Imaging apparatus, imaging method and computer-readable recording medium

Abstract

An imaging apparatus includes an imaging unit that captures a subject to generate image data of the subject; a display unit that displays the image; an image separating unit that separates a subject image and a background image from the image displayed; a special effect input unit that receives information related to special effects respectively applied to the subject image and the background image; a special effect image generating unit that generates a special effect image of each of the subject and background images by applying special effects corresponding to information received by the special effect input unit; a storing unit that stores special effect information for assigning an advisability corresponding to a combination of special effects which the special effect image generating unit applies to the subject image and the background image; and a synthetic image generating unit that generates a synthetic image using the generated special effect image.

Claims

What is claimed is: 1. An imaging apparatus comprising: an imaging unit that captures an image of a subject to continuously generate electronic image data of the subject; an image data storing unit that stores the image data generated by the imaging unit; a display unit that displays the image corresponding to the image data generated by the imaging unit; a shooting mode setting unit that sets a shooting mode to either one of a normal shooting mode and a slow motion shooting mode whose frame rate is higher than that of the normal shooting mode; a display control unit that controls the display unit to sequentially display, at a frame rate of the shooting mode set by the shooting mode setting unit, the images corresponding to the image data generated by the imaging unit in time sequence and display information related to a special effect which can be combined with the shooting mode set by the shooting mode setting unit; a special effect image generating unit that generates a special effect image by applying the special effect to the image; and an advisability information storing unit that stores advisability information for assigning an advisability corresponding to a combination of the special effect which the special effect image generating unit applies to the image and the shooting mode; wherein the display control unit controls the display unit to display information related to the special effect which the special effect image generating unit needs to apply to the image in accordance with the advisability information stored in the advisability information storing unit. 2. The imaging apparatus according to claim 1 , wherein the shooting mode setting unit can set the shooting mode further to a 3D shooting mode, and the display control unit controls the display unit to display the image sequentially generated in the shooting mode set by the shooting mode setting unit and controls the display unit to display the information related to the special effect by superimposing on the image. 3. The imaging apparatus according to claim 2 , further comprising: a touch panel that is provided on a display screen of the display unit and which receives a signal corresponding to a position of a contacting object from an outside, wherein the display control unit controls the display unit to display information related to the special effect by means of an icon, and the special effect image generating unit generates the special effect image by applying to the image, the special effect corresponding to the icon which the touch panel receives as input in a contact area positioned on a display area of the icon. 4. An imaging apparatus comprising: an imaging unit that captures an image of a subject to continuously generate electronic image data of the subject; an image data storing unit that stores the image data generated by the imaging unit; a display unit that displays the image corresponding to the image data generated by the imaging unit; a shooting mode setting unit that sets a shooting mode to either one of a normal shooting mode and a slow motion shooting mode whose frame rate is higher than that of the normal shooting mode; a display control unit that controls the display unit to sequentially display, at a frame rate of the shooting mode set by the shooting mode setting unit, the images corresponding to the image data generated by the imaging unit in time sequence and display information related to a special effect which can be combined with the shooting mode set by the shooting mode setting unit; a special effect image generating unit that generates a special effect image by applying the special effect to the image; and an advisability information storing unit that stores advisability information for assigning an advisability corresponding to a combination of the special effect which the special effect image generating unit applies to the image, and the shooting mode, wherein the display control unit controls the display unit to display information related to the special effect which the special effect image generating unit needs to apply to the image, in order from the highest advisability corresponding to a combination with the shooting mode set by the shooting mode setting unit, referring to the advisability information stored in the advisability information storing unit. 5. The imaging apparatus according to claim 3 , wherein the display control unit controls the display unit to display a plurality of icons in one vertical line or one horizontal line. 6. An imaging method executed by an imaging apparatus including an imaging unit that captures an image of a subject to continuously generate electronic image data of the subject, an image data storing unit that stores the image data generated by the imaging unit, and a display unit that displays the image corresponding to the image data generated by the imaging unit, the imaging method comprising: setting a shooting mode to either one of a normal shooting mode and slow motion shooting mode whose frame rate is higher than that of the normal shooting mode; controlling the display unit to sequentially display, at a frame rate of the set shooting mode, the images corresponding to the image data generated by the imaging unit in time sequence and display information related to a special effect which can be combined with the set shooting mode; generating a special effect image by applying the special effect to the image; storing advisability information for assigning an advisability corresponding to a combination of the special effect applied to the image and the shooting mode; and controlling the display unit to display information related to the special effect applied to the image in accordance with the advisability information. 7. A non-transitory computer-readable recording medium with an executable program stored thereon, wherein the program instructs a processor of an imaging apparatus including an imaging unit that captures an image of a subject to continuously generate electronic image data of the subject, an image data storing unit that stores the image data generated by the imaging unit, and a display unit that displays the image corresponding to the image data generated by the imaging unit, to perform: setting a shooting mode to either one of a normal shooting mode and a slow motion shooting mode whose frame rate is higher than that of the normal shooting mode; controlling the display unit to sequentially display, at a frame rate of the set shooting mode, the images corresponding to the image data generated by the imaging unit in time sequence and display information related to a special effect which can be combined with the set shooting mode; generating a special effect image by applying the special effect to the image; storing advisability information for assigning an advisability corresponding to a combination of the special effect applied to the image and the shooting mode; and controlling the display unit to display information related to the special effect applied to the image in accordance with the advisability information. 8. An imaging apparatus comprising: an imaging unit that captures an image of a subject to continuously generate electronic image data of the subject; an image data storing unit that stores the image data generated by the imaging unit; a display unit that displays the image corresponding to the image data generated by the imaging unit; a shooting mode setting unit that sets a shooting mode to either one of a normal shooting mode and a slow motion shooting mode whose frame rate is higher than that of the normal shooting mode; and a display control unit that controls the display unit to display information related only to a special effect which can be combined with the shooting mode set by the shooting mode setting unit; a special effect image generating unit that generates a special effect image by applying the special effect to the image; and an advisability information storing unit that stores advisability information for assigning an advisability corresponding to a combination of the special effect, which the special effect image generating unit applies to the image, and the shooting mode; wherein the display control unit controls the display unit to display information related to the special effect which the special effect image generating unit needs to apply to the image, in order from the highest advisability corresponding to a combination with the shooting mode set by the shooting mode setting unit, referring to the advisability information stored in the advisability information storing unit.
CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS This application is a division of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 13/222,485, filed Aug. 31, 2011, which claims the benefit of priority from Japanese Patent Application No. 2010-198310, filed on Sep. 3, 2010, Japanese Patent Application No. 2010-241321, filed on Oct. 27, 2010, Japanese Patent Application No. 2010-241322, filed on Oct. 27, 2010, and Japanese Patent Application No. 2010-286513, filed on Dec. 22, 2010, the entire contents of which are incorporated herein by reference. BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION 1. Field of the Invention The present invention relates to an imaging apparatus, an imaging method and a computer-readable recording medium which capture an image of a subject and generate electronic image data. 2. Description of the Related Art In recent years, imaging apparatuses such as digital cameras and digital videos are known to have a technique which meets various demands of consumers by applying special effects to image data obtained by capturing a subject. For example, a technique is known which can record shot image data by applying a special effect such as wipe or sepia to the shot image data (see, for example, Japanese Laid-open Patent Publication No. 2005-347886). This technique allows the user to select a desired special effect by displaying an image to which a special effect selected when the user is operating an effect switch for selecting a special effect is applied, on part of an image displayed on the display monitor. Further, an imaging apparatus is known which captures the same subject a plurality of times, separates a subject image and a background image included in an image using a plurality of shot images and blurring process of the background image to synthesize the background image with the subject image again (see, for example, Japanese Patent No. 4321287). SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION An imaging apparatus according to an aspect of the present invention includes an imaging unit that captures an image of a subject to generate electronic image data of the subject; a display unit that displays the image corresponding to the image data; an image separating unit that separates a subject image and a background image from the image displayed on the display unit; a special effect input unit that receives information related to special effects respectively applied to the subject image and the background image separated by the image separating unit; a special effect image generating unit that generates a special effect images for each of the subject image and the background image by applying special effects corresponding to information received by the special effect input unit individually to the subject image and the background image; a storing unit that stores special effect information for assigning an advisability corresponding to a combination of special effects which the special effect image generating unit applies to the subject image and the background image; a synthetic image generating unit that generates a synthetic image using the special effect image generated by the special effect image generating unit; and a display control unit that controls the display unit to display the image. The special effect image generating unit applies a special effect to one of the subject image and the background image, and when the synthetic image generating unit synthesizes a special effect image to which the special effect is applied, with the other one of the subject image and the background image, the display control unit controls the display unit to display the synthesized synthetic image, and controls the display unit to display information related to a special effect which needs to be the subject image or the background image, in order from the highest advisability corresponding to a combination with a special effect applied immediately before, referring to special effect information stored in the storing unit. An imaging apparatus according to another aspect of the present invention includes an imaging unit that captures an image of a subject to continuously generate electronic image data of the subject; an image data storing unit that stores the image data generated by the imaging unit; a display unit that displays the image corresponding to the image data generated by the imaging unit; a shooting mode setting unit that sets one of a plurality of shooting modes for which a frame rate of capturing suitable for each capturing scene is set in advance; a special effect input unit that receives information related to a special effect for the image generated at a frame rate of the shooting mode set by the shooting mode setting unit; a special effect image generating unit that generates a special effect image by applying to the image a special effect corresponding to information received by the special effect input unit; an advisability information storing unit that stores advisability information for assigning an advisability corresponding to a combination of a special effect which the special effect image generating unit applies to the image, and the frame rate of the shooting mode; and a display control unit that controls the display unit to display the image sequentially generated at the frame rate of the shooting mode set by the shooting mode setting unit, in a time sequence, and which controls the display unit to display information related to the special effect which the special effect image generating unit needs to apply to the image, in order from the highest advisability corresponding to a combination with the frame rate of the shooting mode set by the shooting mode setting unit, referring to the advisability information stored in the advisability information storing unit. An imaging apparatus according to still another aspect of the present invention includes an imaging unit that captures an image of a subject to generate electronic image data of the subject; a display unit that can display the image corresponding to the image data generated by the imaging unit; a shooting mode setting unit that sets one of a plurality of shooting modes for which a condition of capturing suitable for each capturing scene is set in advance; a special effect input unit that receives information related to a special effect for the image generated by the imaging unit according to the shooting mode set by the shooting mode setting unit; a special effect image generating unit that generates a special effect image by applying to the image a special effect corresponding to information received by the special effect input unit; an advisability information storing unit that stores advisability information for assigning an advisability corresponding to a combination of a special effect which the special effect image generating unit applies to the image, and the shooting mode; and a display control unit that controls the display unit to display the image generated by the imaging unit according to the shooting mode set by the shooting mode setting unit, and which controls the display unit to display information related to the special effect which the special effect image generating unit needs to apply to the image, in order from the highest advisability corresponding to a combination with the shooting mode set by the shooting mode setting unit, referring to the advisability information stored in the advisability information storing unit. An imaging method according to still another aspect of the present invention is executed by an imaging apparatus that captures an image of a subject to generate electronic image data of the subject, includes a display unit which displays an image corresponding to the generated image data, and that can apply a special effect to the image. The imaging method includes separating a subject image and a background image from the captured image; generating a special effect image by applying a special effect to one of the separated subject image and background image; generating a synthetic image by synthesizing the other one of the subject image and the background image, with the special effect image; and displaying the synthetic image, reading and referring to special effect information from a storing unit which stores the special effect information for assigning an advisability corresponding to a combination of special effects applied to the subject image and the background image, and displaying information related to a special effect which needs to be applied to the subject image or the background image, in order from the highest advisability corresponding to a combination with a special effect applied immediately before. An imaging method according to still another aspect of the present invention is executed by an imaging apparatus that captures an image of a subject to generate electronic image data of the subject, includes a display unit which displays an image corresponding to the generated image data, and that can apply a special effect to the image. The imaging method includes setting in the imaging apparatus one of a plurality of shooting modes for which a frame rate of capturing suitable for each capturing scene is set in advance; receiving information related to a special effect for the image generated at a frame rate of the shooting mode; generating a special effect image by applying to the image a special effect corresponding to the received information; and displaying the image sequentially generated at the frame rate of the shooting mode in a time sequence, reading and referring to advisability information from an advisability storing unit which stores the advisability information for assigning an advisability corresponding to a combination of the special effect applied to the image and the frame rate of the shooting mode, and displaying information related to the special effect which needs to be applied to the image, in order from the highest advisability corresponding to a combination with the frame rate of the shooting mode. An imaging method according to still another aspect of the present invention is executed by an imaging apparatus that captures an image of a subject to generate electronic image data of the subject, displays an image corresponding to the generated image data, and can apply a special effect to the image. The imaging method includes setting in the imaging apparatus one of a plurality of shooting modes for which a frame rate of capturing suitable for each capturing scene is set in advance; receiving an input of information related to a special effect for the image generated at a frame rate of the shooting mode; generating a special effect image by applying to the image a special effect corresponding to the received information; and displaying the image sequentially generated at the frame rate of the shooting mode in a time sequence, reading and referring to advisability information from an advisability storing unit which stores the advisability information for assigning an advisability corresponding to a combination of the special effect applied to the image and the frame rate of the shooting mode, and displaying information related to the special effect which needs to be applied to the image, in order from the highest advisability corresponding to a combination with the frame rate of the shooting mode. A non-transitory computer-readable recording medium according to still another aspect of the present invention has an executable program stored thereon. The program instructs a processor of the imaging apparatus according to the present invention to perform the imaging method according to the present invention. The above and other features, advantages and technical and industrial significance of this invention will be better understood by reading the following detailed description of presently preferred embodiments of the invention, when considered in connection with the accompanying drawings. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is a block diagram illustrating a configuration of an imaging apparatus according to a first embodiment of the present invention; FIG. 2 is a perspective view illustrating a configuration of an imaging apparatus according to the first embodiment according to the present invention on a front surface side; FIG. 3 is a perspective view illustrating a configuration of an imaging apparatus according to the first embodiment of the present invention on a back surface side; FIG. 4 is a schematic view illustrating a situation when an imaging unit included in an imaging apparatus according to the first embodiment of the present invention generates two items of image data in which one ends of the respective field of views in left and right directions overlap; FIG. 5 is a view illustrating an example of an image corresponding to image data generated by the imaging unit under the situation illustrated in FIG. 4 ; FIG. 6 is a view illustrating an example of an image corresponding to image data generated by the imaging unit under the situation illustrated in FIG. 4 ; FIG. 7 is a view illustrating an example of an image on which the imaging unit virtually overlays images generated at different capturing positions under the situation illustrated in FIG. 4 ; FIG. 8 is a view illustrating an example of a background image generated by an image separating unit included in an imaging apparatus according to the first embodiment of the present invention; FIG. 9 is a view illustrating an example of a subject image generated by an image separating unit included in an imaging apparatus according to the first embodiment of the present invention; FIG. 10 is a schematic view describing an outline of processing of a special effect image generating unit and synthetic image generating unit included in an imaging apparatus according to the first embodiment of the present invention; FIG. 11 is a flowchart illustrating an outline of processing performed by an imaging apparatus according to the first embodiment of the present invention; FIG. 12 is a flowchart illustrating an outline of menu operation process performed by an imaging apparatus according to the first embodiment of the present invention; FIG. 13 is a view illustrating an example of an image displayed on a display unit included in an imaging apparatus according to the first embodiment of the present invention; FIG. 14 is a view illustrating an example of an image displayed on a display unit included in an imaging apparatus according to the first embodiment of the present invention; FIG. 15 is a view illustrating an example of an image displayed on a display unit included in an imaging apparatus according to the first embodiment of the present invention; FIG. 16 is a view illustrating an example of a special effect information table stored by a special effect information storing unit included in an imaging apparatus according to the first embodiment of the present invention; FIG. 17 is a flowchart illustrating an outline of capturing process performed by an imaging apparatus according to the first embodiment of the present invention; FIG. 18 is a flowchart illustrating an outline of swing art capturing process performed by an imaging apparatus according to the first embodiment of the present invention; FIG. 19 is a view illustrating an example of an image displayed on a display unit included in an imaging apparatus according to the first embodiment of the present invention; FIG. 20 is a schematic diagram describing a capturing method of panorama shooting according to a shooting mode performed by an imaging apparatus according to the second embodiment of a present invention; FIG. 21 is a schematic diagram describing a capturing method of HDR shooting according to a shooting mode performed by an imaging apparatus according to the second embodiment of the present invention; FIG. 22 is a view illustrating an example of an image generated by an imaging apparatus under the situation illustrated in FIG. 21 ; FIG. 23 is a flowchart illustrating an outline of menu operation process performed by an imaging apparatus according to the second embodiment of the present invention; FIG. 24 is a view illustrating an example of an image displayed on a display unit included in an imaging apparatus according to the second embodiment of the present invention; FIG. 25 is a view illustrating an example of an image displayed on a display unit included in an imaging apparatus according to the second embodiment of the present invention; FIG. 26 is a view illustrating an example of a special effect information table stored by a special effect information storing unit included in an imaging apparatus according to the second embodiment of the present invention; FIG. 27 is a view illustrating an example of an image displayed on a display unit included in an imaging apparatus according to the second embodiment of the present invention; FIG. 28 is a view illustrating an example of a special effect information table stored by a special effect information storing unit included in an imaging apparatus according to the second embodiment of the present invention; FIG. 29 is a flowchart illustrating an outline of capturing process performed by an imaging apparatus according to the second embodiment of the present invention; FIG. 30 is a view illustrating an example of a synthetic image generated by a synthetic image generating unit included in an imaging apparatus according to the second embodiment of the present invention; FIG. 31 is a block diagram illustrating a configuration of an imaging apparatus according to a third embodiment of the present invention; FIG. 32 is a flowchart illustrating an outline of processing performed by an imaging apparatus according to the third embodiment of the present invention; FIG. 33 is a view illustrating an example of a situation when an imaging apparatus captures a subject according to a shooting mode, and an image displayed on a display unit; FIG. 34 is a flowchart illustrating an outline of menu operation process illustrated in FIG. 33 ; FIG. 35 is a view illustrating an example of an operation menu displayed on a display unit of an imaging apparatus; FIG. 36 is a view illustrating an example of an image displayed on a display unit of an imaging apparatus; FIG. 37 is a view illustrating an example of an advisability information table stored by an advisability information storing unit of an imaging apparatus; FIG. 38 is a view illustrating an example of an image displayed on a display unit of an imaging apparatus; FIG. 39 is a view illustrating an example of an image displayed on a display unit of an imaging apparatus; FIG. 40 is a flowchart illustrating an outline of playback/display process illustrated in FIG. 32 ; FIG. 41 is a block diagram illustrating a configuration of an imaging apparatus according to a fourth embodiment of the present invention; FIG. 42 is a flowchart illustrating an outline of processing performed by an imaging apparatus according to the fourth embodiment of the present invention; FIG. 43 is a view illustrating an example of an operation menu displayed on a display unit of an imaging apparatus; FIG. 44 is a view illustrating an example of a shooting mode menu displayed on a display unit of an imaging apparatus; FIG. 45 is a view illustrating an example of an image displayed on a display unit of an imaging apparatus; FIG. 46 is a view illustrating an example of an image displayed on a display unit of an imaging apparatus; FIG. 47 is a view illustrating an example of an advisability information table stored by an advisability information storing unit of an imaging apparatus; FIG. 48 is a view illustrating an example of an image displayed on a display unit of an imaging apparatus; FIG. 49 is a view illustrating an example of an image displayed on a display unit of an imaging apparatus; FIG. 50 is a flowchart illustrating an outline of capturing process illustrated in FIG. 42 ; FIG. 51 is a flowchart illustrating an outline of playback/display process illustrated in FIG. 42 ; FIG. 52 is a view illustrating an example of a special effect menu displayed on a display unit of an imaging apparatus; FIG. 53 is a view illustrating an example of an image displayed on a display unit of an imaging apparatus; FIG. 54 is a view illustrating an example of an image displayed on a display unit of an imaging apparatus; FIG. 55 is a view illustrating an example of an image displayed on a display unit of an imaging apparatus; FIG. 56 is a view illustrating an example of an image displayed on a display unit of an imaging apparatus; and FIG. 57 is a view describing enlarged display near an area of a touch panel touched by the user. DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS First Embodiment FIG. 1 is view illustrating a configuration of an imaging apparatus according to a first embodiment on a side (front surface side) facing a subject. FIG. 2 is a view illustrating a configuration of an imaging apparatus according to the first embodiment on a side (back surface side) facing a user. FIG. 3 is a block diagram illustrating a configuration of an imaging apparatus according to the first embodiment of the present invention. As illustrated in FIG. 1 to FIG. 3 , an imaging apparatus 1 includes an imaging unit 2 which captures a subject and generates electronic image data of the shot subject; a posture detecting unit 3 which detects an acceleration of the imaging apparatus 1 ; a light emitting unit 4 which radiates light on a field-of-view area shot by the imaging unit 2 ; a clock 5 which has a decision function of a shooting date and a timer function; an operation input unit 6 which receives inputs of various pieces of information of the imaging apparatus 1 ; a display unit 7 which displays an image corresponding to image data generated by the imaging unit 2 ; a touch panel 8 which receives an input of a signal corresponding to a contact position from an outside; a storing unit 9 which stores various pieces of information including image data generated by the imaging unit 2 ; a communication unit 10 which performs transmission and reception to and from various databases through the Internet in mutual directions; and a control unit 11 which controls the operation of the imaging apparatus 1 . The imaging unit 2 has a lens unit 2 a , a lens driving system 2 b , a diaphragm 2 c , a diaphragm driving system 2 d , a shutter 2 e , a shutter driving system 2 f , an imaging element 2 g and a signal processing unit 2 h. The lens unit 2 a is formed with, for example, a focus lens or zoom lens, and condenses light from a predetermined field-of-view area. The lens driving system 2 b is formed with, for example, a DC motor, and moves, for example, the focus lens or zoom lens of the lens unit 2 a on an optical axis L 1 to change, for example, a focus position and focus distance of the lens unit 2 a. The diaphragm 2 c adjusts an exposure by limiting an incidence amount of light condensed by the lens unit 2 a . The diaphragm driving system 2 d has, for example, a stepping motor, and drives the diaphragm 2 c. The shutter 2 e sets the state of the imaging element 2 g to an exposure state or light blocking state. The shutter driving system 2 f has, for example, a stepping motor, and drives the shutter 2 e according to a release signal. The imaging element 2 g is realized by, for example, CCD (Charge Coupled Device) or CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) which receives and converts light condensed by the lens unit 2 a into an electrical signal (analog signal), and outputs the converted electrical signal to the signal processing unit 2 h. The signal processing unit 2 h applies signal processing such as amplification to the electrical signal outputted from the imaging element 2 g , and then A/D converts the electrical signal into digital image data to output to the control unit 11 . The posture detecting unit 3 includes an acceleration sensor, and detects a posture state and/or motion of the imaging apparatus 1 by detecting the acceleration of the imaging apparatus 1 . More specifically, the posture detecting unit 3 detects the posture of the imaging apparatus 1 based on the horizontal plane. The light emitting unit 4 has, for example, a xenon lamp or LED (Light Emitting Diode). The light emitting unit 4 radiates strobe light of auxiliary light toward the field-of-view area of the imaging unit 2 . The clock 5 generates a time signal based on which the imaging apparatus 1 operates. By this means, the control unit 11 can set, for example, an acquisition time of image data and an exposure time of the imaging element 2 g. The operation input unit 6 includes a power switch 6 a which switches a power state of the imaging apparatus 1 to an on state or off state; a release switch 6 b which inputs a release signal for commanding to capture an image; a mode switch 6 c which switches between various shooting modes of the imaging apparatus 1 ; a special effect input switch 6 d which switches between various settings of the imaging apparatus 1 and receives an input of information related to a special effect; a menu switch 6 e which makes the display unit 7 display information related to the various shooting modes of the imaging apparatus 1 ; and a zoom switch 6 f which performs a zoom operation of the imaging unit 2 . The display unit 7 is formed using a display panel including, for example, liquid crystal or organic EL (Electro Luminescence). The display unit 7 displays an image corresponding to image data generated by the imaging unit 2 . The display unit 7 adequately displays operation information of the imaging apparatus 1 and information related to shooting. Further, the display unit 7 displays a three-dimensional image (hereinafter, “3D image”) corresponding to image data generated by the imaging unit 2 . Generally, there is a parallax barrier scheme or lenticular lens scheme adopted in a display unit which displays a 3D image. With the first embodiment, both schemes are applicable to the display unit. The touch panel 8 is overlaid and provided on a display screen of the display unit 7 (see FIG. 2 ). The touch panel 8 detects the position which the user contacts (touches) based on information displayed on the display unit 7 , and receives an input of the operation signal corresponding to this contact position. Generally, there are a resistive type, a capacitance type and an optical type for a touch panel. With the present embodiment, all types are applicable to the touch panel. In addition, with the first embodiment, the touch panel 8 functions as one of the operation input unit 6 . The storing unit 9 includes an image data storing unit 9 a which stores image data captured by the imaging unit 2 ; a program storing unit 9 b which stores various programs executed by the imaging apparatus 1 and capturing programs according to the first embodiment; a temporary image data storing unit 9 c which temporarily stores image data captured by the imaging unit 2 or various settings of the imaging apparatus 1 ; and a special effect information storing unit 9 d which stores a special effect information table which assigns an advisability corresponding to a combination of special effects applied to a subject image and background image when special effects are applied. The storing unit 9 is provided inside the imaging apparatus 1 in a fixed manner, and is formed using a semiconductor memory such as a flash memory or RAM (Random Access Memory). In addition, the storing unit 9 may have a function of a storage medium interface which reads information stored in the storage medium while storing the information in a storage medium such as a memory card attached from an outside. The communication unit 10 has a function of the communication interface, and performs transmission and reception to and from an external processing device such as a server (not illustrated) or personal computer through a network (not illustrated) in a mutual direction. The communication unit 10 acquires various items of program data of the imaging apparatus 1 and data related to a special effect information table by performing transmission and reception to and from the external processing device. In addition, the communication unit 10 is connected to the network through a cable or wireless LAN (Local Area Network). The control unit 11 is formed with, for example, a CPU (Central Processing Unit). The control unit 11 reads a program from the program storing unit 9 b of the storing unit 9 according to, for example, an operation signal from the operation input unit 6 to execute, and performs overall control of the operation of the imaging apparatus 1 by, for example, commanding each unit forming the imaging apparatus 1 or transferring data. The control unit 11 has an image processing unit 11 a , an image separating unit 11 b , a special effect image generating unit 11 c , a synthetic image generating unit 11 d and a display control unit 11 e. The image processing unit 11 a applies various image processings to image data outputted from the signal processing unit 2 h to output to the storing unit 9 . More specifically, the image processing unit 11 a applies processings such as edge enhancement, color correction and γ correction to image data outputted from the signal processing unit 2 h. The image separating unit 11 b separates a subject image and background image from an image corresponding to image data generated by the imaging unit 2 . More specifically, using the principle of common triangulation, the image separating unit 11 b separates the subject image and background image, based on a parallax of two images corresponding to two items of data which are generated by the imaging unit 2 and in which one ends of respective field of views in left and right directions overlap each other. The special effect image generating unit 11 c generates a special effect image of each image by individually applying special effects corresponding to information received by the touch panel 8 as input, to the subject image and background image separated by the image separating unit 11 b . More specifically, for example, the special effect image generating unit 11 c applies, to image data, processing including one of a plurality of image processings, tone curve processing, blurring process, shading adding process, image synthesizing process, noise superimposing process, and chroma adjusting process. In addition, the special effect image generating unit 11 c may generate a special effect image by applying a special effect to one image corresponding to image data generated by the imaging unit 2 . Further, the special effect image generating unit 11 c may continuously generate special effect images by sequentially applying special effects to image data continuously generated by the imaging unit 2 . The synthetic image generating unit 11 d generates a synthetic image using the special effect image generated by the special effect image generating unit 11 c . More specifically, the synthetic image generating unit 11 d generates a synthetic image by synthesizing the subject image separated by the image separating unit 11 b with the special effect image generated by applying a special effect to the background image by the special effect image generating unit 11 c. The display control unit 11 e controls the display unit 7 to perform display. When the special effect image generating unit 11 c applies a special effect to one of the subject image and background image, and the synthetic image generating unit 11 d synthesizes the special effect image to which this special effect is applied, with the other one of the subject image and background image, the display control unit 11 e controls the display unit 7 to display this synthesized synthetic image, and controls the display unit 7 to display information related to the special effect which needs to be applied to the subject image or background image, in order from the highest advisability corresponding to the combination with a special effect applied immediately before, referring to the special effect information table stored in the special effect information storing unit 9 d . The display control unit 11 e controls the display unit 7 to display information related to the special effects by means of icons. More specifically, the display control unit 11 e controls the display unit 7 to display a special effect icon corresponding to special effect information in order from the highest advisability corresponding to the combination with the special effect applied immediately before, referring to the special effect information table. A situation will be described where, in the imaging apparatus 1 employing the above configuration, the image separating unit 11 b separates an image generated by the imaging unit 2 , into a subject image and background image. FIG. 4 is a schematic view illustrating a situation when the imaging unit 2 generates two items of image data in which one ends of the respective field of views in left and right directions overlap. FIG. 5 is a view illustrating an example of an image corresponding to image data generated by the imaging unit 2 at a capturing position P 1 under the situation illustrated in FIG. 4 . FIG. 6 is a view illustrating an example of an image corresponding to image data generated by the imaging unit 2 at a capturing position P 2 under the situation illustrated in FIG. 4 . FIG. 7 is a view illustrating an example of an image on which the imaging unit 2 virtually overlays images generated at different capturing positions under the situation illustrated in FIG. 4 . In (a) of FIG. 7 , an image W 1 is obtained by overlaying images based on the background. Further, in (b) of FIG. 7 , an image W 2 is obtained by overlaying images based on the subject. In addition, in FIG. 4 , the user moves the imaging apparatus 1 from the left side to the right side, and the imaging apparatus 1 continuously captures images in very short time intervals during this period of movement. Hence, there are a plurality of images between the image WL 1 and image WR 1 illustrated in FIG. 5 and FIG. 6 . As illustrated in FIG. 4 , the imaging unit 2 continuously generates a plurality of items of image data having different field-of-view areas by capturing images of a subject A 1 (distance d1) and a subject A 2 (distance d2) having different distances from the imaging unit 2 , at a plurality of capturing positions. More specifically, as illustrated in FIG. 5 and FIG. 6 , the imaging unit 2 generates the image WL 1 at the capturing position P 1 in FIG. 4 , and generates the image WR 1 at the capturing position P 2 in FIG. 4 . As illustrated in FIG. 4 , the distance d2 between the imaging unit 2 and subject A 2 is longer than the distance d1 between the imaging unit 2 and subject A 1 , so that the areas of the subject A 2 of the background nearly overlap. More specifically, as illustrated in (b) of FIG. 7 , the areas of the subject A 2 nearly overlap in the image W 2 . By contrast with this, as illustrated in (a) of FIG. 7 , in the image W 1 , the areas of the subject A 1 do not overlap, and there is a parallax al with respect of the subject A 1 . Thus, as illustrated in (a) of FIG. 7 , the image separating unit 11 b specifies areas which overlap when the image WL 1 and image WR 1 are virtually overlaid, as a background image. Further, as illustrated in (b) of FIG. 7 , the image separating unit 11 b specifies an overlapping area as a subject image of the subject A 1 by overlaying the image WL 1 and image WR 1 based on areas of the image WL 1 and image WR 1 having high brightnesses while moving the image WL 1 and image WR 1 in different directions. By this means, as illustrated in FIG. 8 and FIG. 9 , the image separating unit 11 b can separate a background image W 3 and a subject image W 4 from the image corresponding to image data generated by the imaging unit 2 . In addition, when the image WL 1 and image WR 1 virtually overlap based on the subject A 1 , the image separating unit 11 b may specify a subject image by overlaying the image WL 1 and image WR 1 based on areas of the image WL 1 and image WR 1 having high contrasts. Next, an outline of processings of the special effect image generating unit 11 c and the synthetic image generating unit 11 d will be described. FIG. 10 is a schematic view describing the outline of the processings of the special effect image generating unit 11 c and the synthetic image generating unit 11 d. As illustrated in FIG. 10 , the special effect image generating unit 11 c first applies a special effect set by the user such as “soft effect” (described below) to the background image W 10 stored in the image data storing unit 9 a to generate a special effect image W 11 ((a)→(b) of FIG. 10 ). Then, the synthetic image generating unit 11 d synthesizes the subject image W 4 separated by the image separating unit 11 b , with the special effect image W 11 to generate a synthetic image W 12 ((b)→(c) of FIG. 10 ). Finally, the special effect image generating unit 11 c applies a special effect set by the user such as “sepia effect” (described below) to the subject image W 4 included in the synthetic image W 12 to generate a synthetic image W 13 ((c)→(d) of FIG. 10 ). By this means, the imaging apparatus 1 can generate a synthetic image obtained by applying special effects to the subject image and background image. In addition, in (a) to (d) of FIG. 10 , the image to which “soft effect” is applied is gradation processed, and the image to which “sepia effect” is applied is shown with hatching. Next, processing performed by the imaging apparatus 1 according to the first embodiment will be described. FIG. 11 is a flowchart illustrating an outline of processing performed by the imaging apparatus 1 . In FIG. 11 , the control unit 11 first decides whether or not the power source of the imaging apparatus 1 is turned on (step S 101 ). When the power source of the imaging apparatus 1 is turned on (step S 101 : Yes), the imaging apparatus 1 goes to step S 102 . By contrast with this, when the power source of the imaging apparatus 1 is not turned on (step S 101 : No), the imaging apparatus 1 finishes the processing. Subsequently, the control unit 11 decides whether or not the imaging apparatus 1 is set to a shooting mode (step S 102 ). When the imaging apparatus 1 is set to the shooting mode (step S 102 : Yes), the imaging apparatus 1 goes to step S 103 (described below). By contrast with this, when the imaging apparatus 1 is not set to the shooting mode (step S 102 : No), the imaging apparatus 1 goes to step S 108 (described below). A case (step S 102 : Yes) will be described where, in step S 102 , the imaging apparatus 1 is set to the shooting mode. In this case, the display control unit 11 e controls the display unit 7 to display live view images corresponding to image data continuously generated by the imaging unit 2 at constant and very small time intervals (step S 103 ). Subsequently, the control unit 11 decides whether or not a release signal for commanding to capture an image is inputted when the user operates the release switch 6 b (step S 104 ). When a release signal for commanding to capture an image is not inputted (step S 104 : No), the control unit 11 decides whether or not the user operates the menu switch 6 e (step S 105 ). When the user does not operate the menu switch 6 e within a predetermined time, for example, within 30 seconds (step S 105 : No), the imaging apparatus 1 returns to step S 101 . By contrast with this, when the user operates the menu switch 6 e (step S 105 : Yes), the imaging apparatus 1 executes menu operation process of setting a menu included in the shooting mode (step S 106 ), and returns to step S 101 . A case (step S 104 : Yes) will be described where, in step S 104 , a release signal for commanding to capture an image is inputted. In this case, the imaging apparatus 1 executes a process of capturing a subject (step S 107 ), and returns to step S 101 . A case (step S 102 : No) will be described where, in step S 102 , the imaging apparatus 1 is not set to the shooting mode. In this case, the display control unit 11 e controls the display unit 7 to display an image selection screen which collectively displays a plurality of images stored in the image data storing unit 9 a (step S 108 ). Subsequently, the control unit 11 decides whether or not the user touches the touch panel 8 to select an image on the image selection screen displayed on the display unit 7 (step S 109 ). When the user does not select an image on the image selection screen (step S 109 : No), the imaging apparatus 1 goes to step S 113 (described below). By contrast with this, when the user selects an image on the image selection screen (step S 109 : Yes), the display control unit 11 e controls the display unit 7 to display the image selected by the user on the full screen (step S 110 ), and the imaging apparatus 1 goes to step S 111 . In step S 111 , whether or not the user performs an operation to switch the image is decided. When the user performs the operation to switch the image (step S 111 : Yes), the display control unit 11 e switches the image currently displayed on the display unit 7 (step S 112 ), and the imaging apparatus 1 returns to step S 110 . By contrast with this, when the user does not perform the operation to switch the image (step S 111 : No), the control unit 11 decides whether or not an operation to playback the image is performed (step S 113 ). More specifically, the control unit 11 decides whether or not the imaging apparatus 1 is switched from a playback mode to the shooting mode when the user operates the mode switch 6 c . When the user does not perform an operation to finish playing an image (step S 113 : No), the imaging apparatus 1 returns to step S 108 . By contrast with this, when the user performs the operation to finish playing back an image (step S 113 : Yes), the imaging apparatus 1 returns to step S 101 . Next, menu operation process in step S 106 in FIG. 11 will be described. FIG. 12 is a flowchart illustrating an outline of menu operation process. In FIG. 12 , the display control unit 11 e first controls the display unit 7 to display menu icons on the image displayed on the display unit 7 (step S 201 ). More specifically, as illustrated in FIG. 13 , the display control unit 11 e displays a shooting mode icon Q 1 , a strobe light icon Q 2 , a special shooting mode icon Q 3 and a back icon Q 4 on an image W 21 displayed on the display unit 7 . The shooting mode icon Q 1 receives an input of a command signal for commanding the display unit 7 to display detailed parameters of an operation condition of the shooting mode. As the detailed parameters of the image capturing operation condition, parameters such as a shutter speed, exposure correction range, ISO sensitivity and aperture value are displayed. The strobe light icon Q 2 receives an input of a command signal for commanding the display unit 7 to display detailed parameters of a strobe light operation condition of strobe light (flash). As the detailed parameters of the strobe light operation condition, parameters such as automatic light emission, light emission prohibition, red-eye light emission and forced light emission are displayed. The special shooting mode icon Q 3 receives an input of a command signal for commanding the display unit 7 to display a submenu of the special shooting mode. Subsequently, the control unit 11 decides whether or not the user operates the special shooting mode icon Q 3 (step S 202 ). More specifically, as illustrated in FIG. 13 , when the user touches the special shooting mode icon Q 3 displayed on the image W 21 on the display unit 7 , the control unit 11 decides whether or not the special shooting mode icon Q 3 is operated according to the signal received by the touch panel 8 as input. When the user does not operate the special shooting mode icon Q 3 within a predetermined time, for example, within 30 seconds (step S 202 : No), the imaging apparatus 1 returns to a main routine illustrated in FIG. 11 . By contrast with this, when the user operates the special shooting mode icon Q 3 (step S 202 : Yes), the imaging apparatus 1 goes to step S 203 . Then, the display control unit 11 e displays submenu icons of the special shooting mode, on the image displayed on the display unit 7 (step S 203 ). More specifically, as illustrated in FIG. 14 , the display control unit 11 e displays a swing synthesis icon Q 5 , an art filter icon Q 6 , a swing art icon Q 7 and the back icon Q 4 , on the image W 21 displayed on the display unit 7 . Hereinafter, various icons illustrated in FIG. 14 will be described. The swing synthesis icon Q 5 receives an input of a command signal for setting the shooting mode of the imaging apparatus 1 to a swing synthesis shooting mode. The swing synthesis shooting mode refers to a shooting mode of generating a synthetic image by synthesizing one of a subject image or background image separated from an image captured by the image separating unit 11 b , with the other image. The art filter icon Q 6 receives an input of a command signal for setting the shooting mode of the imaging apparatus 1 to special effect capturing. The special effect capturing refers to a shooting mode of generating a special effect image by applying to the captured image a special effect set in the special effect image generating unit 11 c by the user. The swing art icon Q 7 receives an input of a command signal for setting the shooting mode of the imaging apparatus 1 to a swing art shooting mode. The swing art shooting mode refers to a shooting mode of generating a special effect image by applying a special effect set in the special effect image generating unit 11 c by the user, to one of a subject image or background image separated from the image captured by the image separating unit 11 b , and synthesizing this generated special effect image with the other image and generating a synthetic image. Referring back to FIG. 12 , in step S 204 , the control unit 11 decides whether or not the user operates the swing art icon Q 7 . More specifically, as illustrated in FIG. 14 , when the user touches the swing art icon Q 7 displayed on the image W 21 on the display unit 7 , the control unit 11 decides whether or not the swing art icon Q 7 is operated according to the signal received by the touch panel 8 as input. When the user does not operate the swing art icon Q 7 within a predetermined time (step S 204 : No), the imaging apparatus 1 returns to the main routine illustrated in FIG. 11 . By contrast with this, when the user operates the swing art icon Q 7 (step S 204 : Yes), the imaging apparatus 1 goes to step S 205 . Subsequently, the display control unit 11 e controls the display unit 7 to display a background image corresponding to image data stored in the image data storing unit 9 a and a plurality of special effect icons (step S 205 ). More specifically, as illustrated in FIG. 15 , the display control unit 11 e controls the display unit 7 to display the background image W 22 , and controls the display unit 7 to display a normal icon Q 8 , a soft icon Q 9 and a sepia icon Q 10 referring to a special effect information table stored in the special effect information storing unit 9 d. Meanwhile, a method of displaying special effect icons which the display control unit 11 e controls the display unit 7 to display will be described with reference to FIG. 16 . FIG. 16 is a view illustrating an example of the special effect information table stored by the special effect information storing unit 9 d. As illustrated in FIG. 16 , in a special effect information table T 1 , special effects are written which are applicable to a subject image and background image. More specifically, the special effects which are applicable to the subject image include “normal”, “pop”, “fish-eye”, “soft”, “sepia”, “black/white”, “sketch” and “miniature”. By contrast with this, the special effects which are applicable to the background include “normal”, “pop”, “fish-eye”, “soft”, “sepia”, “black/white”, “sketch” and “miniature”. Further, in the special effect information table T 1 , (0 to 5) are written for advisabilities which match combinations of special effects to generate a synthetic image by applying special effects to a subject image and background image. More specifically, when the special effect for the subject image is “normal”, the advisability is “5” for the combination with a special effect of “normal”, “soft” and “sepia” for the background. Further, the advisability is “4” for a combination with “pop”, “black/white” and “sketch”, and the advisability is “1” for a combination with “fish-eye” and “miniature”. That is, a higher numerical value of the advisability is set for a better combination of special effects. In addition, the numerical values illustrated in FIG. 16 are only examples and by no means limited to these, and a numerical value of the advisability may be changed by, for example, the special effect input switch 6 d . Further, a lower numerical value of the advisability may be set for a better combination of special effects. Thus, the display control unit 11 e controls the display unit 7 to display special effect icons in order from the highest advisability of a combination with a special effect, referring to the special effect information table T 1 . For example, as illustrated in FIG. 15 , when a special effect is not applied to the background image W 22 currently displayed on the display unit 7 and the state of the background image W 22 is “normal”, the display control unit 11 e controls the display unit 7 to display the normal icon Q 8 , soft icon Q 9 and sepia icon Q 10 as special effect icons. By this means, the imaging apparatus 1 can present, to the user, information which serves as a guide to select an optimal combination of special effects for the image currently displayed on the display unit 7 . Next, the special effects illustrated in FIG. 16 will be described respectively. Normal refers to the state where the special effect image generating unit 11 c applies no special effect. Pop provides an effect of emphasizing a color impressively and colorfully. For example, processing of improving the hue and saturation of image data is performed. Fish-eye provides an effect of finishing an image by distorting a line in an arc shape as if the line is captured using a fish-eye lens. For example, processing of changing image data to an image distorted by, for example, coordinate conversion is performed. Soft provides an effect of finishing the entire image softly as if the image was captured using a soft focus lens. For example, processing of decreasing levels of contrast, gradation, synthesis and saturation of image data is performed. Sepia provides an effect of finishing a sepia and monochrome image. For example, processing of decreasing levels of the white balance and tone curve is performed. Black/white provides an effect of finishing a black and white image represented by a gray tone. For example, processing of decreasing the level of the white balance is performed. Sketch provides an effect of finishing a sketchy image in which the profile is drawn by line drawing. Miniature provides an effect of adjusting focus on the center of the screen and decreasing levels of contrast and blurring process in the surrounding such as upper and lower parts. More specifically, with miniature, shading adding process and image synthesizing process are performed. Referring back to FIG. 12 , in step S 206 , the control unit 11 decides whether or not the user performs an operation to switch the background image. More specifically, as illustrated in FIG. 15 , the control unit 11 decides whether or not the user touches the image switch icon Q 11 which receives an input of a command signal for commanding to switch to another background image. When the user performs the operation to switch the background image (step S 206 : Yes), the display control unit 11 e controls the display unit 7 to switch the background image currently displayed on the display unit 7 to another background image stored in the image data storing unit 9 a to display on the display unit 7 (step S 207 ), and the imaging apparatus 1 returns to step S 205 . By contrast with this, when the user does not perform an operation to switch the background image (step S 206 : No), the imaging apparatus 1 goes to step S 208 . Subsequently, the control unit 11 decides whether or not the user operates a special effect icon (step S 208 ). More specifically, as illustrated in FIG. 15 , the control unit 11 decides whether or not the user touches one of the normal icon Q 8 , soft icon Q 9 and sepia icon Q 10 displayed on the screen of the display unit 7 . When the user operates a special effect icon (step S 208 : Yes), the special effect image generating unit 11 c generates a special effect image by applying a special effect such as soft corresponding to the special effect icon touched by the user, to the background image currently displayed on the display unit 7 (step S 209 ), and the display control unit 11 e controls the display unit 7 to display the special effect image (see, for example, (b) of FIG. 10 ) (step S 210 ). Then, the control unit 11 controls the temporary image data storing unit 9 c to temporarily store the special effect image currently displayed on the display unit 7 (step S 211 ), and the imaging apparatus 1 returns to the main routine illustrated in FIG. 11 . A case (step S 208 : No) will be described where, in step S 208 , the user does not operate a special effect icon. In this case, the control unit 11 decides whether or not the user performs an operation to switch a special effect icon within a predetermined time (step S 212 ). More specifically, as illustrated in FIG. 15 , the control unit 11 decides whether or not the user touches the switch icon Q 12 which receives an input of a command signal for commanding to switch to a special effect icon of the second highest advisability from the special effect icon currently displayed on the display unit 7 . When the user does not perform the operation to switch a special effect icon within a predetermined period, for example, within 30 seconds (step S 212 : No), the imaging apparatus 1 returns to the main routine illustrated in FIG. 11 . By contrast with this, when the user performs the operation to switch a special effect icon (step S 212 : Yes), the display control unit 11 e controls the display unit 7 to switch the special effect icon to a special effect icon of the second highest advisability such as “pop”, “black/white” or “sketch” to display, referring to the special effect information table T 1 stored in the special effect information storing unit 9 d (step S 213 ), and the imaging apparatus 1 returns to step S 205 . Next, capturing process in step S 107 in FIG. 11 will be described. FIG. 17 is a flowchart illustrating an outline of capturing process. In addition, a case will be described below where the shooting mode of the imaging apparatus 1 is set to swing art shooting. As illustrated in FIG. 17 , the control unit 11 first decides whether or not the shooting mode of the imaging apparatus 1 is set to swing art shooting (step S 301 ). When the shooting mode of the imaging apparatus 1 is set to swing art shooting (step S 301 : Yes), the imaging apparatus 1 executes swing art capturing process of generating a synthetic image by applying special effects to a subject image and background image (step S 302 ), and the imaging apparatus 1 returns to the main routine illustrated in FIG. 11 . A case (step S 301 : No) will be described where, in step S 301 , the shooting mode of the imaging apparatus 1 is not set to swing art shooting. In this case, the imaging apparatus 1 captures an image of the subject (step S 303 ), and the display control unit 11 e controls the display unit 7 to REC-view display an image corresponding to the captured image data (step S 304 ). Subsequently, the control unit 11 controls the image data storing unit 9 a of the storing unit 9 to store the captured image data (step S 305 ), and the imaging apparatus 1 returns to the main routine illustrated in FIG. 11 . In addition, in step S 305 , compressed data (JPEG) and uncompressed data (RAW) may be stored together as image data. In this case, upon image synthesis described below, the user may select one of these items of image data. Further, the user may set various types of aspect ratios such as 4:3 and 16:9 for the background image, and select a desired aspect ratio depending on expression or the purpose. Next, swing art capturing process in step S 302 in FIG. 17 will be described. FIG. 18 is a flowchart illustrating an outline of swing art capturing process. In FIG. 18 , the control unit 11 first decides whether or not the user starts moving the imaging apparatus 1 (step S 401 ). More specifically, when the user moves the imaging apparatus 1 , the control unit 11 decides whether or not the imaging apparatus 1 starts moving, based on the acceleration detected by the posture detecting unit 3 (see FIG. 4 ). When the imaging apparatus 1 does not start moving (step S 401 : No), the control unit 11 repeats this decision. By contrast with this, when the imaging apparatus 1 starts moving (step S 401 : Yes), the imaging apparatus 1 goes to step S 402 . Subsequently, the imaging apparatus 1 continuously captures the subject in very short intervals (step S 402 ), and the control unit 11 controls the temporary image data storing unit 9 c of the storing unit 9 to temporarily store the captured images (step S 403 ). Then, the control unit 11 decides whether or not the imaging apparatus 1 stops moving (step S 404 ). When the imaging apparatus 1 does not stop moving (step S 404 : No), the imaging apparatus 1 returns to step S 402 . By contrast with this, when the imaging apparatus 1 stops moving (step S 404 : Yes), the imaging apparatus 1 goes to step S 405 . Subsequently, the control unit 11 decides whether or not the image separating unit 11 b can separate a subject image and background image from a plurality of captured images (step S 405 ). More specifically, the control unit 11 decides whether or not the image separating unit 11 b can separate a subject image and background image from the captured images, based on the parallax of the subject included in a plurality of images, for example, adjacent images stored in the temporary image data storing unit 9 c (see FIG. 7 ). When the image separating unit 11 b cannot separate the subject image and background image from the captured images (step S 405 : No), the display control unit 11 e controls the display unit 7 to display a warning that the subject image and background image cannot be separated from the captured images (step S 406 ), and the imaging apparatus 1 returns to the main routine illustrated in FIG. 17 . A case (step S 405 : Yes) will be described where, in step S 405 , the image separating unit 11 b can separate the subject image and background image from the captured images. In this case, the image separating unit 11 b separates the subject image from the captured images (step S 407 ), and the synthetic image generating unit 11 d generates a synthetic image by synthesizing the subject image separated by the image separating unit 11 b with a special effect image generated by the special effect image generating unit 11 c (see, for example, (c) of FIG. 10 ) (step S 408 ). Subsequently, the display control unit 11 e controls the display unit 7 to display the synthetic image generated by the synthetic image generating unit 11 d (step S 409 ), and the control unit 11 decides whether or not the user operates the menu switch 6 e (step S 410 ). When the user operates the menu switch 6 e (step S 410 : Yes), the imaging apparatus 1 goes to step S 411 (described below). By contrast with this, when the user does not operate the menu switch 6 e within a predetermined time, for example, within 30 seconds (step S 410 : No), the imaging apparatus 1 goes to step S 419 (described below). A case (step S 410 : Yes) will be described where, in step S 410 , the user operates the menu switch 6 e . In this case, the display control unit 11 e controls the display unit 7 to display an image selection icon and special effect icons on an image displayed on the display unit 7 (step S 411 ). More specifically, as illustrated in FIG. 19 , the display control unit 11 e controls the display unit 7 to display a background selection icon Q 13 for commanding to switch to a special effect icon of a special effect applied to the background image, on the synthetic image W 23 displayed on the display unit 7 . Further, referring to the special effect information table T 1 , the display control unit 11 e controls the display unit 7 to display information related to a special effect which needs to be applied to the subject image, in order from the highest advisability corresponding to the combination with a special effect applied immediately before. For example, the display control unit 11 e controls the display unit 7 to display a normal icon Q 14 and a soft icon Q 15 when the special effect which the special effect image generating unit 11 c applies immediately before is “soft”. Further, the display control unit 11 e controls the display unit 7 to display a switch icon Q 16 for receiving an input of a command signal for switching a special effect icon, and an end icon Q 17 for receiving an input of a command signal for finishing swing art shooting. Subsequently, the control unit 11 decides whether or not the user operates the image selection icon (step S 412 ). More specifically, as illustrated in FIG. 19 , the control unit 11 decides whether or not the user operates the background selection icon Q 13 . When the user operates the image selection icon (step S 412 : Yes), the display control unit 11 e controls the display unit 7 to switch and display the image selection icon and special effect icons (step S 413 ), and the imaging apparatus 1 returns to step S 412 . More specifically, the display control unit 11 e controls the display unit 7 to display a subject icon (not illustrated) as the image selection icon, on the synthetic image W 23 displayed on the display unit 7 , and to display information related to a special effect which needs to be applied to the background image in order from the highest advisability corresponding to a combination with the special effect applied immediately before, referring to the special effect information table T 1 . A case (step S 412 : No) will be described where, in step S 412 , the user does not operate the image selection icon. In this case, the control unit 11 decides whether or not the user operates the special effect icon (step S 414 ). When the user operates the special effect icon (step S 414 : Yes), the special effect image generating unit 11 c generates a special effect image by applying to the subject image a special effect corresponding to the special effect icon which the touch panel 8 receives as input in a contact area positioned on the display area of the special effect icon (step S 415 ). Subsequently, the synthetic image generating unit 11 d generates a synthetic image using the special effect image generated by the special effect image generating unit 11 c (step S 416 ), the display control unit 11 e controls the display unit 7 to display the synthetic image generated by the synthetic image generating unit 11 d (step S 417 ). Then, the control unit 11 decides whether or not the user operates the end icon Q 17 within a predetermined time (step S 418 ). When the user does not operate the end icon Q 17 within a predetermined time, for example, within 30 seconds (step S 418 : No), the imaging apparatus 1 returns to step S 412 . By contrast with this, when the user operates the end icon Q 17 within a predetermined time (step S 418 : Yes), the control unit 11 controls the image data storing unit 9 a to store image data corresponding to image currently displayed on the display unit 7 (step S 419 ), and the imaging apparatus 1 returns to the main routine illustrated in FIG. 17 . A case (step S 414 : No) will be described where, in step S 414 , the user does not operate the special effect icon. In this case, the control unit 11 decides whether or not the user performs an operation to switch a special effect icon (step S 420 ). More specifically, the control unit 11 decides whether or not the user operates the switch icon Q 16 (see FIG. 19 ). When the user does not perform an operation to switch the special effect icon (step S 420 : No), the imaging apparatus 1 goes to step S 418 . By contrast with this, when the user performs an operation to switch the special effect icon (step S 420 : Yes), the display control unit 11 e controls the display unit 7 to switch the special effect icon to a special effect icon of the second highest advisability to display, referring to the special effect information table T 1 (step S 421 ), and the imaging apparatus 1 returns to step S 412 . More specifically, the display control unit 11 e controls the display unit 7 to display special effect icons “sepia” and “black/white” as the special effect icons of the second highest advisabilities. According to the first embodiment described above, when the special effect image generating unit 11 c applies a special effect to one of a subject image and background image, and the synthetic image generating unit 11 d synthesizes this special effect image to which this special effect is applied, with the other one of the subject image and background image, the display control unit 11 e controls the display unit 7 to display this synthesized synthetic image, and controls the display unit 7 to display information related to a special effect which needs to be applied to the subject image or background image, in order from the highest advisability corresponding to the combination with a special effect applied immediately before, referring to the special effect information table T 1 stored in the special effect information storing unit 9 d . Consequently, when a synthetic image is generated by applying special effects individually to two items of image data, it is possible to present, to the user, information which serves as a guide to select a combination of special effects. Further, with the first embodiment, the display control unit 11 e controls the display unit 7 to first display special effect icons of a combination of the highest advisability, so that it is possible to obtain a synthetic image by applying special effects to the subject image and background image, respectively without missing a chance to capture an image of the subject due to the user's operation of selecting the special effects. Second Embodiment Next, a second embodiment will be described. With the above first embodiment, the display control unit controls the display unit to display information related to a special effect which needs to be applied to a subject image or background image in order from the highest advisability corresponding to a combination with a special effect applied immediately before, referring to the special effect information table. By contrast with this, with the second embodiment, a special effect information storing unit stores a second special effect information table which assigns an advisability corresponding to a combination of a shooting mode which can be set in the imaging apparatus and a special effect applied to a subject image or background image, and, when the shooting mode is set according to an input from the input unit, the display control unit controls the display unit to display information related to a special effect in order from the highest advisability corresponding to a combination with a set shooting mode, referring to the second special effect information table. In addition, the imaging apparatus according to the second embodiment employs the same configuration as the imaging apparatus 1 according to the above first embodiment. Hence, with the second embodiment, a plurality of shooting modes will be described which are provided in the imaging apparatus 1 and are set respectively according to various capturing scenes. First, a plurality of shooting modes will be described which are provided in the imaging apparatus 1 according to the second embodiment and which are set respectively according to various capturing scenes. The imaging apparatus 1 according to the second embodiment has shooting modes of normal image capturing, panorama shooting, swing 3D shooting, 3D shooting, HDR (High Dynamic Range) shooting and S strobe shooting. In addition, the above shooting modes are only examples, and are by no means limited to these. FIG. 20 is a schematic diagram describing a capturing method of panorama shooting according to a shooting mode performed by the imaging apparatus 1 . As illustrated in FIG. 20 , when the user moves the imaging apparatus 1 from the left side to the right side, the imaging apparatus 1 generates a plurality of items of image data continuously captured at a plurality of capturing positions. More specifically, as illustrated in FIG. 20 , the imaging apparatus 1 generates images W 31 to W 33 ((a) of FIG. 20 ). Then, the synthetic image generating unit 11 d generates one panorama image W 34 by overlaying and synthesizing ends of the images W 31 to W 33 in the lateral direction ((b) of FIG. 20 ). By this means, the user can obtain a panorama image W 34 by capturing images while moving the imaging apparatus 1 . In addition, in (a) of FIG. 20 , typical three images W 31 to W 33 of a plurality of images generated by the imaging unit 2 are illustrated, and there are a plurality of images between the images W 31 and W 33 . Further, the imaging apparatus 1 can perform 3D shooting and swing 3D shooting in the shooting modes of the imaging apparatus 1 by capturing images while being moved by the user. 3D shooting refers to continuously capturing a subject while the user moves the imaging apparatus 1 , and generating two items of image data in which one ends of the respective field of views in left and right directions overlap. More specifically, as illustrated in FIG. 20 , by continuously capturing a subject A 1 while being moved by the user from the left to the right, the imaging apparatus 1 generates two items of image data in which one ends of the respective field of views in the left and right directions overlap. By this means, the imaging apparatus 1 can generate three-dimensional images (hereinafter “3D image”) which the user virtually recognizes. Further, swing 3D shooting refers to generating a special effect 3D image by applying a special effect to a captured 3D image. More specifically, the image separating unit 11 b separates the subject image and background image from the 3D image, and the special effect image generating unit 11 c generates a special effect image by applying special effects to the separated subject image and background image respectively. Then, the synthetic image generating unit 11 d synthesizes the special effect images and generates a special effect 3D image. By this means, the imaging apparatus 1 can generate a special effect 3D image obtained by applying a special effect to a 3D image. FIG. 21 is a schematic diagram describing a capturing method of HDR shooting according to a shooting mode performed by the imaging apparatus 1 . FIG. 22 is a view illustrating an example of an image generated by the imaging apparatus 1 under the situation illustrated in FIG. 21 . In addition, in FIG. 22 , an image W 40 is generated by the imaging apparatus 1 under the situation illustrated in FIG. 21( a ), and an image W 41 is generated by the imaging apparatus 1 under the situation illustrated in FIG. 21( b ). HDR shooting refers to synthesizing an image of an image having brightness for a dark portion and an image having brightness for a bright portion and expanding a reproduction area of the brightness in order to obtain an image of a large dynamic range. As illustrated in FIG. 21 , the imaging apparatus 1 first radiates light of the light emitting unit 4 on a subject A 3 , captures the subject A 3 and generates the image W 40 ( FIG. 22( a )). Subsequently, the imaging apparatus 1 captures the subject A 3 over an exposure time which is, for example, doubled compared to normal capturing, and generates the image W 41 ((b) of FIG. 22) . Then, the image separating unit 11 b separates the subject images and background images from the image W 40 and image W 41 , based on the difference between the brightness value of the image W 40 and brightness value of the image W 41 . More specifically, the image separating unit 11 b specifies and separates as the subject image an area having the difference between the brightness value of the image W 40 and brightness value of the image W 41 equal to or more than a threshold. By contrast with this, the image separating unit 11 b specifies and separates as the background image an area having the difference between the brightness value of the image W 40 and the brightness value of the image W 41 less than a threshold. Subsequently, the synthetic image generating unit 11 d generates a synthetic image by synthesizing the subject image separated from the image W 40 and the background image separated from the image W 41 by the image separating unit 11 b. By this means, the imaging apparatus 1 can generate a synthetic image having optimal brightness value for the subject A 3 and background. Further, the imaging apparatus 1 can perform S strobe shooting of capturing an image by increasing strobe light emission compared to normal capturing, and background blurring capturing of blurring processing the background by increasing an aperture value compared to normal capturing. Meanwhile, S strobe refers to processing of synthesizing an image for which strobe light is emitted, and an image for which an exposure time is provided longer without emitting strobe light, preventing the background from becoming dark and reproducing the background and person correctly. Further, background blurring refers to processing of minimizing the change of the brightness of an image and decreasing the contrast. Processing performed by the imaging apparatus 1 according to the second embodiment which has the above shooting modes will be described. The imaging apparatus 1 according to the second embodiment performs the same processing as in the above first embodiment (see FIG. 11 ) except menu operation process and capturing process. Hence, menu operation process performed by the imaging apparatus 1 according to the second embodiment will be described, and then capturing process performed by the imaging apparatus 1 according to the second embodiment will be described. FIG. 23 is a flowchart illustrating an outline of menu operation process performed by the imaging apparatus 1 according to the second embodiment. In FIG. 23 , the display control unit 11 e first controls the display unit 7 to display the menu icons (see FIG. 13 ) on the image displayed on the display unit 7 (step S 501 ), and the control unit 11 decides whether or not the user operates the special shooting mode icon (step S 502 ). When the user does not operate the special shooting mode icon within a predetermined time (step S 502 : No), the imaging apparatus 1 returns to the main routine illustrated in FIG. 11 . By contrast with this, when the user operates the special shooting mode icon (step S 502 : Yes), the imaging apparatus 1 goes to step S 503 . Subsequently, the display control unit 11 e controls the display unit 7 to display submenu icons of the special shooting mode on the image displayed on the display unit 7 (step S 503 ). More specifically, as illustrated in FIG. 24 , the display control unit 11 e controls the display unit 7 to display, for example, a panorama icon Q 21 which receives an input of a command signal for commanding the setting of panorama shooting in the imaging apparatus 1 and a swing 3D icon Q 22 which receives an input of a command signal for commanding the setting of swing 3D shooting in the imaging apparatus 1 , on an image W 50 displayed on the display unit 7 . In addition, although, in FIG. 24 , the submenu icons of the shooting mode are only the panorama icon Q 21 and swing 3D icon Q 22 , the submenu icons are by no means limited to these. More specifically, when the user operates the switch icon Q 23 or Q 24 which receives an input of a command signal for commanding to switch the shooting mode, the display control unit 11 e controls the display unit 7 to display another submenu icon, for example, a 3D shooting icon which receives an input of a command signal for commanding the setting of 3D shooting in the imaging apparatus 1 . Subsequently, the control unit 11 decides whether or not the user operates the swing 3D icon (step S 504 ). When the user does not operate the swing 3D icon within a predetermined time (step S 504 : No), the imaging apparatus 1 returns to the main routine illustrated in FIG. 11 . By contrast with this, when the user operates the swing 3D icon (step S 504 : Yes), the imaging apparatus 1 goes to step S 505 . Then, the display control unit 11 e controls the display unit 7 to display an image selection icon and special effect icons on the image displayed on the display unit 7 (step S 505 ). More specifically, as illustrated in FIG. 25 , the display control unit 11 e controls the display unit 7 to display a subject selection icon Q 26 as the image selection icon, and to display a pop icon Q 27 as information related to a special effect in order from the highest advisability corresponding to the combination with the set shooting mode, referring to a second special effect information table stored in the special effect information storing unit 9 d . In addition, in FIG. 25 , the icon Q 25 indicates information related to the current shooting mode of the imaging apparatus 1 set by the user and information of an image to which a special effect set by the user is applied. Hereinafter, a method of displaying special effect icons which the display control unit 11 e controls the display unit 7 to display will be described with reference to FIG. 26 . FIG. 26 is a view illustrating an example of the second special effect information table stored by the special effect information storing unit 9 d. As illustrated in FIG. 26 , in the special effect information table T 2 , special effects are written which are applicable to shooting mode which can be set in the imaging apparatus 1 . More specifically, the special effects which are applicable to the shooting mode include “miniature”, “pop”, “fish-eye”, “soft”, “sepia”, “black/white” and “sketch”. Further, numerical values (0 to 5) are written for advisabilities corresponding to combinations of shooting modes which can be set in the imaging apparatus 1 and special effects applied to a subject image or background image. More specifically, when the shooting mode is “swing 3D”, the advisability is “5” for “pop” of the special effect. Further, when the shooting mode is “swing 3D”, the advisability is “0” for “fish-eye” of the special effect. The combination of this shooting mode and special effect having the advisability of “0” cannot provide a distinctive visual effect of a special effect for the captured image. Thus, with the second embodiment, the display control unit 11 e controls the display unit 7 to display special effect icons in order from the highest advisability with the shooting mode, referring to the second special effect information table T 2 stored in the special effect information storing unit 9 d . Further, the display control unit 11 e controls the display unit 7 to display only icons of special effects which can be used in combination with shooting modes. That is, the display control unit 11 e controls the display unit 7 not to display special effect icons having the advisability “0” of the shooting mode and special effect. Referring back to FIG. 23 , in step S 506 , the control unit 11 decides whether or not the user operates the end icon Q 29 (see FIG. 25 ). When the user operates the end icon Q 29 (step S 506 : Yes), the imaging apparatus 1 returns to the main routine illustrated in FIG. 11 . By contrast with this, when the user does not operate the end icon Q 29 (step S 506 : No), the imaging apparatus 1 goes to step S 507 . Subsequently, the control unit 11 decides whether or not the user operates the image selection icon (step S 507 ). More specifically, as illustrated in FIG. 25 , the control unit 11 decides whether or not the subject selection icon Q 26 which receives an input of a command signal for switching to the setting of a special effect applied to the subject image is operated. When the user does not operate the image selection icon (step S 507 : No), the control unit 11 decides whether or not the user operates the special effect icon (step S 508 ). More specifically, as illustrated in FIG. 25 , the control unit 11 decides whether or not the user operates the pop icon Q 27 . When the user operates the special effect icon (step S 508 : Yes), the control unit 11 sets the special effect for the background image according to the special effect icon operated by the user and stores this set setting content in the temporary image data storing unit 9 c (step S 509 ), and the imaging apparatus 1 returns to step S 505 . A case (step S 508 : No) will be described where, in step S 508 , the user does not operate the special effect icon. In this case, the control unit 11 decides whether or not the user performs an operation to switch a special effect icon (step S 510 ). More specifically, as illustrated in FIG. 25 , the control unit 11 decides whether or not the user operates the switch icon Q 28 which receives an input of a command signal for commanding to switch to a special effect icon of the second highest advisability from the special effect icon currently displayed on the display unit 7 . When the user does not perform an operation to switch a special effect icon within a predetermined time (step S 510 : No), the imaging apparatus 1 returns to step S 505 . By contrast with this, when the user performs an operation to switch a special effect icon (step S 510 : Yes), the display control unit 11 e controls the display unit 7 to switch a special effect icon of the second highest advisability such as a special effect icon of “black/white” to display, referring to the special effect information table T 2 stored in the special effect information storing unit 9 d (step S 511 ), and the imaging apparatus 1 returns to step S 508 . A case (step S 507 : Yes) will be described where, in step S 507 , the user operates the image selection icon. In this case, the display control unit 11 e controls the display unit 7 to display the image selection icon and special effect icons on the image displayed on the display unit 7 referring to the special effect information table stored in the special effect information storing unit 9 d (step S 512 ). More specifically, as illustrated in FIG. 27 , the display control unit 11 e controls the display unit 7 to display an image selection icon Q 30 , and display a normal icon Q 31 , a sepia icon Q 32 and a black/white icon Q 33 referring to the special effect information table stored in the special effect information storing unit 9 d . In addition, in FIG. 27 , the image selection icon Q 30 is added information of the current shooting mode of the imaging apparatus 1 set by the user and a special effect such as a black/white effect set in the background, and is displayed. By this means, the user can set a special effect applied to the subject image while checking the special effect set for the background image. Hereinafter, a method of displaying special effect icons which the display control unit 11 e controls the display unit 7 to display will be described with reference to FIG. 28 . FIG. 28 is a view illustrating an example of a special effect information table stored by the special effect information storing unit 9 d. As illustrated in FIG. 28 , in the special effect information table T 3 , special effects are written which are applicable to a subject image and background image, respectively. More specifically, in the special effect information table T 3 , numerical values (0 to 5) are written for advisabilities of combinations of special effects to generate a synthetic image by applying special effects to a subject image and background image, respectively. More specifically, when the special effect for the subject image is “normal”, the advisability is “5” for “normal”, “soft” and “black/white” of special effects for the background image. Further, the advisability is “4” for “sepia” and the advisability is “0” for “pop”, “fish-eye”, “sketch” and “miniature”. The combination of special effects having the advisability of “0” cannot provide a distinct visual effect of a special effect for the captured image. Hence, with the second embodiment, the display control unit 11 e controls the display unit 7 to display only icons of the special effects which can be used in combination, referring to the special effect information table T 3 stored in the special effect information storing unit 9 d . That is, the display control unit 11 e controls (limits) the display unit 7 not to display special effect icons having the advisability of “0” for a combination of special effects. By this means, when special effects are set to the background image and subject image, respectively to generate a synthetic image, the user can reliably prevent an image from becoming unnatural. Referring back to FIG. 23 , in step S 513 , the control unit 11 decides whether or not the user operates the special effect icon. When the user operates a special effect icon (step S 513 : Yes), the control unit 11 sets a special effect of a subject image corresponding to the special effect icon operated by the user, and stores this set setting content in the temporary image data storing unit 9 c (step S 514 ), and the imaging apparatus 1 returns to step S 505 . By contrast with this, when the user does not operate the special effect icon (step S 513 : No), the control unit 11 decides whether or not the user performs an operation to switch a special effect icon (step S 515 ), and, more specifically, as illustrated in FIG. 27 , the control unit 11 decides whether or not the user touches the switch icon Q 34 which receives an input of a command signal for commanding to switch to a special effect icon of the second highest advisability from a special effect icon currently displayed on the display unit 7 . When the user does not perform an operation to switch the special effect icon within a predetermined time (step S 515 : No), the imaging apparatus 1 returns to step S 505 . By contrast with this, when the user performs an operation to switch the special effect icon (step S 515 : Yes), the display control unit 11 e controls the display unit 7 to switch the special effect icon of the second highest advisability such as the special effect icon of “pop” to display, referring to the special effect information table T 3 stored in the special effect information storing unit 9 d (step S 516 ), and the imaging apparatus 1 returns to step S 513 . Next, capturing process performed by the imaging apparatus 1 according to the second embodiment will be described. FIG. 29 is a flowchart illustrating an outline of capturing process. In addition, a case will be described below where the shooting mode of the imaging apparatus 1 is set to swing 3D shooting. As illustrated in FIG. 29 , the control unit 11 first decides whether or not the shooting mode of the imaging apparatus 1 is set to swing 3D shooting (step S 601 ). When the shooting mode of the imaging apparatus 1 is set to swing 3D shooting (step S 601 : Yes), the control unit 11 decides whether or not the user starts moving the imaging apparatus 1 (step S 602 ). When the imaging apparatus 1 does not start moving (step S 602 : No), the control unit 11 repeats this decision. By contrast with this, when the user starts moving the imaging apparatus 1 (step S 602 : Yes), the imaging apparatus 1 goes to step S 603 . Subsequently, the imaging apparatus 1 continuously captures images at very short time intervals (step S 603 ), and the control unit 11 controls the temporary image data storing unit 9 c to temporarily store the captured images (step S 604 ). Then, the control unit 11 decides whether or not the imaging apparatus 1 stops moving (step S 605 ). When the imaging apparatus 1 does not stop moving (step S 605 : No), the imaging apparatus 1 returns to step S 603 . By contrast with this, when the imaging apparatus 1 stops moving (step S 605 : Yes), the imaging apparatus 1 goes to step S 606 . Subsequently, the control unit 11 decides whether or not the image separating unit 11 b can separate a subject image and background image from a plurality of captured images (step S 606 ). When the image separating unit 11 b cannot separate the subject image and background image from a plurality of captured images (step S 606 : No), the display control unit 11 e controls the display unit 7 to display a warning that the subject image and background image cannot be separated from the captured images (step S 607 ), and the imaging apparatus 1 returns to the main routine illustrated in FIG. 11 . A case (step S 606 : Yes) will be described where, in step S 606 , the image separating unit 11 b can separate a subject image and background image from the captured images. In this case, the image separating unit 11 b separates the subject image and background image from the captured images (step S 608 ), and the special effect image generating unit 11 c generates a special effect image by applying set special effects to the subject image and background image stored in the temporary image data storing unit 9 c (step S 609 ). Subsequently, the synthetic image generating unit 11 d generates a synthetic image by synthesizing special effect images of the respective subject image and background image generated by the special effect image generating unit 11 c (step S 610 ), and the display control unit 11 e controls the display unit 7 to display a 3D special effect image using the synthetic image generated by the synthetic image generating unit 11 d (step S 611 ). More specifically, as illustrated in FIG. 30 , the display control unit 11 e controls the display unit 7 to display a 3D image using two items of image data of a synthetic image WL 2 and synthetic image WR 2 . By this means, the user can virtually see the 3D image obtained by applying special effects to the subject image and background image. Then, the control unit 11 controls the image data storing unit 9 a to store the image currently displayed on the display unit 7 (step S 612 ), and the imaging apparatus 1 returns to the main routine illustrated in FIG. 11 . A case (step S 601 : No) will be described where, in step S 601 , the shooting mode of the imaging apparatus 1 is not set to swing 3D shooting. In this case, the imaging apparatus 1 captures the subject (step S 613 ), and the display control unit 11 e controls the display unit 7 to REC-view display the captured image (step S 614 ). Then, the control unit 11 controls the image data storing unit 9 a to store the captured image (step S 615 ), and the imaging apparatus 1 returns to the main routine illustrated in FIG. 11 . According to the above described second embodiment, the special effect information storing unit 9 d stores the second special effect information table T 2 which assigns the advisability corresponding to a combination of the shooting mode which can be set in the imaging apparatus 1 and special effect applied to the subject image or background image, and, when the shooting mode is set according to an input from the touch panel 8 , the display control unit 11 e controls the display unit 7 to display information related to a special effect in order from the highest advisability corresponding to the combination with the set shooting mode, referring to the second special effect information table T 2 . By this means, when the user performs capturing using the shooting mode and special effect in combination, it is possible to present, to the user, information which serves a guide to select the combination of the shooting mode and special effect. Further, according to the second embodiment, the display control unit 11 e controls the display unit 7 to display only special effect icons corresponding to special effects which can be used in combination with shooting modes. By this means, when capturing an image using a shooting mode and special effect in combination, the user can reliably prevent images to capture from becoming unnatural. In addition, although, with the above second embodiment, the user moves the imaging apparatus 1 to generate two items of image data in which one ends of respective field of views in the left and right directions overlap, for example, it is possible to generate two items of image data in which one ends of respective field of views in the left and right directions overlap by forming an imaging unit with two optical systems. First Modification of First and Second Embodiments Further, with the first and second embodiments, the display control unit 11 e may control the display unit 7 to emphasize and display a special effect icon in order from the highest advisability of a combination with a special effect according to a display mode of a changed color and/or size, referring to the special effect information table stored in the special effect information storing unit 9 d . By this means, the user can intuitively select an optimal combination of special effects based information which serves as a guide to select a combination of special effects. Second Modification of First and Second Embodiments Further, although, with the first and second embodiments, the synthetic image generating unit 11 d synthesizes special effect images obtained by respectively applying special effects to a subject image and background image separated by the image separating unit 11 b , for example, the synthetic image generating unit 11 d may generate a synthetic image by generating two special effect images by applying special effects to, for example, an image (for example, compressed data, uncompressed data, or compressed data or uncompressed data classified per aspect ratio) stored in the image data storing unit 9 a and an image immediately after an image is captured by multiple exposures and synthesizing these two generated special effect images. Third Modification of First and Second Embodiments Further, although, with the first and second embodiments, the posture detecting unit 3 detects the posture state of the imaging apparatus 1 , the posture detecting unit 3 may receive an operation signal of a touch operation of switching various shooting modes or various settings of the imaging apparatus 1 by detecting an acceleration produced when the user taps the display screen of the display unit 7 , and output this operation signal to the control unit 11 . Fourth Modification of First and Second Embodiments Further, with the first and second embodiments, it is possible to update or rewrite the special effect information table stored in the special effect information storing unit 9 d by the connecting communication unit 10 to an external processing device such as a personal computer or server. By this means, the display control unit 11 e can display special effect icons according to the advisability which takes into account a combination of newly added special effects and shooting modes. Further, by storing advisabilities of combinations of newly added special effects and shooting modes in a storage medium such as a memory card which is attachable to the storing unit 9 , the control unit 11 may acquire the advisability from the storage medium and store the advisability in the special effect information storing unit 9 d to update or rewrite a special effect information table. Third Embodiment Next, a third embodiment will be described. An imaging apparatus according to the third embodiment differs from the above embodiments in configurations of the control unit and storing unit. Further, the imaging apparatus according to the third embodiment differs from the above embodiments in the operation of the imaging apparatus. Hence, hereinafter, the configurations of the storing unit and control unit of the imaging apparatus according to the third embodiment will be described, and then the operation of the imaging apparatus according to the third embodiment will be described. In addition, the same components will be assigned the same reference numerals in the drawings. FIG. 31 is a block diagram illustrating a configuration of the imaging apparatus according to the third embodiment. As illustrated in FIG. 31 , an imaging apparatus 100 has the imaging unit 2 , the posture detecting unit 3 , the light emitting unit 4 , the clock 5 , the operation input unit 6 , the display unit 7 , the touch panel 8 , the communication unit 10 , a storing unit 109 and a control unit 110 . The storing unit 109 is provided inside the imaging apparatus 1 in a fixed manner, and is formed using, for example, a semiconductor memory such as a flash memory or RAM. The storing unit 109 has: an image data storing unit 109 a which stores image data continuously captured by the imaging unit 2 ; a program storing unit 109 b which stores various programs executed by the imaging apparatus 1 and capturing programs according to one embodiment; a shooting mode information storing unit 109 c which stores information related to shooting modes for which frame rates of capturing suitable for each capturing scene are set; and an advisability information storing unit 109 d which stores an advisability information table which assigns an advisability corresponding to a combination of special effects and a frame rate of the shooting mode when a special effect is applied to an image. In addition, the storing unit 109 may have a function of a storage medium interface which reads information stored in the storage medium while storing the information in a storage medium such as a memory card attached from an outside. The control unit 110 is formed with, for example, a CPU. The control unit 110 reads a program from the program storing unit 109 b of the storing unit 109 according to, for example, an operation signal from the operation input unit 6 to execute, and performs overall control of the operation of the imaging apparatus 100 by, for example, commanding each unit forming the imaging apparatus 100 or transferring data. The control unit 110 has an image processing unit 110 a , a shooting mode setting unit 110 b , a special effect image generating unit 110 c and a display control unit 110 d. The image processing unit 110 a applies various image processings to image data outputted from the signal processing unit 2 h to output to the storing unit 109 . More specifically, the image processing unit 110 a applies processings such as edge enhancement, color correction and γ correction to image data outputted from the signal processing unit 2 h. The shooting mode setting unit 110 b sets one of a plurality of shooting modes for which a frame rate of capturing suitable for each capturing scene is set in advance. More specifically, the shooting mode setting unit 110 b sets the shooting mode of the imaging apparatus 100 from a plurality of shooting modes stored in the shooting mode information storing unit 109 c based on an operation signal inputted from, for example, the mode switch 6 c or the menu switch 6 e. The special effect image generating unit 110 c generates a special effect image by applying special effect corresponding to information received by the touch panel 8 as input, to an image corresponding to image data generated by the imaging unit 2 . More specifically, the special effect image generating unit 110 c generates a special effect image by applying to image data continuously generated by the imaging unit 2 a special effect obtained by using various optical filters such as a color conversion filter or contrast adjustment filter in the front surface of the lens unit 2 a of the imaging unit 2 , or the same effect as a special obtained by using a shooting lens for a specific use such as a fish-eye lens or a tilt-shift mechanism attached shooting lens. For example, the special effect image generating unit 110 c applies, to image data, processing including one of a plurality of image processings, tone curve process, blurring process, shading adding process, image synthesizing process, noise superimposing process, and saturation adjusting process. In addition, the special effect image generating unit 110 c may generate a special effect image by applying two or more special effects of different effects to image data generated by the imaging unit 2 . Further, the special effect image generating unit 110 c may generate a special effect image by applying a special effect corresponding to an operation signal inputted from the special effect input switch 6 d , to an image corresponding to image data generated by the imaging unit 2 . The display control unit 110 d controls the display unit 7 to perform display. The display control unit 110 d controls the display unit 7 to display in time sequences the images sequentially generated at a frame rate of the shooting mode set by the shooting mode setting unit 110 b , and controls the display unit 7 to display information related to a special effect which the special effect image generating unit 110 c needs to apply to the images, in order from the highest advisability corresponding to a combination with the frame rate of the shooting mode, referring to the advisability information table stored in the advisability information storing unit 109 d . Further, the display control unit 110 d controls the display unit 7 to display information related to special effects by means of icons. More specifically, the display control unit 110 d controls the display unit 7 to display special effect icons corresponding to special effects in order from the highest advisability corresponding to the combination with the frame rate of the shooting mode, referring to the advisability information table. Processing performed by the imaging apparatus 100 employing the above configuration will be described. FIG. 32 is a flowchart illustrating an outline of processing performed by the imaging apparatus 100 . In addition, video capturing will be described below as an example. In FIG. 32 , the control unit 110 first decides whether or not the power source of the imaging apparatus 100 is turned on (step S 1101 ). When the power source of the imaging apparatus 100 is not turned on (step S 1101 : No), the imaging apparatus 100 finishes the processing. By contrast with this, when the power source of the imaging apparatus 100 is turned on (step S 1101 : Yes), the imaging apparatus 100 goes to step S 1102 . Subsequently, the control unit 110 decides whether or not the imaging apparatus 100 is set to a shooting mode (step S 1102 ). When the imaging apparatus 100 is set to the shooting mode (step S 1102 : Yes), the control unit 110 decides whether or not a release signal for commanding video capturing is inputted from the release switch 6 b (step S 1103 ). When receiving the release signal for commanding video capturing as input (step S 1103 : Yes), the imaging apparatus 100 starts video capturing according to the set shooting mode and special effect (step S 1104 ). This video capturing is directed to storing, in the image data storing unit 109 a , special effect image data obtained by applying a special effect from the special effect image generating unit 110 c to image data continuously generated by the imaging unit 2 at a frame rate of the set shooting mode in menu operation process (described below) or image data continuously generated by the imaging unit 2 . By contrast with this, when receiving no release signal for commanding video capturing as input (step S 1103 : No), the imaging apparatus 100 goes to step S 1105 . Then, the display control unit 110 d controls the display unit 7 to display live view images of an image corresponding to image data continuously generated by the imaging unit 2 (step S 1105 ). FIG. 33 is a view illustrating an example of a situation when the imaging apparatus 100 captures an image of a subject, and an image displayed on the display unit 7 . FIG. 33 illustrates one typical image W n (n=natural number) of live view images sequentially displayed on the display unit 7 in time sequences. As illustrated in FIG. 33 , the camera man captures a subject O 1 while checking a live view image such as the image W n displayed on the display unit 7 . In step S 1106 , when the menu switch 6 e is operated, the control unit 110 decides whether or not a command signal for commanding to display an operation menu is inputted from the menu switch 6 e . When receiving a command signal for commanding to display an operation menu as input from the menu switch 6 e (step S 1106 : Yes), the imaging apparatus 100 executes menu operation process for setting the shooting mode and special effect of the imaging apparatus 100 (step S 1107 ), and goes to step S 1108 . By contrast with this, when receiving no command signal for commanding to display an operation menu from the menu switch 6 e as input (step S 1106 : No), the imaging apparatus 100 goes to step S 1108 . Subsequently, the control unit 110 decides whether or not the imaging apparatus 100 is capturing an image (step S 1108 ). When the imaging apparatus 100 is not capturing an image (step S 1108 : No), the imaging apparatus 100 returns to step S 1101 . By contrast with this, when the imaging apparatus 100 is capturing an image (step S 1108 : Yes), the control unit 110 decides whether or not an operation to finish capturing is performed (step S 1109 ). More specifically, when the release switch 6 b is operated, the control unit 110 decides whether or not a command signal for commanding to finish capturing is inputted from the release signal 6 b . When an operation to finish capturing is not performed (step S 1109 : No), the imaging apparatus 100 returns to step S 1105 . By contrast with this, when an operation to finish capturing is performed (step S 1109 : Yes), the imaging apparatus 100 goes to step S 1110 . Then, the control unit 110 finishes video capturing of the imaging apparatus 100 (step S 1110 ), and creates an image file of captured image data (step S 1111 ). This image file stores, for example, the captured image data, captured shooting mode information, frame rate information of the captured video, special effect presence/absence information, special effect information, special effect count information and date information. Subsequently, the control unit 110 initializes the set shooting mode and special effect (step S 1112 ), and the imaging apparatus 100 returns to step S 1101 . More specifically, the control unit 110 sets various settings of the imaging apparatus 100 set in menu operation process, to the initial state set upon shipping from a manufacturer. A case (step S 1102 : No) will be described where, in step S 1102 , the shooting mode is not set in the imaging apparatus 100 . In this case, the imaging apparatus 100 executes playback/display process of playing the captured image data (step S 1113 ), and returns to step S 1101 . Next, the menu operation process illustrated in FIG. 32 will be described. FIG. 34 is a flowchart illustrating an outline of menu operation process in step S 1107 illustrated in FIG. 32 . As illustrated in FIG. 34 , the display control unit 110 d first controls the display unit 7 to display an imaging menu (step S 1201 ). More specifically, as illustrated in FIG. 35 , the display control unit 110 d controls the display unit 7 to display a shooting mode menu icon Q 101 and a special effect menu icon Q 102 as an operation menu M 1 . The shooting mode menu icon Q 101 receives an input of a command signal for controlling the display unit 7 to display information related to a plurality of shooting modes for which a frame rate of capturing suitable for each capturing scene is set in advance. The special effect menu icon Q 102 receives an input of a command signal for controlling the display unit 7 to display information related to a plurality of special effects which are applicable to image data generated by the imaging unit 2 . In addition, the display control unit 110 d may control the display unit 7 to display an icon corresponding to information related to, for example, a strobe light menu or exposure setting menu as part of the operation menu M 1 . After the display control unit 110 d controls the display unit 7 to display the operation menu M 1 , the control unit 110 decides whether or not the shooting mode menu icon Q 101 is operated (step S 1202 ). More specifically, as illustrated in FIG. 35 , when the user touches the shooting mode menu icon Q 101 displayed on the image W n on the display unit 7 , the control unit 110 decides whether or not the shooting mode menu Q 101 is operated according to the signal received by the touch panel 8 as input. When the shooting mode menu icon Q 101 is not operated (step S 1202 : No), the imaging apparatus 100 goes to step S 1207 (described below). By contrast with this, when the shooting mode menu icon Q 101 is operated (step S 1202 : Yes), the display control unit 110 d controls the display unit 7 to display a list of shooting modes (step S 1203 ), and the imaging apparatus 100 goes to step S 1204 . In step S 1204 , the control unit 110 decides whether or not a shooting mode is selected following the change of the frame rate. More specifically, when the user operates the special effect input switch 6 d , the control unit 110 decides whether or not the shooting mode is selected from the list of shooting modes displayed on the display unit 7 following the change of the frame rate. When the shooting mode is selected following the change of the frame rate (step S 1204 : Yes), the shooting mode setting unit 110 b sets the shooting mode selected following the change of the selected frame rate, in the imaging apparatus 100 (step S 1205 ), and the imaging apparatus 100 goes to step S 1207 . By contrast with this, when the shooting mode is not selected following the change of the frame rate after a predetermined time, for example, 30 seconds passes (step S 1204 : No), the shooting mode setting unit 110 b sets a normal shooting mode in the imaging apparatus 100 (step S 1206 ), and the imaging apparatus 100 goes to step S 1207 . Meanwhile, the normal shooting mode refers to a shooting mode of capturing an image at a frame rate of 30 fps. Subsequently, the control unit 110 decides whether or not the special effect menu icon Q 102 is operated (step S 1207 ). When the special effect menu icon Q 102 is operated (step S 1207 : Yes), the control unit 110 decides whether or not the shooting mode selected following the change of the frame rate is set in the imaging apparatus 100 (step S 1208 ). When the shooting mode selected following the change of the frame rate is set in the imaging apparatus 100 (step S 1208 : Yes), the display control unit 110 d controls the display unit 7 to display information related to a special effect which the special effect image generating unit 110 c needs to apply to an image displayed on the display unit 7 , in order from the highest advisability corresponding to a combination with the frame rate of the shooting mode set by the shooting mode setting unit 110 b , referring to the advisability table stored in the advisability information storing unit 109 d (step S 1209 ). More specifically, as illustrated in FIG. 36 , the display control unit 110 d controls the display unit 7 to display a miniature icon Q 111 and a pop icon Q 112 . Hereinafter, a method of displaying special effect icons which the display control unit 110 d controls the display unit 7 to display will be described with reference to FIG. 37 . FIG. 37 is a view illustrating an example of an advisability information table stored by the advisability information storing unit 109 d. As illustrated in FIG. 37 , in the advisability table T 11 , (0 to 2) are written for advisabilities which correspond to combinations of special effects which the special effect image generating unit 110 c can apply to image data and frame rates of shooting modes. More specifically, when the shooting mode is “fast forward 2 (4 fps) shooting mode”, the advisability is “2” for a combination with a special effect of “miniature”, “pop”, “sepia” or “black/white”. Further, the advisability is “1” for a combination with “fish-eye”, “soft” or “sketch”. That is, in the advisability information table T 11 , a higher numerical value is set for a better combination of a frame rate of a shooting mode and a special effect. Hereinafter, each special effect and the advisability for a combination of a frame rate of a shooting mode and a special effect illustrated in FIG. 37 will be described. First, each special effect illustrated in FIG. 37 will be described. Miniature provides an effect of adjusting focus on the center of the screen and decreasing and blurring processing the contrast in the surrounding such as upper and lower parts. More specifically, with miniature, shading adding process and image synthesizing process are performed. Pop provides an effect of emphasizing a color impressively and colorfully. For example, processing of improving the hue and saturation of image data is performed. Fish-eye provides an effect of finishing an image by distorting a line in an arc shape as if the line is captured using a fish-eye lens. For example, processing of changing image data to an image distorted by, for example, coordinate conversion is performed. Soft provides an effect of finishing the entire image softly as if the image was captured using a soft focus lens. Sepia provides an effect of finishing a sepia and monochrome image. For example, processing of decreasing levels of the white balance and tone curve is performed. Black/white provides an effect of finishing a black and white image represented by a gray tone. For example, processing of decreasing the level of the white balance is performed. Sketch provides an effect of finishing a sketchy image in which the profile is drawn by line drawing. Next, the advisability of a combination of a frame rate of a shooting mode and a special effect will be described. Miniature provides an effect when an actual scenery needs to be finished like a toy world, and the advisability is “2” for the fast-forward 2 shooting mode (4 fps) and fast-forward 3 shooting mode (8 fps). Furthermore, miniature makes a video unnatural upon playback when a frame rate is too high, and therefore the advisability is “1” for a fast-forward 1 shooting mode (2 fps). Furthermore, miniature is a special effect suitable for capturing a still image, and therefore the advisability is “1” for the normal shooting mode “30 fps”. Further, miniature takes time to perform processing applied to an image, and therefore the advisability is “0” for a 3D shooting mode (60 fps), a slow motion 1 shooting mode (120 fps) and a slow motion 2 shooting mode (240 fps). Pop provides an effect when an image is emphasized colorfully and impressively and finished smoothly, and therefore the advisability is “2” for the fast-forward 2 shooting mode, fast-forward 3 shooting mode, normal shooting mode and 3D shooting mode. Further, pop has difficulty in emphasizing an effect at a slow rate, and therefore the advisability is “1” for the slow motion 1 shooting mode and slow motion 2 shooting mode. Furthermore, pop makes a video unnatural upon playback when the tempo is too fast, and therefore the advisability is “1” for the fast-forward 1 shooting mode. Fish-eye makes it possible to express that a scenery gradually changes when the scenery is captured while walking, and therefore the advisability is “2” for the fast-forward 1 shooting mode. In addition, fish-eye is a special effect suitable for capturing a still image, and therefore the advisability is “1” for the fast-forward 2 shooting mode, fast-forward 3 shooting mode and normal shooting mode. Furthermore, fish-eye takes time to perform processing applied to an image, and therefore the advisability is “0” for the 3D shooting mode, slow motion 1 shooting mode and slow motion 2 shooting mode. Soft makes it possible to express that an entire image is finished softly and a flashback is more emphasized, and therefore the advisability is “2” for the slow motion 1 shooting mode, slow motion 2 shooting mode and normal shooting mode. Further, soft has difficulty in expressing flashbacks, and therefore the advisability is “1” for the fast-forward 1 shooting mode, fast-forward 2 shooting mode and fast-forward 3 shooting mode. Furthermore, soft has difficulty in making the user recognize a three-dimensional image because the information amount which the left and right eyes can recognize is a little, and therefore the advisability is “1” for the 3D shooting mode. Sepia and black/white can provide an expression such as an old video, and therefore the advisability is “2” for the fast-forward 2 shooting mode and fast-forward 3 shooting mode. Further, sepia and black/white make it possible to emphasize and display emphasized flashbacks, and therefore the advisability is “2” for the normal shooting mode, slow motion 1 shooting mode and slow motion 2 shooting mode. Furthermore, sepia and black/white have difficulty in making the user recognize a three-dimensional image because the information amount which the left and right eyes can recognize is a little, and therefore the advisability is “1” for the 3D shooting mode. Furthermore, sepia and black/white make a video unnatural upon play, and therefore the advisability is “1” for the fast-forward 1 shooting mode. Sketch makes it possible to provide an expression like an animation by drawing a profile of a subject by line drawing, and therefore the advisability is “2” for the fast-forward 3 shooting mode. Further, sketch is a special effect suitable to capture a still image, and therefore the advisability is “1” for the fast-forward 1 shooting mode, fast-forward 2 shooting mode, normal shooting mode, slow motion 1 shooting mode and slow motion 2 shooting mode. Furthermore, sketch has difficulty in making the user recognize a three-dimensional image because the information amount which the left and right eyes can recognize is a little, and therefore the advisability is “0” for the 3D shooting mode. Thus, with the advisabilities in the advisability information table T 11 , a higher numerical value is set stepwise for a better combination of a frame rate of a shooting mode and a special effect. Further, the advisability in the advisability information table T 11 is set to “0” for unsuitable combinations of frame rates of shooting modes and special effects. By this means, when the display control unit 110 d controls the display unit 7 to display information related to special effects as special effect icons, the display control unit 110 d controls the display unit 7 to display the information in order from the highest advisability of the combination with the frame rate of the shooting mode set by the shooting mode setting unit 110 b , referring to the advisability information table T 11 stored in the advisability information storing unit 109 d. Further, the display control unit 110 d controls the display unit 7 to display only information related to a special effect which can be used in combination with the frame rate of the shooting mode set by the shooting mode setting unit 110 b . For example, when the shooting mode setting unit 110 b sets the slow motion 1 shooting mode, the display control unit 110 d controls the display unit 7 to display only the special effect icons related to pop, soft, sepia, black/white and sketch. As a result, the imaging apparatus 100 can present, to the user, information which serves as a guide for an optimal combination of special effects for image data generated at the set frame rate of the shooting mode. In addition, the numerical values illustrated in FIG. 37 are only examples and are by no means limited to these, and a numerical value of the advisability can be changed by, for example, the special effect input switch 6 d . Further, a lower advisability may be set stepwise for a better combination of a special effect and frame rate of the shooting mode. Referring back to FIG. 34 , in step S 1210 , the control unit 110 decides whether or not an operation to switch a special effect icon is performed. More specifically, as illustrated in FIG. 36 , the control unit 110 decides whether the user touches a switch icon Q 113 or a switch icon Q 114 which receives an input of a command signal for commanding to switch to a special effect icon of the second highest advisability from the special effect icon currently displayed on the display unit 7 . When the user performs the operation to switch the special effect icon (step S 1210 : Yes), the display control unit 110 d controls the display unit 7 to switch special effect icons related to the special effect icons of the second highest advisability to display, referring to the advisability information table T 11 (step S 1211 ). Then, the imaging apparatus 100 returns to step S 1210 . More specifically, as illustrated in FIG. 38 , the display control unit 110 d controls display unit 7 to display the miniature icon Q 111 and pop icon Q 112 to the sepia icon Q 121 and black/white icon Q 122 ((a)→(b) of FIG. 38 ). By this means, the user can select a special effect in order from the highest advisability by switching the special effect. A case (step S 1210 : No) will be described where, in step S 1210 , the operation to switch the special effect icon is not performed. In this case, the control unit 110 decides whether or not the special effect icon is operated (step S 1212 ). When the special effect icon is operated (step S 1212 : Yes), the special effect image generating unit 110 c generates a special effect image by applying a special effect such as pop corresponding to the special effect icon which the user touches, to image data generated by the imaging unit 2 (step S 1213 ). Subsequently, the display control unit 110 d controls the display unit 7 to display a special effect image generated by the special effect image generating unit 110 c (step S 1214 ). More specifically, as illustrated in FIG. 39 , the display control unit 110 d controls the display unit 7 to display a special effect image W m (m=integer) by applying a special effect such as pop, to image data by the special effect image generating unit 110 c . By this means, live view images displayed on the display unit 7 are applied special effects, so that the user can capture images in real time while checking a special effect and composition for capturing. In addition, although, in FIG. 39 , an image is expressed by bold lines to show a special effect of pop, this image is only an example. After step S 1214 , the imaging apparatus 100 returns to the main routine illustrated in FIG. 32 . A case (step S 1212 : No) will be described where, in step S 1212 , a special effect icon is not operated within a predetermined time, for example, within 30 seconds. In this case, the display control unit 110 d controls the display unit 7 to finish displaying the special effect icons displayed on the display unit 7 (step S 1215 ), and the imaging apparatus 100 returns to the main routine illustrated in FIG. 32 . A case (step S 1208 : No) will be described where, in step S 1208 , a shooting mode selected following a change of a frame rate is not set in the imaging apparatus 100 . In this case, the display control unit 110 d controls the display unit 7 to display a list of special effect icons related to special effects (step S 1216 ), and the imaging apparatus 100 goes to step S 1212 . A case (step S 1207 : No) will be described where, in step S 1207 , a special effect menu icon is not operated. In this case, the control unit 110 decides whether or not a predetermined time, for example, 30 seconds passes after the display unit 7 displays the operation menu M 1 (step S 1217 ). When a predetermined time does not pass after the display unit 7 displays the operation menu M 1 (step S 1217 : No), the imaging apparatus 100 returns to step S 1201 . By contrast with this, when a predetermined time passes after the display unit 7 displays the operation menu M 1 (step S 1217 : Yes), the display control unit 110 d controls the display unit 7 to finish displaying the operation menu M 1 displayed on the display unit 7 (step S 1218 ), and the imaging apparatus 100 returns to the main routine illustrated in FIG. 32 . Next, playback/display process in step S 1113 illustrated in FIG. 32 will be described. FIG. 40 is a flowchart illustrating an outline of playback/display process illustrated in FIG. 32 . As illustrated in FIG. 40 , the display control unit 110 d first controls the display unit 7 to display an image selection screen collectively displaying a plurality of items of image data stored in the image data storing unit 109 a (step S 1301 ). Subsequently, the control unit 110 decides whether or not the user touches the touch panel 8 to select an image from the image selection screen displayed on the display unit 7 (step S 1302 ). When the user does not select an image from the image selection screen after a predetermined time, for example, 30 seconds passes (step S 1302 : No), the imaging apparatus 100 goes to step S 1306 (described below). By contrast with this, when the user selects an image from the image selection screen (step S 1302 : Yes), the control unit 110 decides whether or not the selected image is a video (step S 1303 ). More specifically, the control unit 110 decides whether or not the image is a video, based on video information, for example, a recording mode, stored in an image file of the selected image. When the selected image is a video (step S 1303 : Yes), the imaging apparatus 100 goes to step S 1304 (described below). By contrast with this, when the selected image is not a video (step S 1303 : No), the imaging apparatus 100 goes to step S 1307 (described below). A case (step S 1303 : Yes) will be described where, in step S 1303 , the selected image is a video. In this case, the display control unit 110 d plays a video based on the frame rate of the shooting mode stored in the image file of the video (step S 1304 ), and the control unit 110 decides whether or not playback of the video is finished (step S 1305 ). When playback of the video is not finished (step S 1305 : Yes), the control unit 110 repeats this decision. By contrast with this, when playback of the video is finished (step S 1305 : Yes), the imaging apparatus 100 goes to step S 1306 . Subsequently, the control unit 110 decides whether or not an operation to finish playing the image is performed (step S 1306 ). When the operation to finish playing the image is not performed (step S 1306 : No), the imaging apparatus 100 returns to step S 1301 . By contrast with this, when the operation to finish playing the image is performed (step S 1306 : Yes), the imaging apparatus 100 returns to the main routine illustrated in FIG. 32 . A case (step S 1303 : No) will be described where, in step S 1303 , a selected image is not a video. In this case, the display control unit 110 d controls the display unit 7 to display the selected image on the full screen (step S 1307 ), and the control unit 110 decides whether or not an operation to switch the image is performed (step S 1308 ). More specifically, when the special effect input switch 6 d is operated, the control unit 110 decides whether or not a command signal for commanding to switch an image displayed on the display unit 7 is inputted from the special effect input switch 6 d . When the operation to switch the image is performed (step S 1308 : Yes), the display control unit 110 d controls the display unit 7 to switch the image currently displayed on the display unit 7 (step S 1309 ), and the imaging apparatus 100 returns to step S 1307 . By contrast with this, when the operation to switch the image is not performed after the image is displayed on the full screen and a predetermined time, for example, 30 seconds passes (step S 1308 : No), the imaging apparatus 100 goes to step S 1306 . With the third embodiment described above, the display control unit 110 d controls the display unit 7 to display an image corresponding to image data generated at a frame rate of a shooting mode set by the shooting mode setting unit 110 b , and controls the display unit 7 to display information related to a special effect which the special effect image generating unit 110 c needs to apply to image data, in order from the highest advisability corresponding to a combination with the frame rate of the shooting mode set by the shooting mode setting unit 110 b , referring to the advisability information table T 11 stored in the advisability information storing unit 109 d . By this means, the imaging apparatus 100 can present, to the user, information which serves as a guide for an optimal combination of a special effect for an image generated at the set frame rate of the shooting mode. Further, with the third embodiment, the display control unit 110 d controls the display unit 7 to first display icons of special effects of the highest advisability, so that the user can apply a special effect to an image generated at the set frame rate of the shooting mode without missing a timing to capture an image of the subject due to a user's operation of selecting the special effect. In addition, although, with the third embodiment, the control unit 110 selects and determines an icon which the user desires, according to a signal received by the touch panel 8 as input when the user touches various icons displayed on the image on the display unit 7 , the control unit 110 may select and determine an icon which the user desires, according to a command signal which is received as input from the special effect input switch 6 d . Consequently, by operating the special effect input switch 6 d , the user can select and determine information related to a shooting mode and information related to a special effect displayed on the display unit 7 . Further, with the third embodiment, the display control unit 110 d may control the display unit 7 to emphasize and display an image generated based on the shooting mode set by the shooting mode setting unit 110 b , according to a display mode of a changed color and/or size of a special effect icon, in order from the highest advisability of a combination with a special effect, referring to the advisability information table T 11 stored in the advisability information storing unit 109 d . By this means, the user can more intuitively select an optimal combination of a shooting mode and special effect, based on information which serves as a guide to select a combination of a shooting mode and special effect. Further, although, with the third embodiment, the display control unit 110 d controls the display unit 7 to display only two special effect icons, the display control unit 110 d may control the display unit 7 to display special effect icons corresponding to special effects of the same advisability. In this case, the display control unit 110 d may control the display unit 7 to display reduced special effect icons in one vertical line or one horizontal line. Further, with the third embodiment, by connecting the communication unit 10 to an external processing device such as a personal computer or server, the control unit 110 may update or rewrite the advisability information table T 11 stored in the advisability information storing unit 109 d based on information received through the communication unit 10 . By this means, the display control unit 110 d can display a special effect icon according to the advisability which takes into account a combination of a newly added special effect and a frame rate of a shooting mode. Further, by storing the advisability of a combination of a newly added special effect and shooting mode in, for example, a storage medium such as a memory card which is attachable to the storing unit 109 , the control unit 110 may acquire the advisability from the storage medium and store the advisability in the advisability information storing unit 109 to update or rewrite the advisability information table T 11 . Further, although, with the third embodiment, the posture detecting unit 3 detects the posture state of the imaging apparatus 1 , by, for example, detecting the acceleration produced when the user taps the display screen of the display unit 7 , the posture detecting unit 3 may receive an operation signal of a touch operation to switch various shooting modes and various settings of the imaging apparatus 100 , and output this operation signal to the control unit 110 . Further, although, with the third embodiment, when the user touches the switch icon Q 113 or Q 114 , the display control unit 110 d switches a special effect icon, the display control unit 110 d may switch a special effect icon according to a trajectory which the user touches on the touch panel 8 in an area of a special effect icon displayed on an image on the display unit 7 . Fourth Embodiment Next, a fourth embodiment will be described. The imaging apparatus according to the fourth embodiment differs from the above embodiments in configurations of a control unit and storing unit. Further, the imaging apparatus according to the fourth embodiment differs from the imaging apparatus according to the above embodiments in the operation. Hence, hereinafter, the configurations of the storing unit and control unit of the imaging apparatus according to the fourth embodiment will be described, and then the operation of the imaging apparatus according to the fourth embodiment will be described. In addition, the same components will be assigned the same reference numerals in the drawings. FIG. 41 is a block diagram illustrating a configuration of the imaging apparatus according to the fourth embodiment. As illustrated in FIG. 41 , an imaging apparatus 200 includes the imaging unit 2 , the posture detecting unit 3 , the light emitting unit 4 , the clock 5 , the operation input unit 6 , the display unit 7 , the touch panel 8 , the communication unit 10 , a storing unit 209 and a control unit 211 . The storing unit 209 is provided inside the imaging apparatus 200 in a fixed manner, and is formed using a semiconductor memory such as a flash memory or RAM. The storing unit 209 includes an image data storing unit 209 a which stores image data captured by the imaging unit 2 ; a program storing unit 209 b which stores various programs executed by the imaging apparatus 200 and capturing programs according to one embodiment; an advisability information storing unit 209 c which stores an advisability information table which, when the special effect (art filter) is applied to an image, assigns an advisability corresponding to a combination of a special effect and shooting mode; and a use history information storing unit 209 d which stores use history information showing a use history of a combination of a special effect and shooting mode. In addition, the storing unit 209 may have a function of a storage medium interface which reads information stored in the storage medium while storing the information in a storage medium such as a memory card attached from an outside. The control unit 211 is formed with, for example, a CPU. The control unit 211 reads a program from the program storing unit 209 b of the storing unit 209 according to, for example, an operation signal from the operation input unit 6 to execute, and performs overall control of the operation of the imaging apparatus 200 by, for example, commanding each unit forming the imaging apparatus 200 or transferring data. The control unit 211 has an image processing unit 211 a , a shooting mode setting unit 211 b , a special effect image generating unit 211 c , a use history updating unit 211 d , an advisability changing unit 211 e , an initializing unit 211 f and a display control unit 211 g. The image processing unit 211 a applies various image processings to image data outputted from the signal processing unit 2 h to output to the storing unit 209 . More specifically, the image processing unit 211 a applies processings such as edge enhancement, color correction and γ correction to image data outputted from the signal processing unit 2 h. The shooting mode setting unit 211 b sets in the imaging apparatus 200 one of a plurality of shooting modes for which a capturing condition suitable for each capturing scene is set in advance. More specifically, the shooting mode setting unit 211 b sets the shooting mode of the imaging apparatus 200 based on an operation signal inputted from, for example, the mode switch 6 c and the menu switch 6 e , or characteristics of image data generated by the imaging unit 2 . Meanwhile, the capturing condition is parameter information including, for example, an aperture value, shutter speed, ISO sensitivity, white balance and saturation. Further, characteristics of image data include, for example, contrast, saturation and an occupation area which a main subject occupies in an image included image data. The special effect image generating unit 211 c generates a special effect image by applying special effect corresponding to information received by the touch panel 8 as input, to an image corresponding to image data generated by the imaging unit 2 . More specifically, the special effect image generating unit 211 c generates a special effect image by applying to image data generated by the imaging unit 2 a special effect obtained by using various optical filters such as a color conversion filter or contrast adjustment filter in the front surface of the lens unit 2 a of the imaging unit 2 , or the same effect as a special effect obtained by using a shooting lens for a specific use such as a fish-eye lens or a tilt-shift mechanism attached shooting lens. For example, the special effect image generating unit 211 c applies, to image data, processing including one of a plurality of image processings, tone curve processing, blurring process, shading adding process, image synthesizing process, noise superimposing process, and saturation adjusting process. In addition, the special effect image generating unit 211 c may generate a special effect image by applying two or more special effects of different effects to image data generated by the imaging unit 2 . Further, the special effect image generating unit 211 c may continuously generate special effect images by sequentially applying special effects to image data continuously generated by the imaging unit 2 . The use history updating unit 211 d updates use history information stored in the use history information storing unit 209 d every time the special effect image generating unit 211 c generates a special effect image. The advisability changing unit 211 e changes the advisability of a combination used a number of times more than a predetermined number of times among combinations of special effects and shooting modes included in the advisability information table stored in the advisability information storing unit 209 c based on use history information stored in the use history information storing unit 209 d. The initializing unit 211 f initializes the advisability of the advisability information table changed by the advisability changing unit 211 e . More specifically, the initializing unit 211 f initializes the advisability information table set upon shipping of the imaging apparatus 200 from a manufacturer, according to an operation signal from the menu switch 6 e. The display control unit 211 g controls the display unit 7 to perform display. The display control unit 211 g controls the display unit 7 to display an image corresponding to image data generated by the imaging unit 2 according to the shooting mode set by the shooting mode setting unit 211 b , and controls the display unit 7 to display information related to a special effect which the special effect image generating unit 211 c needs to apply to an image, in order from the highest advisability corresponding to a combination with a shooting mode, referring to the advisability information table stored in the advisability information storing unit 209 c . The display control unit 211 g controls the display unit 7 to display information related to special effects by means of icons. More specifically, the display control unit 211 g controls the display unit 7 to display special effect icons corresponding to special effects in order from the highest advisability corresponding to the combination with the shooting mode, referring to advisability information table. Processing performed by the imaging apparatus 200 employing the above configuration will be described. FIG. 42 is a flowchart illustrating an outline of processing performed by the imaging apparatus 200 . In addition, although an example will be described below where a still image is captured, the imaging apparatus 200 is applicable to video capturing. In FIG. 42 , the control unit 211 first decides whether or not the power source of the imaging apparatus 200 is turned on (step S 2101 ). When the power source of the imaging apparatus 200 is turned on (step S 2101 : Yes), the imaging apparatus 200 goes to step S 2102 . By contrast with this, when the power source of the imaging apparatus 200 is not turned on (step S 2101 : No), the imaging apparatus 200 finishes the processing. Subsequently, the control unit 211 decides whether or not the imaging apparatus 200 is set to a shooting mode (step S 2102 ). When the imaging apparatus 200 is set to the shooting mode (step S 2102 : Yes), the imaging apparatus 200 goes to step S 2103 (described below). By contrast with this, when the imaging apparatus 200 is not set to the shooting mode (step S 2102 : No), the imaging apparatus 200 goes to step S 2123 (described below). A case (step S 2102 : Yes) will be described where, in step S 2102 , the imaging apparatus 200 is set to the shooting mode. In this case, the display control unit 211 g controls the display unit 7 to display live view images of an image corresponding to image data continuously generated by the imaging unit 2 at constant and very short time intervals (step S 2103 ). As illustrated in FIG. 33 , the camera man captures a subject O 1 while checking a live view image such as the image W n displayed by, for example, the display unit 7 . In step S 2104 , the control unit 211 decides whether or not a release signal for commanding to capture an image is inputted from the release switch 6 b . When a release signal for commanding to capture an image is not inputted (step S 2104 : No), the control unit 211 decides whether or not a command signal for commanding to display an operation menu is inputted from the menu switch 6 e when the user operates the menu switch 6 e (step S 2105 ). When receiving no command signal for commanding to display an operation menu as input from the menu switch 6 e (step S 2105 : No), the imaging apparatus 200 goes to step S 2101 . By contrast with this, when receiving a command signal for commanding to display an operation menu as input from the menu switch 6 e (step S 2105 : Yes), the imaging apparatus 200 goes to step S 2106 . Subsequently, the display control unit 211 g controls the display unit 7 to display the operation menu on the image W n displayed on the display unit 7 (step S 2106 ). More specifically, as illustrated in FIG. 43 , the display control unit 211 g displays a shooting mode menu icon Q 201 , a special effect menu icon Q 202 , a strobe light menu icon Q 203 and an end icon Q 204 on the image W n . Hereinafter, various icons which the display control unit 211 g controls the display unit 7 to display illustrated in FIG. 43 will be described. The shooting mode menu icon Q 201 receives an input of a command signal for controlling the display unit 7 to display information related to a plurality of shooting modes for which a capturing condition suitable for each capturing scene is set in advance. The special effect menu icon Q 202 receives an input of a command signal for controlling the display unit 7 to display information related to a plurality of special effects which are applicable to image data generated by the imaging unit 2 . The strobe light menu icon Q 203 receives an input of a command signal for commanding the display unit 7 to display detailed parameters of a strobe light operation condition of strobe light (flash). As the detailed parameters of the strobe light operation condition, parameters such as automatic light emission, light emission prohibition, red-eye light emission and forced light emission are displayed. The end icon Q 204 receives an input of a command signal for finishing displaying an operation menu. After the display control unit 211 g controls the display unit 7 to display the operation menu on the image W n displayed on the display unit 7 , the control unit 211 decides whether or not the shooting mode menu icon Q 201 is selected (step S 2107 ). More specifically, as illustrated in FIG. 43 , when the user touches the shooting mode menu icon Q 201 displayed on the image W n on the display unit 7 , the control unit 211 decides whether or not the shooting mode menu icon Q 201 is selected according to the signal received by the touch panel 8 as input. When the shooting mode menu icon Q 201 is selected (step S 2107 : Yes), the imaging apparatus 200 goes to step S 2108 (described below). By contrast with this, when the shooting mode menu icon Q 201 is not selected (step S 2107 : No), the imaging apparatus 200 goes to step S 2114 (described below). In step S 2107 , after the shooting mode menu icon Q 201 is selected, the display control unit 211 g controls the display unit 7 to display a list of shooting modes on the image W n (step S 2108 ). More specifically, as illustrated in FIG. 44 , the display control unit 211 g controls the display unit 7 to display on the image W n displayed on the display unit 7 a person shooting mode icon Q 211 , a sport shooting mode icon Q 212 , a scenery shooting mode icon Q 213 , a night scene shooting mode icon Q 214 , a macro shooting mode icon Q 215 , a night scene and person shooting mode icon Q 216 , and an automatic setting shooting mode icon Q 217 . Hereinafter, each shooting mode illustrated in FIG. 44 will be described. With the person shooting mode, a capturing condition suitable to capture an image of a person is set. With the sport shooting mode, a capturing condition suitable to capture an image of a moving subject is set. With the scenery shooting mode, a capturing condition suitable to capture an image of the scenery is set. With the night scene shooting mode, the capturing condition suitable to capture an image of a night scene is set. With the macro shooting mode, a capturing condition suitable to perform macro (close-up) capturing is set. With the night scene and person shooting mode, a capturing condition suitable to capture an image of a person in the night scene is set. The automatic setting capturing refers to automatically deciding a capturing scene based on image data generated by the imaging unit 2 , and automatically setting a capturing condition suitable for the decided capturing scene. The above person shooting mode, sport shooting mode, scenery shooting mode, night scene shooting mode, macro shooting mode and night scene and person shooting mode are manually set by the user by deciding the capturing scene. Referring back to FIG. 42 , in step S 2109 , the control unit 211 decides whether or not a shooting mode is selected according to a manual setting. More specifically, the control unit 211 decides which one of the person shooting mode icon Q 211 , sport shooting mode icon Q 212 , scenery shooting mode icon Q 213 , night scene shooting mode icon Q 214 , macro shooting mode icon Q 215 , and night scene and person shooting mode icon Q 216 , is selected. When the shooting mode icon is selected according to the manual setting (step S 2109 : Yes), the shooting mode setting unit 211 b sets a shooting mode corresponding to the selected shooting mode icon, in the imaging apparatus 200 (step S 2110 ). Subsequently, the display control unit 211 g controls the display unit 7 to display the shooting mode icons corresponding to the shooting mode set by the shooting mode setting unit 211 b , on the image W n displayed on the display unit 7 (step S 2111 ), and the imaging apparatus 200 returns to step S 2101 . More specifically, as illustrated in FIG. 45 , the display control unit 211 g controls the display unit 7 to display the person icon Q 221 corresponding to the person shooting mode, on the image W n displayed on the display unit 7 . A case (step S 2109 : No) will be described where, in step S 2109 , a shooting mode is selected by a manual setting. In this case, the control unit 211 decides whether or not the automatic setting shooting mode icon Q 217 which automatically decides the capturing scene is selected (step S 2112 ). When the automatic setting shooting mode icon Q 217 is selected (step S 2112 : Yes), the imaging apparatus 200 goes to step S 2110 . By contrast with this, when the automatic setting shooting mode icon Q 217 is not selected (step S 2112 : No), the control unit 211 decides whether or not a predetermined time, for example, 30 seconds passes after a list of shooting modes is displayed (step S 2113 ). When a predetermined time does not pass after the list of the shooting modes is displayed (step S 2113 : No), the imaging apparatus 200 returns to step S 2109 . By contrast with this, when a predetermined time passes after the list of the shooting modes is displayed (step S 2113 : Yes), the imaging apparatus 200 returns to step S 2101 . A case (step S 2107 : No) will be described where, in step S 2107 , the shooting mode menu icon Q 201 is not selected. In this case, the control unit 211 decides whether or not the special effect menu icon Q 202 is selected (step S 2114 ). When the special effect menu icon Q 202 is not selected (step S 2114 : No), the imaging apparatus 200 goes to step S 2121 (described below). By contrast with this, when the special effect menu icon Q 202 is selected (step S 2114 : Yes), the imaging apparatus 200 goes to step S 2115 (described below). In step S 2115 , the display control unit 211 g controls the display unit 7 to display information related to a special effect which needs to be applied to an image displayed on the display unit 7 , in order from the advisability corresponding to a combination with the shooting mode set by the shooting mode setting unit 211 b , referring to the advisability information table stored in the advisability information storing unit 209 c . More specifically, as illustrated in FIG. 46 , the display control unit 211 g controls the display unit 7 to display a fantastic focus icon Q 231 and a rough monochrome icon Q 232 on the image W n displayed on the display unit 7 . Hereinafter, a method of displaying special effect icons which the display control unit 211 g controls the display unit 7 to display will be described with reference to FIG. 47 . FIG. 47 is a view illustrating an example of an advisability information table stored by the advisability information storing unit 209 c. As illustrated in FIG. 47 , in the advisability table T 21 , (0 to 2) are written for advisabilities which match combinations of special effects which the special effect image generating unit 211 c can apply to image data and shooting modes. More specifically, when the shooting mode is “person shooting mode”, the advisability is “2” for a combination with “fantastic focus”, “rough monochrome”, “day dream”, “light tone”, “HDR”, “sketch” and “dramatic tone” of special effects. Further, the advisability is “1” for the combination with “toy photo”, and the advisability is “0” for the combination with “pop art”. Hereinafter, each special effect and the advisability for a combination of a shooting mode and a special effect illustrated in FIG. 47 will be described. First, each special effect illustrated in FIG. 47 will be described. Pop art provides an effect of colorfully and vividly finishing a captured image of vigorous colors. Fantastic focus provides an effect of fantastically finishing a captured image unique to soft focus. Rough monochrome provides an effect of finishing a captured image by emphasizing strength and roughness unique to a monochrome picture. Toy photo provides an effect of finishing a captured image by dimming the surrounding of the image as if the image is captured by toy photo. Day dream provides an effect of finishing a captured image of a trip filled with blue soft light. Light tone refers to special effect processing of expressing brightness and darkness of an image softly. HDR provides an effect of finishing a captured image with a dynamic range of actual scenery. Sketch provides an effect of finishing a captured image by drawing the profile by line drawing and emphasizing the profile. Dramatic tone provides an effect of finishing a captured image by showing like a fiction an actual space by means of brightness and darkness which are created from the change of a local contrast and which are unrealistic. Next, the advisability of a combination of a shooting mode and a special effect will be described. Pop art is unsuitable to capture an image of a person because capturing is performed by increasing the saturation very high. Further, pop art requires multiple portions having colors, and therefore is unsuitable for the night scene. Hence, the advisability is “0” for the person shooting mode, and the advisability is “1” for the night scene shooting mode and night scene and person shooting mode. Fantastic focus is a little unsuitable to capture an image of a moving person because a hard motion image and a fantastic image contradicts, thereby decreasing an effect. Hence, the advisability is “1” for the sport shooting mode. Rough monochrome is a little unsuitable to capture the image of the night scene because the night scene is captured by monochromatically. Hence, the advisability is “1” for the night scene shooting mode and night scene and person shooting mode. Toy photo is unsuitable to capture the image of the night scene because the surrounding portion is dimmed, thereby making it difficult to recognize whether or not the night scene is dimmed when the sky is dark like the night scene. Further, toy photo is a little unsuitable to capture an image of a person or a moving person because the scenery is assumed. Hence, the advisability is “0” for the night scene shooting mode and night scene and person shooting mode, and the advisability is “1” for the person shooting mode and sport shooting mode. Day dream is unsuitable to capture the image of the night scene because the black level of the pixels is decreased, thereby losing the atmosphere of the night scene. Hence, the advisability is “0” for the night scene shooting mode, and the advisability is “1” for the night scene and person shooting mode. Light tone is a little unsuitable to capture an image of a night scene because brightness and darkness of the image are finished softly. Hence, the advisability is “1” for the night scene shooting mode and night scene and person shooting mode. HDR is unsuitable to capture an image of a moving subject or a close subject because shaking needs to be prevented to overlay a plurality of images. Hence, the advisability is “0” for the sport shooting mode, and the advisability is “1” for the macro shooting. Sketch is unsuitable to capture an image of a night scene because the profile is drawn by line drawing and emphasized. Further, sketch is a little unsuitable to capture scenery because the scenery including, for example, sky or snow becomes plain. Hence, the advisability is “0” for the night shooting mode, and the advisability is “1” for the scenery shooting mode and night scene and person shooting mode. Dramatic tone is a little unsuitable to capture an image of a night scene because shading is emphasized. Hence, the advisability is “1” for the night scene shooting mode and night scene and person shooting mode. Thus, with the advisabilities in the advisability information table T 21 , a higher numerical value is set stepwise for a better combination of a special effect and a shooting mode. Further, the advisability in the advisability information table T 21 is set to “0” for unsuitable combinations of special effects and shooting modes. By this means, when the display control unit 211 g controls the display unit 7 to display information related to a special effect as a special effect icon, the display control unit 211 g controls the display unit 7 to display the information in order from the highest advisability of the combination with the shooting mode set by the shooting mode setting unit 211 b , referring to the advisability information table T 21 stored in the advisability information storing unit 209 c . For example, as illustrated in FIG. 46 , when the display control unit 211 g controls the display unit 7 to display the person icon Q 221 indicating the person shooting mode, on the image W n currently displayed on the display unit 7 , the display control unit 211 g controls the display unit 7 to display the fantastic focus icon Q 231 and rough monochrome icon Q 232 as special effect icons. Further, the display control unit 211 g controls the display unit 7 to display only information related to a special effect which can be used in combination with a shooting mode set by the shooting mode setting unit 211 b . For example, when the shooting mode setting unit 211 b sets the person shooting mode, the display control unit 211 g controls the display unit 7 to display only special effect icons related to fantastic focus, rough monochrome, toy photo, day dream, light tone, HDR, sketch and dramatic tone which can be used in combination with the person shooting mode. As a result, the imaging apparatus 200 can present, to the user, information which serves as a guide for an optimal combination of special effects for image generated by the imaging unit 2 according the set shooting mode. In addition, the numerical values illustrated in FIG. 47 are only examples and by no means limited to these, and a numerical value of the advisability may be changed by, for example, the special effect input switch 6 d . Further, a lower advisability may be set stepwise for a better combination of a special effect and a shooting mode. Referring back to FIG. 42 , in step S 2116 , the control unit 211 decides whether or not a special effect icon is selected. More specifically, as illustrated in FIG. 46 , the control unit 211 decides whether or not the user touches the fantastic focus icon Q 231 or rough monochrome icon Q 232 displayed on the screen of the display unit 7 . When the special effect icon is selected (step S 2116 : Yes), the special effect image generating unit 211 c generates a special effect image by applying a special effect such as fantastic focus corresponding to the special effect icon which the user touches, to image data currently displayed on the display unit 7 (step S 2117 ). Subsequently, the display control unit 211 g controls the display unit 7 to display the special effect image generated by the special effect image generating unit 211 c (step S 2118 ), and the imaging apparatus 200 returns to step S 2101 . More specifically, as illustrated in FIG. 48 , the display control unit 211 g controls the display unit 7 to display a special effect image W m (m=natural number) by applying a special effect such as fantastic focus, to the image by the special effect image generating unit 211 c . By this means, live view images displayed on the display unit 7 are applied special effects, so that the user can capture images while checking a shooting mode and special effect. In addition, although, in FIG. 48 , an image is expressed by dotted lines to show a special effect of fantastic focus, this image is only an example. A case (step S 2116 : No) will be described where, in step S 2116 , the user does not select a special effect icon. In this case, the control unit 211 decides whether or not the user performs an operation to switch a special effect icon (step S 2119 ). More specifically, as illustrated in FIG. 46 , the control unit 211 decides whether the user touches the switch icon Q 233 or switch icon Q 234 which receives an input of a command signal for commanding to switch to a special effect icon of the second highest advisability from the special effect icon currently displayed on the display unit 7 . When the user does not perform an operation to switch the special effect icon within a predetermined time, for example, within 30 seconds (step S 2119 : No), the imaging apparatus 200 returns to step S 2101 . By contrast with this, when the user performs an operation to switch a special effect icon (step S 2119 : Yes), the imaging apparatus 200 goes to step S 2120 . Subsequently, the display control unit 211 g controls the display unit 7 to display a special effect icon of the second highest advisability, referring to the advisability information table T 21 (step S 2120 ), and the imaging apparatus 200 returns to step S 2116 . More specifically, as illustrated in FIG. 49 , the display control unit 211 g controls the display unit 7 to display the fantastic focus icon Q 231 , rough monochrome icon Q 232 to day dream icon Q 241 and light tone icon Q 242 ((a)→(b) of FIG. 49 ). By this means, the user can adequately select a desired special effect. A case (step S 2114 : No) will be described where, in step S 2114 , the shooting mode menu icon Q 201 and special effect menu icon Q 202 are not selected. In this case, the control unit 211 decides whether or not the end icon Q 204 is selected (step S 2121 ). When the end icon Q 204 is not selected (step S 2121 : No), the imaging apparatus 200 returns to step S 2106 . By contrast with this, when the end icon Q 204 is selected (step S 2121 : Yes), the imaging apparatus 200 returns to step S 2101 . A case (step S 2104 : Yes) will be described where, in step S 2104 , a release signal for commanding to capture an image is inputted from the release switch 6 b . In this case, the imaging apparatus 200 executes capturing process of capturing a subject (step S 2122 ), and the imaging apparatus 200 returns to step S 2101 . A case (step S 2102 : No) will be described where, in step S 2102 , the imaging apparatus 200 is not set to the shooting mode. In this case, the imaging apparatus 200 executes playback/display process of playing captured image data (step S 2123 ), and the imaging apparatus 200 returns to step S 2101 . Next, capturing process in step S 2122 illustrated in FIG. 42 will be described. FIG. 50 is a flowchart illustrating an outline of capturing process. As illustrated in FIG. 50 , the imaging apparatus 200 captures the subject (step S 2201 ). In addition, this capturing includes a special effect image generated by applying a special effect from the special effect image generating unit 211 c , to an image corresponding to image data generated by the imaging unit 2 according to the shooting mode set by the shooting mode setting unit 211 b. Subsequently, the control unit 211 generates an image file of the captured image data and controls the image data storing unit 209 a to store the captured image data (step S 2202 ). In case of a still image, this image file stores at least the image data, presence/absence information of a special effect applied to the image data, type information of the special effect applied to the image data, shooting mode information and date information. Further, in case of video capturing, this image file stores at least image data, presence/absence information of a special effect applied to the image data, type information of the special effect, use count information of the special effect, shooting mode information and date information. Then, the display control unit 211 g controls the display unit 7 to REC-view display an image corresponding to the captured image data only for a predetermined time, for example, 30 seconds (step S 2203 ). After the display unit 7 REC-view displays the captured image, the control unit 211 decides whether or not the REC-view displayed image is a special effect image (step S 2204 ). More specifically, the control unit 211 decides whether or not a special effect is applied to the REC-view displayed image, based on information included in the image file of the REC-view displayed image. When a special effect is not applied to the REC-view displayed image (step S 2204 : No), the imaging apparatus 200 returns to the main routine illustrated in FIG. 42 . By contrast with this, when a special effect is not applied to the REC-view displayed image (step S 2204 : Yes), the imaging apparatus 200 goes to step S 2205 . Subsequently, the use history updating unit 211 d updates a use history of a combination of a special effect applied to the REC-view displayed image and a shooting mode, for use history information stored in the use history information storing unit 209 d (step S 2205 ). Then, the advisability changing unit 211 e changes the advisability of a combination used a number of times more than a predetermined number of times among combinations of special effects and shooting modes included in the advisability information table T 21 stored in the advisability information storing unit 209 c based on use history information stored in the use history information storing unit 209 d (step S 2206 ), and the imaging apparatus 200 returns to the main routine illustrated in FIG. 42 . More specifically, the advisability changing unit 211 e changes the advisability from “1” to “2” for a combination used a number of times more than a predetermined number of times, for example, 100 times, for example, a combination of “toy photo” and “person shooting mode” among combinations of special effects and shooting modes included in the advisability information table T 21 stored in the advisability information storing unit 209 c (see FIG. 47 ). By this means, the imaging apparatus 200 can present, to the user, information which serves as a guide for a combination of a special effect and shooting mode taking into account a use situation of the user. Next, playback/display process illustrated in FIG. 42 will be described. FIG. 51 is a flowchart illustrating an outline of playback/display process illustrated in FIG. 42 . As illustrated in FIG. 51 , the display control unit 211 g first controls the display unit 7 to display an image selection screen collectively displaying a plurality of images stored in the image data storing unit 209 a (step S 2301 ). Subsequently, the control unit 211 decides whether or not the user touches the touch panel 8 to select an image on the image selection screen displayed on the display unit 7 (step S 2302 ). When the user does not select an image from the image selection screen after a predetermined time, for example, 3 seconds passes (step S 2302 : No), the imaging apparatus 200 goes to step S 2306 (described below). By contrast with this, when the user selects an image on the image selection screen (step S 2302 : Yes), the display control unit 211 g controls the display unit 7 to display the image selected by the user on the full screen (step S 2303 ), and the imaging apparatus 200 goes to step S 2304 . In step S 2304 , when the user operates the special effect input switch 6 d , the control unit 211 decides whether or not a command signal for commanding to switch an image displayed on the display unit 7 is inputted from the special effect input switch 6 d . When receiving a command signal for commanding to switch the image as input (step S 2304 : Yes), the display control unit 211 g switches the image currently displayed on the display unit 7 (step S 2305 ), and the imaging apparatus 200 returns to step S 2303 . By contrast with this, when a command signal for commanding to switch the image is not inputted (step S 2304 : No), the control unit 211 decides whether or not an operation to finish playing the image is performed (step S 2306 ). More specifically, when the user operates the mode switch 6 c , the control unit 211 decides whether or not the imaging apparatus 200 is switched from the playback mode to the shooting mode. When the operation to finish playing the image is not performed (step S 2306 : No), the imaging apparatus 200 returns to step S 2301 . By contrast with this, when the operation to finish playing the image is performed (step S 2306 ; Yes), the imaging apparatus 200 returns to the main routine illustrated in FIG. 42 . With the fourth embodiment described above, the display control unit 211 g controls the display unit 7 to display image data generated according to the shooting mode set by the shooting mode setting unit 211 b , and controls the display unit 7 to display information related to a special effect which the special effect image generating unit 211 c needs to apply to the image generated by the imaging unit 2 , in order from the highest advisability of a combination with the shooting mode set by the shooting mode setting unit 211 b , referring to the advisability information table T 21 stored in the advisability information storing unit 209 c . By this means, the imaging apparatus 200 can present, to the user, information which serves as a guide for a combination of a special effect for image data generated according to the set shooting mode. Further, with the fourth embodiment, the display control unit 211 g controls the display unit 7 to first display icons of special effects of the highest advisability, so that the user can obtain a special effect image by applying a special effect to image data generated at the set shooting mode without missing a timing to capture an image of the subject due to an operation of selecting the special effect. Furthermore, with the fourth embodiment, the advisability changing unit 211 e changes the advisability of a combination used a number of times more than a predetermined number of times among combinations of special effects and shooting modes included in the advisability information table T 21 stored in the advisability information storing unit 209 c , based on use history information stored in the use history information storing unit 209 d . By this means, the imaging apparatus 200 can present, to the user, information which serves as a guide for a combination of a special effect and shooting mode taking into account a use situation of the user. In addition, although, with the fourth embodiment, the control unit 211 selects and determines an icon which the user desires according to a signal received by the touch panel 8 as input when various icons displayed on the image by the display unit 7 are touched, the control unit 211 may select and determine an icon which the user desires, according to a command signal inputted from the special effect input switch 6 d . Consequently, by operating the special effect input switch 6 d , the user can select and determine information related to a shooting mode and information related to a special effect displayed on the display unit 7 . Further, with the fourth embodiment, the display control unit 211 g may control the display unit 7 to display image data generated according to the shooting mode set by the shooting mode setting unit 211 b , by changing a color and/or size of a special effect icon, in order from the highest advisability of a combination with a special effect, referring to the advisability information table T 21 stored in the advisability information storing unit 209 c . By this means, the user can more intuitively check information which serves as a guide to select a combination of a shooting mode and special effect. Further, although, with the fourth embodiment, the display control unit 211 g controls the display unit 7 to display only two special effect icons, the display control unit 211 g may control the display unit 7 to display special effect icons corresponding to special effects of the same advisability. In this case, the display control unit 211 g may control the display unit 7 to display reduced special effect icons in one vertical line or one horizontal line. Further, with the fourth embodiment, when receiving a command signal for commanding to display an operation menu as input from the menu switch 6 e , the display control unit 211 g may control the display unit 7 to align and display special effects in one vertical line in order from the highest advisability of combinations with special effects for an image generated according to a shooting mode set by the shooting mode setting unit 211 b , referring to the advisability information table T 21 stored in the advisability information storing unit 209 c . More specifically, as illustrated in FIG. 52 , when the user operates the special effect input switch 6 d , the display control unit 211 g may control the display unit 7 to display a list of the special effect menu M 1 in case where a command signal for commanding to select the special effect menu M 1 is inputted from the special effect input switch 6 d . In this case, when the user operates the special effect input switch 6 d and selects initialization M 2 , the initializing unit 211 f initializes the advisabilities of the advisability information table T 21 changed by the advisability changing unit 211 e . By this means, the imaging apparatus 200 can have the initialized advisability information table T 21 set upon shipping from a manufacturer. Further, with the fourth embodiment, when the user inputs a command signal for commanding to display the advisability information table T 21 stored in the advisability information storing unit 209 c through the menu switch 6 e , the display control unit 211 g may control the display unit 7 to display the advisability information table T 21 . More specifically, as illustrated in FIG. 53 , the display control unit 211 g may control the display unit 7 to display the advisability information table T 21 . In this case, the user may change the advisability written in the advisability information table T 21 by operating the special effect input switch 6 d . By this means, the user can change the advisability while checking the advisability which serves as a guide for a combination of a shooting mode and special effect. Further, the above method of displaying the advisability information table displayed on the display unit 7 may adopt another display method. As illustrated in FIG. 54 , the display control unit 211 g may control the display unit 7 to display the advisability information table T 22 , and control the display unit 7 to display a color corresponding to the advisability written in the advisability information table T 22 . By this means, the user can more intuitively check the advisability which serves as a guide for a combination of a shooting mode and special effect. In addition, in FIG. 54 , the colors are expressed by patterns. Further, when the advisabilities are shown by colors, the display control unit 211 g may control the display unit 7 to sequentially display the distinctive colors in order from the highest advisability, for example, red, green and black in order. Further, the display control unit 211 g may control the display unit 7 to display the advisabilities with patterns. Further, the above method of displaying the advisability information table displayed on the display unit 7 may adopt another display method. As illustrated in FIG. 55 , the display control unit 211 g may control the display unit 7 to display an advisability information table T 23 , and may control the display unit 7 to change and display the advisabilities written in the advisability information table T 23 to bar charts. Further, the display control unit 211 g may change lengths of bar charts according to the number of times of use by the user. Furthermore, the display control unit 211 g may control the display unit 7 to display the number of times of use by the user together with the bar charts. By this means, the user can more intuitively check the advisability which serves as a guide for a combination of a shooting mode and special effect. Further, with the fourth embodiment, the advisability information storing unit 209 c may store a plurality of advisability information tables. For example, as illustrated in FIG. 56 , the advisability information storing unit 209 c may store an advisability information table T 24 . Special effects different from the advisability information table T 21 are written in the advisability information table T 24 . More specifically, the special effects include shading, cross, frame, noise, flare, blur, white out, illumination and soap bubble. Hereinafter, each special effect illustrated in FIG. 56 will be described. Shading provides an effect of making surrounding portions of end portions of an image black. Cross provides an effect of adding a star-shaped icon to an image. Frame provides an effect of adding a frame to an image. Noise provides an effect of adding noise to the entire image. Flare provides an effect of adding hatching to an image. Blur provides an effect of blurring process to the entire image. White out provides an effect of making surroundings of end portions of an image white. Illumination provides an effect of applying a color filter to the entire image. Soap bubble provides an effect of adding an icon of soap bubbles to an image. According to soap bubble, an imaging apparatus in which a plurality of zoom optical systems of different zoom magnifications, and the imaging element 2 g are built in may perform image processing of changing the size of soap bubbles according to a zoom magnification or may perform image processing of adjusting the frame in the horizontal direction according to the detection result of the posture detecting unit 3 . Further, types of special effects are by no means limited to the content of the advisability information tables T 21 and T 24 , and, for example, art, ball, color mask, cube, mirror, mosaic, sepia, black/white, wave, ball frame and balloon effect may be added. Further, when the display unit 7 displays the advisability information table T 21 , if a command signal for commanding to switch to another advisability information table is inputted from the special effect input switch 6 d , the display control unit 211 g may control the display unit 7 to display the advisability information table T 24 . Further, with the fourth embodiment, when the display unit 7 displays the advisability information table T 25 , if the user touches the touch panel 8 , the display control unit 211 g may control the display unit 7 to display the advisability information table T 25 near the touched area. FIG. 57 is a view describing enlarged display near an area of the touch panel 8 which the user touches. As illustrated in FIG. 57 , when an area R 1 on the advisability information table T 25 displayed on the display unit 7 is touched ((a) of FIG. 57 ), the display control unit 211 g controls the display unit 7 to enlarge and display the advisability information table T 25 near the touched area R 1 ((b) of FIG. 57 ). Further, the display control unit 211 g controls the display unit 7 to display icons related to special effects which can cause an auxiliary visual effect with respect to each special effect. More specifically, as illustrated in (b) of FIG. 57 , when the shooting mode is “person” and the special effect is “pop art”, “shading”, “cross” and “blur” which are special effects which can cause auxiliary visual effects are displayed as icons. Then, by selecting and touching a desired icon ((c) of FIG. 57 ), the user can make a setting to add a special effect corresponding to the touched icon. Further, the display control unit 211 g may control the display unit 7 to add and display colors of icons corresponding to combinations of special effects and special effects which can cause auxiliary visual effects with respect to the above special effects. Furthermore, when the advisabilities are shown by colors, the display control unit 211 g may control the display unit 7 to sequentially display the distinctive colors in order from the highest advisability, for example, red, green and black in order. Further, the display control unit 211 g may control the display unit 7 to display as icons only special effects which can cause auxiliary visual effects with respect to special effects. In addition, in FIG. 57 , the colors are expressed by patterns. Further, with the fourth embodiment, by connecting the communication unit 10 to an external processing device such as a personal computer or server, the advisability changing unit 211 e may update or rewrite the advisability information table T 21 stored in the advisability information storing unit 209 c , based on information received through the communication unit 10 . By this means, the display control unit 211 g can display special effect icons according to the advisability which takes into account combinations of newly added special effects and shooting modes. Further, by storing the advisability of a combination of a newly added special effect and shooting mode in, for example, a storage medium such as a memory card which is attachable to the storing unit 209 , the control unit 211 may acquire the advisability of a combination of the newly added special effect and shooting mode from the storage medium and the advisability changing unit 211 e may store the advisability in the advisability information storing unit 209 c to update or rewrite the advisability information table. Further, although, with the fourth embodiment, the posture detecting unit 3 detects the posture state of the imaging apparatus 200 , the posture detecting unit 3 may receive an operation signal of a touch operation of switching various shooting modes or various settings of the imaging apparatus 200 by detecting an acceleration produced when the user taps the display screen of the display unit 7 , and output this operation signal to the control unit 211 . Further, although, with the fourth embodiment, when the user touches the switch icons Q 233 and Q 234 , the display control unit 211 g switches a special effect icon, the display control unit 211 g may switch to a special effect icon according to a trajectory which the user touches on the touch panel 8 in an area of a special effect icon displayed on an image on the display unit 7 . Other Embodiment Further, although, with the above embodiments of the present invention, an image processing unit and control unit are integrally formed, the image processing unit (image processing engine) may be provided individually in the imaging apparatus, and the control unit may transfer, for example, various commands and data to this image processing unit. It naturally follows that two or more image processing units may be provided in the imaging apparatus. Further, similarly, the special effect image generating unit may also be provided individually in the imaging apparatus. Further, the special effect image generating unit, image synthesizing unit and image processing unit may be integrally formed (image engine). Further, although, with the above embodiments of the present invention, the imaging apparatus has been described as a digital camera, the imaging apparatus is applicable to various electronic devices having capturing functions such as single-lens digital still cameras, digital video cameras, camera-equipped mobile telephones or mobile multi-function terminals. Additional advantages and modifications will readily occur to those skilled in the art. Therefore, the invention in its broader aspects is not limited to the specific details and representative embodiments shown and described herein. Accordingly, various modifications may be made without departing from the spirit or scope of the general inventive concept as defined by the appended claims and their equivalents.

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