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Shooting with the Canon Rebel T3i (600D and Kiss X5)
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Activating Live view


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Shooting with the Canon Rebel T3i (600D and Kiss X5)

with Ben Long

Video: Activating Live view

As we've seen one of the great advantages of an SLR is that you have a viewfinder that looks through the same lens that exposes the sensor. However, there are times when looking through that viewfinder is actually kind of a hassle. Maybe the camera is on a tripod, in a difficult to see position, or perhaps you're shooting a portrait and you prefer to look directly into your subject's eyes rather than hiding behind the camera. For those situations Live View might be a preferable way to work. In Live View, the camera's LCD screen becomes a viewfinder just like on a point and shoot camera.
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  1. 5m 59s
    1. Welcome
      1m 27s
    2. What is an SLR?
      2m 39s
    3. How to use this course
      1m 53s
  2. 22m 33s
    1. Basic camera anatomy
      2m 39s
    2. Attaching a lens to your camera
      2m 36s
    3. Batteries and media cards
      2m 44s
    4. Powering up
      2m 38s
    5. Menu navigation and factory defaults
      4m 1s
    6. Setting the date and time
      1m 31s
    7. Setting the language
      1m 7s
    8. Formatting the media card
      2m 48s
    9. Holding the camera
      2m 29s
  3. 21m 23s
    1. Setting Auto mode
      4m 14s
    2. The viewfinder display
      5m 31s
    3. The LCD screen
      2m 15s
    4. Autofocus basics
      2m 38s
    5. Lens controls
      1m 17s
    6. Flash in Auto mode
      1m 26s
    7. Image review
      2m 28s
    8. Image playback
      1m 34s
  4. 21m 14s
    1. What Program mode does
      1m 57s
    2. Exposure compensation
      2m 15s
    3. Metering revisited
      1m 57s
    4. Changing ISO
      2m 51s
    5. Program shift
      2m 30s
    6. Image format and size
      4m 21s
    7. Creative Auto mode
      2m 20s
    8. The Info button
      1m 17s
    9. The Quick Control button
      1m 46s
  5. 6m 21s
    1. Manually selecting a focus point
      2m 33s
    2. Focus modes
      1m 19s
    3. Manual focus
      2m 29s
  6. 7m 30s
    1. Auto white balance
      1m 54s
    2. White balance presets
      2m 7s
    3. Manual white balance
      3m 29s
  7. 8m 56s
    1. Drive mode
      3m 16s
    2. The self-timer
      2m 19s
    3. Remote controls and Bulb mode
      3m 21s
  8. 19m 38s
    1. Metering modes
      2m 19s
    2. Exposure lock
      56s
    3. Aperture Priority mode
      2m 50s
    4. Depth-of-field preview
      2m 11s
    5. Shutter Priority mode
      2m 23s
    6. Manual mode
      2m 46s
    7. Auto exposure bracketing
      2m 34s
    8. Auto lighting optimizer
      1m 59s
    9. Peripheral illumination correction
      1m 40s
  9. 18m 0s
    1. Metadata display
      3m 2s
    2. LCD brightness
      52s
    3. Rotation
      1m 4s
    4. Rating images
      1m 43s
    5. Applying creative filters
      2m 6s
    6. Protecting and deleting images
      3m 26s
    7. File numbering options
      2m 51s
    8. Creating folders
      48s
    9. Copyright information
      2m 8s
  10. 4m 55s
    1. What is a scene mode?
      1m 8s
    2. Scene modes and image formats
      3m 47s
  11. 6m 34s
    1. Fill flash
      1m 2s
    2. Flash exposure compensation
      1m 52s
    3. Red-eye reduction
      1m 36s
    4. Night Portrait scene mode
      2m 4s
  12. 6m 59s
    1. Picture styles defined
      2m 7s
    2. Selecting a picture style
      1m 38s
    3. Adjusting predefined styles
      2m 20s
    4. Monochrome picture styles
      54s
  13. 13m 53s
    1. Activating Live view
      4m 42s
    2. Focusing in Live view
      5m 31s
    3. Aspect ratio
      1m 35s
    4. Live view's drawbacks
      2m 5s
  14. 12m 55s
    1. Configuring and activating video
      5m 17s
    2. Focusing
      4m 6s
    3. Exposure control
      2m 11s
    4. Movie playback
      1m 21s
  15. 15m 6s
    1. Custom menus
      2m 11s
    2. Custom functions
      1m 31s
    3. Exposure level increments
      1m 0s
    4. ISO expansion
      1m 8s
    5. Long exposure noise reduction
      1m 9s
    6. High ISO speed noise reduction
      1m 46s
    7. Highlight tone priority
      1m 53s
    8. AF-assist beam firing
      56s
    9. Mirror lockup
      1m 17s
    10. Shutter/AE Lock button
      2m 15s
  16. 4m 37s
    1. Camera and sensor cleaning
      1m 4s
    2. Operating conditions and temperatures
      2m 9s
    3. Firmware updates
      1m 24s
  17. 23s
    1. Goodbye
      23s

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Shooting with the Canon Rebel T3i (600D and Kiss X5)
3h 16m Beginner Nov 18, 2011

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Shooting with the Canon Rebel T3i (600D and Kiss X5) details the features, controls, and options in the Canon Rebel T3i camera. Author Ben Long provides an overview of a digital single lens reflex (SLR) camera and reviews the Canon Rebel T3i camera's components and basics of operation, including changing lenses, navigating the menus, shooting in Auto mode, and reviewing and managing photos on the camera’s LCD screen. The course also covers white balance options, advanced metering and autofocus controls, flash, and shooting HD video, and includes a chapter on sensor and camera maintenance.

Topics include:
  • What is an SLR?
  • Attaching a lens to a camera
  • Deciding how many batteries and media cards are needed
  • Setting Auto mode
  • Changing ISO
  • Changing image format and size
  • Manually selecting a focus point
  • Correcting exposure while shooting
  • Controlling white balance
  • Using a driver and self-timer
  • Auto exposure bracketing
  • Selecting a picture style
  • Using Live View
  • Shooting video
  • Using custom functions, such as ISO expansion and mirror lockup
  • Cleaning the camera and sensor
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Author:
Ben Long

Activating Live view

As we've seen one of the great advantages of an SLR is that you have a viewfinder that looks through the same lens that exposes the sensor. However, there are times when looking through that viewfinder is actually kind of a hassle. Maybe the camera is on a tripod, in a difficult to see position, or perhaps you're shooting a portrait and you prefer to look directly into your subject's eyes rather than hiding behind the camera. For those situations Live View might be a preferable way to work. In Live View, the camera's LCD screen becomes a viewfinder just like on a point and shoot camera.

The camera takes the image that's being captured by its sensor, then it puts it immediately up on the screen so that you can see what the camera is actually capturing. One advantage of Live View is that you see absolutely 100% of the area captured by your camera as opposed to the roughly 96% of the scene that you get when you look through the normal viewfinder. To activate Live View, you just press the Live View button which is right here. Now when I press this you're going to hear the mirror come up. That was the mirror flipping up to allow light to get all the way back to the image sensor which is creating this image that I'm seeing here on the LCD screen.

So the first thing you should notice is I get a status display at the bottom of the screen that's very much like what I would see in my normal viewfinder. I've got a exposure compensation. I've got a number of shots remaining. I can see that I'm in Auto ISO mode. I can see that I have a full battery. This is actually a fairly critical piece of status information here, because Live View will drain your battery very quickly. If I half-press the Shutter button I get my shutter speed and aperture just like I always will. So this is pretty much everything you need when you're shooting, but there are some additional displays that I can pop up.

If I hit the Info button I get all this stuff. Now this is all the stuff that I would normally see back here on the display if I was just shooting in regular mode, not in Live View. And I can see that I'm in Single Shot mode, I'm in Autofocus, in Live View, I am at Auto White Balance selected, my Auto Picture Style, the Auto Lighting Optimizer is set to the middle setting and I'm shooting a high-quality JPEG image. I can also see that Exposure Simulation is turned on. This means that it's really trying to simulate what the final image will look like. That means it's applying a picture style. It's trying to show the actual white balance that it will use.

It's trying to show the ambience that I may have selected, and a lot of other parameters that really make this a fairly accurate view of what my final image will look like. If I press this button again, I get a histogram display. Now if you're not familiar with a histogram it's something you really need to learn about. It's a critical exposure tool. This makes it very simple for me to see if I've over or underexposed an image, if I've got enough contrast, if I have a very low contrast image. This is also a live histogram. As the scene changes the histogram updates in real time, well close to real time.

So a very, very useful shooting feature you can learn more about that in my Foundations of Photography: Exposure course. If I press the Info button again, all of that stuff goes away, leaving me a very clean, uncluttered view of my scene which can make composition much easier. I typically work with my standard display down here, because I want to keep track of my exposure settings as I'm working. I can also use the Q button just like I would in normal shooting to bring up an interactive set of controls. Now I can work through these and change any of these settings without having to manipulate any of the other controls on the camera.

So this is particularly nice when you're working on a tripod. I can be working with Live View and not have to look through the viewfinder, not have to reach for control, I can really see and do everything right here on this one screen. I can also deactivate this button. If I were to accidentally press this button the Live View might activate and as I've said it can be a real battery drain and maybe my camera's bumping on my belt or something and continually turning it on and off. Before I know it, I could lose battery. So I'm going to go in here to the menu and you see right here Fourth Shooting Menu>Live View shooting.

I can just choose to Disable that and now pressing this button does nothing at all. So if you don't ever use Live View you might as well turn that off so that you don't ever accidentally get into Live View mode when you don't want to be. Running the LCD screen on the camera generates a lot of heat inside the camera and because heat is bad for electronic components and makes your image more noisy. Your camera will begin to show you warnings as it heats up. First, you'll see this white icon. This indicates that image quality might be degraded, because the camera's getting too hot.

As you continue to shoot the white icon will turn red, and then it'll start flashing. Eventually, the camera will just stop shooting altogether and you will have to shut it down to let it cool. How quickly this will all happen varies with ambient temperature. You can avoid these overheating problems by turning off Live View when you're not actively shooting, especially if the weather is hot.

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Q: Will the lessons in this course work with the Canon T3 too?   
A: The main differences between the Canon T3i and the T3 are some video capabilities. Other than that, and some minor menu differences, you should be able to use the lessons in this course with the T3 with no issues.
 
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