To help you get to the grips with your EOS camera and all the great technology therein, we’ve put together 49 essential Canon DSLR tips and tricks specifically for getting more efficient use from your Canon EOS camera.
From basic stuff, like how to shoot in raw format, through to advanced shortcuts aimed at pros, you’ll find everything you need to take better shots faster, which was the whole point of buying a Canon DSLR in the first place…
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Cradle your Canon camera in your hand, and you have at your fingertips an incredibly sophisticated tool.
Whatever EOS camera model you own, your DSLR is a finely tuned instrument, which combines both precision-engineered mechanical controls and computer-guided high-tech electronics – all designed to help you get great pictures whatever the situation.
Many Canon owners never do much more than scratch the surface of their camera’s capabilities. However, like an iceberg, seven-eighths of the DSLR’s features remain unseen and unused!
Some of this is down to the user’s inexperience or unfamiliarity with the camera, but a lot of it also boils down to how the camera’s been designed.
Canon has squeezed in so many features, it’s not always obvious how to access them (and the manual isn’t always much clearer). Some new Canon DSLRs, like the Canon EOS 70D, even boast Wi-Fi integration, allowing you to upload images directly to social media or cloud storage platforms like Canon’s irista. Here’s what you need to know about using your Canon DSLR.
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1 Select the raw image setting
Your EOS camera gives a wide range of image quality options, but to get the best results you should always go for uncompressed ‘raw’ files. Raw images reveal the best range of tones – and give greater flexibility when editing with software (find out how far you can push raw files). It’s almost always worth the extra space raw files take up on your card.
2 Go large
Although you should use raw most of the time, there are occasions when it can pay to compromise with the JPEG options in the Quality menu. Choose the ‘Large’ high-quality JPEG option when shooting a series of continuous shots and your camera will keep firing for longer (check out these other good reasons for shooting JPEGs).
3 Firmware updates
Canon continues to improve the reliability and performance of its cameras, even after they have left the factory. That’s why you should regularly check the latest ‘firmware’ available for your EOS camera. See which version you’re using in your camera’s menu (check out these 5 crucial menu tweaks for Canon users).
You can then check out the latest version released for your Canon DSLR. Download the latest version from this website along with the full installation instructions (the firmware loads onto your camera via a memory card).
4 Go Large to save memory card space
The high-quality Large JPEG setting is also a handy option if you’re running out of space on your memory card because you forgot to carry a spare.
5 Make the most of Live View
Live View, where you see what the camera ‘sees’ on the rear LCD screen, is found on all recent Canon EOS models (from the 40D onwards), but is switched off by default. You can enable it in the Live View Function Settings (find out what is Live View telling you).
The feature is useful for a wide range of subjects and lets you use the LCD to frame shots – it’s particularly useful when using your Canon on a tripod (learn how to use a tripod the right way). You can then turn it on and off using the Set button.
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