Shooting Menu Page 3
On to the third page in the shooting menu. First up is the metering mode and if you recall this was again in the quick menu. Evaluative metering is a good general purpose metering. Some people who want to get very specific might use the spot metering system but most people are gonna keep it on evaluative most of the time. Color space. For JPEG shooters we can shoot in sRGB or Adobe RGB and the Adobe RGB is a larger color gamut and so if you are trying to get as much information as possible you'd wanna get your camera set to Adobe RGB. Now if all you were doing was posting pictures online on your computer, you'd be fine with sRGB. But if you want to start printing your images or working more with your images on editors and so forth on editing software, you're gonna probably wanna be in Adobe RGB. You're gonna wanna be in the largest color gamut possible. Picture styles, once again, there is a button on the back of the camera that has direct access to this. And so you can choose any of y...
our different picture styles in here. You can go in and you can make custom settings on these as well by going into the strength and contrast and saturation of this. So, you can get your JPEGs looking exactly the way that you want them to and I'm gonna do a little demo here on this. I wanna show you how I might adjust my camera a little bit. So let's see, we're on page three of the menu so I'm gonna dive into the menu system here and dive into shooting menu number three. And we are at picture styles and what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna make a black and white custom mode here. So I'm gonna come down and remember to scroll all the way down. So here's monochrome and then I'm gonna hit info detail set. So I'm gonna hit the info button up here and now I'm gonna come down and we can choose the sharpness, the strength, the fineness, the threshold. And so I'm gonna increase the strength of the sharpening by a couple of steps. And I'm gonna come down to the contrast and I'm gonna turn that up a couple of steps. And then as far as filter effect, anyone who played with black and white film and filters, now there's a lot of interesting things that you can do. And let's see, we've got some, I'm trying to figure out what color would work well with our apples and bananas over here. I'm gonna choose the red filter and the toning effect, I'm gonna leave that on none. And so now, if I put this camera in live view, wait, did I get everything set right here in picture styles? I wanted to get monochrome set and I made adjustments but I forgot to press set. Now it's in monochrome. So now when I'm in the black and white mode, let me make sure I got my camera back, I've been playing with a lot in this class. Whoops, I wanted to press the auto focus button here. And so now, you can see that our camera is recording things in black and white and we have a certain contrast level. If I wanted to get in and adjust that and change the contrast levels, I would dive in here, hit the info button, and maybe come down here to the contrast. And let's reduce the contrast massively and see what that looks like now. So now it's a much flatter image. And so if you wanted to shoot black and white or make any other tweaks in here, you can do so very easily in here. I'm gonna leave it on standard. I prefer it on standard rather than auto 'cause auto, it might fluctuate around a little bit. Standard is one nice, even standard in all the same photographs. And so, that's how you would get in and make those sorts of changes in there. White balance, we saw this before and you can go in, set your particular white balance. You can adjust for the white setting in the auto white balance by hitting the info button and the AWBW gives you really white whites, whereas the other one retains some of that warm color. And I kinda like that warm color for a lot of living room type situations. Alright, custom white balance. This is where you would photograph a white object, then you would go to custom white balance and you would select the photo of that white object and then you go to white balance and set it to custom and then it is totally calibrated for that type of light. And so I wanna just show you how to do this because this can be very helpful in any situation where you have unusual lights. And so here in the studio, we have some lights, and I'm not sure the exact color temperature of our light on this and so I'm gonna put this into live view so that you can see what I'm doing on the back of the camera. And let's check where our white balance is right now. Let's go into the Q menu and I wanna take a look, white balance right here. And so it's in auto and so it should be getting fairly clean colors. And so what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna turn off the focusing system and I'm gonna photograph this white sheet of paper right here and just take a photo right there. Now what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna dive into the menu system and I'm gonna go to custom white balance and I can look through different photos and I can look at different photos that I've taken. And what I wanna do is I want to hit the set button to calibrate the light on this white sheet of paper. And so what the camera's doing is it's looking at the light coming off of this paper, it's looking at the color of the paper, and it's trying to determine what color it is. And it's gonna correct for any funky color that it might have and it's gonna save it to the white balance. Okay, so now, when I come up here to white balance and I move it over to the custom setting, the colors in here, for this white piece of paper at least, in this one location, should be very, very accurate. And so if you are getting unusual lighting and you have a white piece of paper, you can fix it to be perfectly correct in whatever situation that you're in. Alright, this is that feature that we saw in the custom white balance that I hoped you would never have to use. And this is where you can tweak the white balance a little bit in one color direction or the other. I have never needed to use this but if you did need to make a small adjustment in color because you weren't getting the right colors, mainly for JPEG shooters, you could use this here. But as I say, I hope you don't need to use it.