Playback Menu Page 1-3
Alright, so folks, we are in the midst of the menu section so a good time to have your recommended settings with you. We are about halfway through, we're gonna go through the playback and then the setup menu in this section here. The playback menu, we're not gonna spend a lot of time on that. That's a lot of stuff you can do in Photoshop and Lightroom afterwards but if you need to do it in camera, you can. The setup section, though, will be pretty important because that's really getting the camera tailored the way you like it to work. Alright, so diving back into the menu. We are in the playback menu so things to deal with playing back images. So, you can protect images which means you can't delete them. And so you can select individuals, you can select groups of them, and then lock them. Now this is all a very temporary protection because if you format the card, it's gonna delete the images. If you take the card out and put it in your computer and format it, it's gonna delete those pi...
ctures. And so it's a very low level of protection. I never protect images in my camera just 'cause I generally don't do a lot of deleting in the camera. There's a number of buttons you have to press to delete so it doesn't happen too easily. Rotating images is not gonna be important for most people unless you plan on hooking your camera up to do a slideshow and you want the images to be projected in a particular way you might say on the screen and so it's not necessary under most circumstances. You can go in and individually erase images. Now there is a garbage can button on the back of the camera. There is one philosophy that says that you should never delete in camera and that's because you're using the camera and the card to communicate and sometimes, not very often, but sometimes, there can be a communication error that causes the camera to freeze and not wanna communicate with the card anymore which means you need a spare card if you wanna shoot photos. I have never had a problem with this so every once in a while if i take a picture of my feet or the inside of my camera bag, I will individually delete that image. But if there are a lot of images that you wanna delete, there's a lot of button pressing to use the garbage can button on the back of the camera. So if you have a lot of images to delete, come here to erase images and then what you do is you select the images that you want deleted and then at the end you press one delete for all of them at the same time. You can hook your camera up to a printer. I'll be honest with you, I've never done this. You can hook your camera up to a number of different types of printers, you can go in here and you can choose a number of the options on the print order. Which images do you want printed, how big, how many prints do you want. So you can completely bypass the computer when getting your prints made. But if you wanna get the best prints, you're probably gonna wanna go through a computer. Photobook set-up, so this is for use with the Canon software and this is basically creating an album of images that you're gonna work with later either to create a physical photo book or maybe an online album. But you do need to use the EOS utility to put this together. Creative filters, and so if you remember those creative filters we had from before, what you can do here is you can take any image you've already taken and then you can add this creative filter to it. And so you don't need to use those creative filters in the very beginning. You can add it to any photo that you've used before. Page two on the playback menu. If you want, you can crop your images. And so obviously this is throwing away information and what will happen is the camera will save a new image in addition to the original image so you're never damaging an original image but if you know that you need a cropped image straight out of the camera, there is a lot of controls and I'm not gonna go fully into this but you can choose the different aspect ratios, you can crop in and zoom in on it and have a variety of different crops from that particular image. It's not the most convenient way for doing cropping but it is right in the camera so it is very available to you. You can resize, which might be better to call this downsize 'cause you can't upsize. You can resize which you can make a large JPEG smaller or a medium one even smaller and so if you need less megapixels because you need an image that is easier to email or transfer to somebody, you can create a smaller version of that image right in the camera. The rating is something that you can give little star rating to each of your photos to tell how good they are so that you can organize your images later on. I have to admit, when I first saw this, I thought this was a complete waste of camera resources but then I realized, you know when you're waiting in an airport with nothing to do for about two hours, you can get a head start on your image editing as you're coming home from your trip. So these images or these stars will be written into the metadata of the image and then will be transferred on to other programs like Lightroom and photos and things like that. So it is a help but it is something that you probably wanna be careful about not spending too much time doing in the field. You can connect your camera up to a TV and do a little slideshow, whether it's with the movies or the still photos and you can control which images you're gonna see and a little bit about the interval and the slide show that you're gonna see. Much easier than the projector days of old. Set image search conditions. And so if you are looking for images on your camera, you can use these search conditions. And so we have star ratings, if you have entered that. You can choose to look for images by a particular date or time, whether you've locked them, whether they're still images, whether they're movie images. So you don't have a lot of different metadata to go off of but a few different ones so that you can narrow down the number of images that you're looking at if you have a lot of images on your memory card. If you remember when you're in the playback mode, you can turn the back dial to move forward or back through your collection of images. But if you turn the front dial, it jumps 10 forward or 10 back, which is a great way to speed through your images. Now if you want, you could have it jump by 100 images if you got a whole lot of images on the memory card. One of the things that I've done is I have, at the end of an event, I have gone through and I have star rated some of my favorite photos, just as a quick little, what are my 25 favorite photos? And I gave them two stars and then what I did is I came back and I turned the top dial to jump by stars and so when I wanted to show somebody right then and there, before I even had access to my computer, here are some of the best images from this event. I tell them just turn this dial and it doesn't go through every image, it just simply jumps to all the two star images. And so you can use that top dial to jump creatively through the different photos that you have on your camera. Page three in the playback menu, the AF point display. Normally, I'm not a big fan of stuff on top of the image but for people who are just getting used to SLRs and focusing and how the camera works, this will show you the focusing points that were turned on that the camera was using to focus on that subject. And so if you're a new sports photographer, yeah, I think this might be something pretty good to turn on. It's not gonna leave these things on the permanent image, it's just in camera to let you know how the camera was focusing. Then once you get used to things, then you're gonna probably wanna turn them off 'cause you're gonna be more interested in just looking at the image itself. The histogram, when you play back an image, can be shown in either a brightness or an RGB histogram option. I like the RGB histogram because it's got lots of colors and it's easy to see and you can see if you're clipping one of the channels or not. But either one of them is a very good way for judging your exposure information. Control over HDMI, so if you're going to be hooking your camera up with that HDMI cord for going into a TV, for instance, to do a slide show, you can have the control of your TV control the forward and back of the images in your camera. If you don't have a cord that's long enough to reach you on the couch for instance, you could just use your TV remote to go forward and back but you have to tell your camera to allow that control via the HDMI port.