If you own a enthusiast or pro level camera body, you’ll find a mode titled ‘C’ on the mode dial. Depending on the camera model, there may be several of these titled ‘C1’, ‘C2’ & so. This mode is known as “Custom Mode/Recall Mode”. Don’t confuse it with “Custom Settings”. This mode is there for users who often need to shoot a particular subject frequently. The gist of this mode is that, it asks users to input their preferred settings & save it, so that the user can recall them anytime in future quickly.
Let me give you an example. I shoot lots of food & still photos, for this I have set the ‘C’ mode on my camera to certain default settings like 2 secs timer, a starting aperture value of f/4, ISO 200 & Shutter-Speed 1/100. So when I need to shoot food, I just select the ‘C’ mode on camera & the camera is ready for shooting. This saves my time as I can concentrate more on the subject I shoot than over the camera. Off-course, the settings you make in this mode can be changed during operation as you normally would.
Let me show you, how to set your settings for this mode. I’ll imagine that I have to shoot a wedding indoors & I’ll have my base settings accordingly.
# First enter the “MANUAL” mode of the camera & make the settings on your camera. These settings need not be absolute correct but thereabouts. Since I want to shoot a wedding indoors, the light will be low. So I select ISO 800, a shutter-speed of 1/100 & aperture f/2.8. I set the Picture Style to ‘Standard’, Metering to Evaluative & Quality to “Small jpeg + Large RAW”.
# Now that I’m happy with my settings, I head over the “Camera User Settings” in the third wrench menu on my Canon EOS 60D. I enter within & select “Register Settings”. It will ask for a confirmation to register camera user settings to “C”. Select OK. It will take a moment to save the settings.
# Now when you turn the model dial to ‘C’, the settings you made will be displayed. You can change them on fly as you’re in field but they will revert back to the once you set(defaults) when you switch off the camera or on the auto power off of the camera.
I absolutely love this custom mode. They really help me in speeding up my shooting. I hope they do the same for you.
Picture Styles is one of the option found in Canon DSLR’s which allow the users to process their photographs straight out of the camera so one can shorten their digital workflow. There are inbuilt presets for most common photography scenarios already programmed into the camera viz. Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Faithful, Monochrome etc. Apart from these inbuilt presets, the user can even download new picture styles from Canon’s website & install them on to the camera using the provided software onto the CD.
A photograph straight out of the camera where I changed the default picture style to ‘Landscape’ alongwith a few in-camera adjustments.
In-camera RAW editing is a nifty feature to have. Off-course, comparing it to the RAW processors on computers is highly unfair. With this feature, one can tweak the RAW files in camera itself & adjust some basic parameters like exposure, picture styles, white balance etc.(The actual controls depend on the make of the camera). Lets see how one can put this to good use. I often use this feature when commuting. It comes handy for shots where minor editing is required. At times, I even use this feature to create a rough copy before editing the same photograph on my computer.
Above is a photograph which is straight out of the camera(JPEG). I purposely underexposed the scene here.
Now after some quick in-camera RAW edits, this is how the same photograph looks. Here I adjusted the white balance, exposure, picture styles to make this final photograph. Impressive, isn’t it? Go ahead, give it a try. Who knows, you could save time in post-processing & utilize the same for shooting.
It was about time that Canon jumped into the Mirrorless Camera Segment. They do so today with style by announcing their first mirrorless camera, the Canon EOS-M. Going by the specifications, it seems to be identical to the Canon EOS 650D sans the mirror box. Here are the key specs;
# 18 Megapixels APS-C Sensor
# Digic 5 Processor
# ISO 100-12800(25600 with Boost)
# Canon EF-M Lens Mount
# 3 inch Articulated 1.4 Million Colours Touchscreen TFT LCD
# Full HD Video Recording with Stereo Sounds at Variable Frame Rates
# GPS via optional GPS Accessory
In the first part, I told you how to make a 18% Grey Card for yourself. Now, its time you pull out that grey card as I’ll teach you how to set ‘Custom White Balance’ while shooting in your Canon EOS DSLR. No need to worry, its fairly simple.
IMP - Shoot Grey Card in the SAME LIGHT