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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.
We are all used to the idea that we can edit and adjust our images in our computer, but you can also perform some simple special effects inside the camera. Let me go into Playback mode here and then hit my menu button. In the first Playback menu, I have a Creative Filters option. If I pick that, I get a warning that Only compatible images will be displayed, but anything you shoot with this camera is going to be compatible. I also see that I get into my mode by hitting the Set button. Now I see a menu of five different effects that I can apply, Grainy B/W, Soft focus, Fish-eye effect, Toy camera effect and Miniature.
And obviously I'm not seeing previews of these as I scroll through these. A Miniature effect gives me the look of kind of a popular special effect right now that's using a tilt shift lens to make a large landscape appeared to look like a toy. Toy camera effect is just going to make my image look kind of like it was shot with an old toy retro camera like a Holga or something. Fish-eye is going to give me a real bulbous look in the middle of my images, as if I shot it with a fish-eye lens. Soft focus is going to give me a diffusion effect over the whole image or Grainy black and white , which is going to give me a Grainy black and white image.
Let's go for the Fish-eye and see what happens. Once I highlight one of these, I can hit the Set button to select it and the camera thinks for a bit and then shows me a preview of the effect. I have in this case, three levels of effect that I can apply, and I just dial up and down to get more or less Fish-eye effect. Once I have dialed in, the amount that I want, I hit the Set button and it says, Save as new file. This is just giving me a chance to cancel out of this, or I can hit OK. It says it's saving and when it's finished it will tell me that it has saved it with a new image number and that it's going to return me to my original image, so when I hit OK, I'm back to my original image.
This was the last image that I had shot so it's now save a new image after this one, so if I go forward I see my Fish-eye effect. So those are the Creative effects. They don't cost you anything in terms of an image because you keep your original image. So you might want to play with these and see what you think about these effects, some of them can be a nice way of adding a little extra pizzazz to an image.
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