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Formatting the media card


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

with Ben Long

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Most media cards come from the factory already formatted, but it's still a good idea to format a new card with your specific camera. More importantly though you'll use your camera's Format command any time you want to erase your card. So after you've pulled your images into your computer you'll need to put the card back into your camera and format it there. Now it's a very important that you choose Format to do this rather than using the cameras Erase or Delete function. Repeated use of those functions can leave your card unreliable and result in you being unable to get images off of the card.
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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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Shooting with the Canon Rebel T3i (600D and Kiss X5)
3h 16m Beginner Nov 18, 2011

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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.

Topics include:
  • What is an SLR?
  • Attaching a lens to a camera
  • Deciding how many batteries and media cards are needed
  • Setting Auto mode
  • Changing ISO
  • Changing image format and size
  • Manually selecting a focus point
  • Correcting exposure while shooting
  • Controlling white balance
  • Using a driver and self-timer
  • Auto exposure bracketing
  • Selecting a picture style
  • Using Live View
  • Shooting video
  • Using custom functions, such as ISO expansion and mirror lockup
  • Cleaning the camera and sensor
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Photography Cameras + Gear
Author:
Ben Long

Formatting the media card

Most media cards come from the factory already formatted, but it's still a good idea to format a new card with your specific camera. More importantly though you'll use your camera's Format command any time you want to erase your card. So after you've pulled your images into your computer you'll need to put the card back into your camera and format it there. Now it's a very important that you choose Format to do this rather than using the cameras Erase or Delete function. Repeated use of those functions can leave your card unreliable and result in you being unable to get images off of the card.

You can usually use special file recovery software to get to unreadable images, but it's better to just avoid that problem in the first place by always formatting your card. Now if a card does get messed up, formatting it should put it back to normal. Since Format is a command that you're going to use very regularly it's good to learn exactly where it is. It is of course in the menuing systems. So I'm going to hit my menu button to bring up the menus and work my way over to the tools section. Most of these utility type functions are in one of the tools menu and sure enough here in the first tool menu third item down I get Format.

So I'm going to scroll down to Format and hit Set. Immediately, I get a big warning Format card All data will be lost! And I get a little thermometer that shows how much of my card has been used and I've an option here called Low Level Format. We'll get to that in a second. To format the card I would simply go over here choose the OK button and hit the Set button and that would set about formatting. Low Level Format is a much grislier formatting option and to activate it there is a little trashcan next to it. So I know that that means that I just hit the trashcan button and that checks it.

Low level format will take longer. It's something you'll use if you ever notice that your card seems to be slowing down. If it's taking longer to read and write data from it, might be time to do a Low Level Format. Honestly, I have never encountered that. I've never had to do that. I usually get along just fine by doing a normal format. So I'm going to turn that off by hitting the trashcan button again and hit OK and it gives me a little progress indicator. When it's done I'm back to my menuing system. Now that went very quickly, because it didn't actually erase any data from the card.

It just reset the part of the card that says whether there are pictures there and where on the card they are. That means that if I accidentally format, it is possible to use special software to go and recover the images. This is the same sort of thing you can do with your hard drive at home, although you don't want to use the same file recovery software that you use on your computer's hard drive. You want to use some special software designed specifically for recovering photos from a camera media card. I use something called PhotoRescue by DataRescue.

That's the format command you'll be using very regularly.

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Q: Will the lessons in this course work with the Canon T3 too?   
A: The main differences between the Canon T3i and the T3 are some video capabilities. Other than that, and some minor menu differences, you should be able to use the lessons in this course with the T3 with no issues.
 
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