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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.
There are a lot of settings on your camera and if you've been fiddling with the thing there is no telling how it might be configured now. To make sure that your camera matches my camera for the sake of these demonstrations, we are going to reset yours to the factory defaults. This can also be a handy thing to do if you ever sell your camera, I suppose you could also do it if you get your camera so messed up that you can't figure out why it's doing a particular thing, but at that point I would encourage you to really try to figure out why it's doing what it's doing so that you can understand it better. Think of reset as kind of a nuclear option. And note that resetting does not reset the clock in the camera.
You access the Reset command through the menuing system and since this is our first time going into the menus, we are going to take a quick look at how they work. This is the menu button right here, press that and the camera's menuing system comes up. The menuing system is divided into a number of different menus. I've got six of them right here, they are what these little tabs are up here. And as you can see there are different colors and they had different icons on them. That's because menus are grouped into categories. I can move from one menu to another using the left and right arrow keys. So I can see that I have two Shooting menus, those are the ones with the little camera on it.
I have two Playback menus or Play menus, those are the ones with a little Play button like you will find on a DVD player. I have two tool menus, those are the ones with little tool on it, little wrench. And so I can move back and forth that way and within a particular menu, I can use the Up and Down arrows to move up and down. I can also change from one menu to another by turning the dial up here and then still move around within the menu with the Up and Down arrows. Now there are no menus that contain more than one screen full of items.
So every screen full shows you everything that's on that menu. You don't need to worry about well do I need to know and scroll down a bunch to find what I am looking for. If you don't see it on any of these menus it's not there. Now bear in mind, that you get a different number of menus depending on what mode you're in. We're in Auto mode right now which shows just these six menus. I am going to switch to Program mode which you should do also by turning the mode Dial Up here to P, and the screen tells me that I've switched to Program AE mode, and then it doesn't take me back to the menu unfortunately, so I have got to press the menu button to get back there.
Now I've got a whole bunch of extra menus. I have got extra Shooting menus, I have got extra tool menus and I have this extra green menu out here which we'll look at later in this course. So I am going to go over here through my menus, to the tools menu because I know that factory reset is part of the toolset and I don't see it here. I don't see it here, but it is here, Clear Settings. So I am going to navigate down. Now to trigger a menu item, I hit the Set button, the bottom right here in the middle of my control pad, and that takes me to the Clear Settings menu.
I've got a few different options. I can Clear all camera settings. I can Clear only Custom Functions and we are going to devote a whole chapter to Custom Functions so you will learn all about those, or I can cancel back out of here. If I cancel, then nothing will happen and it will take me back to my menu system. I want to go to Clear all camera settings, hit the Set button to select that and now it asks me to confirm. I can use the left and Right arrow buttons to move from one button to another. Hit Set to say OK. Takes it a minute to clear all out its settings and now it's done. It puts me back on this page. If I hit the menu button, I go back up the menu system.
So the menu button is your way of going backwards in the menu. If I hit any other control on the camera such as half-pressing the Shutter button, it takes me out of the menu system and I'm ready to shoot. One thing you should know about the menu system, I can always get out of it very quickly just by half- pressing the Shutter button. What you need to be careful about though, is if I'm in the middle of doing something and we'll be looking at this command later. If I'm in the middle say of setting Auto Exposure Bracketing, and I hit the, half-press the Shutter button.
It didn't actually take that command. That was basically the same thing as a cancel, so be very careful with that. When you're trying to set something you actually hit the Set button. Those are the menus. We are going to be into great detail into them throughout the rest of the course.
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