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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.
As soon as you take a picture, your camera displays it on the rear LCD screen. By default, the image stays up for a few seconds then it goes away. This gives you a chance to quickly review your image without having to manage any camera controls. However, you do have a little bit of control while that image is being displayed. When an image pops-up for image review, there are a number of things that I can do. First of all, if I don't like the image I can hit the Delete button, that pops-up a Delete menu. I can go over here to Erase and hit Set and there goes the image and I am right back to shooting.
I can also, if I want, do something that you are going to learn little bit more about it later. I can pull up metadata displays. These are displays of Information about the image. They're good for diagnosing problems and things like that. We will be looking at that in detail later. Notice that when I'm in Image Review, once I have pressed a button to do something the image does not time out. I have really now got time to sit and look at it. If I press another camera button though, that takes me right back into whatever function that button is, so I just pressed my Drive mode button and it brought up my Drive mode menu.
This is a shooting priority philosophy. When I am reviewing the image, anything I do is going to get the camera back ready to shoot doing what it would normally do. This is going to help me ensure that I don't miss a shot. Now I can change that image review time by going into the menu, going here to my first Shooting menu and right here is Image Review. It defaults to 2 seconds. If I want I can make it to 4 or 8 seconds, or I can set it on Hold, that means it will just pop-up and not go away until I press the camera control, or I can turn it off altogether.
This can be great if you are shooting in a dark room and you don't want to disturb other people like at a performance or a concert. This is also a good thing to employ to break yourself of the habit of Chimping. Chimping is that process where you shoot an image and you immediately look at it. It's okay to review an image from time to time if you think that maybe there was a problem that you want to look for, but if you spend all your time looking at the back of the camera, you might miss something in the scene that you are shooting, a scene that might be developing. So try not to rely too much on Image Review, turning it off altogether is a way to keep yourself from doing that.
I tend to keep mine on the default of 2 seconds. No matter how long the Image Review time, it's always interruptible. So I can even before my 2 seconds is up, half-press the Shutter button and I am right back to shooting, so Image Review is never in the way of you getting a shot.
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