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

Menu navigation and factory defaults


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

with Ben Long

Video: Menu navigation and factory defaults

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.
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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
Subjects:
Photography Cameras + Gear
Author:
Ben Long

Menu navigation and factory defaults

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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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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