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Top 5 Settings to Change on the Canon 80D

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The Canon 80D is a fantastic camera, but it does not come set up optimized to produce the best photo, so I make some changes to the camera settings. Here are my top 5 settings to change in the Canon 80D. Whenever you get a new camera, or there is a time change, or you are in a different time zone, make sure you set the time and date. This might not seem like a big deal, but it will save you a lot of time and frustration later. Image sharing websites and photo software use the time stamps to organize your photos. If these settings are wrong, you will have a head ache trying to organize the mess it creates. Image Quality Set the Image quality to save both Raw and JPEG if you are editing your photos later while also needing to quickly share your photos during the shoot. However, there are situations where it makes sense to only save the RAW image. Because writing the second file to the SD Card takes extra buffer time and space, there might be occasions where you need to take photos more rapidly. Saving only the RAW image might give you an extra boost in the time between writing your current photo and the camera’s readiness to take the next. Go to the Photo Shooting Menu, scroll to Image quality and select Raw + JPEG or simply RAW depending on your situation. Medium RAW is okay and is the minimum RAW setting I would ever suggest. If your SD …

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Canon 80D Top Five Settings to Change

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I’m a long time Canon shooter. Even though I recently switched to Sony, I love what Canon has continued to do with the crop sensor cameras. The Canon 20D was my first DSLR camera and I have owned every version of this line since then. The Canon 80D is a fantastic camera, but it does not come set up optimized to produce the best photos, so I make some changes to the camera settings. Here are my top 5 settings to change in the Canon 80D. Canon EOS 80D Kit with EF-S 18-135mm: http://amzn.to/2hT01UE Learn how to Ditch Auto and take better photos with our free Ditch Auto course: https://www.udemy.com/ditch-auto-start-shooting-in-manual/ Video Transcript Welcome to Ditch Auto. My name’s Jerad, and today we’re going to talk about the top five things you should change on your Canon 80D, so let’s get started. Before we get started, actually, let’s talk about setting the date and time on your camera. If you didn’t do that when you first got it, set the date and time on your camera because photos these days are being posted to everything, and it uses the time and date to order and sort them. You want to make sure that your images have the correct date and time. You can change that in Adobe Lightroom or something like that, but it’s just so much easier to have it done in the camera just by setting the date and time. When daylight savings comes around, set the time. When you change timezones to go to …

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Canon Rebel T6i Guides

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Ditch Auto is dedicated to helping you grow as a photographer and learn the skills and techniques involved in creating great photography. In pursuit of this mission, we will be creating guides for some of the most popular cameras used by aspiring photographers. We started with the Canon Rebel T6i, the latest entry into the prosumer-grade DSLR family. The T6i includes a slew of great features to help enhance your photography—as long as you know how to use them. Below you will find links to our guides for the T6i that walk through the most important aspects and features of the camera, and how to use them. How to Change Focus Modes Metering Modes Shooting Modes Drive Modes ISO Speed Settings How to Set White Balance How to Set Custom White Balance White Balance Shift & Bracketing How to Use Movie Mode How to Use Picture Styles How to Disable Camera Beep Must-Have Lenses How to Use Dust Delete Data How to Enable Grid Display Image Adjustments LCD Display Settings How to Use Wi-Fi & NFC How to Update Firmware How to Use “My Menu” Feature How to Use Quick Control How to Use Mirror Lockup Custom Functions & Advanced Settings

Shooting Modes on Canon Rebel T6i

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You will have probably noticed the large dial with a myriad of symbols on the top right corner of the Canon Rebel T6i. This is your shooting mode selector dial, and switching between the different modes causes your camera to behave differently based on the mode selected. Let’s go over all the shooting modes of your Canon T6i and what each of them helps you accomplish: The Mode Dial has ten different shooting mode selections, and can be largely separated into two categories: the Basic Zone, and the Creative Zone. The two zones determine a number of settings that are either set automatically or manually. Basic Zone shooting modes enable the user to simply point and shoot, without having to adjust most settings manually in order to get a well exposed and in-focus photo. Creative Zone shooting modes put more control in the hands of the user who would prefer to adjust more parameters by hand. The Basic Zone modes are: Scene Intelligent Auto (Green A in box). This mode is the most basic mode where the camera does almost everything automatically. All you have to do is point and shoot. The camera will focus on the subject when the shutter is half pressed, and will automatically adjust ISO, shutter speed, aperture, and flash for the best exposure. Disabled flash (Box with line through lightning symbol) (Intelligent Auto with disabled flash) is exactly the same as Scene Intelligent Auto without flash, for situations where bright flashes are discouraged or not allowed. Creative Auto (letters CA inside …

Custom Functions & Advanced Settings on Canon Rebel T6i

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To get the absolute most out of your camera and to customize its operations to your exacting preferences, the Canon Rebel T6i includes thirteen advanced features for fine-grain control and customization. Check out our guide to the Canon T6i’s Custom Functions: To access the custom functions, open the camera’s Settings menu, navigate to the second-to-last tab (the last tab with a wrench icon), then open the Custom Functions (C.Fn) menu. Scroll to the left and right to view each function. Exposure level increments This function can be adjusted to ⅓-stop or ½-stop, and changes how much each click of the main dial adjusts the exposure compensation increment. Selecting the ⅓-stop option allows finer control over exposure control, whereas the ½-stop option makes larger adjustments faster. ISO expansion Setting this function on will increase the highest selectable ISO for still photos up to ISO 25600 and movies up to 12800. This option is disabled when #3: Highlight Tone Priority is enabled. Highlight tone priority Enabling Highlight Tone Priority will improve the detail in highlight areas of photos. However, this often introduces more noise overall in your images. AF-assist beam firing Adjusts the quick initial burst of the flash unit that aids in obtaining focus while using flash. There are four options: Enable will use the AF-assist beam whenever necessary, Disable will turn the beam off entirely, External flash only will only use the beam when using an external flash unit, and IR AF assist beam only will use only the infrared AF-assist beam equipped on Canon Speedlite external flash …

How to Use Mirror Lockup on Canon Rebel T6i

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If you have been taking photos for any length of time, you know that to achieve the most tack sharp photos possible in any situation, the camera needs to move a little as possible, and zero movement if at all possible. This is especially true if you are taking long exposure shots and when the lens is wide open. The most obvious and prevalent method for keeping a camera still is to use a tripod, and this helps tremendously. The next step for even less movement is to use a self timer or remote shutter to get your hands off the camera when the shot is taken. But can we go even farther? The way a DSLR works is that a mirror sits between the sensor and the lens to reflect the view to the viewfinder. The mirror then swings out of the way when a shot is taken to expose the sensor. The swinging motion of the mirror, though small, causes a bit of vibration in the camera. The Canon Rebel T6i includes a feature called Mirror Lockup that will let you move the mirror away before taking the photo, thus eliminating vibration from the mirror’s movement. In conjunction with other stabilization methods such as a tripod and remote shutter or self timer, this is the best way to get the stillest photograph possible. Here’s how to use Mirror Lockup: Enable Mirror lockup by opening the settings menu, navigating to the second-to-last tab and opening the Custom Functions menu, then scroll to page nine. Select …

How to Use Quick Control on Canon Rebel T6i

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Did you know the Canon Rebel T6i’s LCD monitor is also a touchscreen? Yeah? Did you also know that, combined with Quick Settings, using the touch screen is one of the fastest ways to view and adjust almost all of your camera’s settings in one convenient location? Check out how to use Quick Control on your Canon T6i: Quick Control is accessed by pressing the Quick Control button (the letter Q inside an outline) towards the top right corner of the LCD monitor on the back of the camera. Pressing this button brings you into the Quick Control menu where you can adjust a myriad of camera settings. The settings shown in the Quick Control menu depends on the shooting mode you’re currently in. Creative Zone modes allow more adjustments than Basic Zone modes. Any setting with a gray outline can be tapped on to get a description of the setting. Tapping again will bring you the adjustment for that setting. Press the return arrow on-screen or the MENU button to return to the main Quick Settings page. In Creative Zone shooting modes, the top row will be dominated by “the big three”; shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. Below that, settings are organized roughly in order of most used at the top to least used at the bottom.

How to Use “My Menu” Feature on Canon Rebel T6i

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You may have noticed the mysteriously empty last tab in the settings menu of the Canon Rebel T6i with just a single entry. This is a customizable settings menu where you can easily add six settings you use most so you can quickly come back to them without having to navigate through the extensive settings menu constantly. Here’s how to set up My Menu on Canon T6i: Select My Menu Settings in the last tab (with a star icon) of the settings menu. Select Register to My Menu. Add the first setting you wish to have quick access to. Continue adding up to six settings to add to My Menu. Press the MENU button to return to the My Menu Settings page. Open the Sort menu to customize the order that settings are shown in My Menu. Tap any setting, then press the up or down buttons to specify its location, then press OK to confirm. Delete item/items lets you remove settings from My Menu, or click Delete all items to start fresh. Enabling Display from My Menu will automatically show My Menu whenever opening the Settings menu. Press the Menu button to return to My Menu. Now you have quick and easy access to the settings you use most using My Menu.

How to Update Firmware on Canon Rebel T6i

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Complex digital devices sometimes mean there are some bugs and inconsistencies in the software used in that device. Luckily for us, software is simply digital bits, and can be updated to provide bug fixes and even added features. Here’s how to update the firmware on your Canon Rebel T6i: Check the current firmware version of your camera by navigating to the Fourth Set-up tab in the Settings menu, and either write down or remember the version number . You can find the latest firmware on Canon’s Support & Drivers page and searching for the T6i (direct link here). Once there, find and open the Firmware dropdown menu. Find the latest firmware version and click directly on the package’s name to download. Do not open the downloaded file yet. Often the latest firmware version on the download page will not be higher than what is currently on your camera. In this case, your camera’s firmware is up to date. Make sure to only download and install firmware updates from Canon. Firmwares downloaded from other sites may be corrupt or infected with malware. If you have not already done so, install the latest version of the EOS Utility application on your computer. You may also need to install drivers for compatibility. Both downloads are available on the same page as the firmware download, under the Drivers and Software tabs. Launch EOS Utility on your computer. Turn off Wi-Fi/NFC on your camera, then plug the camera into your computer using the USB cable. In EOS Utility, click on the …