Work faster with user presets
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.