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Canon EOS 90D For Dummies

By: Robert Correll and Julie Adair King Published: 02-05-2020

Get excited about the Canon EOS 90D and all it can do!

An amazing photo begins with a quality camera and the know-how to use it. If you’ve selected the Canon EOS 90D, you now have a digital camera that serves a range of photographers, from novices to professionals. It takes some know-how to take advantage of the camera’s upgrades to its sensor, shutter speed, and video capabilities. Fortunately, Canon EOS 90D For Dummies canhelp you maximize the potential of the camera and its features.

Canon EOS 90D For Dummies lets you skip the photography class and start shooting high-quality images right away The book introduces the camera’s settings; explains how to take control of exposure, focus, and color; and shows how to put all this new-found knowledge to work to shoot great portraits or action shots. The book is co-written by a pair of photography pros who share their professional experience on how to apply simple techniques for great shots.

  • Choose the best setting for your situation
  • Manage focus and color
  • Make the most of your lighting
  • Understand camera settings
  • Customize your camera to your needs

Create remarkable photos and memories, whether you stick with user-friendly automatic settings or decide to dive into more advanced features. With your Canon EOS 90D and this book at your side, you can shoot quality video and capture moving subjects confidently.

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Canon EOS 90D For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Cheat Sheet / Updated 02-19-2021

Your Canon EOS 90D has so many features that it can be difficult to remember what each control does. To help you sort things out, this Cheat Sheet offers a handy reference to your camera's external controls and exposure modes. Print out this guide, tuck it in your camera bag, and get a head start on taking great photographs and movies!

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How to Change the Canon EOS 90D Camera's Drive Mode

Article / Updated 02-17-2020

Known generically as the shutter-release mode, the Drive mode on your Canon EOS 90D camera determines how and when the camera records a picture when you press the shutter button. Here are your options: Single: Records a single image each time you press the shutter button. Continuous: Sometimes known as burst mode, this mode records a continuous series of images as long as you hold down the shutter button. You can choose from two continuous modes: High-speed continuous: Captures about 10 frames per second (fps) when using the viewfinder or 11 fps when shooiting in Live View mode. Using Servo AF in Live View slows it down to 7 fps. Low-speed continuous: Captures about 3 fps. Why would you ever choose the low-speed setting? Well, frankly, unless you’re shooting something that’s moving at an extremely fast pace, not too much is going to change between frames when you shoot at 10 fps. So you wind up with a ton of images that are exactly the same, wasting space on your memory card. At either continuous setting, you may not be able to achieve the maximum frame rate. A number of picture settings can hamper the camera’s frame rate, including shutter speed and autofocusing options. Silent Single Shooting: Although your camera isn’t entirely silent in this mode, some sounds are less audible than in normal Single mode. There’s a drawback, though: The delay that occurs between the time you press the shutter button and the picture is recorded — shutter lag, in photo lingo — is slightly longer than with the normal Single mode. And you can’t use it in Live View mode. Silent Continuous Shooting: This mode, too, tries to dampen some camera sounds while permitting you to fire off about three frames a second. The warning about shutter lag time and viewfinder-only shooting applies here, too. In some autofocusing situations, the camera beeps when focusing is achieved even in the silent modes. To silence that sound, set the Beep option on Setup Menu 3 to Disable. 10-Second Self-Timer/Remote Control: Want to put yourself in the picture? Select this mode, depress the shutter button, and run into the frame. You have about 10 seconds to get yourself in place and pose before the image is recorded. As an alternative to the press-and-run technique, you can connect the camera wirelessly to a smartphone or tablet and use that device to trigger the shutter release. The appendix talks more about this feature. Self-Timer: 2 Second: This mode works just like the regular Self-Timer mode, but the capture happens 2 seconds after you press the shutter button. Consider using this setting when you’re shooting long exposures and using a tripod. In that scenario, the mere motion of pressing the shutter button can cause slight camera movement, which can blur an image. The ideal solution is to use a remote control to trigger the shutter release, but in a pinch, set the Drive mode to the 2-second self-timer mode, press the shutter button, and then take your hands off the camera. Self-Timer: Continuous: With this option, the camera waits 10 seconds after you press the shutter button and then captures a continuous series of images. You can set the camera to record two to ten images per shutter release. A symbol representing the current Drive mode appears in the Quick Control screen, but exactly where that symbol appears depends on your exposure mode. The figure shows you where to find the symbol in a Special Scene and Tv modes. When Live View is enabled, the Drive mode symbol doesn’t appear in the default display. To see that symbol and other shooting data, press Info until you see the more detailed screens shown here. The left screen shows the display as it appears in the Landscape exposure mode; the right screen, Tv mode. One other Live View caveat: when the camera is in Scene Intelligent Auto and you are in Live View mode, the Drive mode can’t be accessed from the display, even if you press the Info button. To change Drive mode in this configuration, press the Drive button. You can change the Drive mode setting as follows: Quick Control method: Press the Q button or tap the onscreen Q symbol to shift to Quick Control mode and then select the Drive mode icon, as shown in the following figures. Rotate the Quick Control or Main dial to change the setting. For Self-Timer Continuous mode, the default number of frames that will be captured is two. To change that value, you have to take one more step: Viewfinder photography: Press Set to display all available settings on a separate screen, as shown on the right. Then use the Quick Control dial keys or tap the arrows that appear beside the current frame number. (The left arrow is dimmed in the figure because two frames is the lowest possible value.) Live View shooting: Press the Info button to display the screen shown on the right. Then adjust the frame number by rotating the Quick Control dial, pressing left/right using a multi-controller, or tapping the arrow symbols. Press the Drive button. You’re whisked directly to the screen as shown if you’re using the videwfinder. Here, you can change the Drive mode and set the number of continuous frames without changing screens. Tap Set or press the Set button to confirm your choice and exit the screen. The Live View version is identical except that the scene is displayed instead of a black background. When you use the Self-Timer modes for viewfinder photography or shoot in Live View mode, it’s a good idea to use the cover provided on the camera strap to cover the viewfinder. Otherwise, light may seep in through the viewfinder and mess up the camera’s exposure calculations.

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External Features of the Canon EOS 90D Camera

Article / Updated 02-17-2020

Scattered across your Canon EOS 90D camera’s exterior are numerous features that you use to change picture-taking settings, review your photos, and perform various other operations. This discussion provides just a basic “What’s this thing do?” introduction to them. Topside controls Your virtual tour begins on the top of the camera, shown in the following figure. Note that not all buttons work in the Basic exposure modes. Autofocus, for example, is handled completely by the camera in Scene Intellignet Auto mode. The camera will pop up a note and tell you when this is the case. Here are the items of note: Power switch: This switch turns the camera on and off. Even when the switch is in the On position, the camera automatically goes to sleep after a period of inactivity to save battery power. To wake the camera up, press the shutter button halfway and release it. Mode dial with lock-release button: Press and hold the lock-release button in the center of the Mode dial, and then rotate the dial to select an exposure mode, which determines whether the camera operates in fully automatic, semi-automatic, or manual exposure mode when you take still pictures. Viewfinder adjustment dial: Use this dial to adjust the viewfinder focus to your eyesight. On some camera screens, you see a symbol that resembles the top half of a dial that has notches around the edge. That’s designed to remind you that you use the Main dial to adjust the setting. Red-Eye Reduction/Self-Timer/Remote Control Lamp: When you set your flash to Red-Eye Reduction mode, this little lamp emits a brief burst of light prior to the real flash — the idea being that your subjects’ pupils will constrict in response to the light, thus lessening the chances of red-eye. If you use the camera’s self-timer feature, the lamp lights during the countdown period before the shutter is released. The lamp also lights up when you take a picture with a remote. AF Operation button: Press this button to select an AF Operation. These settings are related to autofocusing and determine whether the camera focuses once or continues to focus as long as you hold the shutter button halfway down. Drive button: The Drive mode settings enable you to switch the camera from single-frame shooting to continuous capture or any of the other drive modes, including remote shooting. ISO button: True to its name, this button displays a screen where you can adjust the ISO setting, which determines how sensitive the camera is to light. Metering mode button: Press the button to change metering modes, which alter how the camera evaluates the light in a scene in order to determining the best exposure. LCD panel illumination button: This button illuminates the top LCD panel with an amber backlight. Shutter button: You no doubt already understand the function of this button, but you may not realize that when you use autofocus and autoexposure, you need to use a two-stage process when taking a picture: Press the shutter button halfway, pause to let the camera set focus and exposure, and then press down the rest of the way to capture the image. You’d be surprised how many people mess up their pictures because they press that button with one quick jab, denying the camera the time it needs to set focus and exposure. AF area/AF method button: This button enables you to control how the camera selects autofocus points.when using the viewfinder (called AF area) and in Live View (AF method). Main dial: As its name implies, this dial is central to many camera functions, from scrolling through menus to changing certain shooting and playback settings. Flash hot shoe: This is the connection for attaching an external flash and other accessories such as flash adapters, bubble levels, flash brackets, off-camera flash cords, the GP-E2 GPS Receiver, and the CPH-16 cup holder. Just kidding about the cup holder. Focal plane indicator: Should you need to know the exact distance between your subject and the camera, the focal plane indicator. This mark indicates the plane at which light coming through the lens is focused onto the camera’s image sensor. Basing your measurement on this mark produces a more accurate camera-to-subject distance than using the end of the lens or some other point on the camera body as your reference point. Back-of-the-body controls Traveling over the top of the camera to its back, you encounter the smorgasbord of controls shown in the figure. Some buttons have multiple “official” names because they serve multiple purposes depending on whether you’re taking pictures, reviewing images, recording a movie, or performing some other function. This book refers to these buttons by the first label you see in the following list (and in the figure) to simplify things. Starting at the top-right corner of the camera back and working generally westward (well, assuming that your lens is pointing north, anyway), here’s an introduction to the buttons and other controls on this side of the camera: AF Point Selection/Magnify button: In certain shooting modes, you press this button to specify which autofocus points or zones you want the camera to use when establishing focus. You can also use it in Live View or Movie mode to magnify the display to check focus. In Playback mode, you use this button to magnify the image display (thus, the plus sign in the button’s magnifying glass icon). AE Lock/FE Lock/Index/Reduce button: During shooting, press this button to lock autoexposure (AE) settings and to lock flash exposure (FE). This button also serves two image-viewing functions: It switches the display to Index mode, enabling you to see multiple image thumbnails at once. And if you magnify a photo, pressing the button reduces the magnification level. AF-ON button: Just like pressing the shutter button halfway, pressing this button initiates autofocus. Live View/Movie Shooting switch and Start/Stop button: The Live View/Movie switch changes the behavior of the center Start/Stop button. If the switch points to the camera icon (think still photography), the camera will enter Live View mode when you press the Start/Stop button. Live View enables you to compose your pictures using the monitor instead of the viewfinder. Press the button again to return to viewfinder shooting. Set the switch to the red movie icon to shoot movies. Press the Start/Stop button to start and stop recording. Memory card access light: This light glows while the camera is recording data to the memory card. Don’t power off the camera while the light is lit, or you may damage the card or camera. Joystick multi-controller: This gizmo consists of a 8-direction key and center button. It works like the larger multi-controller and Set button a bit further down on the back of the camera, except that it’s smaller and the center button is integrated into the controller. To use they Joystick, take your right thumb and gently press it in the direction you want to navigate. Press the center to activate the button. In almost all cases, the Joystick mirrors the functionality of the larger multi-controller. The camera manual identifies the joystick as Multi-controller 1. Graphically, Canon identifies the joystick in the manual and on camera screens as an 8-pointed star with a center button. The larger multi-controller with the Set button in the center is officially called Multi-controller 2, and it’s icon looks like an 8-pointed star without a center button. Q (Quick Control) button: Press this button to shift to Quick Control mode, which enables you to adjust major shooting settings quickly. Set button and Multi-controller: The Set button and the surrounding eight-way directional key, which we call the Multi-controller, or large multicontroller in this book, team up to perform several functions, including choosing options from the camera menus. You use the Multi-controller to navigate through menus and then press the Set button to select a specific menu setting. You work the Multi-controller by pressing one of the eight directional marks pointing outwards around its perimeter. Quick Control dial: The Quick Control dial surrounds the Set button and Large Multi-controller. Rotating the dial offers a handy way to quickly scroll through options and settings. It’s a timesaver, so we point out when to use it as we provide instructions throughout the book. Playback button: Press this button to switch the camera into picture and movie-review mode. Erase button: Sporting a trash can icon, the universal symbol for delete, this button lets you erase pictures from your memory card during playback. Multi Function Lock switch: You can rotate this switch up, in the direction of the arrow, to lock the Quick Control dial so that you don’t accidentally move the dial and change a camera setting that you aren’t intending to modify. If you want an even larger safety net, you can set things up so that the switch also locks the Main dial and the touch screen (when shooting). Speaker: When you play a movie that contains audio, or are monitoring audio when recording video, the sound comes wafting through these little holes. Info button: In Live View, Movie, and Playback modes, pressing this button changes the picture-display style. During viewfinder photography, you can press the Info button to toggle the display off or cycle between the Quick Control screen and electronic level. Menu button: Press this button to display camera menus; press a second time to exit the menus.

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10 Customizations Options for the Canon EOS 90D

Article / Updated 02-17-2020

This list details ten customization options for the Canon EOS 90D that aren’t quite critical but may come in handy on occasion, such as changing the function of the camera controls, creating a custom menu, and embedding a copyright notice in your photos. Customize several camera controls If you like, you can change the function of the Set button, shutter button, AE Lock button, AF-ON button, and a host of other controls when shooting in the P, Tv, Av, M, B, C1, or C2 exposure modes. Please don’t take advantage of these options, though, until you’re thoroughly familiar with how the camera works using the original function settings. If you modify a control, it’s not going to behave the way our instructions in the book indicate that it should. Open the Custom Functions III: Operation/Others menu and navigate to Function 3, Custom Controls. Press the Set or center Joystick button to get started. Then highlight the control you want to customize. The icons are somewhat cryptic, so it’s nice that as you highlight each one, the name of the button appears, along with its default function. As you select the different controls, the camera graphic on the left side of the screen highlights the button you’re adjusting. After highlighting a control, tap Set or press the Set or center Joystick button to display the options available for that button. As you scroll through the choices, the label above the icons shows you what the button will accomplish at that setting. Make your choice and tap Set or press the Set or center Joystick button to return to the initial setup screen. Then press the Menu button or tap Menu to exit. Disable the AF-assist beam In dim lighting, your camera may emit an AF (autofocus) assist beam from the built-in flash when you press the shutter button halfway — assuming that the flash unit is open, of course. This pulse of light helps the camera “see” its target better, improving autofocus performance. If you’re shooting in a situations where the beam may be distracting, you can disable it — but again, only when using the P, Tv, Av, M, B, C1, or C2 exposure modes. Open Shooting Menu 6 and choose AF-Assist Beam Firing to make the change. Along with the basic Enable and Disable settings, you get two options related to using an external flash. Enable External Flash Only permits an external flash to emit the beam but prevents the built-in flash from doing so. The other setting, IR AF Assist Beam Only, allows a flash that has infrared (IR) AF-assist to use only the IR beam, which is less noticeable than the regular light. These and other external flash options work only with certain flash units; your camera manual provides specifics on compatible models. Customize exposure increments By default, major exposure-related settings are based on one-third stop adjustments. If you prefer, you can tell the camera to present exposure adjustments in half-stop increments so that you don’t have to cycle through as many settings each time you want to make a change. Make your preferences known via the Custom Functions II: Exposure menu. Select Function 1: Exposure Level Increments. (You can get to the option only when using the P, Tv, Av, M, B, C1, and C2 exposure modes.) Be aware that the exposure meter will reflect this change and, thus, appear differently than shown in the figures in this book. Create a custom menu Through the My Menu feature, you can create a custom menu containing up to five tabs, each of which can hold six menu items. The idea is to enable you to group your favorite menu options together in a way that makes more sense to you than the standard menu organization. In this figure, for example, the first tab contains six exposure options that appear on separate tabs in the normal menu configuration. Having this kind of control may appeal to you after you’re fully aware of how all your camera settings work and which features you use the most. But when you’re just beginning, stick with the standard menu structure so that what you see on your camera matches the instructions found in this book and other resources. Two other issues to note about the My Menu feature: First, you can access it in the P, Tv, Av, M, B, C1, and C2 exposure modes only. If you want to shoot in any other exposure mode, your custom menu doesn’t appear, which means that you have to learn two sets of menu layouts instead of just one. Add custom folders Normally, your camera automatically creates folders to store your images. The first folder has the name 100Canon; the second, 101Canon; and so on. Each folder can hold 9,999 photos. However, you can create a new folder before the existing one is full at any time. You might take this organizational step so that you can segregate work photos from personal photos, for example. To create the folder, open Setup Menu 1, choose Select Folder, and then choose Create Folder. The camera asks for permission to create the folder; choose OK and press Set or center Joystick button. The folder is automatically assigned the next available folder number and is selected as the active folder — the one that will hold any new photos you shoot. Press the Set or center Joystick button or tap the Set icon to return to Setup Menu 1. To make a different folder the active folder, choose Select Folder again, choose the folder you want to use, and press or tap Set. Note that you can’t delete a folder using the camera once it’s created. Create your own exposure modes One of the most useful features for the experienced photographer is the presence of Custom Shooting Mode settings (C1 and C2) on the Mode dial. These options enable you to create, store, and quickly recall two different camera configurations. For example, you might have a custom setup that you like when shooting stills and one for movies, or you could use one custom mode for portraits and the other for action. Use your imagination! Start by selecting and saving all the camera settings you want to use when you switch to C1 or C2 mode. Then when you’re out shooting, you can invoke all those settings simply by setting the Mode dial to C1 or C2. To take advantage of the two custom modes, follow these steps: 1. Set up your camera. Start by setting the Live View/Movie shooting swich to the the camera for still photography or the movie camera for movies. Next, select the exposure mode on which you want to base the custom mode (P, Tv, Av, M, or B). Then set the initial exposure, flash, autofocusing, Drive mode, and color options you want to use when you switch to your preferred C mode. Next, take a trip through the menus and select your preferred settings and Custom Functions. You can store most shooting, menu, and Custom Function settings. 2. Open Setup Menu 5 and choose Custom Shooting Mode (C1, C2. 3. Choose Register Settings. You see a selection screen. 4. Highlight the Custom Shooting Mode you want to register (C1 or C2) and then confirm your choice by choosing OK. The camera stores your settings and returns you to the screen shown on the right in the preceding figure. As for the other two options on that menu, they work like so: Clear Settings: Select this option to return C1 or C2 to its default state, which is modeled after the P (programmed autoexposure) mode. Auto Update Settings: When you’re working in either C mode, you can still change any camera setting — you’re not locked into the registered settings. If you enable this menu option and then vary a registered setting, the camera automatically registers that new setting as part of your selected C mode. Needless to say, you can get off track quickly if you enable this function, which is why it’s turned off by default. One quirk to note about both C modes: When the Mode dial is set to C1 or C2, you can't restore the camera defaults by choosing Clear All Camera Settings from Setup Menu 5 or Clear All Custom Functions from the Custom Functions menu. To reset the camera, you must first set the camera Mode dial to P, Tv, Av, M, or B. Change the direction of the dials When you shoot in the Tv and Av exposure modes, you adjust shutter speed or f-stop, respectively, by rotating the Main dial. In M mode, you rotate the Main dial to change the shutter speed and rotate the Quick Control dial to adjust the f-stop. Normally, turning the dials clockwise or to the right increases the value being adjusted. If this seems backwards to you, head for the Custom Functions III: Operation/Others menu and then select Function 2, Dial Direction During Tv/Av. Change the setting to the Reverse Direction option. Embed copyright notices If you sell your photography (or hope to), this is one customization feature definitely worth enabling. You can embed a copyright notice into the metadata — hidden text data — that’s included in every photo or movie you capture. Anyone who views your picture in a program that can display metadata can see your copyright notice. You can enter copyright data only when the camera is set to P, Tv, Av, M, B, C1, or C2 exposure mode, but the information you enter is added to all new files you create, regardless of which exposure mode you used to capture them. Follow these steps to create your copyright notice: 1. Open Setup Menu 5 and choose Copyright Information. 2. Choose Enter Author’s Name to display the digital keyboard. 3. Enter your name, as shown in the following figure. The easiest option is to use the touchscreen: Just tap the letters you want to enter; the characters you select appear in the text box above the keyboard. Tap the symbol labeled change keyboard in the figure to cycle the keyboard display from all uppercase letters, to all lowercase letters, and then to numbers and symbols. To move the cursor in the text box, tap the arrows at the end of the text box. To erase the character to the left of the cursor, tap the Delete character icon, also labeled in the figure, or press the Erase button. To cancel at any time, press the Menu button and then choose Cancel, or give the shutter button a quick half-press. 4. Tap the Menu icon or press the Menu button; then confirm your decision to save the information and return to the main Copyright Information screen. 5. Choose Enter Copyright Details to return to the keyboard and add any additional data you think necessary. You might want to add the year or your email address, for example. (You don’t need to enter the word Copyright — it’s added automatically.) 6. Tap the Menu icon or press the Menu button once to exit the setup screen; then tap OK or highlight it and press the Set or center Joystick button to complete the process. 7. Press the Menu button to return to the main menu system. Disable copyright tagging by choosing the Delete Copyright Information option, also found on the Copyright Information screen. (The option is unavailable until you add copyright data.) Control the lens focus drive It’s pretty annoying when you try to autofocus and the camera doesn’t get a good lock, but the lens motor keeps churning away like it’s trying to swim the English Channel. This problem occurs most often when you’re shooting low-contrast subjects in low light. If that keeps happening, consider changing the lens focus drive behavior. You can make this adjustment only in the advanced exposure modes. So set the Mode dial to P, Tv, Av, M, B, C1, or C2 and then pull up the Custom Functions II: Autofocus menu. Navigate to Function 6, Lens Drive When AF Impossible. If you change the setting to Stop Focus Search, the camera won’t keep trying to focus when autofocusing fails. Of course, you have another option when the autofocus motor can’t hone in on its target: Just set the lens to manual focusing and do the job yourself. Often, that’s the easiest solution to a focus problem. Advanced autofocusing tweaks The Autofocus section of the Custom Functions menu has a lot of options. The ones discussed here will no doubt delight the autofocusing wonks in the crowd, and for good reason. Features like these set the 90D apart from entry-level cameras by providing esoteric capabilities that may only be needed in certain situations but are nonetheless valuable. For more details, refer to the camera manual (you can download it from Canon) and review the section on Custom Functions II: Autofocus. Tracking Sensitivity (C.Fn II-1): Related to the AI Servo AF mode; this setting controls how much the autofocus system reacts when an object other than your subject enters the focusing area or when your subject strays from the focusing points. Accel./Decel. Tracking (C.Fn II-2): This one is also related to AI Servo AF mode; the default setting is designed for subjects moving at a fixed speed. The other settings are geared to subjects that are moving erratically. AF Point Auto Switching (C.Fn II-3): This sets the AF point switching sensitivity when tracking moving objects. In other words, you can control how responsive the system is when it needs to switch AF points. AI Servo 1st Image Priority (C.Fn II-4): When you use one of the Continuous Drive modes and AI Servo AF mode, this setting determines whether the camera takes the first shot as soon as the shutter button is pressed, even if focus is not yet achieved. You can tell the camera to wait for focusing to occur (choose the Focus Priority setting) or to go ahead and take the shot (choose Release Priority). The default, Equal Priority, tries to achieve a balance between the two. AI Servo 2nd Image Priority (C.Fn II-5): This function controls what happens for shots taken after the first shot when you’re using Continuous shooting and AI Servo AF mode. Choose Shooting Speed Priority to make achieving the maximum frames per second rate the priority; choose Focus Priority to restrict the camera to taking the shot after focus is achieved. The default setting gives equal priority to both concerns. Select AF Area Selection Mode (C.Fn II-7): By default, the 90D rotates through all five AF Area Selection Modes when you press the AF Area Selection Mode button when using the viewfinder. You can customize this by removing those you don’t want to see from this rotation. The only exeption (you knew there was going to be one!) is Manual Selection: 1-Point AF. It stays, whether you want to see it or not. Limit AF Methods (C.Fn II-8): Like the previous function, this setting limits the AF methods you can use, only when you are shooting in Live View. Orientation Linked AF Point (C.Fn II-10): Normally, the AF Area mode you select, as well as the AF point or zone you choose, remain in effect whether you orient the camera horizontally or vertically. If you change this setting to Select Separate AF Points, the camera remembers the settings you choose while holding the camera horizontally, vertically with the grip on top, and vertically with the grip on the bottom. Then when you rotate the camera, it automatically shifts to those settings. Initial Servo AF (C.Fn II-11): This option controls which AF point the AI Servo AF or Servo AF uses when the AF Area Selection mode is set to Automatic Selection AF for the viewfinder or the AF Method is set to Face+Tracking in Live View. By default, the system selects whichever AF point it thinks is best. However, you can change this behavior and pre-select an AF point to start on, whether preset or the last one you used. AF Point Selection Movement (C.Fn II-13): By default, when you’re selecting an autofocus point, you hit a wall when you reach the edge of the grid of autofocus points. If you change this menu option to Continuous, the selection instead wraps around the viewfinder by jumping to the point on the opposite side. This function applies to viewfinder shooting only. AF Microadjustment (C.Fn II-16): Do not, we repeat, do not fool with this option unless you really understand autofocusing and you determine that the camera is consistently focusing in front of or behind the selected focus point. Even then, know that this feature, which enables you to fine-tune the autofocusing system, may just make things worse. In fact, we recommend that if you're having this problem, you take your camera to a good camera shop and ask an expert for help. Not only are you likely to get better results, but you'll get to enjoy looking at all the shiny new camera gadgets, one of which is sure to make the perfect addition to your camera bag.

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How to Shoot Time-Lapse Photos and Movies on the Canon EOS 90D

Article / Updated 02-17-2020

The Canon EOS 90D camera has two features that involve time intervals that do the same thing, only differently: Interval Timer Shooting: Also known generally as time-lapse photography, this automatic feature enables you to record a series of still photos over a specified period of time without having to stick around to press the shutter button for each shot. You can space the shots minutes or even hours apart, and you can record as many images as your memory card can hold. Canon calls this feature Interval Timer, and it’s located in Shooting Menu 5 when the camera is set to P, Tv, Av, M, C1, or C2 exposure modes; in other exposure modes, from Shooting Menu 2. Enable the feature, as shown, then tap Info or press the Info button to configure the detailed settings. Set the interval between shots and the total number of photos you want to take. After shooting is completed, you’re left with a series of still photos. Several restrictions apply: This feature doesn’t work in Live View or Movie mode, and you can’t enable it in Bulb exposure mode. You have to take the first shot yourself, and you’ll get better mileage if you use a sturdy tripod and the optional Canon AC Adapter and DC Coupler instead of a battery. Time-Lapse Movie shooting: The time-lapse movie feature records single movie frames at periodic intervals and then stitches the frames into a movie. To try it out, set the Live View/Movie Shooting switch to the movie setting (the red movie camera), and then select an exposure mode. You can choose anything but SCN or Creative Filters. Autoexposure is used in everything but M mode. Next, choose Time-Lapse Movie from Shooting Menu 1. Then select the Time-lapse movie option, and choose an option. This makes it possible to edit all the other options shown in the figure on the right. Disable: Turns the feature off. This is the default setting. Scenes 1-3: Canon has created three scenes that set the shooting parameters to fit certain sitations. Scene 1 is optimized for moving subjects, like people, and takes 300 shots spaced 3 seconds apart. Scene 2 is for slower changes. It takes 240 shots spaced 5 seconds apart. Scene 3 has the longest interval, taking 240 shots spaced 15 seconds apart. Use it when the scene changes even more slowly. If you want to set the shooting interval and number of shots yourself, select Custom. Although it’s not obvious, you can edit the scene’s settings, within limits established by the particular scene. Use them as starting points for further experimentation. Custom: This setting lets you choose the shooting details without any suggestions or limitations. The maximum number of shots in Custom mode is 3600. Interval and No. of Shots: The first option sets the delay between captures; the second option determines how many frames are captured. Scenes limit you to certain ranges. If you select Custom, you can set the number of shots from 2 to 3600 and the time interval from 2 seconds to 60 minutes. As you change the interval and number of shots, values at the bottom of the screen indicate how long it will take the camera to record all the frames and the length of the resulting movie. Movie Rec. Size: Select 4K or Full HD to set the movie size. The movie is recorded at 30 fps for NTSC and 25 fps for PAL and saved as an .MP4 movie. Frames are compressed using ALL-I compression rather than the IPB compression used for regular movies. Auto Exposure: Choose Fixed First Frame to record all frames using the exposure settings the camera selects for the first frames. Choose Each Frame if you want the camera to reset exposure for before each shot. Screen Auto Off: By default, the monitor stays on during shooting but automatically turns off about 30 minutes after the first image is captured. If you want to save battery power, you can shut the monitor off automatically about 10 seconds after the first frame is captured by setting this option to Enable. Press the Info button to bring back the display at any time. Note that you can’t record a time-lapse movie while the camera is connected to an external display, so the onboard monitor provides your only visual reference. Beep as Image Taken: By default, the camera beeps after each frame is captured, which is a very good way to annoy everyone within earshot. If you don’t want to lose friends and family members, set this option to Disable. After exiting the menu screen, frame your shot and then press the shutter button halfway to initiate autofocusing and exposure metering. Make sure that focus is accurate — the camera won’t adjust focus between frames. To begin capturing frames, press the Start/Stop button. Recording stops automatically after all frames are captured and the movie is created.

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