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Custom modes and A-DEP

From: Foundations of Photography: Exposure

Video: Custom modes and A-DEP

The great thing about there being so many different ways to control exposure on your camera is that you probably have options that are perfectly suited to specific shooting situations. The drag of having all of these controls is that it can be difficult to quickly make a bunch of parameter changes when you are working in the field. But your camera might offer custom modes. These are modes that can be configured anyway you want. For example, many Cannon and Nikon SLRs offer custom modes right on their standard mode control. When I switch to one of these custom modes, then the camera is immediately configured with whatever settings I have programmed into that mode.

Custom modes and A-DEP

The great thing about there being so many different ways to control exposure on your camera is that you probably have options that are perfectly suited to specific shooting situations. The drag of having all of these controls is that it can be difficult to quickly make a bunch of parameter changes when you are working in the field. But your camera might offer custom modes. These are modes that can be configured anyway you want. For example, many Cannon and Nikon SLRs offer custom modes right on their standard mode control. When I switch to one of these custom modes, then the camera is immediately configured with whatever settings I have programmed into that mode.

For example, say that you regularly shoot at swim meet. Each time you go, you configure for tungsten white balance, you set to aperture priority and you change to f/2.8 because you like shallow depth of field, and you turn on burst mode, so that you can shoot rapid burst of shots. You can program all of those into a custom mode, so that when you switch to that mode, all of those parameters are automatically configured. If you are shooting with a Cannon SLR, you might also have an A-DEP mode. This will appear on your mode dial. A-DEP is an automatic depth of field mode.

Its intention is to give you the deepest possible depth of field for your scene. So in A-DEP mode, you point your camera, you press the shutter button halfway to auto focus, and the camera will do a bunch of calculations. It will measure focus in a couple of different places and try to choose an aperture that will yield the deepest possible depth of field. Honestly, I have never found A-DEP mode to work that well, but you might want to play with it and see if it works for you. If your camera offers custom modes, it's worth digging into your manual to find out how to use them. They can be a great time saver.

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Foundations of Photography: Exposure

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  1. 8m 44s
    1. Welcome
      1m 56s
    2. What is exposure?
      4m 8s
    3. A word about camera brands
      2m 40s
  2. 9m 32s
    1. What is a camera?
      2m 53s
    2. The shutter
      3m 53s
    3. The aperture
      1m 33s
    4. Exposure defined
      1m 13s
  3. 13m 50s
    1. Modes
      2m 7s
    2. Pressing the shutter button
      2m 54s
    3. Autofocus
      5m 22s
    4. Light metering
      2m 3s
    5. White balance
      1m 24s
  4. 29m 26s
    1. Shooting sharp images
      1m 58s
    2. Noting shutter speed
      4m 3s
    3. Taking control of shutter speed
      1m 30s
    4. Stop defined
      2m 50s
    5. Shutter priority mode
      4m 34s
    6. Exercise: Shutter speed
      40s
    7. Reciprocity
      3m 13s
    8. Controlling motion
      7m 8s
    9. Shutter speed increments
      2m 21s
    10. Exercise: Go work with shutter speed
      1m 9s
  5. 26m 3s
    1. Depth of field
      1m 53s
    2. How aperture is measured
      2m 42s
    3. Aperture priority mode
      4m 57s
    4. Lens speed
      53s
    5. Shooting deep depth of field
      3m 53s
    6. Shooting shallow depth of field
      2m 50s
    7. The depth-of-field preview button
      4m 24s
    8. How shallow should you be?
      2m 47s
    9. Exercise: Go work with aperture
      1m 44s
  6. 16m 26s
    1. ISO: The third exposure parameter
      6m 27s
    2. Assessing your camera's high ISO
      5m 32s
    3. Shooting in low light
      3m 32s
    4. Exercise: Shooting in low light
      55s
  7. 14m 30s
    1. White balance controls
      5m 37s
    2. Adjusting white balance manually
      4m 25s
    3. Shooting raw
      4m 28s
  8. 6m 3s
    1. How light meters work
      1m 47s
    2. Why are there different modes?
      4m 16s
  9. 33m 59s
    1. Exposure compensation
      4m 0s
    2. Intentional overexposure
      2m 40s
    3. Intentional underexposure
      1m 42s
    4. Controlling tone
      2m 31s
    5. The histogram
      10m 4s
    6. Real-world histograms
      5m 49s
    7. Tone and color
      2m 16s
    8. Auto exposure bracketing
      3m 58s
    9. Exercise: Go work with exposure compensation
      59s
  10. 12m 56s
    1. Dynamic range
      2m 24s
    2. Exposing for highlights
      4m 15s
    3. Fill flash
      3m 11s
    4. Three solutions to the same problem
      3m 6s
  11. 12m 26s
    1. Manual mode
      2m 6s
    2. Manual mode and light meters
      4m 52s
    3. Manual exposure exercise
      5m 28s
  12. 12m 1s
    1. Custom modes and A-DEP
      1m 39s
    2. Program shift
      3m 52s
    3. Exposure compensation with program shift
      1m 58s
    4. An exercise in reciprocity
      53s
    5. Scene modes and in-camera processing
      3m 39s
  13. 8m 16s
    1. Shooting with post production in mind
      3m 46s
    2. Exposure strategy
      3m 51s
    3. Goodbye
      39s

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