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David Busch’s Canon® EOS M Guide to Digital Photography by Lee Sheldon

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Basic Zone Modes

The final factor in the exposure equation is one that your EOS M offers little control over: Basic Zone modes. Your Canon EOS M includes Basic Zone shooting modes that can automatically make all the basic settings needed for certain types of shooting situations, such as Portraits, Landscapes, Close-ups, Sports, Night Portraits, and “No-Flash zone” pictures. They are especially useful when you suddenly encounter a picture-taking opportunity and don’t have time to decide exactly which Creative Zone mode you want to use. Instead, you can spin the mode dial to the appropriate Basic Zone mode and fire away, knowing that, at least, you have a fighting chance of getting a good or usable photo.

Basic Zone modes are also helpful when ...

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