Full Auto (the "green square") is often the starting point on the Mode Dial for a new Canon camera owner.
In many cases it will give you great results but one of the main reasons for buying an EOS is all the creative opportunities available when you switch to one of the other shooting modes.
If you are just starting your creative journey the Basic Zone shooting modes are a good place to begin. This guide will cover four of these modes and explain what exposure settings are changed and why, so that you will understand a little more about using your EOS.
Close-up Mode chooses the optimal settings for photographing small subjects and getting in close. The camera produces images with pleasing background blur and the images have well-balanced colour and sharpness. When light levels are low the pop-up flash will activate to assist in illuminating your subject.
Naked poppy, © Chrissie Barrow 2011, Canon EOS 450D
What your EOS does: Close-up Mode selects a large aperture producing images with attractive background blur. The Standard Picture Style is utilised for balanced colour and sharpness. Shutter speeds are maintained so as to avoid camera shake and where this is not possible, such as in low light, the pop-up flash is activated. In low light the camera may select a high ISO.
Other types of photo to try: If you have something to sell online, a good image can make all the difference. Set your camera to Close-up Mode to isolate your item from the background. Careful composition will yield pleasing, and hopefully profitable, results.
Lens option:EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM*
To get really close up to your subjects a dedicated macro lens is a must.
* Requires Mount Adapter EF-EOS M for EOS M or an EF-S mount Canon DSLR body indicated by a white square on the lens mount.