How to Shoot Pictures in Creative Auto Mode on Your Canon EOS 6D

If you like having control of your EOS 6D, but you’re not ready to walk on the wild side just yet, Creative Auto mode is right up your alley. When you take pictures in Creative Auto mode, you can control depth of field (the amount of the image in front of and behind your subject that’s in apparent focus), image brightness, picture style, image format, and shooting mode.

When you shoot in Creative Auto mode, all your options display on the camera’s LCD monitor. To shoot pictures in Creative Auto mode:

  1. Press the Mode Lock button and then select CA from the Mode dial.

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    CA on the Mode dial stands for Creative Auto mode. After switching to Creative Auto mode, the camera LCD displays your options.

  2. Press the Quick Control button.

    This button gives you access to the first set of options: Picture Ambience. The default mode is Standard. However, you can change the mode to suit your taste in the next step.

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  3. Press Set and then rotate the Quick Control dial to choose the desired option.

    The default setting is Standard, but you can choose one of the following:

    • Standard: This is the standard option and the colors are not altered digitally by the camera. What you see through the lens is what you get.

    • Vivid: Enhances the colors to give the image some punch. If you decide to deviate from the Standard setting, try Vivid when you’re photographing flowers.

    • Soft: Gives you an image with nice soft muted colors. Try this option when shooting portraits in CA mode.

    • Warm: Warms the colors in the image. Try this option when photographing on an overcast day to warm up the image. You might also try this setting to warm up a less-than-impressive sunset.

    • Intense: Gives you strongly saturated colors. Try this option when photographing architecture and graffiti.

    • Cool: Gives colors in the image a bluish tone.

    • Brighter: Makes the image brighter than the actual scene you’re photographing.

    • Darker: Makes the image darker than the actual scene you’re photographing.

    • Monochrome: Converts the image to black and white (grayscale for you purists).

  4. After choosing the desired option, press Set.

    The main menu for the CA shooting mode is displayed.

  5. Use the Multi-controller to highlight the Background section.

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  6. Rotate the Quick Control dial to the right to make the background sharper or to the left to blur it.

    As you move the dial, the indicator moves to show how much you’ve sharpened or blurred the background.

  7. After choosing the desired setting, press Set.

    The main menu for the CA shooting mode is displayed.

  8. Use the Multi-controller button to highlight the Drive section and then press Set.

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  9. Use the Multi-controller or the Quick Control dial to choose one of the following Drive mode options:

    • Single Shooting: The camera captures a single image each time you press the Shutter button.

    • Single Shooting Silent Mode: The camera captures a single image, with reduced shutter noise, each time you press the Shutter button.

    • Continuous Shooting: The camera captures images at a maximum rate of 4.5 fps (frames per second) for as long as you hold down the Shutter button.

    • Continuous Shooting Silent Mode: The camera captures images at a maximum rate of 4.5 fps (frames per second), with reduced shutter noise, for as long as you hold down the Shutter button.

    • 10-Second Countdown Timer: The camera captures an image ten seconds after you press the Shutter button.

    • 2-Second Countdown Timer: The camera captures an image two seconds after you press the Shutter button.

  10. Press Set.

    The desired shooting mode is applied and the main CA menu is displayed.

  11. Compose your scene with the viewfinder and then press the Shutter button halfway.

    The green dot on the right side of the viewfinder appears when you achieve focus.

  12. Press the Shutter button fully to take the picture.

    The image appears on your LCD monitor almost instantly.

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