Canon 40D: tips for using your digital camera

Canon 40D: tips for using your digital camera

Canon 40D: 5 quick tips for getting more out of your EOS camera

So you think you know how to use your Canon 40D? Like many of us, you may have a DSLR or compact system camera but tend to use only a handful of your its features.

In our ongoing review of some of the more popular current and ‘out of date’ Canon cameras, we want to help you better harness the creative potential of your camera.

Call them camera tips, or call it a user’s guide to your favourite Canon camera. The advice below comes from experts who have used the Canon 40D and know this DSLR inside and out.

If you have your own Canon 40D tips you’d like to share, post them in the comments below. What we want to build is an ever-growing user’s guide for the Canon 40D that comes not from a press release or a lab test, but from the photographers who shoot with this DSLR (read more DSLR tips or read about another Canon DSLR).

We want to inspire you to twist the mode dial and move beyond your favourite settings and functions and get more out of your Canon 40D starting today!

Canon 40D tips: quick control dial

1 Quick Control dial
This is an easy one to miss, but make sure the power switch points to the white line above On and Off in order to activate the Quick Control dial. By turning this wheel, you’ll then be able to make quick adjustments to exposure settings.


Canon 40D tips: highhlight tone priority

2 Highlight tone priority
If you can’t select ISO 100 or 3200, it’s because you have Highlight Tone Priority (HTP) activated (the ‘0’s in the ISO readout will also be displayed as lower case ‘o’s). You can disable HTP in Custom Function II-3.


Canon 40D tips: Auto ISO

3 Auto ISO
Press the ISO button and rotate the control dial to the left to enable this in P, Av, Tv, M and A-DEP modes. The ISO is automatically set from 100 to 800, enabling you to use faster shutter speeds to minimise camera shake as light levels drop.


Canon 40D tips: Live View

4 Live View 

You’ll need to enable Live View shooting (in the second yellow menu) before you can use the SET button to use it. If you don’t, the SET button will perform a different function, as assigned in Custom Function IV-3.


Canon 40D tips: flash compensation

5 Flash compensation 

By pressing the ISO/flash metering button and turning the Quick Control dial, you can set -2 stops to +2 stops of compensation for the 40D’s flash, for more subtle or stronger illumination of a subject.


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