How to Use the Quick Control Screen on Your Canon EOS 6D

It is a good idea to know what all the dials and buttons on your Canon do, most notably the Quick Control Screen. However, at times in the heat of battle you need to make changes quickly, as when you want to change image size, enable the 10-second Self-Timer when shooting in Full Auto mode, or change multiple options quickly when shooting with one of the Creative shooting modes.

So if you want to change camera settings in a New York minute, follow these steps:

  1. Press the Shutter button halfway.

    This action returns you to shooting mode if you’ve been reviewing images. If you’re in the desired shooting mode, go to Step 3.

  2. Press the Mode dial lock and rotate the Mode dial to the desired shooting mode.

    Now you’re cooking with gas.

  3. Press the Quick Control button.

    The Quick Control menu appears on your LCD monitor. The display varies depending on which mode you’ve selected from the Mode dial.

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  4. Press the Multi-controller button right or left to navigate between shooting options, and then rotate the Quick Control dial to change the setting.

    Notice that as you select a shooting option, a dialog box appears underneath to tell you about the option you’ve selected. As you rotate the Quick Control dial, the setting changes.

    As you move through selections on the Quick Control screen, you notice a text tip appears that tells you about what the setting you’re about to change does for the pictures you’re about to take. This information is useful. However, when you feel that you’re an old hand at photography, you can navigate to the Camera Setup 3 tab, choose the Feature Guide menu control, and then disable it.

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  5. Repeat Step 4 for any other setting you want to modify.

  6. Press the shutter button halfway to exit the Quick Control menu and begin taking pictures with the new settings.

    Now that was quick and easy, wasn’t it?

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