My 2 Favorite Function Button Settings for a Camera

Besides Back Focusing

Josh Rose
Josh Rose
Jan 15 · 4 min read
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“Beach Double Exposure.” Photo by Josh S. Rose, 2020.

Quick Access Menu vs Function Buttons

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Quick Access Menu (Nikon’s i Menu).
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Add Quality

The greatest benefit of a hard button that you can function is to help your shot be better while you’re shooting. If by pressing it, you get some added benefit with your eye against the viewfinder, well okay then, that’s helpful. And different than what you do with a quick access menu.

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“Interlocked.” Photo by Josh S. Rose, 2019.

Add Creativity

And the other benefit of a programmed button is to offer up something creative into your shoot that, without the button, you probably wouldn’t do. It’s very hard to break your flow during a shoot to try to fiddle with your camera and set it up for something different. By programming something creative to a place right where your finger is resting, you can spice up a shoot without losing time or concentration.

My Top Quality Function: Focus Zoom

My favorite quality-oriented thing to program into my primary Fn button is focus zoom — a feature that is nearly impossible to find or access otherwise. There are a lot of occasions for manual focus for me — especially when doing video. By programming a Fn button to zoom in, I give myself that much more control over the accuracy of my focusing in manual mode. And I don’t have to ever take my eye off the camera to do it.

My Top Creativity Function: Multi-Exposure

And my other favorite, but creative-oriented, thing to program into my secondary Fn button is multiple exposures. It’s one of those things that I probably would do far less of if there wasn’t an easy option to access it. In fact, doing a multiple exposure shot in a digital camera is pretty sophisticated — you need to choose how many images you want for it and whether it’s a one-time thing or ongoing. But creating a hard button to access all of this, I can do this all without ever taking my eye off the viewfinder.

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