Playback Menu Page 1-3
We're about to get started on the playback menu so let's get into the playback menu and see what we have to look at here. So first up, we can protect our images and that puts a little lock, it's a very very weak lock on the images prevents them from getting deleted in the camera now you can still reformat the memory card which would delete the images, you can delete them when you put them onto a computer and so forth, but this just prevents you from deleting them and this allows you to go in, and you can select a range or individual images to protect or unprotect. It's not something most people need to do on a regular basis unless you accidentally are deleting images on a regular basis. Next up is rotating the images. This would be important if you were gonna do a slide show and you need to have all the images at a particular orientation so that everyone can see them on the camera, the camera will normally rotate images for you so it's not something you should need to worry about on a ...
regular basis. Deleting your images, some, there's a philosophy by some that you should never delete in the camera because that causes a communication between the camera and the card, that's a little unusual and it can, sometimes, and it's true sometimes it can cause a card error where the camera just won't read the card. And so some people don't ever erase in the camera. But occasionally I do erase, I've not had a problem like that. And if you wanna erase a lot of images, well you can use the garbage can button on the back of the camera but you gotta press the garbage can button and then you gotta confirm it, and then you gotta press the garbage can button and then confirm it and that gets old for doing it for a lot of photos and so if you have a lot of images, you can come into here where you just erase the images, and what you do is you select the images you want erased and then you get to press erase once at the end of the process so it will be less button pressing for large batches of images that you wanna erase directly in the camera. You can hook this camera up to a printer and print directly from the camera. It's not what I would recommend for getting the best results but it is possible. If you do wanna do it, you can select which size paper and how many prints and other options in here. If you are gonna be hooking that up directly to a printer. There is an option for doing a photo album collection and they call it a Photobook set-up. Now in order to really work with this you're gonna need to work with the Canon software in order to put these photo albums together and so you can select images that would go into certain albums, they're gonna get either uploaded to a site where an actual book would be made or perhaps an album would be put together. Not something a lot of people use but it is available if you wanna get into that extra Cannon software. We talked about some of the creative filters that you can use on the camera when you are shooting well you can take images that you've already shot and then you can add this filter effect onto 'em later so you can shoot a standard image and then see what it looks like in a number of different varieties. And so this is just a different ways of playing with images I call it Photoshop in the camera. With images that you've already shot so, not something you're gonna do on a regular basis but for that special occasion. Second page, on the playback menu you can go in and you can crop your original RAW or JPEG image if you know that you need a different size image and you wanna do that work right here in the camera you don't have a computer or you don't have Photoshop or any other program to do that with you can do it right there in the camera you can create squares and different rectangles and you can make verticals from horizontals and all sorts and it will save a copy of the original, never ruins the original whether it's a JPEG or a RAW so you can play here and it's not gonna harm any images but it will continue to take up more space on the memory cards 'cause you are creating duplicate files based off an original file. If you have a large JPEG you can make a medium JPEG out of it, if you have a medium JPEG you can make a smaller size JPEG if you need a smaller size file so that it's easy to transfer for email purposes perhaps, you can take that and you can size it down in this case and so rather than resize, it should probably be called downsize 'cause you cannot upsize an image. And so that is for your JPEG images only. You can rate your images right here in the camera with a star rating of one to five stars. That gets imputed into the metadata of the picture which will get passed on to other photo programs that use star rating systems like Lightroom. And it's , it's not really the best use of your time because it's a small screen the be judging your images on but sometimes it does give you a head start on the editing process of your images. If you take something and you know that that was a special moment you can go in, you can play it back and give it an extra rating of a few stars to help you identify it later on. You can hook your camera up to a TV and do a slide show through the TV and you can set the different parameters for the slide show, which images you're gonna show and how long you're gonna be showing them before they switch transitional effects, things like that is what you'll be able to find here in the slideshow option. You can search for images using different conditions and so you can look for different star rated images so for instance if you do star rating on a regular basis, you could look for images that are four stars or higher. You could look for images shot on a particular date ones in a particular folder, or ones that are stills or versus video. And so there's a slight way to narrow down a large group of images on a memory card so that you can find something a little bit more easily. Remember when you are playing back images to go from one image to the next you just simply go left and right on the cross keys on the back of the camera, but if you wanna jump quickly ahead, you can use the top dial, which jumps 10. Well you can change that to jump 100 images or by date, by folder, by image file type, and one of the ways that I've used this in the past that I thought was a great way of making me look like a really good photographer is I went to an event and I shot a whole lot of photos and then I quickly was going through and adding stars to the images that I thought were the better images, which was about one tenth of the total number of images and then what I did is I turned the top dial so that it would jump by star rating. And so when I handed the camera to somebody I said here if you wanna take a look at some of the photos by turning the top dial, which I directed them to do, they jumped between all of my best images, not seeing all of the other images down there so it was a quick way just to see all of the best images that you shot. And so there's a good way that you can use that to kind of filter through and find your best images I think that's a very handy tool in some situation. Onto page three in the playback menu. The AF point display will show you which focusing points were active and being used when you took that photo. Now normally I would not want to see those focusing points I know what I'm doing with the camera and I just wanted to look at the images but for those of you who are new to this camera or new to this type of focusing system this can be really helpful information for learning how the camera works. And so I encourage a lot of people to leave this turned on at the beginning stages of using this camera and eventually you can kind of turn this off, 'cause you'll figure out exactly what the camera's doing but this might give you a little bit more information about how the camera is tracking focus, especially for moving subjects. A very helpful tool for determining what the correct exposure is is the Histogram. We have a choice between the brightness histogram and an RGB histogram, I like the RGB one, it gives me a little bit more information about the different color channels and whether I'M clipping one of those particular channels or not. And so this is something that I usually flip over to the RGB option I think it's just a little bit more useful control over HDMI is when you're hooking your camera up to TV do you want to be able to use your TV remote to control your camera through the HDMI cable. And so if you wanna use the forward and back so that you can manually control a slide show, you would turn this on Enable but it's only gonna be important when you're actually hooking your camera up through that HDMI connection cable to a monitor.
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