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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.
If you're up on your exposure theory, then you know already that shutter speed is used to control motion stopping in your image while aperture is used to control depth of field and both together are used to govern how light or dark your image is. If you're new to photography, then you may still be a little fuzzy about which parameter does what and how to control them even though you understand the creative possibilities of motion control, and depth of field. Creative Auto mode is a variation of your camera's Auto mode that provides you with a less technical interface for deciding how much depth of field you want, and what kind of color treatment you want on your image.
It also gives you a different way of choosing Drive mode and Flash Options. Creative Auto mode is a mode, so I get to it from my mode Dial. I switch over here to CA, that's Creative Auto, and my camera tells me I'm in Creative Auto mode. I am going to half press to go right to my Status Screen. I see my Exposure Settings over here. I see some different things here, Standard Setting, Background Blur, and then controls for Drive mode. Background Blur is my primary control here in Creative Auto mode. If I hit that Q button, I get this dial here, and it says Set to left for a more blurred background, right for a sharp background.
So I hit my Left-arrow and I've got two settings that basically go more blurry, or two settings that go sharper. Now, as I mentioned before, if you're up on your exposure theory, you know that all that's happening here is we are changing aperture. This is not going to guarantee that I get a soft background. I have to do some of the other things that you need for a soft background. I want to be framing my image in a particular way and using a particular lens. But if you're not comfortable with what F number equates to what size aperture and how that relates to depth of field, that can be an easier way of getting to it.
I have in addition to that all of the normal controls that I get in a Scene mode. I can go up here and choose an Ambience. This is going to just change the color treatment in my image, or I can go down here, and choose a Drive mode and these are my standard Drive modes. But the main feature here really is the ability to just dial in hopefully the amount of blur that I want. If your are sophisticated enough that you're really thinking about Background Blur and Depth of Field. I would really recommend that you do learn that exposure theory, and learn how to do this by the numbers rather than by this interface, mostly because you'll have a much finer degree of control, and a better chance of predicting what kind of results you're going to get.
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