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 42-49


Canon DSLR Tips: Mirror Lock-up

42 Mirror Lock-up

Found in the Custom Functions, the Mirror Lock-up makes long, low-light tripod shots even sharper. It ensures the mirror is raised up well before the exposure starts, thereby minimising even tiny vibrations.

43 Self-timer

Like Mirror Lock-up, this Custom Function is very useful for cutting out camera vibration when taking long exposures with a tripod. 
If you use Self-timer and Mirror Lock-up together, the delay is automatically reduced to two seconds.

44 Slideshows

Did you know your EOS camera will play back all the pictures on your card as an automated slideshow? Find the Auto Play option in your camera’s menu, then press Set. It’s even more fun when you connect the camera to your TV with the lead that came in your EOS box.

45 Auto Lighting Optimiser

A useful exposure adjustment Custom Function found on newer models, this widget will automatically adjust the contrast of the image and rescue shadow detail. 
It’s particularly good at making low-contrast scenes look more punchy. The Auto Lighting Optimiser can also lighten up faces in backlit portraits, and detect when flash-lit people shots are underexposed.

Canon DSLR Tips: Auto Exposure Bracketing

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Canon DSLR Tips: Auto Exposure Bracketing

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Canon DSLR Tips: Auto Exposure Bracketing

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46 Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB)

AEB enables you to shoot a set of three pictures, all at different exposures. You can then pick the best, or combine the best bits on your PC. As you’re shooting RAW, make sure each shot is at least one ‘stop’ apart.

See our step-by-step tutorial on how to use auto-exposure bracketing to conquer high contrast.

47 AEB expertise

You can use AEB in tricky lighting conditions in conjunction with Exposure Compensation. With a snowy scene, for example, set Exposure Compensation to +1, then use AEB to take a trio of shots with +2, +1 and 0 stops of compensation.

Canon DSLR Tips: Highlight Tone Priority

48 Highlight Tone Priority
Another Custom Function found on newer models, this lets you get more tonal range from the brightest areas of your pictures. It gives a small but significant advantage when shooting landscapes with lots of white clouds – or mostly white subjects (click here for more quick, but great, landscape photography tips).

49 Lock down your shots
To safeguard your shots, find the Protect Images option, then scroll through your images and click Set on each shot you want to Lock. This stops them being erased with a Delete All command (but not a Format command, so be careful).


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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.