49 seriously good Canon DSLR tips, tricks, time savers and shortcuts

49 seriously good Canon DSLR tips, tricks, time savers and shortcuts

Canon DSLR Tips 10-14


Canon DSLR Tips: Adobe RGB

10 Adobe RGB

Buried in your menu is an option called Color Space. This comes preset to sRGB, but you will record a wider range of colours if you set it to the alternative Adobe RGB setting. This gives better printing results (find out the answers to some of the other questions you may have had about how to print photos).

11 Format/erase
Before you go out shooting for the day, delete any pictures on the card you’ve already downloaded to your computer. It’s easier to erase them all in one go, rather than one at a time. Use the Delete All command, or the Format menu option. Delete All simply removes all the pictures (except those locked using the Protect facility). Format has the advantage of deleting all data on the card – including all pictures – whether protected or not.

12 Keep quiet

Sick of the focusing confirmation sound? The Beep option in the Menu is on by default; turn it off to avoid scaring wildlife!

13 Back to default

If you get carried away with these tweaks and want to go back to your SLR’s ‘factory fresh’ settings, use the Clear All Camera Settings option in the menu. The camera will be set back to the way it left the factory. You can then start to customise it all over again!

Canon DSLR Tips: save your shots

14 Make sure you are saving your shots

Set the ‘Shoot W/O Card’ option to Off. The On option is good for demonstrating the EOS in the shop, but is a liability once you’ve bought the camera, because  it allows you to take pictures without a memory card.


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  • Dimitri_K

    A few “tips” are really bad advice. Do NOT change your color space to Adobe RGB (ARGB) unless you are familiar with color management from camera to post-processing to printing, and if you don’t instantly recognize what it means to convert your color space to sRGB in post-processing software for printing at any lab/print service, then you don’t want to use Adobe RGB color space in your camera. If you don’t properly handle ARGB files at every step, your colors will be worse than the default setting of sRGB, which is what 99.9% of the photos you see use. Also, using the Av priority mode with flash is strange; you can easily exceed your maximum flash sync speed. Use shutter priority when using flash to set your shutter speed at an acceptable speed, then modify your ISO if needed to get the aperture or background lighting level where you want it.