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Drive mode

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

Video: Drive mode

Henri Cartier-Bresson spoke extensively about the decisive moment that one particular moment that happens that is the perfect decisive expression of the scene or event. Because he was a genius, he was often able to fire his camera that perfect decisive moment. For the rest of us there is Drive mode. In Drive mode, as you hold down the shutter button, the camera will continue to snap frames one after another. Drive mode is a great tool for shooting in fast moving environment, sports, street shooting, nature shots, but it can also be ideal for portraiture when a person's face is making lots of tiny subtle changes and you're not sure which is the ideal expression.

Drive mode

Henri Cartier-Bresson spoke extensively about the decisive moment that one particular moment that happens that is the perfect decisive expression of the scene or event. Because he was a genius, he was often able to fire his camera that perfect decisive moment. For the rest of us there is Drive mode. In Drive mode, as you hold down the shutter button, the camera will continue to snap frames one after another. Drive mode is a great tool for shooting in fast moving environment, sports, street shooting, nature shots, but it can also be ideal for portraiture when a person's face is making lots of tiny subtle changes and you're not sure which is the ideal expression.

However, you can not use Drive mode indefinitely, that is, you can't just hold the button down and expect the camera to always keep shooting. When you take a picture, the camera has to move a lot of data around and do a lot of computation. You can take pictures faster than your camera can get them written to the media card, so your camera has a memory buffer that can hold a certain number of pictures. As you shoot, your images can be quickly thrown into that buffer, then the camera can start the process of copying images from the buffer to the memory card while you continue to snap away.

If the buffer fills, then your camera will cease to be able to take pictures and you'll have to wait for it to empty out before you can start shooting again. To change from Single Shot to Drive mode, I press this button right here and it's marked with these three rectangles that are stacked on top of each other, indicating that I get multiple frames very quickly. It's also got a self-timer, and a remote control underneath it, that's because this one button pops up this menu that gives me all of these different options. We'll look at these later. Right now, we're just concerned with continuous shooting. So I'm going to select that, and hit Set, and now as long as I hold the shutter button down, my camera will shoot as long as there's space in the buffer, and it's going to go quite a ways because, there we go.

You just heard it slow down. It was able to go quite a ways because I'm shooting JPEG images which don't take up a lot of space. Now, my remaining count here is flashing to indicate that the camera is writing data to the card which you can also see because of the red light. There, it just finished. So I'm going to let it go till the buffer fills up. Now, you hear it slowing down because I'm still holding the button down, but it's only shooting when enough space has emptied out of the buffer for it to be able to get a shot. If I wait a little bit, the buffer is going to clear some, and now I'm going to be able to shoot a few more at regular speed, and then it slows down again.

That buffer number inside is letting me know when the buffer is filling up and going down. So, if you're really wanting to shoot a lot, you need to keep an eye on that. It's very rare that you need to be shooting 20 frames in a row though. If you're a sport shooter, you may be doing that, if you're a wildlife shooter, you may be doing that. But instead of relying on Drive mode to blanket a scene with gobs of shots, it's better to practice zeroing in on the Decisive Moment and only firing off when you think things are really about to happen. Not only will that be easier on your camera because you won't be having to worry about these buffer issues.

It'll be easier on the post- production end because you won't be drowning in images when you get home. So don't just hold that button down and stop thinking. Really try to pay attention to your scene, predict when the decisive moment is coming up, and then you can start firing off your shots.

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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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