How do I shoot still photos using the Live View function (EOS 5D Mark II)

    12-Nov-2008
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    Solution

    What is Live View Shooting?
    With your camera, you can shoot photos while viewing the image on the camera's LCD monitor. This is called "Live View shooting."
    This section describes how to shoot still photos using the Live View function.
    IMPORTANT
    If you handhold the camera and shoot while viewing the LCD monitor, there are cases in which crisp images cannot be obtained due to camera shake. It is recommended to use a tripod when shooting.

    STEP I. Preparing for Live View Shooting
    1. Turn the camera's power switch to <ON>.

    2. Turn the Mode Dial to set the shooting mode to one of the following modes: P/Tv/Av/M/B.



    3. Make sure that the camera is ready to take shots, and then press the <MENU> button.



    4. Turn the <Main Dial> to select the < > tab.



    5. Turn the <Quick Control Dial> to select [Live View/Movie func. set.], and then press the <SET> button.



    6. The [Live View/Movie func. set.] window appears, so turn the <Quick Control Dial> to select [LV func. setting], and then press the <SET> button. "LV" stands for Live View.



    7. The [Live View function settings] window appears, so set the [LV func. setting] type. Turn the <Quick Control Dial> to select [Stills only], and then press the <SET> button.



    8. Next, select the [Screen settings] type.
    Select [Stills display] or [Exposure simulation], and then press the <SET> button.



    About [Screen settings]
    Stills displayGeared for still photos, the image is displayed at the standard brightness to make it easy to see.
    Exposure simulation The Live view image will closely reflect the brightness level of the actual image (exposure).
    Movie displayGeared for movies, the image is displayed at the standard brightness. For details, please refer to the related information.

    9. Make sure that [Live View shooting ] is set, and if necessary, set [Grid display], [Silent shoot.], and [Metering timer].
    For details on settings, please refer to the Instruction Manual that is supplied with your camera.



    10. Press the <MENU> button twice to make the menu display disappear.

    11. When you press the < > (Live View shooting) button, the Live View image will appear on the LCD monitor.



    STEP II-1. Shooting by Using AF to Focus
    There are three AF modes as follows. The most appropriate mode can be set depending on the shooting conditions or the subject.

    Quick modeThe dedicated AF sensor is used to focus.
    Live modeThe image sensor is used to focus.
    Live (face detection) modeWith the same AF method as with the Live mode, the human face is detected and focused.

    If you want to achieve precise focusing, set the lens focus mode switch to <MF>, magnify the image, and focus manually.

    When [Quick mode] is set:

    The dedicated AF sensor is used to focus in the same way as with viewfinder shooting. Although you can focus the desired area quickly, the Live View image will be interrupted momentarily during the AF operation.

    1. Once you have proceeded up to Step 9 of "STEP I. Preparing for Live View shooting", turn the <Quick Control Dial> to select [AF mode].



    2. Press the <SET> button to select [Quick mode], and then press the <SET> button again.



    3. Make sure that [Quick mode] is set, and then press the <MENU> button twice.

    4. Set the lens focus mode switch to <AF>.



    5. Press the < >(Live View shooting) button to display the Live View image.



    6. Select the AF point that you want to use for focusing.
    • Press the <AF DRIVE > button, and then use the < > (Multi-controller) to select the AF point.
    • If you keep tilting < > in the same direction, it will toggle between manual and automatic AF point selection.



    7. Aim the AF point over the subject, and hold down the <AF-ON> button to focus.
    • The Live View image will turn off, the reflex mirror will go back down, and AF will be executed.
    • When focus is achieved, the beeper will sound. The Live View image will reappear. The AF point used for focusing will be displayed in red.







    8. Check the focus and exposure, and then press the shutter button to take the picture.



    To terminate Live View shooting, press the < >(Live View shooting) button.
    CAUTION
    • You cannot take a picture during autofocusing. Take the picture only while the Live View image is displayed.
    • Autofocus will not work with the release button on the Remote Switch RS-80N3 and Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3 (both sold separately).

    When [Live mode] is set:

    The image sensor is used to focus. Although AF is possible with the Live View image displayed, the AF operation will take longer than with Quick mode. Also, achieving focus may be more difficult than with Quick mode.

    1. Once you have proceeded up to Step 9 of "STEP I. Preparing for Live View Shooting", turn the <Quick Control Dial> to select [AF mode].



    2. Press the <SET> button to select [Live mode], and then press the <SET> button again.



    3. Make sure that [Live mode] is set, and then press the <MENU> button twice.

    4. Set the lens focus mode switch to <AF>.



    5. Press the < > (Live View shooting) button to display the Live View image.
    The following AF point appears.
    You can use < > to move the AF point to where you want to focus (it cannot go to the edges of the picture). If you press < > straight down, the AF point will return to the image center.



    6. Aim the AF point over the subject, and hold down the <AF-ON> button to focus.
    • When focus is achieved, the AF point will turn green and the beeper will sound.
    • If focus is not achieved, the AF point will turn red.



    7. Check the focus and exposure, and then press the shutter button to take the picture.



    To terminate Live View shooting, press the < > (Live View shooting) button.

    When [Live (Face Detection) mode] is set:

    With the same AF method as with the Live mode, the human face is detected and focused. Have the subject face the camera.

    1. Once you have proceeded up to Step 9 of "STEP I. Preparing for Live View shooting", turn the <Quick Control Dial> to select [AF mode].



    2. Press the <SET> button to select [Live mode], and then press the <SET> button again.



    3. Make sure that [Live mode] is set, and then press the <MENU> button twice.

    4. Set the lens focus mode switch to <AF>.



    5. Press the < > (Live View shooting) button to display the Live View image.
    The following AF point appears.
    • When a face is detected, the [ ] frame will appear over the face to be focused.
    • If multiple faces are detected, [ ] will be displayed. In this case, use the < > to move the [ ] frame over the target face.



    6. Aim the AF point over the subject, and then press the <AF-ON> button to focus.
    • When focus is achieved, the AF point will turn green and the beeper will sound.
    • If focus is not achieved, the AF point will turn red.
    • If a face cannot be detected, the AF point will be fixed to the center for focusing.



    7. Check the focus and exposure, and then press the shutter button to take the picture.



    To terminate Live View shooting, press the < > (Live View shooting) button.
    CAUTION
    Notes when shooting in [Live Mode](Face Detection)
    • If the focus is way off, face detection will not be possible. If the lens enables manual focusing even while the lens focus switch is set to <AF>, turn the focusing ring to attain rough focus. The face will then be detected and [ ] will be displayed.
    • An object other than a human face might be detected as a face.
    • Face detection will not work if the face is very small or large in the picture, too bright or too dark, titled horizontally or diagonally, or partially hidden.
    • The face-detecting AF point might cover only part of the face.

    Live Mode and Live (Face Detection) Mode Notes:
    IMPORTANT
    AF operation
    • Focusing will take slightly longer.
    • Even when focus has been achieved, pressing the <AF-ON> button will focus again.
    • The image brightness may change during and after the AF operation.
    • If the image flickers, making it difficult to focus, stop and resume the Live View shooting under the actual light source to be used. Check that the flickering has stopped, and then autofocus.
    • If you press the < > button in the Live mode, the AF point area will be magnified. If it is difficult to focus in the magnified view, return to the normal view and autofocus. Note that the AF speed may differ between the normal and magnified views.
    • If you autofocus in the Live mode's normal view, and then magnify the image, the focus might be off.
    • In the Live mode, pressing the < >button will not magnify the image.
    NOTE
    Shooting conditions which can make focusing difficult:
    • Low-contrast subjects such as the blue sky and solid-color surfaces.
    • Subjects in low light.
    • Stripes and other patterns where there is contrast only in the horizontal direction.
    • Under a light source whose brightness, color, or pattern keeps changing.
    • Night scenes or points of light.
    • Under fluorescent lighting or when the image flickers.
    • Extremely small subjects.
    • Subjects at the edge of the picture.
    • Subjects strongly reflecting light.
    • The AF point covers both a near and faraway subject (such as an animal in a cage).
    • Subjects which keep moving within the AF point and cannot keep still due to camera shake or subject blur.
    • A subject approaching or moving away from the camera.
    • Autofocusing while the subject is way out of focus.
    • Soft focus effect is applied with a soft focus lens.
    • A special effects filter is used.

    STEP II-2. Shooting by Focusing Manually
    When focusing manually, magnify the image and turn the lens focusing ring.

    1. Once you have proceeded up to Step 11 of STEP I, set the lens focus mode switch to <MF>.
    Turn the lens focusing ring to focus roughly.



    2. Move the magnifying frame to the position where you want to focus.
    • Use the < > (Multi-controller) to move the magnifying frame.
    • If you press the < > (Multi-controller) straight down, the AF point will return to the center.



    3. Magnify the image.
    Press the < > (Magnifying) button to magnify the area within the frame.



    Each time you press the < > button, the display format will change as follows:
    Normal view -> Approx. 5x -> Approx. 10x -> Normal view

    4. While looking at the Live View image on the LCD monitor, turn the focusing ring to focus manually.



    5. After achieving focus, press the < > (Magnifying) button to check the image composition in normal view.

    6. Check the exposure, and then press the shutter button to take the picture.



    To terminate Live View shooting, press the < > (Live View shooting) button.

    CAUTION
    Notes About the Live View Image
    • Under low light or bright light conditions, the Live View image might not reflect the brightness of the captured image. However, for movies, the movie image displayed will be recorded in almost the same way you see it on the LCD monitor.
    • If the light source within the image changes, the screen might flicker. If this happens, stop and resume the Live View shooting under the actual light source to be used. If you point the camera in a different direction, it might throw off the Live View image's correct brightness momentarily. Wait until the brightness level stabilizes before shooting.
    • If there is a very bright light source in the picture, such as the sun, the bright area might appear black on the LCD monitor. In still photos, such bright area will be recorded properly as a bright area. In movies, the bright areas will be recorded in almost the same way you see it on the LCD monitor.
    • Under low light, the Live View image might show chrominance noise. In still photos, chrominance noise is not recorded. However, in movies, the bright areas will be recorded in almost the same way you see it on the LCD monitor.
    • When you magnify the image, the image sharpness may look more pronounced than it really is.
    Notes About the Shooting Results
    • When you shoot continuously with Live View function for a long period, the camera's internal temperature may increase and it can degrade image quality. Terminate Live View shooting when not shooting images.
    • Before taking a long exposure or shooting a movie, stop Live View shooting temporarily and wait several minutes before shooting. This is to prevent image degradation.
    • Live View shooting in high temperatures and at high ISO speeds may cause noise or irregular colors.
    • If you shoot still photos at a high ISO speed or shoot a movie in low light, horizontal stripes may become noticeable as noise.
    • If you take the picture while the image is magnified, the exposure might not come out as desired. Return to the normal view before taking the picture. During the magnified view, the shutter speed and aperture will be displayed in red. Even if you take the picture during magnified view, the captured image will show the normal view.

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