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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.
Just as with still shooting in movie mode the Rebel does a very good job of calculating exposure. There still might be times though when you want to override it and take some manual control and you have a couple of options for that. First of all, you have Exposure Compensation just like you would in still mode, so I'm going to half press to focus and meter and now I can press and hold my Exposure Compensation button and dial up and down. As I dial up my image gets brighter and you notice that's bringing out some more detail here in the shadowy parts of the camera, so that might be something I want. On the other hand, I've really blown out the background so maybe if my aesthetic was a little different I would want to underexpose to darken the image and calm the background down and plunge this into mysterious shadows if I'm doing my film noir version of a movie of a camera that's not moving.
However, like in still mode I have no control over how Exposure Compensation is achieving this brightening and darkening and there may be times when I want that level of control for creative reasons. Let's go into the Menu here. Movie exposure is currently set to Auto. I'm going to change it to Manual and that's going to open up a whole new realm of possibility here. I meter and I see that the camera is chosen a shutter speed of 1/30th of a second and an aperture of 5.6. If I turn the main dial up here I can control my shutter speed, so I can choose a different shutter speed.
If I am shooting sports, for example, I may want to have individual frames that are more frozen that will give me more of a stuttery effect, but it will make the image, the split second, moments of action in the image are little more clear. Notice that as I am doing this my Exposure Compensation dial is showing a little bit of overexposure, so I may try and back that back down to get it back to good exposure. I can also change aperture by holding down the Exposure Compensation button and turning the dial. This is just like it works in Manual mode when I am shooting stills.
This gives me the option of depth of field control, so I may want to open up my aperture to try and get shallower depth of field or close it down to get deeper depth of field. So I have full Manual control when I'm shooting in movie mode. This is something you don't even have a lot of video camera. It's a very nice feature of shooting video with your SLR.
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