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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.
Your camera's Auto-Focus is pretty amazing. It's speedy, it's able to work in surprisingly low light, and it's often able to figure out exactly what your subject is. For most situations, Auto-Focus will give you all the focusing power that you need. By default, your Auto- Focus works in one-shot mode. This is the Auto-Focus procedure that you're already used to. You half-press the Shutter button, you wait for the camera to beep to indicate that it's locked focus and you double-check that the focus point it has chosen is correct then you press the Shutter button the rest of the way to take the shot. If you're manually choosing a focus point, then your process will be a little bit different as we discussed earlier.
Your camera has two other focus modes though. Servo Focus which attempts to track a moving subject in your scene and always keep it in focus, and AI focus which attempts to automatically determine whether to use one-shot or Servo Focus. AF is your Auto-Focus mode select button. I just press that and I get my Auto-Focus menu. Here I am on ONE SHOT. That's the mode that we're used to where I half-press the Shutter button and it focuses. I can use either the left and right buttons or the main dial up here to switch to whatever mode that I want.
When I get the one that I like, I just hit the SET button and it takes. There is no readout of focus mode inside the viewfinder. So this is one where you'll need to be looking at the LCD screen on the back of the camera to figure out what focus mode you're switching to.
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