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Hello and any 20D pointers?
Old 01-10-2006, 11:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just wanted to say hi to some old friends and hopefully new ones as I am reviving my shooting career. Its been a long time. Any one with pointers for using the 20D I'd be appreceative.
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Re: Hello and any 20D pointers?
Old 01-11-2006, 11:12 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Shoot early (or late) and often!
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Old 01-11-2006, 01:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Dittos to what Ed said. Plus, and this sounds cliche, but read, read and read again, the camera manual. Play with the camera, get familiar with changing settings and know what they do. It's all in the book. That way you won't find yourself fumbling when you see Bigfoot holding hands with Jackie Onassis next time you're out camping. Also, and this is just a personal preference, go through the Custom Functions and take the AF away from the shutter button and switch it to the AE button. You get used to it.

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Re: Hello and any 20D pointers?
Old 01-11-2006, 04:56 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Read the manual and go play....your best pointers are the few you adopt yourself.

Although if I had a 20d it would be stuck in bnw mode and playing with those features. Of course shooting in raw experts would disagree but it is fun to process those with the filter effects to achieve results in camera.

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Re: Hello and any 20D pointers?
Old 01-11-2006, 06:04 PM   #5 (permalink)
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The B/W is fun to play with and you can do lots of things with it. Sometimes you can get results you don't expect, however. Whenever I want to play with this feature, I just shift to the RAW + JPG mode and you get a nice B/W JPG with filtered by all your settings, and you have the RAW to fall back on if you want a full color image, or you want to do additional b/w processing outside of the camera.
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Old 01-11-2006, 06:10 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Be sure to give the RAW mode a full workout as you'll find that it gives you an amazing range of possibilities.

I find the center AF point to be much more responsive than the other points, so I set that as the point I always use.

Experiment with Custom White Balance. It can really help you if you shoot lots of images and you want to be able to process them very quickly.

Play with "Partial metering". You can use this mode like a poor man's spot meter to get a feel for the fstop range of a shot that you are about to shoot. Be sure to get very familiar with the compensation dial as you can really make great use of it.

Learn to use the histogram and if you have a gray card or a black/gray/white target, the combo of histogram and target can give you very precise exposure possibilities.

I've had my 20D for over a year now and its a real workhorse.

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