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Be Ready with Custom Shooting Modes (Podcast 588)

Today we're going to look at a feature that is on most cameras but often overlooked, and that is the Custom Shooting Modes, which enable you to quickly change many of the settings of your camera with the flick of a switch. In last week's episode, I touched on the...

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  • Joshua Kuhn
    Posted at 04:26h, 08 September Reply

    I love the custom shooting modes. I, like you, always have the C3 settings ready for anything, mainly wildlife situations.

    I set it to:
    manual mode
    aperture 5.6
    shutter 1/500
    auto iso
    exposure comp on the set button

    Then it is just a couple flicks of the dial to raise or lower the shutter speed, or add some exposure comp if shooting in snow or at the sky. I have it set to hold these settings, that way I can always turn to C3 and know exactly where I am at.

    I like having the option to use either AI servo or One Shot AF at anytime. I set the af-on button to AI Servo and set the exposure lock button beside it to One Shot. I find this very handy especially when shooting in very dark environments with a fast lens like the 35mm 1.4. It is very hard to see if the shot is in focus so I like the flash of red on the focus point when you use One Shot that lets me know it found focus.
    I use ita little different for bif, instead of setting the exposure lock to One Shot I set it to AF expansion. This way I can use the single point, but then if a bird takes off, I can quickly use multiple points to track it better.

    Congratulations on twelve years. Thank you for all the help you have provided me along my journey of becoming a photographer.

    I am also a fan of Brooks Jensen’s Lenswork. Listening to people like him and David Duchemin really help to bring me back into focus on the real goal. Making a photograph.

    Keep up the good work, I hope there are many more years to come.


    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 11:47h, 08 September Reply

      Hi Josh,

      This all looks like you’ve got it figured out nicely.

      I also use the Exposure Lock button to toggle between AI Servo and One Shot. That’s a handy customization too.

      For birds in flight, I use all AF points, so never use expansion, but that’s a good tip too.

      Of course, David is always worth listening to as well. I don’t think of him as a podcaster, but I have watched a few of his videos, and I always enjoy our chats. Great inspiration always.

      Thanks for sticking around, and I hope to be conversing like this for another 12 years at least. 🙂


  • Bernard West
    Posted at 05:38h, 13 September Reply

    I have just bought a Canon 5Dsr and spent 4 hours setting all the required options, etc., and have saved then as “custom shooting modes” in the camera.
    There are many ways to delete or change the settings, which would be a long winded nightmare to re-create from scratch. I can’t see any way to save the “c1, C2, C3” settings to a location outside the camera. Is there a way?

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 08:47h, 13 September Reply

      Hi Bernard,

      I’m not aware of a way to save the settings off camera on any Canon camera other than the 1 series bodies. It’s annoying, I know, but Canon doesn’t think it’s important enough for anyone that doesn’t own a 1 series camera. If it’s any consolation though, I’ve never had to wipe or completely reset my settings after owning two 5Ds R bodies for more than three years now.

      Congratulations on your new camera. I hope you find it as wonderful a camera as I do.


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