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Beginner Basics – Exploring the Unknown Buttons on Your Camera (preview)

By Don Komarechka

 

Auto exposure lock button in use. Gear/Settings: Canon 5D Mark II, EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens, ƒ8@1/250 sec., ISO 400

Auto exposure lock button in use.
Gear/Settings: Canon 5D Mark II, EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens, ƒ8@1/250 sec., ISO 400

Unboxing your camera for the first time is exciting, until you begin to contemplate the myriad of buttons, wheels, dials and menus that seemingly stare back at you. Your first instinct is to open the manual and sink your teeth in, but the camera manual is a technical reference and is of equal value as the manual to a Boeing 747 to someone who doesn’t know how to fly a plane. It’ll describe what each button does, but it will not give you a glimpse into useful scenarios where your images can be improved by pressing these buttons.

Every button on the back of a camera corresponds to a feature that is important enough not to be hidden within a menu. There are many obscure buttons, and I’ll cover a few lesser-known features to reduce the anxiety when looking at your camera. You won’t necessarily use these features every day, but they might one day come in handy and, more importantly, make you less afraid of pressing the “wrong button.”

To read more of Don Komarechka’s column please pick up the Winter 2016 issue #36 of OPC. To never miss an issue please subscribe today!

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