Make sure your camera focuses on the correct subject

Subject detection is a powerful setting when it comes to getting the results you want, with the correct subject in focus. EOS R5/R6 introduced the ability to select a specific type of subject for autofocus to prioritise, with people, animals and none. Later a firmware update added vehicle subjects too. EOS R6 Mark II and …

Learn about your camera histogram

Photographers are often advised to check your histogram, but what does a histogram show and when might it be less helpful. What does the histogram show? The histogram is a graph that shows the amount of the image that is composed of the tones from dark to light. Histograms show the dark on the left …

Make exposure lock stay locked for longer

Whenever you use some form of automatic exposure, there’s the possibility to lock the exposure, but after a few seconds that locked exposure is gone, until you use AE-Lock with hold. Auto exposure lock / AE-lock It doesn’t matter if you’re a new photographer or a seasoned professional, if your camera is set to anything …

Autofocus tips you won’t find in the camera manual

Some photographers just seem to get lucky with a camera that always nails focus instantly. What do they know and do that makes their camera autofocus better than yours? My observations of many photographers on workshops and 1-2-1 sessions is that they don’t do all they can to help their camera focus quickly and accurately …

Tips for reviewing your images on camera

Reviewing pictures on camera is just press the playback button isn’t it? Yes it is, but there are additional settings that help you check focus, exposure and move through large numbers of images. I almost hesitated to share this set of tips, thinking they would be so obvious but every time I get to watch …

Make it simpler to choose the correct AF area

With up to eight AF area choices to cover a range of photographic situations it’s slow to switch between the ones you use. Use the limit AF areas setting to speed up switching between the AF areas you work with. Limit AF areas Most photographers I know use just a small subset of the AF …

Safety shift explained

Safety shift is a custom setting designed to avoid over or underexposed images when using shutter or aperture priority modes with a manually set ISO. When active it can override the selected shutter speed in Tv mode, aperture value in Av modes or ISO in Tv, Av and P modes. Shutter priority and safety shift …