Set Up Menu Page 2-3
On to page two in the set up menu. How quickly do you want the camera to power down? And so in this case, one minute is fine for most people. Less time will give you a little bit more battery life. More time will give you more time to work in the menus and so forth. Next up is the LCD brightness. A lot of times you're gonna be using this for judging the exposure levels when you're using live view. So you normally wanna leave this right in the middle. There are times though, that you may wanna make it brighter. For instance, if you're working out in bright sunlight and it's hard to see the image on the back screen of the camera. That would be a good option. If you're doing night time photography and it's reflecting and shining too much light on you and around you, you might wanna power this down to one of the lower settings. But most of the time, you're gonna leave it straight there in the middle. The camera has a display button on the camera and if you wanna use that shutter button, yo...
u can use the shutter button to turn off the LCD display on the back of the camera. Or you can use that display button to turn the display off. Or you can have it remain on all the time. Most people, it bothers them a little bit with their eye up to the viewfinder having that bright display on the back of the camera. So most people are gonna prefer the shutter button or at least the shutter button in the display button. You could force set the date and time and zone that you are living in for the correct time. Make sure you set that when you travel, camera doesn't inherently know about going to different time zones. We also have many different languages for the menu system. And in the viewfinder display I talked about the different options that you can turn on and off. And this is where you get to turn on and off these various options like the electronic level, the grid display, and that flicker detection option in the bottom right-hand corner. And so, in general, I kinda like leaving these things turned off unless I know I specifically want them. Having too much clutter in front of your beautiful subject doesn't help you compose it any better. The third page deals with, at least starts with the GPS settings, if you were to hook up with a GPE2 device or any other GPS device that hooks up directly to the camera. So this will connect up to the USB connection on the camera. It sells for around $240 and can log where you are when you're shooting photos and add that into the metadata. The video system will be set accordingly to which region of the world you live in. This will probably come set properly wherever you buy your camera, but if you buy your camera gray market, or from a different region, you may wanna get it set properly for your video system. If you like using the touch controls on the back of the camera, you can make sure that it's set here. If you don't like it, you can turn it off. You can also put it in a sensitive mode if your fingers have a glove, sometimes there's gloves that you can buy that transmit that touch feel to the sensor so that you can use them. You may need to use the sensitive setting in that case, for this mode. The beep will confirm that your camera has achieved proper focus. This is probably the very first item that I would go to in the menu and disable. It's nice for knowing that your camera is in focus, but it's a little disturbing to your subjects and the world around you. And so I prefer a little bit more discreet shooting. And so this is one of the telltale signs of a lot of amateurs out there is the beep beep every time they're focusing around. The serious photographers definitely wanna turn this off. And so it's certainly nice that you can turn this off. Battery info will give you a little bit of an indication of how good the battery is, the individual battery charge in the little battery symbol there. But then it's got three little green boxes down below, which will show you the overall condition of the battery and how soon it needs to be replaced. It will go from three green to two green to one red square, which lets you know your battery is about to die and is not gonna be saved by any more charges. Keeping the sensor clean, as I mentioned before, is very important. The camera will normally just clean it automatically, whenever you turn the camera on and turn it off. It has that little ultrasonic sensor that vibrates and knocks off the dust. If you do have dust that gets stuck on the sensor and you wanna address it yourself, there's a couple different ways of doing it. First off, everyone who owns interchangeable lens cameras should probably have a rocket air blower like this. So that you can clean the sensor yourself, at least knock off some of that dust. And what I do is I take the lens off, put the camera in the manual cleaning mode, hold it upside down and then blow air in there, hopefully trying to knock off the dust. If things get really bad, you need to go to some sort of sweeping system. And this swab and liquid is one of the best out there, where you put a couple of drops of alcohol on the swab and you swipe it across the sensor, cleaning off all the dust in the process. And so, if you don't feel comfortable doing that, you may need to turn your camera in to a repair shop to have them do it for you. Because not everyone feels comfortable going in and playing with their sensor in that regard. But, step one with the air blower is pretty easy to do and I do recommend that for everybody with interchangeable lenses.