TechRadar recently released an article that made eyes turn. According to the article, with the help of a few tweaks in the Canon SLR cameras, one can put to use its various features – from fast shooting, vibrant colors, and batteries to the maximum. Sounds exciting, right? Here are the ways where you can do it for yourself:
- The Ambience Priority Option:
Okay, who doesn’t like to adjust the pictures taken on your small DSLR cameras by controlling the auto white balance, the ambiance and keeping it cool? However, Canon’s recent cameras help to retain the convenience of auto white balance also while keeping intact the warmth of the ambient light. For making it more efficient, go straight to the White Balance option in the main menu and keep it on Auto just before pressing the Info button. Now you’ve two options: White Priority and Ambience Priority – and it’s the ambiance you want to keep intact in your picture to save the feel of candlelight or light from warm sources together.
2. Tweak your Viewfinder:
The intelligent viewfinder technology can give you a whole lot of information as you put your eyes to your eyes, though you might not realize the same at first as it is not a default setting. To make the adjustments, go to the Viewfinder Display in the Tools menu and once you’re able to bring up the notifications for battery life, drive mode, image quality and a series of other features. Here you can also enable a grid and electronic level to achieve precision.
3. Magnify images to 100% while playing back:
As you’re reviewing images, it is better if you see the subject in a 100% view to check the clarity and sharpness of the same. However, in the general settings you’ve to keep zooming in for getting to it, but if you have a magnify button on your camera you can just click on the Magnification option in the Playback menu and select the Actual Size. As it is done, the magnification button would play the pictures and you can view the same in its full size.
4. Preparing the camera and burst shooting:
There are many things that can slow down the rate and length of continuous bursts. There are many things that can slow down the rate and length of continuous bursts and it’s equally important to use a memory card with fast write speeds. If the camera uses SD-type cards and supports the UHS-II standard, it is better to use these cards. Always remember that an empty and formatted card would fetch you a better starting point than the one that’s filled.
5. Check the health of your batteries:
Okay, you’ve got a few batteries with you but have no idea which one would be best to use to capture pictures. Well, while batteries don’t last forever some of the batteries don’t allow themselves to be charged after a certain period of usage. But there’s an easier way to check the health of your batteries through the Battery info. option in the Tools menu.
6. No Colour Channel Clipping:
If you’re a professional photographer then you must be knowing the relevance of the red, green and blue histograms in producing some of the finest quality of images. However, for the beginners, it’s pretty simple to start with. If you’re capturing flowers and want to bring about the intricate details on the petals – using the histogram helps you to get back the details that you haven’t been able to capture perfectly at the first time. Furthermore, this histogram can also help you to adjust the exposure, saturation and white balance in the camera to get a refined result. If you’re wondering where to enable the same, you can easily go back to the Playback menu, find the Histogram display option before selecting the RGB setting and as you press the Info button while playing back images, these three histograms can pop to the side of the shot.
7. Image organization in separate folders:
While the images need to be sorted on separate folders on your computer, you can opt for the same on your camera too. As you select the Folder option in the Tools menu, you can now rename the same through your computer.
8. It’s all in the details:
Nowadays it has become easier to steal the images online – it is easier to make sure that the contact details are embedded into your every image. Simply move to the Copyright information option in the Tools menu and you can add your name, the year, your email address and even your website – and lo! now your image is copyrights protected.
9. AF Microadjustment in boosting focusing accuracy:
Generally, lenses focus slightly in front or slightly behind where you actually need them to and can be particularly problematic at wider apertures and the depth of the field is shallow and defocusing at the same time. To get relieved from a similar situation you can head straight for the Autofocus section in the Custom menus, AF Microadjustment allows the same to tweak the lens focus in fine increments.
10. Whole Screen Portrait images:
As the images captured in landscape orientation at standard settings fill the whole LCD screen on Canon wide-angle lenses, but half of the screen stays empty when the images are captured in a portrait setup. While it is convenient for you to not rotating your camera for viewing the shots every time, but it also can be annoying if you love capturing most of the images in a portrait setup.
To fix this, you can activate with the auto rotate options in the Tools menu marked by the icons and is for the auto-rotate on the camera and computer, while the second is for auto-rotate only on the computer and the third sees auto rotate deactivated. The middle option is the most useful of all it would allow viewing 10. Whole Screen Portrait images:
Well, now you know some of the best-kept trade secrets in capturing the best of the pictures and making the most of your Canon DSLR cameras!