The 1Ds Mark II is an advanced camera for professional photographers.

The Canon 1Ds Mark II is a professional-quality camera that was introduced in 2007. Its 16.7-megapixel sensor produces high-quality images. If you’re a new photographer and using this camera, you may be overwhelmed by the amount of options for each photo. Fortunately, Canon has built in some useful features to help users create better photos. To use a camera of this level, you need at least an intermediate understanding of photography because the camera only has manual or semi-manual shooting modes.

Change Auto Focus to Match Your Subject

The 1Ds Mark II has two settings for auto focus during shooting. The first is “One Shot AF,” in which the camera will focus on a subject and then lock that focus in regardless of changes in the composition. This can be useful for placing the subject at a location other than the center of the frame. The second is “AI Servo AF,” in which the camera will adjust focus as the subject moves closer to or away from the camera. This can be useful when a subject or the environment cannot be controlled.

To select an auto focus mode, press the AF button and turn the dial on top of the camera. The mode will be displayed in the LCD display.

Utilize Bracketing

“Bracketing” is a photography technique used to take multiple exposures of an image at approximately the same time. When set to bracketing, your camera will take three photos: one at the set exposure level, one lighter than the level and one lower. This technique is often used for tricky lighting situations and one of the lighter or darker images may be better exposed than the original. Additionally, these images can be combined to make HDR images.

To turn on bracketing, press the Mode and AF buttons at the same time. Rotate the dial on top of the camera to select the level of bracketing you want. Afterward, the next three photos you take will be in this order: set exposure, darker, lighter.

Take Quality Night Photos

To take quality photos at night, you need to adjust the settings so the camera soaks up as much light as possible. First, set the ISO to a high amount, such as 1600 or higher. Hold down the AF and Metering Mode buttons, and then rotate the dial to change the ISO setting, which is displayed in the LCD. Second, open the camera’s aperture to a 1.8 to 3.5 range. To set the aperture, rotate the dial on the back of the camera. Finally, the duration of the shutter speed will increase the brightness of your photos. The longer the lens is open, the more light enters the lens, but the blurrier the picture becomes. Adjust the shutter speed by rotating the dial on top of the camera until the image is light enough and the level of blur is acceptable.