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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.
The ratio of the width to height of your image is defined as its aspect ratio. For example, your HDTV has a different aspect ratio than what your camera shoots. With its 16:9 aspect ratio, your HDTV shoots a wider image than the 3:2 aspect ratio of your camera. If you have a point and shoot camera it probably has an even narrower aspect ratio 4:3 which incidentally is the Aspect ratio of standard definition television. When you're shooting JPEG images you can choose something other than the camera's native 3:2 aspect ratio.
If you're in Live View the camera will show you guidelines for that chosen aspect ratio. To alter aspect ratio go into the menu and over here in the fourth shooting menu come right down to aspect ratio. You can see my default is 3:2. I'm going to set it to 16:9. This is the same as what you'd find on an HDTV. So if I pick that and leave my menus, now you see I'm still seeing my full 3:2 full frame image, but I've got guidelines showing where by 16:9 aspect ratio is.
Let's kill this status display like we learned about earlier by taking that out and now you can really see it. If I'm shooting in JPEG mode my final image will actually be cropped to this aspect ratio. If I'm shooting in RAW mode, the image will be tagged as being this aspect ratio, and if I open it up in DPP, I will see a cropped image. So, if I'm using a different RAW converter, this Aspect ratio feature doesn't buy me anything, and obviously changing aspect ratio doesn't do anything in my viewfinder up here.
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