Getting to know the camera

Camera Modes

As seen in the photo above, you have 15 modes to choose from. To make this easy, you are only going to need 1 and that is ‘Av’. Av is Aperture Priority where you set the Aperture and the camera sets the shutter speed but you do set the ISO unless you have that set to Auto. If you have a External Flash fitted, the ISO will set to ISO 400 when in Auto mode.

Camera Controls

The little LCD screen on the 60D has a range of numbers, shapes and words. They are;
1: AF Mode.
2: Drive Mode.
3: Shutter Speed.
4: ISO Speed.
5: Metering Mode.
6: Aperture setting.
7: Shots remaining.
8: Battery life.
9: Exposure Level Indicator.

On the back of the camera, you also have various buttons and a dial, they are;
1: Delete button.
2: Hot shoe, for a External Flash.
3: Live View button.
4: AE Lock button / Zoom Out.
5: AF Point selection / Zoom In.
6: (Q) Quick Control button.
7: Quick Control Dial / Set button.
8: Dial lock switch.
9: Playback button.
10: Info button.
11: Menu button.

Live View

When using Live View (LV) on my 60D, I also have a flip screen that is very handy, especially when shooting at shows and I want a table level shot, I don’t have to crawl around just to look through the view finder! Quite a few Canon cameras have this screen, they are : Canon 600D, 650D, 700D, 60D & 70D. No pro level camera has one, just amateur and mid-entry cameras. A good example when using this was at Scale Model World on the Zoukei Mura stand, they had their new Do-335 on display and I wanted the whole lot in, the only way to do this was have the camera low down, screen tilted up and using the widest lens possible, my Tokina 11-16mm.



When using Live View for model photography, it’s very simple to use and it’s actually my preferred choice now, I won’t ever go back to the View Finder for scale modelling photography. You press the shutter button down until the lens has hit the focus, when it has it the focus you will see the white box turn green (I’m not to familiar with Nikon LV but I would imagine it will be similar). Once it has turned green, the camera will then fire. I use my camera on a timer to prevent any camera shake, a little orange (or red) light will flash at the front of the camera before the camera will take the photo.




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