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Old Feb 3, 2010, 6:55 PM   #1
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I recently purchased a s90 and want to see what some settings I should make or change from the defaults. I am new to photography, but I know that each environment will need different settings. I just want to see what some good everyday settings are and what I should set the shortcuts to. I am thinking setting the front control ring to ISO.
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Old Feb 3, 2010, 7:03 PM   #2
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for everyday, i think shooting in P or program mode would make the most sense. and setting the front ring to ISO would be the best bet i think, and the rear control will be used for exposure comp.

one trick for the S90 is outdoors on bright sunny days, you may want to dial down a little bit of -EV exposure comp, as it can clip highlights.
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Hi --

I agree with Hards. That is how I have been using my S90 most of the time -- P mode with front ring set to ISO and exposure compensation on the back ring. That is the default for P mode, I believe and it seems to allow pretty fast setting adjustments and pictures without remaining in auto mode. I also have the custom colors set to increase sharpening +2 and contrast and saturation +1. But I would suggest taking test shots both at the default setting and then making different adjustments, one at a time, and see what appeals to you. I'm still experimenting with mine and trying to figure out what works best in different situations. The shortcut button also can be a real time saver. How you set it really depends upon what feature you feel you might need most frequently.

Disclaimer: I am not an expert.

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Old Feb 3, 2010, 9:57 PM   #4
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In P mode, all I can adjust is the ISO and exposure correct? I guess I should have included that my everyday shooting is mainly my 5 year old indoors.
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Well, if you're referring to changing shutter speed, etc., you're right that you won't be able to do that with P mode. but you may have all the control you need anyway.

If you are taking pictures indoors of a child in perpetual motion, I assume you will probably want to be using the flash to prevent blur. Some people suggest using the "Kids and Pets" scene mode, which I understand works pretty well for these situations (I've used it a couple of times myself when I wanted an quick auto mode indoors and it seemed to work out ok), but it is a complete auto-type mode, so it doesn't give you any ability for control over exposure compensation or ISO. Alternatively, if you stay in P mode and use the flash, you can still adjust ISO and play around with the flash exposure compensation (found in the function menu) to adjust flash power output.
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Keeping the S-90 in the "P" for Programed Auto Mode with the ISO set to auto will allow the fastest camera operation, provided that you remain within the Flash Range for the S-90 which is 9 to 11 feet.

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