How to Shoot Pictures with the HDR Backlight Control SCN Mode on Your Canon EOS 6D

By Doug Sahlin

Sometimes you want to photograph a scene with a wide variance in tonal range. Your EOS 6D offers a solution with the HDR Backlight Control SCN mode. Otherwise, your Canon has to compromise and you end up with an image that has detail in the mid-range but lacks detail in the shadow area.

When you choose the HDR Backlight Control SCN mode, the camera captures three images with different exposures and merges them into one. To create images using the HDR Backlight mode:

  1. Press the Mode Lock button and then select SCN from the Mode Dial.

  2. Press the Quick Control button.

    The Quick Control menu for the SCN modes appears. If you have photographed with a SCN mode before, the last used mode is displayed on the Quick Control menu. Press Set to display all of the SCN mode icons.

  3. Use the Multi-controller to select the HDR Backlight Control mode and then press Set.

    Images you create using this mode are saved in the JPEG format with Large quality. The settings on this mode are all automatic.


  4. Compose the picture and press the Shutter button halfway to achieve focus.

  5. Press the Shutter button fully.

    Your camera takes three pictures and the processor combines them in camera.