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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.
Basic maintenance of your camera is pretty intuitive, don't drop it, and don't bang it in to things. If you want to clean it, use a dry cloth. If you're going to store the camera for a while, be sure to take the battery out of it. You've already seen how the camera cleans its own sensor, but there are some other built-in sensor cleaning options. If I go here into the menu system, over here in the second tools menu down near the bottom I have Sensor cleaning. I'm going to open that up and you see I have three options. By default, I'm set for Auto cleaning.
This means whenever the camera is turned on and off it automatically cleans its sensor. But if I'm shooting and I see some dust in my image playback, I can come in here and hit the Clean Now button that will just tell it to go ahead and shake its sensor real good, and then you can take another shot and see if it worked. If none of that works then you're going to want to look into cleaning manually which you do with this option right here. The camera's built-in cleaning is very effective, but there will be times when your sensor gets dust that the built-in cleaning can't remove. In Foundations of Photography - Lenses, I cover how to clean your camera's sensor.
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