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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've been using your camera very much, you've probably found that it's a little bit of hassle having to navigate from menu to menu to find the particular function that you want. Fortunately the Rebel has this cool custom menu over here called My Menu, which let's me put only items that I want in here. So, for example, let's think about some functions that we use regularly and add them to this menu. I regularly use, for example, the Format menu. So I'm going to go in here top My menu settings and I want to Register to My Menu, registering is simply the process of adding an item to the menu.
When I select that I get a list of every menu option that the camera offers, and now I just have to go through and find the one I want. They're presented in the same order that they are in the normal menu hierarchy. So I'm going to go down here till I find the Format, hit the Set button. It asks me to confirm that I want to register that, so I'm going to say OK, and now that's in My menu. Let's look around to find some other things. I tend to do a lot of bracketing, so I'm going to go look for the auto exposure bracketing, which is right here.
I'm going to select that, say OK. When I'm done I can get out by pressing the menu button. I'm going to do that and hit it again to look at My menu. So now you can see that my menu contains Format and My exposure compensation, Auto Exposure racketing command. The last item is always My menu settings because you need that to be able to get in and edit the menu and change things around. So this is great. Now all I have to do is come in here and I got those two commands which I use very regularly. What you may have noticed already is that when you hit the menu button you always go back to the last menu you were at.
So if I just leave it there I possibly never need to look at any of these other menus again, except for the rare occasions when I need some more unusual menu option. Let's look one more time at this My menu settings thing. You'll see that I can sort the items in My menu. I can also delete individual items or delete everything, so that I can get My menu back to normal and make edits and changes later. So this is a really handy way of speeding up access to menu items on your camera.
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