • Using FE Lock
  • Using Flash Exposure Compensation
  • Turning Flash Adjust to Auto or Manual
  • Adjusting Flash Output Manually
  • Shooting Panoramic Sequences
  • Shooting Using My Colors
  • Adding My Colors to Existing Images
  • Turning Continuous Mode On and Off
  • Choosing a Continuous Mode
  • Capturing Movies
  • Playing Back Movies
  • Editing Movies
  • Attaching Sounds to Images
  • Sound Only recording
  • Using Intervalometer Mode
  • Saving Settings to C Mode
  • Assigning a Function to the Shortcut Button
  • Changing My Camera Settings
  • Using Your Own Start Up Image and Sound
  • Using the Set Up Menu
  • Using the Print Menu

The book is designed to work with the www.shortcourses.com site. The book explains how to get better pictures but you'll find more on that subject on the site. In addition, there is lots of information on the site about what you can do with your pictures after you've taken them.


Chapter 1
Getting Started with your Canon S3 IS

The PowerShot S3 IS—Overview
Jump Start—Taking Photos in Auto Mode
Good Things to Know
When Things Go Wrong
Using the LCD Monitor and Viewfinder
Using Dials and Buttons
Using Menus
Using Playback Mode
Giving Slide Shows
Selecting Image Quality and Size

Chapter 2
Controlling Exposure

Understanding Exposure
The Shutter Controls Light and Motion
The Aperture Controls Light and Depth of Field
Using Shutter Speed and Aperture Together
Retaining Highlight and Shadow Details
Choosing Exposure Modes
Using Image Zone Modes
Using Special Scene (SCN) Modes
Using Program AE (P) Mode
Using Shutter—Priority (Tv) Mode
Using Aperture—Priority (Av) Mode
Using Manual (M) Mode
How Your Exposure System Works
Choosing a Metering Method
When Automatic Exposure Works Well
When to Override Automatic Exposure
How Overriding Autoexposure Works
How to Override Automatic Exposure
Using Histograms

Chapter 3
Controlling Sharpness

Getting Sharper Pictures
Sharpness Isn't Everything
How to Photograph Motion Sharply
Focus and Depth of Field
Focusing Techniques
Controlling Depth of Field
Using Maximum Depth of Field
Using Shallow Depth of Field
Conveying the Feeling of Motion

Chapter 4
Capturing Light & Color

Where Does Color Come From?
White Balance
Color Balance and Time of Day
Sunsets and Sunrises
Photographing at Night
The Direction of Light
The Quality of Light

Chapter 5
Understanding Lenses

The Zoom Lens
Normal Zoom
Wide—Angle Zoom
Telephoto and Digital Zoom
Portraits with a Zoom Lens
Perspective in a Photograph
Canon Lens Converters
Using Macro and Super Macro Modes
Focusing and Depth of Field Close Up

Chapter 6
Using Flash and Studio Lighting

How Automatic Flash Works
Portraits with Flash
Using Flash On
Using Available Light
Using Slow Synchro Flash
Controlling Flash Exposures
Studio Lighting
Portrait and Product Photography-Introduction
The Main Light
The Fill Light
The Background Light
The Rim Light

Chapter 7
Special Features

Panoramas—Stitch Assist Mode
Using My Colors
Continuous Photography
Capturing Movies
Playing Movies
Editing Movies
Using Sound
Time—Lapse Photography
Saving Personal Settings
Personalizing Your Camera
Using the Set Up Menu
Using the Print Menu


A great photograph begins when you recognize a great scene or subject. But recognizing a great opportunity isn't enough to capture it; you also have to be prepared. A large part of being prepared involves understanding your camera well enough to capture what you see. Getting you prepared to see and capture great photographs is what this book is all about. It doesn't matter if you are taking pictures for business or pleasure, there's a lot here to help you get better results and more satisfaction from your photography.

To get better, and possibly even great photographs, you need to understand both concepts and procedures; the "whys" and "hows" of photography.

  • Concepts of photography are the underlying principles that apply regardless of the camera you are using. They include such things as how sharpness and exposure affect your images and the way they are perceived by viewers. Understanding concepts answers the "why" kinds of questions you might have about photography.
  • Procedures are those things specific to one kind of camera, and explain step-by-step how you set your camera's controls to capture an image just the way you want to. Understanding procedures gives you the answers to the "how" kinds of questions you might have.
This book is organized around the concepts of digital photography because that's how photographers think. You think about scenes and subjects, highlights and shadows, softness and sharpness, color and tone. The procedures you use with the Canon PowerShot S3 IS camera are integrated throughout the concepts, appearing in those places where they apply. This integrated approach lets you first understand the concepts of photography and then see step by step how to use the S3 IS in all kinds of photographic situations.

To get more effective, interesting, and creative photographs, you only need to understand how and when to use a few simple features on your camera such as focus, exposure controls, and flash. If you've previously avoided understanding these features and the profound impact they can have on your images, you'll be pleased to know that you can learn them on a weekend. You can then spend the rest of your life marveling at how the infinite variety of combinations make it possible to convey your own personal view of the world. You'll be ready to keep everything in a scene sharp for maximum detail or to blur it all for an impressionistic portrayal. You'll be able to get dramatic close-ups, freeze fast action, create wonderful panoramas, and capture the beauty and wonder of rainbows, sunsets, fireworks, and nighttime scenes.

As you explore your camera, be sure to have fun. There are no "rules" or "best" way to make a picture. Great photographs come from using what you know to experiment and try new approaches. Digital cameras make this especially easy because there are no film costs or delays. Every experiment is free and you see the results immediately so you can learn step by step.

This book assumes you've mastered the mechanics of your camera. It's about getting great pictures, not about connecting your camera to computers and using your software. That information is well presented in the user guide that came with your camera. Be sure to visit our Web site at www.shortcourses.com for even more digital photography information.

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