User Setting: Sensor Cleaning and Sounds
Sensor cleaning. So normally the camera will have this little shake sensor that tries to knock off any sort of dust that is on the sensor itself, but occasionally you may need to go in and clean it yourself manually. There are a couple different levels of cleaning. The first off is just an air blower, and I think pretty much everyone that has and interchangeable lens camera should have one of these air blowers because they're simple, they're easy, and anyone can use them. You take the lens off, you point the air blower in there, you knock some air around in there, hopefully knocking off any sort of dust. The next level is either a dry or a wet solution for sweeping the sensor clean. There's a number of different options out there. When things get really bad, I use this swab and liquid system. Put a couple of drops of alcohol on the swab, you swipe it across the sensor and you clean off any sort of dust on there. That's kind of a last ditch effort. If you don't feel comfortable doing th...
at you can turn the camera into a number of facilities where they will professionally clean the sensor for you. Keep in mind, that's basically what they're doing. So if you can learn to sweep, you can clean it yourself. Mentioned this a little bit earlier, but the reset resets the camera back to the factory default settings. And so, before I taught today's class, one of the first things I did was that I went in here and I reset the camera so that my camera was working very much like your cameras which probably just came out of the box there. And so if you've set something kind of funny on your camera and you can't figure it out, it's kind of a last ditch effort. You can go reset either all the shooting options or all the set up options, and it would take two resets to get everything totally reset on the camera. So that gets you back to the factory default settings. I'm thinking the only thing that it doesn't reset possibly is the time and date on the clock. So that is your user settings. The most important thing to remember in there, I think, for most people, is that's where the format card option is. Next up is sound set up, so obviously we're going to be dealing with audibles from the camera. First up is the autofocus beep. You press halfway down to focus, the camera beeps when it's in focus. At first it's kind of this nice confirmation that the camera did it right, and then after enough time it gets to be a little bit irritating for other people around that your camera is constantly beeping and making noises. I prefer to be discreet and not have everybody looking at me and my camera so it's a good option to turn that off for a lot of people. Self timer also has a beep to let you know when it's going to shoot a picture cause it counts down and then gives you a loud beep. Not usually necessary. There is a light and it's pretty easy just to count from 10 down to 0. Operational volume, these are the little clicks when you go up and down the menu system. It's kind of nice going click click click click click, but if you're like me and you like to keep the camera as quiet as possible you can turn that off. I think it's a good practice just to have as much quietness as possible when operating a camera. Headphone volume so if you are listening to either the playback of a movie or the live recording of something you can use the headphone jack that is on the vertical power booster grip, and you can control the volume levels, or the headphone volume levels there. The shutter volume is the artificial electronic shutter. When you have that selected you can have it do kind of a fake sound of a shutter. Kind of the ways your phones have a fake click on them. They aren't really clicking because they don't have shutters in them, and so if you like that sound to confirm when you've shot the picture, which I can understand. I do kind of like that electronic or that mechanical sound, that they have and they haven't done a perfect job of emulating the sound of it, but they've got something in there that's not too bad. But if you wanted to take silent photographs, that's when you would want to turn this off. And with the shutter sound, you can choose three different types of sounds, and so you don't turn this off here, that's in the setting above this. This is just choosing which sound it makes. Go ahead, check it out in your camera, choose the one that you like. The playback volume, and so this is the speaker on the bottom of the camera, how loud is this going to be, and it really depends on sort of environment you're in is to how loud you wanna have that set. And that takes care of our sound set up section.
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