Sample Customizations

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As a starting point for thinking about specific shooting situations, two sample Custom Functions groupings are shown in Tables 5.1 and 5.2. Your shooting preferences and the requirements of the specific scene may mean that the functions and options suggested here won't work for you.

Unfortunately, you can't save groups of Custom Functions and recall them as a group except when you register camera settings for the three C modes. Setting or changing Custom Functions is relatively quick, so it's worthwhile to consider creating genre-specific Custom Function settings and writing them down and keeping them handy for future shooting.

Table 5.1 Custom Functions: Wedding Set

C.Fn Group/Number

Option

Explanation

C.Fn II-03: Highlight tone priority

1: Enable

Makes gradations between highlight areas and midtones smoother with more detail. Throughout the course of the day as the lighting drastically changes, I still want to maintain exposure in the fine details of the bride's dress. This setting allows me to do so while rendering minimal noise in the dark areas of my image.

C.Fn III-03: AF point selection method

1: Multi-controller direct

2: Quick Control dial direct

If you prefer to manually select an AF point like I do, either of these options forgo the requirement of pressing the AF Point selection button to activate AF point selection. If you choose option 2, you can set exposure compensation by pressing the AF Point selection button and then turning the Main dial to set the compensation amount.

C.Fn Group/Number

Option

Explanation

C.Fn III-05: AF-assist beam firing

1: Disable

For those times when I may be using on-camera flash as a fill or secondary light source, I still don't want the red grid from the AF assist beam projected on my bride and groom, spoiling the intimacy of the moment from the other guests' viewpoint.

C.Fn III-07: AF point area expansion

1: Expanded

This expands the center spot-meter area to include six invisible AF points and the center AF point. So, in AI Servo AF mode, you get more accurate focus-tracking of the bride and groom coming down the aisle, the throwing of the bouquet, and other action sequences during the wedding.

C.Fn IV-03: Assign SET button

2: Change Picture Style

As you move from shooting bride and groom portraits by using the Portrait Picture Style, you can quickly press the Set button to change to the Standard or Faithful Picture Style for the ceremony and reception shots.

Table 5.2 Custom Functions: Landscape/Nature Set

C.Fn Group/Number

Option

Explanation

C.Fn I-01: Exposure level increments

1: 1/2-Stop

If you use AEB to create a series of bracketed images for compositing, you may prefer the 1/2-stop increment to the default 1/3-stop increment.

C.Fn I-04: Bracketing auto cancel

2: -, 0, +/Enable

This option simply changes the order in which the camera makes the bracketed exposure sequence. My personal preference is the decreased, standard, and then increased exposure sequence. Your preference may be for option 1: 0, -, +. The Enable portion of this option means that you can stop the bracketing sequence by turning the camera off, changing lenses, or getting a flash-ready condition.

C.Fn II-01: Long exposure noise reduction

2: On

Very often, I use this option if the shooting includes low-light scenes with exposures of 1 second or longer, whether shooting star trails or waterfalls.

C.Fn III-03: AF point selection method

1: Multi-controller direct

2: Quick Control dial direct 1 or 2

If you most often prefer to manually select an AF point, this function eliminates the need to press the AF Point selection button to activate AF point selection. If you choose option 2 to use the Quick Control dial, you can set exposure compensation by pressing the AF Point selection button and then turning the Main dial to set the compensation amount.

C.Fn III-06: Mirror lockup

1: Enable

This prevents potential blur in super-telephoto, macro, and long-exposure shots caused by the action of the reflex mirror flipping up. If you choose this option, you have to press the Shutter button once to flip up the mirror and then press it a second time to make the exposure.

C.Fn III-07: AF point area expansion

1: Expanded

This expands the center spot-meter area to include the six invisible AF points and the center AF point. So, in AI Servo AF mode, you get more accurate focus-tracking of a bird or animal on the fly or on the run.

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Table 5.2 Custom Functions: Landscape/Nature Set (continued)

C.Fn Group/Number

Option

Explanation

C.Fn IV-01: Shutter/ AF-ON button

2: AF/AF Lock, no AE Lock

This option allows you to press the AE Lock button to temporarily stop focus-tracking in AI Servo AF mode to prevent focus-tracking from being thrown off if something passes between the lens and the subject. This is handy if you're tracking focus on one bird in a flock or an animal in a herd where other animals or birds come between the lens and the subject.

C.Fn IV-03: Assign SET button

3: Menu display

This provides quick access to the menu when you want to use AEB to take a series of images that will later be composited in an image-editing program. This option displays the last accessed menu with the last highlighted menu option, making it easy to access the AEB setting on the Shooting (red) menu.

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