That’s right – two videos in two days…quite exciting for me – the blogger of 3x/week! I’ve got a lot of content forthcoming and for some of it, am so excited I just don’t want to wait anymore. Some people call me crazy – they say “Hold off…space it out, pace your posts and give people information piecemeal.” I say, “No way, the audience always wants more than what I am giving…” So, that’s what I am doing – a second video tutorial in as many days – this one: How to adjust the Custom Functions in your Canon SLR!
One of the least understood areas of any SLR is that of custom functions. Once you start getting into customizing the configuration of something already as complex as a DSLR, people quickly lose interest in the minutia. The problem is that some of the configuration settings can be made to really help you improve your photography. One of these is moving the focusing mechanism off your shutter release. The shutter release really does quite a few things – it opens the sensor to the light, thus letting an exposure actually happen. It also programatically tells the camera to immediately meter the scene to evaluate exposure values, and also by default starts to search for a focusing point.
That’s a lot to ask from one button, and often times when composing for an image, many photographers find that focusing for one item in the scene, then composing for another is very useful in getting a creative vision to life. To do this normally, you have to press the shutter only halfway down, recompose while holding that delicate balance, and recomposing. Yes, there are other ways to do this by picking a single focusing point, but why even do that when you can make focusing its own dedicated function? Most DSLR’s these days actually have a spare button built in for you to program to one of many different options.
Nevertheless, people still fear the custom functions. Something about the words “custom”…”function…”program”…makes people cringe and run quickly in the opposite direction. It’s really not that difficult though, and easy to adapt to. Once the adjustment is made, you can now use your thumb to focus and your finger to capture! It’s such a seamless transition, many photographers don’t even bat an eye, and they almost always notice a greater sense of creative control – which is why we buy SLR’s in the first place. Want to see how it’s done? Watch my short 2 minute video here on the process. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is!
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