Visit the Shooting/Display submenu (see Figure ) of the Custom Setting
menu to tweak various aspects of how the camera communicates with you,
as well as to control a couple of basic shooting functions. Check out the following
? Beep: By default, your camera
beeps at you after certain operations,
such as after it sets focus
when you shoot in autofocus
mode. If you’re doing top-secret
surveillance work and need
the camera to hush up, set this
option to Off. On the Shooting
Information Display, a little musical
note icon appears when the
beep is enabled. Turn the beep
off, and the icon appears in a
circle with a slash through it.
You can also control the volume
of the beep. Your choices are
High (the default) and Low. Tres cool.
? Viewfinder Grid Display: You can display tiny gridlines in the viewfinder
by setting this option to On. The gridlines are a great help when
you need to ensure the alignment of objects in your photo — for example,
to make sure that the horizon is level in a landscape.
? ISO Display: Normally, the Shooting Information display and viewfinder
indicate how many shots will fit in the remaining space on your memory
card. But if you prefer, you can use this display space to instead show
the current ISO setting. See Chapter 5 for the complete story on this
? File Number Sequence: This option controls how the camera names your
picture files. When the option is set to Off, as it is by default, the camera
restarts file numbering at 0001 every time you format your memory card
or insert a new memory card. Numbering is also restarted if you create
custom folders (an advanced option covered in Chapter 11).
Needless to say, this setup can cause problems over time, creating a
scenario where you wind up with multiple images that have the same
filename — not on the current memory card, but when you download
images to your computer. So I strongly encourage you to set the option
to On. Note that when you get to picture number 9999, file numbering
is still reset to 0001, however. The camera automatically creates a new
folder to hold for your next 9999 images.
As for the Reset option, it enables you to assign the first file number
(which ends in 0001) to the next picture you shoot. Then the camera
behaves as if you selected the On setting.
Should you be a really, really prolific shooter and snap enough pictures
to reach image 9999 in folder 999, the camera will refuse to take another
photo until you choose that Reset option and either format the memory
card or insert a brand new one.
? Exposure Delay Mode: If you turn this option on, the camera waits to
record your picture until about one second after you press and release
the shutter button. What’s the point? Well, a tiny mirror inside the
camera moves every time you press the shutter button to take a picture.
For shots that require a long exposure time, there is a slight chance that
the vibration caused by that mirror movement will blur the picture. So
by delaying the actual image capture a little, the odds of that mirrorrelated
blur are lessened. For normal shooting, leave this one at its
default setting, Off. And check out Chapter 2 for information on using
the camera’s self-timer function as an alternative option when you want
to delay the shutter release.
? Date Imprint: Through this option, you can choose to imprint the shooting
date, date and time, or the number of days that have passed since
you took the photo.
The default setting, which disables the imprint, is the best way to go,
however; you don’t need to permanently mar your photos to find out
when you took them. Every picture file includes a hidden vat of text
data, called metadata, that records the shooting date and time, as well as
all the camera settings you used — f-stop, shutter speed, and lots more.
You can view this data in the free software provided with your camera
as well as in many photo programs. Chapter 8 shows you how.
? Live View Display Options: Use these settings to control the screen
appearance when you use Live View
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