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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.
The flash on your camera has a range of about 10 to 12 feet. Beyond that, your flash simply won't have any effect on your image, but within that range, moving your camera and its flash closer or farther from your subject will result in more or less flash illumination on that subject. That should be pretty intuitive. Put the flash right in someone's face and they might end up with too much light on them. Flash Exposure Compensation is a way of controlling how much light the flash puts out. By dialing in negative Flash Exposure Compensation you can reduce the intensity of the flash to go from something like this to something like this.
To dial in some Flash Exposure Compensation, we'll hit the Q button to go to the Quick Control screen and this entry right here, it's a little flash with a +/- next to it. You may recognize the +/- as the Exposure Compensation icon. So this is Flash Exposure Compensation and you can see that it's currently set to 0. So I'm going to go down here and hit Set and here I get a Flash Exposure Compensation menu where I can dial up or down in stops. So that's going to emit less flash that's going to give me a weaker flash, because it's dialed into -1 stop.
This is going to give me more flash. Another way of changing Flash Exposure Compensation is to go into the Q menu, highlight this, and just turn the dial up here and you can dial it in that way. Most of the items on this menu are also available somewhere else. For example, White Balance, you can also get to from this button Exposure Compensation you can get to from this button. Flash Exposure Compensation is the only thing that's only available in the Q screen. So you just really got to try to remember this one. You're not going to find a button for it.
You're not going to find a menu item for it. This is where it is and it is a command that you'll probably find yourself using fairly regularly if you use a lot of flash.
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