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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.
Live View is great for certain shooting situations as we've discussed, but it also has some drawbacks. Running the LCD screen takes a tremendous amount of power. This is why if your battery is running low it's a good idea to turn of the Image Review on your camera and to not spend any time looking at images you've already shot. Because Live View requires the LCD screen, it's a big battery drain. So you want to keep an eye on your battery status if you're doing a lot of Live View. If you know you're heading into a situation that requires a lot of Live View shooting, then you might want to consider investing in some additional batteries.
If you're trying to shoot unobtrusively in the darker environment such as a performance or a concert, then the light from the LCD screen might be disturbing to the people around you. In those instances, it's probably better to stay away from Live View. But the biggest drawback with Live View shooting has do with dynamic range. Dynamic range is the range of darkest to lightest tones that you, or your camera can perceive. Your eyes have a much wider dynamic range than your camera does. This means that they can see details in areas that your camera cannot. This can complicate things when you're trying to frame a shot with Live View, because Live View is not going to be able to show you the same detail that you can see with your eye.
If you're wanting to compose around those details you might find yourself frustrated. Say, for example, that you see a scene like this, where your eye can see detail, and all those shadowy areas. When you look at the scene using Live View you're going to see something more like this. Now if you were thinking about those shadow details as elements that you wanted to compose around, then the fact that they're invisible in Live View might be confounding when you're actually trying to stand there and frame your shot. A big part of the artistry of photography is knowing which parts of the dynamic range that you want to capture from the full range that you eye can see.
If the camera is only showing you its limited view of that full range then compositional decisions become more complicated, because you won't necessarily notice all of the possibilities in the scene. Now this is all true for any camera that uses an LCD screen as a viewfinder. One workaround is, when you're using Live View be sure to look often at your scene with your naked eye then you can take a lot of details that you can't see in Live View.
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