Work faster with user pre­sets

Practical Photography (UK) - - Hidden Camera Features -

IF YOU FRE­QUENTLY USE a very spe­cific cam­era setup, user pre­sets can be a great time-saver. The idea is that you can save a num­ber of dif­fer­ent set­tings (such as shoot­ing mode, ISO, aper­ture, shut­ter speed, white bal­ance and AF mode), then re­call them in­stantly with a sin­gle click. This is ideal if you do a lot of in-stu­dio por­trait or fash­ion pho­tog­ra­phy, where your key set­tings are al­most iden­ti­cal ev­ery time. Al­ter­na­tively, you might be an avid gar­den bird pho­tog­ra­pher, so your pre­set will al­low you to call up your favourite aut­o­fo­cus set­tings, aper­ture value and ISO speed very quickly. Or you may be a stills pho­tog­ra­pher who also some­times shoots video, and opt to use a pre­set to save your key movie set­tings. The ma­jor­ity of cam­era man­u­fac­tur­ers of­fer user pre­sets in some form or an­other, though they’re usu­ally not in­cluded on en­try-level mod­els. You can quickly tell if your cam­era has them by look­ing at the Mode dial. They’re usu­ally listed as C1, C2, or U1, U2, de­pend­ing on what the man­u­fac­turer calls the fea­ture. On Canons they’re called Cus­tom Shoot­ing Modes, on Nikons, User Set­tings Modes, and on Pana­son­ics, Cus­tom Modes. On al­most all sys­tems, you cre­ate your new pre­sets from within the cam­era’s menu sys­tem (see man­ual for specifics), and re­call them sim­ply by turn­ing the mode dial to the pre­set of your choice. From here you’re free to tweak set­tings as nor­mal, al­though bear in mind that if the cam­era should be turned off or goes to sleep, the orig­i­nal user pre­set set­tings will be reap­plied. When you’ve fin­ished shoot­ing and leave the pre­set, your set­tings will re­vert back to the ones you were us­ing in the pre­vi­ous mode.

Above & left User pre­sets are pop­u­lar with wildlife and stu­dio pho­tog­ra­phers.

Right Pre­sets are cre­ated in the cam­era’s menu sys­tem.

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