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Old Mar 31, 2005, 10:39 AM   #1
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Hi,

I am lucky enough to have a 20D as a works camera and I have been looking into all the custom functions, and to be honest I am slightly disillusioned by it all. This is because a lot of the time I do not really see any improvement over some of the pre set settings?

I have experienced this in AWB and CWB and now I am on with Parameters, obviously I have shot in parameter 1 and I have just tried setting my own, I put all setting to the highest and then shot all on the lowest, I did not notice much difference.

I am trying to achieve what I used to get with Transparency, very punchy colours with high contract.

So do you use them, and in which circumstances do you use a standard or a custom, or do you not bother with custom Parameters?

Also does any one know of a good shooting practices site. I have found that since shooting with Digital I tend to current a lot in the RAW processing stage, I would like to get out of this habit. My biggest problem is white balance, I do set a CWB, but again it does not seem to do much.

Any advice, tips, tricks would be gratefully received.

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Here is a list of the Custom Functions I mostly use.
  • cf.3=1 flash sync speed [/*]
  • cf.6=0 exposure level increments [/*]
  • cf.8=1 ISO expansion [/*]
  • cf.12=0/1 Mirror Lockup depends on need [/*]
  • cf.15=0/1 Shutter curtain sync, depends on need[/*]
If you are shooting RAW things like white balance don't apply to the image, the suggested WB is included in the raw data, but not applied to it.

If possible I include a gretagmacbeth color checker chart http://www.gretagmacbeth.com/index/p...lorchecker.htmin the first image of any shoot. With it in the image it is very easy to have DPPapply the correct color settings to the allof the images taken under the same conditions.

Check chapter 17 for RAW white balance handling in DPP http://photoworkshop.com/canon/dpp/module_03.html#

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The whole DPP course is http://photoworkshop.com/canon/dpp/

and that comes from http://www.photoworkshop.com/canon/index.html lot of very good stuff under the "Pro Corner" and "Tips & Techniques" sections.

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Old Mar 31, 2005, 3:21 PM   #4
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Peter

Again some truely excellent links, do you have a special broswer which just picks excellent photography links:lol:

I don't use DPP but it can all be applied to photoshop, so cool, I see what you mean about the color checker chart, kind of pricey for a bit of card though:-)

If you have anything else you feel I would benifit from please post :G

Seriously thanks a lot

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Yes, that chart floored me when I first saw the price (115$cdn) took me a while to decide to stop guessing and get one. The other option would be a minolta colormeter at about 10x the cost.

I use FireFox, only finds good links:-):-):lol::blah:.

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