PER­SON­ALISE BUT­TON LAY­OUT

Tai­lor the func­tion­al­ity of your cam­era con­trols to bet­ter fit your pre­ferred shoot­ing style

Digital Photograper - - Techniques -

en­thu­si­ast-level cam­eras pos­sess far more fea­tures than they do phys­i­cal con­trols, mean­ing that the de­fault func­tions of the body’s but­tons and di­als are es­sen­tially a sug­gested lay­out by the man­u­fac­turer. It is pos­si­ble to re-as­sign th­ese to op­er­ate most-used fea­tures and to re­or­gan­ise han­dling, to be more log­i­cal to the user. This speeds up cam­era work in fast-paced sit­u­a­tions, per­mit­ting fewer missed images and a more en­joy­able shoot. Fol­low th­ese steps to get started.

1 LO­CATE CUS­TOM FUNC­TIONS

On the ma­jor­ity of cam­eras, but­ton func­tion as­sign­ment is done from within the cus­tom Func­tion menu. On this nikon cam­era, there is a sub-menu which pro­vides di­rect ac­cess to con­trol lay­out op­tions.

2 USE FUNC­TION BUT­TONS

Many cam­era mod­els fea­ture ad­di­tional but­tons ded­i­cated to the as­sign­ment of userde­fined func­tions. Se­lect a but­ton in the cam­era menu and choose a func­tion to which you would like one-touch ac­cess.

3 CHOOSE COM­MAND DIAL OP­ER­A­TION

De­cide what you would like the front and back con­trol wheels to op­er­ate. This may be the stan­dard aper­ture or shut­ter speed set­ting, or you may opt to de­ac­ti­vate a dial to avoid ac­ci­den­tal al­ter­ations.

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