If you are fortunate enough to find your digital camera has custom function settings, how do you set them up?
I posted recently about easy camera settings to keep in mind so your camera is ready when a picture presents itself. So if you don't have custom functions (Kodak brownies definitely don't have them), then you can use your mind to store the settings.
I use a Canon 6D mark2 which has two custom function settings. Actually, make that 3 because the M-mode remembers it's own settings. With three slots, what are the three most used situations you find yourself in?
Here are my three starting points that can get a shot in a pinch. And it is quick to adjust for specific scenarios from there.
- Outdoors in open shade. 1/125th, f11, ISO 400, sunny white balance. In bright sun I bump the shutter speed to a 500th.
- Indoors. 1/60th, f2, ISO 400, tungsten white balance (you could use f2.8 and ISO 800 instead)
- Flash. shutter at sync speed - 1/180th, f8, ISO 400, flash white balance
If you have other needs, you can tailor your functions for those. Here are some examples:
- Sports in full sun. 1/250th, f8, ISO 400, sunny white balance
- Modern portrait in full sun. 1/1000th, f2.8, ISO 100
- Early morning landscapes. 1/60th, f11, ISO 200
- Film scanning on a light box. 1/30th, f5.6, ISO 800
I'd really like to know how you set your own custom functions - let me know what they are in the comments below!