Very soon I’ll be launching asuper news! And on account of this news, I’ve been spending a lot of time in recent months between cameras and lenses of various brands and models. I had the opportunity to test a lot between models of different levels and figure out some details that can sometimes remain unnoticed when you’re starting at photography, and today I want to share with you one of these details!And if you’re a Nikon user also has its facilities and pretty soon, I’m going to do an article for you too!
Well, the cameras have been increasingly complex, by more than the manufacturers want to facilitate the way of photographing, increasingly appear buttons.
And more sub menus for other buttons.
We often have difficulty remembering what they all do and even where to start? Well, the Canon provided a secret button for you to use which gives you access to all the most important functions of your complex camera. Perfect, where is this button? It’s right behind your camera marked eat letter Q is not really a secret, he is only slightly used.
The Q Button
Quick access panel the Q button
What does the Q? Quick (fast), also known as “Quick Control Button” or in Portuguese, “Fast” Control button. Yes, the camera I’m using to make this article is in English, and true that I just realized that when I was with the images all ready, but don’t worry because the functions are the same and as I will speak to ALL, you will have no problem to understand, ok?
The Q button makes the quick browsing. Use the Q button gives you access to all the main functions that you need to make a picture. Let’s see the functions so that you realize how easy it is to use your camera.Take your Canon and we will test it.
How to use the Q button
So get to work! Press the Q button while watching the LCD screen behind your camera. As you can see, it highlights one of your current settings. Depending on the model of your Canon, this emphasis can light the selection the current with a blue/green color or can highlight with an orange box.
Next, you can stroll by your settings using the directional buttons located near your SET button. In these examples I accessed the speed by pressing the right arrow:
Exposure compensation with the down arrow:
And with two more moves, right and top, back to the first line to access the ISO settings.
The Canon also makes things easier by providing a description of each option at the bottom of the LCD screen while you move in the settings. At the beginning, it will be more beneficial to use the second option, so that you become familiar with the settings that are available, and what the symbols mean. Once you understand this, use the option to move the settings will be easier.
Anyway, simply choose the setting you want to change and then you will have some options.
The first, and easiest, is to roll your button settings when it is highlighted. This will display your options for this setting in particular.To your second choice is to press the SET button when a setting is selected.
This will take you to a more detailed screen, showing all your options for this setting.
Then just turn the dial to cycle through the values and then press the SET button to select the value chosen:
And this is the result:
For a beginner, can be very useful to use the LCD screen and the Q button to view all about exposure and settings right on your front.When you press the shutter button halfway, the reading of the current exhibition will be shown in the photometer of your Panel. This makes it easier for you to adjust your settings while watching how each element of exposure (aperture, and ISO speed) are affecting the photometer. But stay tuned, the Canon 60 d is a semipro camera at http://www.a2zcamerablog.com/2016/11/04/compact-vs-digital-slr-cameras/, so has the top panel for reading the photometer and various other settings which are also accessed by the button Q. Professional cameras also feature this pane, but the input cameras as 3ti, 5ti, for example, will need to look through the viewfinder optical photometer (Viewfinder).
Now let’s see one by one, the settings can be adjusted in seconds via the Q button.
Q Button settings
The first setting in the spotlight is the shooting mode or scene modes, noting that in this case, he is not selected for this Panel, he’s just showing what shooting mode is configured in your scene modes selector that is this one:
And in the case of the 60 d are the following options starting with “C” that is custom settings, B (“Bulb”), M (manual exposure), Av (Aperture Priority AE), Tv (shutter priority AE), P (program AE – automatic exposure), Auto, Flash Off, C (Creative Auto), portrait, landscape, sport, night portrait and movie recording. You can take advantage of my article “scene modes, use your favor!” to learn a little more about these scene modes
The second and the first setting you can adjust via the Q button is the shutter speed, and shows how many fractions of seconds your shutter opens and closes to the edge of the light, in this case is 1 second divided by 400. Fast not?
The next is the all-important opening and depending on the Panel that you are looking at, or even the model or brand of your camera, it can be represented as below (F 5.6), or f/5.6 or simply 5.6.
The opening of the diaphragm (which is the physical aperture of your lens), is responsible for the amount of light that enters your sensor, and the lower this number as f/3.5, for example, which is a very common opening in the lenses of the kits currently sold here in Brazil, the more light you have in your picture, hence, the higher this number, such as f/22 , less light you have.
We continued and reached the ISO! As you may remember, he is responsible for the sensitivity of our sensor in relation to the light. The higher the ISO, the more sensitive the sensor stays and more light you’ll have in your photo, the lower the number, the less sensitive and less difference in this light you have in your picture.
With these three parameters we close the main, universal and most important parameters of the photo, and you can study with my ebook on photometry .
Our next setting is exposure compensation.
The Q button is mainly useful when you’re doing HDR photo exhibition bracketing. Press and select the exposure compensation/AEB setting. Now, turn the knob to the right and note the light meter switch to three lines instead of the typical single line.Let the lines spaced the way you want your bracket is (for example, -1, 0, +1-2, or 0, +2).
Finally, use the directional button to select clock Mode setting, and once again, turn to the right until you find the automatic timer 10 or 2 seconds.
Now, as soon as you press the shutter button completely, your camera will wait two seconds and then will use the three exhibitions that you have configured. It’s as simple as that. Then just put them together and edit or in Photoshop or some other program that works with HDR like Photomatix and it will be possible for a result as below:
Now we have the option of choosing the style of image as Standard, portrait, landscape, neutral, Faithful and monochrome. Are preconfigured camera styles, but it is possible to make adjustments (via the main menu), increasing or decreasing the sharpness, contrast, saturation, hue, color filter Effect (monochrome) and Tom Effect (monochrome). So you can create a custom style where his landscapes are more saturated, that is, with more vibrant colors
Our next setting is the white balance:
As the light and the situation of your photography change, your white balance setting needs to be adjusted. You don’t usually find a special button for this important configuration. Once again, the Q button facilitates your life. As you pass through options, you will see some simple images for each white balance setting. A Sun for sunny, a cloud for cloudy, lightning to flash, etc. Sometimes, it’s easier to see what are their options looking at an image. If you disagree, the Canon still gives you the description of the white balance settings.
You can study more through this article: “white balance, what it is and how to use”.
The following comes the AF mode selection or focusing Modes:
This is certainly one of the most difficult to find in most cameras. And once again, was facilitated by Canon. Press the Q button and then use the directional buttons to navigate to the focusing point selection.Turn this button and note the points rotate around each focal point to your will.
If you merge pictures of objects in action and stopped frequently? If you do this, you can enter the menu to find your options, turn your button and you can choose ONE SHOT, AI SERVO or AI FOCUS.
In this article “How to avoid blurry pictures Using the auto-focus mode Correct”, you will be able to study more about these modes.
Beside the Way AF, we have Point AF (also known as AF area mode):
This is one of the most important selections, with it you can choose what you want in focus. Our camera focuses through contrasts of the image, so we could not focus automatically a all-white wall, for example, because she can’t find any contrast to make the focus. The problem is that often we want the focus is elsewhere, as in the case of creative blur (photos with blurry background) and let the automatic selection, AF Point will not work, in this case the central mode or single can be much more useful.
Here you can find more details about the AF Area mode: “What’s the secret to blur the background of a photo?”
The next option is The Measurement modes:
In short, it is an adjustment made by the photometer for measuring the amount of light that enters the camera. From this measure, it automatically adjusts the shutter speed, the aperture diaphragm and ISO.
The difference is that the camera doesn’t measure only the light at one point, she will measure at various points, several areas of the image. In General, the measurement is carried out in the matrix mode, sharing a large area in several small areas and thus setting the exposure of light based on some information obtained by means of this measurement. If you want to understand more, I’ll show you another article where you can understand how they work: “Metering modes”.
We’re almost at the end! Now we will go to the right: image quality:
In this selection you have the option to set the quality of your image, and this varies slightly according to each model, in this case select JPEG images L, but the ladder icon shows that it is not the highest quality. Look in your manual the options available, are usually of 3 to 5 sizes of JPEG, Raw format 3 and 3 more combinations of RAW + JPEG.
I like the idea of beginners and amateurs photographers photographing in Raw, if you want to find out why, read the article “Raw, this is for me?”.
Now we’re setting “Auto Light”:
If the image come out dark or with little contrast, brightness and contrast are adjusted automatically. The default is [Standard]. In the case of JPEG images, the correction is done when it captures the image, can be useful, but I advise you to do some tests to get used to the result, still prefer correct light photometry (x and ISO Speed), but it is important to understand and test facilities that manufacturers give us, isn’t it?
And we got our penultimate configuration: Customization of controls.
The name is self-explanatory, right? And I advise you to actually take a look at the many possibilities, you can find some interesting configuration to use with your Q button!
And finally the last setting: electronic level.
Some Canon models are equipped with an internal level that is accessible through the menu, q. This is very useful when you’re shooting landscapes on a tripod. When you are in the menu, select the electronic level. Press the SET button and a level that it seems to belong to the cockpit of a plane appears on the screen. Balance your camera from one side to the other and watch as the level changes.When your camera is horizontally, the line will be green. This can definitely save time and headache in post processing, when you try to leave your horizontal lines straight. This removes the guessing process work.
As you can see, the Q button is the most powerful and useful button of your camera. You no longer need to navigate through those complex menus. So you use the secret button, you’ll begin to wonder why the other buttons there are, with the exception of the shutter button, of course
Go ahead and feel free to start spreading the secret. Have fun!!!
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