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This relatively new exposure setting is found on the main command dial of some Canon EOS DSLR’s.

What it is: Creative auto (CA) is literally and figuratively between the full auto (a.k.a. the “Green Zone”) and program exposure modes. It gives inexperienced shooters control over simplified camera settings that are typically not adjustable in the auto mode and confusing in program.

Who it’s for: Beginners who want to experiment with depth of field, selective focus, custom color palettes, and their camera’s flash modes.

How it works: Using Canon’s Quick Control screen, the CA mode simplifies some camera operations by avoiding potential confusion. Setting depth of field, for example, doesn’t involve apertures, but is achieved by adjusting a sliding scale that goes from Background Blurred to Background sharp.