Set Up Menu Page 2-3
All right, second page in the setup menu. How quickly do you want the camera to power down? Some people need a little bit more time to work with the features on their camera. Some people want to save battery power. Set according to your needs, one minute is pretty normal. The LCD brightness is often how we judge the exposure levels on some types of photographs, so it's usually best to leave it in the middle. If you are under really bright light conditions, you may need to bump this up so you can see the screen of your camera a little bit more easily. If you are working at night and you don't want that bright light around you, you might want to power it down, but normally you would leave it in the middle. The LCD will automatically turn off when you put your eye up to the view finder, because the sensor senses that your eye's right next to it, and it's nice having that automatically turn off so that you don't have this bright light really close to where your eye is. But if you want to d...
isable it because your hand is interfering with it, then you might want to disable it, perhaps if it's on a tripod. You can, of course, go in and change the date and time and zone. So set appropriate according to your location. Lots of different languages, depending on which language you would prefer. The viewfinder display, we've mentioned this before when we talked about the viewfinder. You can customize what you get to see in the viewfinder, so there's the electronic level, there's the grid display, and then the flicker warning that you can have on or off in there. So it depends on how much you like in the viewfinder. My default thinking for most people is leave everything turned off so that you have a nice clear image of what you're focusing on and you're composing in the frame, and only turn something on if you're truly needing it and using it. On to page three, you could hook up this GP-E2, which sells for around $250, to add GPS location to where you're shooting, and this would go into the metadata of the photos, and in some programmers like Lightroom, you could see, actually, little bubble windows of where you shot all your photos. Click on those bubble windows and you would see a map of the world and where you were when you took those particular photos. The video system, depending on what part of the world, you will use either NTSC or the PAL system here in North America. We use the NTSC system over in Europe and a lot of the rest of the, Africa and Asia, they're using the PAL system, and that's going to determine the video system that's going to work with the TVs that are common in those regions. As I mentioned before, the camera has a touch screen on it. If you don't like the touch screen and you don't want to use it, you can disable it. You can also set it to sensitive so that it picks up finger touches a little bit more easily. Most people are probably going to just want to leave it on standard for normal use. The beep will let you know that the camera has achieved auto focus, and it's a great way of confirming that your camera has auto focus but it's also slightly irritating to your subjects and other people around you. If you want to be a little bit more discreet I recommend turning that off. There is a visual display in the camera, if you remember that green dot on the right hand side. That'll light up when you are in focus, as a extra level of confirmation that you are in focus. The battery level will give us a simplistic system of how good our battery is. I'll give you a little note, though, that the higher end Canon cameras give you a bit more information, so that's why I say it's a bit simplistic. But it's better than nothing. INFO button display options. If you remember the INFO button on the back of the camera has a lot of different options of things that you can turn on and off. The quick control screen, I think, is very valuable. The electronic level can be valuable. I tend to want to leave these turned on, because they're not on all the time. They're only on when I rotate through the cycle of your options by pressing the INFO button. So these, I recommend, leaving both checked on.