I am sure this has a simple answer but I don't know it or where to find it. My camera (Cannon 5DII) allows 3 custom shooting profiles. I don't use them. Is there an advantage to adjusting the configurable setting at capture as opposed to PP in Lr? Thanks in advance.. -t
If you shoot RAW and use LR you need never think about picture settings - these only matter if you shoot JPEGS and for some reason want the camera to do the PP for you. This, for me, is one of the major hidden benefits of shooting RAW. At capture, the photographer only has to think about the fundamentals: shutter speed, aperture, focal length, focus and subject, and he doesn't have to waste time screwing around with picture settings. This speeds up the capture process and allows the photographer to concentrate on what really matters. All the other stuff (sharpening, WB, contrast etc) is best dealt with at leisure when you are back at your computer.
Having said that, the 3 custom presets on the EOS 5D2 are supremely useful as shortcuts for accessing particular camera settings (not picture settings) in a hurry, according to the situation. I use the presets almost all the time. Your needs will vary but mine are:
C1: RAW, ISO200, f5.6 Aperture Priority, One Shot AF, Single Frame, AF on the * button (CF4). A great starting point for 90% of my photos.
C2: RAW, Auto ISO, F5.6 Aperture Priority, AI Servo AF, Burst Shooting. Good for sports, birds in flight etc.
C3: RAW, ISO 100, f5.6 Aperture Priority, One Shot AF, Single Frame, AF on the * button (CF4), Mirror Lock Up enabled. For shooting on a tripod using a remote shutter release.
Obviously different photographers will choose different presets according to their own needs... the above examples are chosen for my own needs. The only time I don't use the presets is when I am shooting in Manual Mode with a flash.