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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Use Custom Functions To Personalize Your D-SLR

Discover how custom functions can improve the way you produce images

The Personalized D-SLR The ability to customize a professional digital SLR is likely both the best and most underused feature you'll find in today's cameras. With dozens of user-adjustable controls for focus, metering and more, these cameras offer great adaptability. But learning how and when to use these settings, particularly in combination with each other, is often a challenge for photographers who are busy creating images to make a living.

Rather than setting the camera to work like your last SLR, you can take advantage of these controls so that your newest model suits your way of creating images today.

A Personal Way Of Shooting

Whether it's called Custom Function (Canon) or Custom Settings (Nikon), this feature is a collection of built-in settings that can be enabled or disabled, or this feature can assign a different function to certain buttons or dials on the camera body. These customizable settings have often been introduced as a direct result of feedback from the very photographers who depend upon this technology. Despite this fact, the adoption of these features can be slow.

“When a photographer buys a new camera, if they read the manual at all, it's to figure out what the new features are so that they can turn them off,” says Erik Allin, a Canon Senior Professional Market Representative. “They want the camera to act as close as possible to the camera that they used to own. So, they'll take advantage of the fact that their new camera will focus better in low light or that the camera has faster frames per second, but not the smaller, less obvious features.”

And while the latest prominent features can make a huge difference in a photographer's ability to consistently produce quality work, custom functions can directly affect the way a photographer captures those images.

“You can make the camera perform the way you want it to perform, rather than adapting to the way a camera manufacturer thinks a camera ought to be designed,” says Allin.


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