5 must-have menu tweaks for Canon users

Canon DSLR menu settings: Live View

For those who have a Canon camera that offers My Menu or Exposure dial custom modes, your homework this month is to set them up in a way that they’re useful to you. If you don’t have these options, go through your menu options and Custom Functions. Here are five we think everyone should set…

How to set your in-camera sharpening

How to set your in-camera sharpening

The easy option for digital sharpening is to ramp up the in-camera sharpening setting. However, some shots need more sharpening than others, and if you apply too much then image quality can fall. Digital sharpening isn’t applied to RAW files, but if you shoot JPEGs, any in-camera sharpening is permanent.

Canon 650D: has Canon revealed its mirrorless technology?

Canon EOS 650D: front view

The Canon EOS 650D/Rebel 4Ti debuts a couple of new technologies for Canon that could be used in a mirrorless compact system camera (CSC).

For a start, the EOS 650D is Canon’s first DSLR to feature full-time autofocusing in Live View and video mode. Both of these modes require the reflex mirror to be lifted out of the way, so the camera in effect emulates a mirrorless model.

How to shoot with the Canon Creative Auto mode

How to use Canon Creative Auto mode

Canon’s Creative Auto mode has been introduced to help beginners achieve good results without having to learn all of their Canon camera’s functions. The Canon Creative Auto mode (CA) is similar to Full Auto mode, but offers some control over image brightness, depth of field, Picture Style setting and Drive mode.

You can select depth of field and image brightness using sliders and the camera automatically sets the exposure settings and ISO.
Guided shooting modes like Canon’s Creative Auto are very user-friendly. Click to find out how it works.

Canon vs Nikon: shooting modes compared and explained

Canon vs Nikon shooting modes compared

You may be a Canon loyalist, or you may shoot strictly with Nikon DSLRs. But be honest: you’ve probably wondered what the other has on offer, haven’t you?

We certainly have, so we decided to start with the top dial. In our latest photography cheat sheet, we looked at the shooting modes on offer from two of the most popular DSLRs on the market: the Nikon D3100 and the Canon EOS 550D.

How to use your Canon Quick Control screen

How to use your Canon DSLR's Quick Control screen

There’s a lot to be said for a simple, uncluttered control system but, for immediate access to wide-ranging shooting parameters there’s never been a substitute for banks of buttons, or at least not until recently. The Quick Control screen on your Canon DSLR isn’t a brand-new development – cameras like the EOS 50D sported this feature – but it comes into its own on new Canon cameras, beginning with not-too-distant offerings like the EOS 550D, delivering a raft of essential adjustments behind the camera’s refreshingly consolidated button layout.

Compared with the older 450D, the new Q (Quick Control) button takes the place of the White Balance button on the back of the camera. Even so, you still get dedicated buttons for accessing white balance as well as ISO, exposure compensation, drive mode, and autofocus options, and for selecting various picture styles like Standard, Portrait and Landscape