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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.
People often think that the flash on their camera is only used when it's dark out. But a dark scene is one of the times when you probably shouldn't use your flash. The pop-up flash on your camera is really designed to provide extra fill light when you're shooting in bright daylight. If you've got a bad backlighting situation or someone with a hat on, you can use Fill Flash to fill in the darker shadowy areas of the scene to produce a more even exposure. All you have to do to activate Fill Flash is just pop-up the flash. So if I just hit this button right here, the flash pops up and now it will charge and when I shoot, the flash will fire.
Here is an example of a shot without Fill Flash. Notice the shadowy areas, and after popping up the flash and shooting again, the exposure is more evened out, and the shadowy areas are nicely filled in. So again, Fill Flash is something that you're going to use in the daytime. You'll very often use your flash more in the daytime than you will at night. When you are shooting at night, you want to use a special flash mode called Night Portrait mode which we'll look at later.
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