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Basic camera anatomy

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

Video: Basic camera anatomy

Before we go any further, we need to get some basic terminology out of the way. Now a lot of what I'm going to explain here may seem pretty cut and dry, but it's important that we're all on the same page when talking about specific parts of a camera. Taking it from the top I have my Shutter button, my main dial, which I use for menu navigation and configuring parameters. I have ISO, and display button, my mode dial, Power switch, mounts for attaching the camera strap, and a hot-shoe for attaching an external flash. On the back, I've got Exposure Lock and Focus Point Selection, Live View, button for activating the menus for getting into the cameras menuing system, which I'll use for configuring lots of different commands, Info button is going to give me a lot of different information, both in playback and shooting mode, and my main Instrument cluster here.

Basic camera anatomy

Before we go any further, we need to get some basic terminology out of the way. Now a lot of what I'm going to explain here may seem pretty cut and dry, but it's important that we're all on the same page when talking about specific parts of a camera. Taking it from the top I have my Shutter button, my main dial, which I use for menu navigation and configuring parameters. I have ISO, and display button, my mode dial, Power switch, mounts for attaching the camera strap, and a hot-shoe for attaching an external flash. On the back, I've got Exposure Lock and Focus Point Selection, Live View, button for activating the menus for getting into the cameras menuing system, which I'll use for configuring lots of different commands, Info button is going to give me a lot of different information, both in playback and shooting mode, and my main Instrument cluster here.

Now we're going to go over all of these controls in detail. These are the controls that we'll use for driving most of the cameras major functions. And then of course I've got my LCD screen and on the Rebel the LCD screen has this cool thing where it's articulated. I can rotate it around, get it into different angles for different types of shooting, close it against the camera to protect it, or fit it flush against the back of the camera for typical kind of regular shooting. Moving around to the side of the camera, I can see that I've got a couple of different ports here under these two different doors.

I have my AV Digital out and my HDMI port. And so that's where I would attach a monitor or a computer. Under the other door I have remote control and microphone, there's smaller little ports in there. These doors are sturdy, but they are held on by just that one little bit, so do try to be a little careful with them. You have to really mash them in to get them closed sometimes. Moving on around the camera, I have my lens release button, depth of field preview, button for popping up the camera's built-in flash.

Now there are some controls on my lens, but we're going to discuss those in a separate lens movie. Moving around to this side, I have my Autofocus Assist Light which also works for red-eye reduction. We'll be discussing that later. This is an Infrared Receiver that's used for some infrared remote controls, that is wireless remote controls, and then of course, around on this side I have the slot for my media card, and underneath I have the battery, and we'll be looking at those separately. So that's a kind of grand overview of the buttons and dials on your camera.

Again, don't worry about remembering all of that. We're going to be looking at these in detail throughout this course.

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

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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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