Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Shooting in special scene modes, part of Up and Running with the Canon 6D.
- If you'd like to strike the balance between auto and more advanced modes your camera offers seven different special scene modes. Each mode influences the camera's decision-making process. Making it more optimized for certain shooting situations. Make sure the mode dial is set to scene mode. Then press the quick control button to access the quick control screen. Use the up and down arrows to select the shooting mode section. To choose another scene mode just rotate the main or quick control dial. Scene modes don't really unlock any special features.
Rather they're more like recipes. They make it easier by choosing the right menu options, shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and flash performance. Keep in mind that most scene modes will force you to shoot .jpeg files. These are heavily compressed images that permanently apply settings to the files. You won't be able to use RAW for capturing the scene, which can be pretty limiting. Remember RAW files contain a lot more information that's useful when editing with software. I recommend you use the scene modes as you're building confidence with the camera.
Or if you find yourself needing to quickly snap pictures and don't really have time to dial in the right settings. For example let's choose the portrait scene mode. The camera is gonna enhance the color for skintones. It'll also tend to use a wider aperture for shallower depth of field. This'll help blur out the background and really bring attention to the subject. If we switch the camera into landscape mode, the camera will favor settings optimized for these types of shots. The camera will use smaller apertures for deeper depth of field.
Options like the flash and auto-focus light are also disabled as they're not needed. The seven different modes are fairly self-explanatory as they're named for the situation in which you'll be shooting. For example be sure to use one of the night modes when shooting at night to get the right balance of settings for lower light shooting. Remember when it comes to scene modes what you see is what you get. Now you can always adjust settings like aperture, and ISO on your own to really get the same results with more control but scene modes can still be quite useful.
Until you really feel that you've gotten to the point of understanding all of your camera controls, you might find yourself using scene modes as a reliability thing. In other words you could turn to scene modes when you're just not feeling quite confident that you're gonna get the shot.
- Taking shots in Auto mode
- Using special scene modes
- Changing image format and size
- Changing ISO
- Adjusting exposure compensation in Program Exposure mode
- Focusing manually or with autofocus
- Changing the shutter release mode
- Adjusting exposure in the 6D
- Shooting video