Choosing White Balance Options

If you would rather spend your time shooting instead of sitting at the computer color-correcting images, then learning about and using the 40D's White Balance options are very important. Different shooting scenes, the type and consistency of light, the ICC is an abbreviation for International Color Consortium, which promotes the use and adoption of open, vendor-neutral, cross-platform color management systems. This group introduced the standard device profile format used to characterize color...

Using tethered or wireless connection

One of the most useful ways to use Live View shooting is for studio work, particularly when you're shooting still-life subjects such as products, food, stock shots, and so on. You can set up with the 40D connected to a computer using the USB cable supplied with the camera. The extra-long cord allows a decent range of movement, particularly if the computer is on a wheeled or swivel table. You can also shoot with the optional wireless file transmitter, such as the Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E3...

Setting Custom Functions

Depending on your shooting preferences and needs, you may immediately recognize functions and options that would make your shooting faster or more efficient. You may also find that combinations of functions are useful for specific shooting situations. Whether used separately or together, Custom Functions can significantly enhance your use of the 40D. Table 4.9 C.Fn IV Operations Others Table 4.9 C.Fn IV Operations Others C.Fn IV-1 Shutter button AF-ON button Default operation where you press...

Using Flash Control Options

With the 40D, many of the onboard and accessory flash settings are available on the camera menus. The Set-up 2 yellow menu offers onboard flash settings including the first or second curtain shutter sync, Flash Exposure Compensation, and E-TTL II or Average exposure metering. When an accessory Speedlite is mounted, you can use the Set-up 2 yellow menu to set Flash Exposure Compensation and choose between Evaluative or Average metering. In addition, you can change or clear the Custom Function...

Choosing a RAW Conversion Program

RAW image data is stored in proprietary format, which means that the RAW images can be viewed and converted using the camera manufacturer's RAW conversion program, such as Canon's Digital Professional Pro conversion program, or a third-party RAW conversion program such as Adobe's Camera Raw plug-in or Adobe Lightroom, or Aperture. Unlike TIFF and JPEG files, RAW files cannot be moved from computer to computer with the assurance that any operating system can display them. That means you must...

Auto Exposure Bracketing

Auto Exposure Bracketing AEB takes three exposures of the same scene one exposure at the recommended setting, one 1 3 f-stop above the standard exposure, and one 1 3 f-stop below the standard exposure. This is the traditional technique for ensuring an acceptable exposure in scenes that have challenging and or high-contrast lighting and in scenes that are difficult to set up again or that can't be reproduced. But today, AEB is also used for image compositing where you take three different...

Getting the latest firmware and software

Before you begin, check the current firmware version installed on your camera and then write down the version number. To check the installed firmware version number, follow these steps 2. Press the Jump button to access the Set-up 3 menu. 3. Rotate the Quick Control dial until you see the Firmware Ver., and then write down the number. If the firmware installed on your camera is older than the firmware offered on the Web site, then your camera needs the firmware update. Now you can check to see...

Set a custom white balance

Canon Eos 500d Men Green

Mixed light scenes, such as tungsten and daylight, can wreak havoc on getting accurate or visually pleasing image color. Two options work well to get neutral color quickly in mixed lighting scenes. If you're shooting RAW or sRAW capture, one option is to shoot a gray or white card as described in the earlier sidebar. The second option is to set a custom white balance. Setting a custom white balance balances colors for the specific light used when you set the custom setting. It is relatively...

Nature and Landscape Photography

Setup In the Field In figure 9.18, patches of fog inspired me to capture this scene. I took the window screen off the window and hung out of an upstairs window to capture this foggy forest scene. Additional Considerations Because such a wide variety of scenes is possible with landscapes and nature, the best advice is to trust your eye to set up and compose images. Try to exclude distracting utility wires, road signs, and trash within the scene. Shoot from a variety of low, high, and eye-level...

Night and Low Light Photography

If you're ready to challenge your photography skills, shooting low-light and nighttime images is a great way to do it. Night and low-light images not only expand your understanding of exposure, but they also open a new world of creative challenge, enjoyment, and the potential for lovely results. Some event assignments and stock photography also require you to shoot in low-light scenes and at nighttime, so having a good understanding of how to get good results without excessive digital noise is...

Exposure Compensation

The third way to modify the standard exposure on the 40D is by using Exposure Compensation. Unlike Auto Exposure Lock and AEB, which serve well for specific shooting scenarios, Exposure Compensation enables you to purposely and continuously modify the standard exposure by a specific amount up to plus minus 2 f-stops in 1 3-stop increments or in 1 2-stop increments via C.Fn I-1. Scenarios for using Exposure Compensation vary widely, but a common use is to override the camera's suggested ideal...

Choosing and Customizing a Picture Style

Canon 50d Portrait Picture Style

The name Picture Styles sounds like a marketing-motivated set of optional features for the 40D. Regardless of the naming, it's important to realize that the 40D attaches a Picture Style to every image that you shoot. In other words, Picture Styles form the foundation of how the camera delivers tonal curves, color rendering, color saturation, and sharpness in the final image. The 40D offers six Picture Styles, which are detailed in Table 3.2, and it uses the Standard Picture Style as the default...

Fn III Autofocus Drive

All of the options for the Autofocus Drive Custom Functions are described in the following bullets. The specifics on option numbers and names along with a description can be found in Table 4.8, for your quick and easy reference. C.Fn III-1 Lens drive when AF impossible. This is a handy option in scenes where the lens simply cannot focus. You've likely been in situations where the lens seeks focus seemingly forever and goes far out of focus range while attempting to find focus, particularly with...