Are you making the most of your cameras custom setting functions C1, C2, C3

How many of you have set up your cameras custom setting functions?

I have found that many people ignore this function on their cameras. However, if you have it, it’s a very useful function.

Custom mode, is a camera setting that allows you to instantly recall a saved camera setup configuration, saving you time and effort when setting up your camera for different shooting scenarios.

 

201802-panasonic-custom=settings-dial

Using your cameras custom function, allows you to store different shooting modes and features in the cameras custom memory. By doing so, you will be able to quickly change the settings of your camera to suit a range shooting scenarios.

201802-Custom-Memory-C1-Setting-PANASONIC-menu1
Example Panasonic Menu Custom Settings

You can configure just about any combination of camera setting that you like and save them to your custom settings. Some camera may have fewer settings than others.

201812-pansonic-gx8-custom-settings-user-manual
Panasonic Lumix GX8

I have a Panasonic Lumix GX8, I can save up to 5 different shooting preferences on my camera.

I have them set up like this.

201802-custom-camera-settings

Using the set-up, I can quickly change my cameras setting to suite my shooting needs. C1, is for every day shooting, quick shots, if you like. I have set the other custom settings for shooting, portraits, scenery, sports, and HDR.

Setting up all of the above manually each time I wanted to shoot a portrait, landscape, or set up my camera for an HDR shot, would be cumbersome, there are 60 variables to think about.

It’s a good idea to keep a note of the settings so you can easily recall what setting you have changed. I sat with my camera and an excel spreadsheet to do this.

on1-RAW copy18.jpg
Weir shot using the custom menu setting C3-1

It’s easy to forget to change settings on your camera (well for me anyway) and if you are shooting JPEG this can be a disaster.  For example, if you are shooting a portrait  indoors with incandescent light and your white-balance has been manually set to ‘incandescent’ and you then go outside to shoot, but forget to change your white-balance, your pictures will have a colour cast, spoiling your shots. Of course, if you are shooting RAW you can adjust the white-balance later.

Using your cameras custom setting function, means that you can instantly recall the correct settings for a particular shooting scenario and that you will be less-likely to forget a setting-change needed when shooting different subjects.

So, if you haven’t done so, check out your cameras manual and set up your custom functions now.

 

 

 

 

Start the discussion

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *