Combine multiple camera features to make a slideshow that will wow viewers, not put them to sleep.

Most EOS cameras can play a slideshow of images from the memory card. You can also connect your camera to a TV to put those pictures on the large screen to share with family and friends, you just need the right kind of HDMI cable. But rather than share every single photo, why not use the search capability to only show selected images from the card. Here’s how to combine all this for a slideshow that works.

Show only your best shots

You can keep your audiences interest by only sharing the best shots, they don’t need the ones that don’t make the grade. I use the on-camera ratings to assign stars to my favourite shots. If the camera has a rate button it’s easy, if not you’ll need to create a custom button or use the playback menus to add star ratings to your favourite shots.

Use search settings to filter images

Image search is found in the playback menus. It lets you set a single or multiple criteria for the images that will be shown. If you used the ratings described above, but only need to show the images from a specific day, then search can look for starred images on that day. You can also select from specific folders, protected images, or movies on this EOS R6 Mark II.

Once the search is active, you’ll see a yellow / green keyline around images if you press the playback button, and that’s ok, but the slideshow hides that.

Check the image rotation settings

If you are playing the images back on your camera LCD, it’s better to have the image fill the whole LCD and get the person watching to turn the camera round as needed. Choose the second option so that the images are not rotated on the camera screen but fill the LCD if you are simply sharing the camera with a friend.

If you are connecting to a TV, then don’t fill the frame with portrait images as people will strain their necks if all the shots are sideways. Navigate to auto rotate, the default setting is to rotate the images on the camera and on a connected screen such as a TV.

Set up your slideshow

Press the playback button on the camera and then press the INFO button until you have an image with no shooting information displayed. This is important because the slideshow function uses the current INFO display when the slideshow runs.

Navigate to the slideshow menu, and then choose how long each image will be onscreen, and if the slideshow will repeat once the last image has been shown.


This is the last of my 24-days of EOS tips and info posts this year. Tomorrow I’ll start sharing some pictures from favourite shoots through to the 5th of January.

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This year I’m writing a quick tip each day up until the 25th of December, so this is the last of the series and here’s some of the others I have already posted.


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