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Canon: tips for a photographic Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is approaching and Canon suggests some tips to celebrate it in a photographic way and create perfect souvenir photos

Valentine’s Day is approaching and Canon wants to give some advice to be able to celebrate it in a photographic way, both with some useful tips for taking souvenir photos, and with some Canon products that could be the perfect gift.

As far as portrait photography is concerned, there is a fundamental point to reiterate a fundamental point, which is that it is possible to take suggestive portraits with any type of camera, but it is necessary consider important variables such as lighting.

Valentine’s Day: Canon’s tips for the perfect portrait

Night portraits can be challenging, often requiring a flash to get enough light. If you are planning a romantic dinner, it is important to evaluate the ambient light around the subject which can be very atmospheric and therefore may be worth keeping in your portrait. In this case, a full-frame mirrorless camera like the Canon EOS RP model it allows an autofocus to shoot without flash even in low light conditions like a candlelit date.

For other situations, one must also pay attention to particularly intense lighting which could produce portraits with too high contrast; while in cases where the subject is backlit by strong sunlight, a flash can help because the camera will try to balance the flash and daylight to achieve an even more impactful image in which both elements, the subject and the background, are optimally lit.

The automatic mode and remote control

If you use an automatic shooting mode you can quickly adjust the light thanks to exposure compensation: while the name sounds difficult, it’s actually a practical method to lighten or darken the subject of the photo. It is especially useful for capturing light skin tones without making the subject appear excessively pale, or for making darker tones look more natural. This setting is available on almost all Canon cameras.

It is important to make sure that the subject is always involved and comfortable during the shots. This way you get more candid portraits. Many Canon cameras can be controlled remotely with your smartphone via Wi-Fi using the Canon Camera Connect app. You will be able to place the camera on a surface and use your smartphone to see the image and shoot at the right moment. Using this technique can help your subject relax, since you’re not looking directly at them.

To add impact to portraits, you can play on perspective, asking the subject to look away, at a point within the frame or at a distance. Alternatively, why not try capturing your subject from above using the stairs at home? We can get creative by breaking the rules of composition and completely filling the center of the frame with the subject, or creating a particular effect with backlighting or shadows.

Canon: the perfect gift idea cameras for Valentine’s Day

There is also no shortage of advice for buying the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day, that is an R mirrorless camera, among the many more handy and versatile Canon ones and also perfect printers for the youngest.

Canon: tips for a photographic Valentine's Day

Canon EOS R, the mirrorless pioneer from Canon with the new RF-Mount

Canon EOS R10 It’s a truly versatile take-anywhere camera. A perfect hybrid tool for creating content and expressing your creativity. The EOS R10 can recognize people, vehicles and animals, such as cats, dogs and birds, tracking them anywhere in the frame to keep even fast-moving subjects in sharp focus. When photographing people, the Canon EOS R10 focuses on the subject’s eyes, the ‘mirror to the soul’. What’s more, the EOS R10 camera lets you capture stunning 4K video footage.

Canon EOS RP it’s small, light and intuitive to unleash your creativity on the go. It combines the power of full-frame mirrorless technology with the light weight and maneuverability of an EOS R-series body, to help you take your photography to a new level. Equipped with a comfortable and elegant EOS grip, the high-resolution vari-angle touch screen and OLED electronic viewfinder set new standards in handling. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi allow you to easily pair your smartphone or tablet for better use, such as remote control

Canon SELPHY Square QX10 is the photo printer to take on the go, practical and elegant that allows you to print instant photos in square format with bright and vivid colours, directly from a smartphone or tablet via Wi-Fi connectivity and fast USB charging. Whether it’s to share snaps with friends or create a family album, this compact printer is perfect for any ‘strike of inspiration’.

Canon Zoemini S2 – The innovative 2-in-1 (camera + instant printer) ideal for the youngest. The perfect pocket-sized gift for anyone who loves to have fun printing their photographic memories at any time and situation. Designed for people who want to shoot, personalize and print on the go. Canon Zoemini S2 combines innovative in-app editing and printing with fun shooting options to deliver the best in instant cameras. Light and compact, it is available in trendy colors to match your personal outfit.