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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.
Different types of light shine with different colors. For example, tungsten lights are redder or warmer than fluorescent lights. While your eye does an amazing job of adjusting automatically to different types of light, so that colors always look correct, your camera doesn't fare so well. Your camera has to be calibrated to the type of light that you're shooting in. If it's not, color is going to appear wrong. This process is called White Balancing. The idea is that you calibrate the camera so that white appears correct, because white contains all other colors. If you can get white looking good, then you get all the other colors for free.
By default, your camera is set to Auto White Balance. With Auto White Balance, the camera will attempt to continuously white-balance itself on-the-fly as you shoot. Setting White Balance on the Rebel is very easy. First of all, let's take a look at this spot on our screen right here shows us what we're currently set to, AWB is Auto White Balance. So we're still set to the default which is Auto White Balance. We don't actually need to change anything. But if we did, we would simply hit this WB. That's the White Balance button. I hit that, and I get my White Balance menu and I've got a range of options here, Auto White Balance, and then I've got a bunch of presets, we're going to go over these separately in another movie, and then I've got Manual White Balance out here.
Notice that I can move back and forth using the dial or my left and right buttons back here. Once I've chosen the White Balance that I want, I hit the OK button. It highlights and goes away and I see my change here. Again, it's very important when you're manipulating these menus that you don't dial over to what you want, and then just half press the Shutter button. That did not actually change anything. You've got to hit the Set button. You'll probably find that you can stick with Auto White Balance for most of your shots. Where it will start to let you down though is in shady light or situations with mix lighting, say sunlight streaming into a fluorescently lit room.
In those instances, you'll need to change to a different White Balance Setting.
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