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Tip of the Week - 5D MKII & Camera User Settings

5D MKII Camera User SettingsThis has to be one of the best things I've discovered about the camera and I just found it this morning.

So there I was walking around the Ormiston Pound with great cloud cover for shooting Landscapes, dozens of wild flowers blooming at my feet perfect for macro and many opportunities for great HDR images. I was shooting Landscapes, Macro and HDR with regularity and I was constantly swapping and changing setting all over the camera.

Dialling in a Landscape then a HDR and then a Macro was taking up too much time and with 14 people walking with me all wanting a piece of my time as well. I found myself walking past and missing the shot because the camera was set for another shooting type. So I was thinking this morning about how I could streamline the different processes and it hit me... That's what those funny numbers are for DOH!

On the "Program Mode" selection wheel (Pictured above) on the very top of the camera you can see that there is 3 "C" functions C1 - C2 - C3. These can be programmed with a set of settings that you use regularly to save you changing the cameras f stop, shutter speed, program mode, white balance and just about everything else.

What I've done with them is program them to suit the 3 main shooting styles that I regularly use.

C1. is for Landscapes, these are the settings that I use 99% of the time when shooting landscapes.

  • Full manual
  • RAW
  • f/22
  • ISO 100
  • White Balance - Daylight
  • Focusing - One Shot
  • Picture Style - Neutral
  • Metering Mode - Evaluative
  • Shooting Mode - Single Shot

C2. for Shooting HRDs,

  • Aperture Priority
  • RAW
  • f/22
  • ISO 100
  • White Balance - Daylight
  • Focusing - One Shot
  • Picture Style - Neutral
  • Metering Mode - Evaluative
  • Shooting Mode - Continuous Shooting
  • Auto Exposure Bias +/-2 AEB
  • Exposure Bias - 1/3 EV

Setting up a HDR can take a while and with this I can just turn one dial and it all there ready to go.

C3. Macro Shooting

  • Aperture Priority
  • RAW
  • f/2.8
  • ISO 250
  • White Balance - Auto
  • Focusing - One Shot
  • Picture Style - Neutral
  • Metering Mode - Spot Metering
  • Shooting Mode - Single Shooting
  • Exposure Bias - -1/3 EV

Here are some images detailing the menu location for the "Camera User Settings"

Menu Location

Setting the function

User interface

 

 

 

 

 

 

While it might seem a bit crazy to have these functions I really have a use for them. As I detailed before I can be strapped for time out in the field and as I read in a book recently. "the greatest asset to a landscape photographer is time, time to setup, time to wait for the moment and time to shoot.