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

Manual mode


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

with Ben Long

Video: Manual mode

Sometimes you might have a very particular creative vision or be facing a particularly complex exposure situation. Maybe say you are shooting a scene and you want shallow depth of field and you want to blur some motion in the scene and you don't care if the whole thing is a little overexposed. Or, maybe you are used to working with a handheld light meter and using it to calculate exposure settings which you then want to dial into your camera by hand. Manual mode gives you full control of both shutter speed and aperture on your camera.
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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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Author:
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Manual mode

Sometimes you might have a very particular creative vision or be facing a particularly complex exposure situation. Maybe say you are shooting a scene and you want shallow depth of field and you want to blur some motion in the scene and you don't care if the whole thing is a little overexposed. Or, maybe you are used to working with a handheld light meter and using it to calculate exposure settings which you then want to dial into your camera by hand. Manual mode gives you full control of both shutter speed and aperture on your camera.

You can dial in any setting you want regardless of whether the camera's meter thinks they're a good idea. It might flash warnings at you about how it thinks you're making bad decisions. But it will still take the shot. Manual mode is the big M on your mode dial. When I switch to Manual mode, notice that now on my screen back here there's no dot under the Exposure Compensation control. I also have a box around shutter speed. That box means that I have control of shutter speed up here on my main dial. To get aperture, I press the Exposure Compensation button because I no longer have exposure compensation.

In Manual mode, there's really no need for Exposure Compensation because what Manual mode is telling the camera is you will shoot at these exposure parameters and there's no way for it to automatically know how to change them. I am going to press that button and hold it, and when I do that, the box jumps over here to aperture. So I can press and hold and now I can change aperture. Now you might be thinking, well, how do I have any idea if these settings are right for my scene, if they are good exposure settings in other words. If I half-press to meter, when I come back, now there's a little dot under here.

This is telling me now an exposure reading for my scene. This is no longer an Exposure Compensation control. It's telling me that I'm two- thirds of a stop underexposed. So I could choose to change my shutter speed until that goes back to there, or I could choose to change my aperture until that goes back to there. I could also not worry about it. I could say, no, these are the parameters that I want and I know it's going to be one stop under. That's okay. So this Exposure Compensation gauge becomes more of a light meter just to show you when you're over or underexposed.

And it's up to you to figure out which parameter you want to change, either shutter speed, aperture, or ISO to get back to either metered properly according to the camera or intentionally over or underexposed. This same display that you see here also shows up in your viewfinder, so you can do all this without ever taking your eye away from the viewfinder. Manual mode doesn't open up any hidden power in your camera. The only thing it gets you that you can't get in other modes is the ability to over or underexpose in a very particular way. On very rare occasions, this will be the only way to get the shot that you want.

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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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