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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.
Your Rebel has a lot of buttons and dials on it and we've looked at several of them already and we're going to be looking at the rest of these later. You've got a White Balance button and an Auto-Focus button. These give you dedicated controls to those features. But there's another way of controlling your camera, and that's to use the Quick Control screen which I get to by pressing this Q button. Now when I do that, my status display mostly stays the same, except now each of these items is actually editable and I can scroll around to each one of these controls and change it. So, for example, let's say that I want to change ISO.
I can highlight ISO and my guide pops up here to tell me what that's about. Hit the SET button and I'm into my ISO menu. So now I can pick a different ISO and hit SET and my camera comes out. I'm still in Quick Control mode. Or, for example, I could come in here and dial in Exposure Compensation. There is another way of changing these parameters. I can highlight an item and just turn the main dial and it will actually change that particular item without taking me into the menu. So that can be a little bit faster. Another thing that's nice about Quick Control is if you're working on a tripod like we are here and you're using perhaps Live View, so you're not even looking through the viewfinder anyway, or maybe you can't reach the controls on the top of the camera, you've still got access to full control of your camera from back here.
Now remember, if you don't like having these messages pop up, if you already know what ISO is and you don't need the little reminder, you can turn that off by going into the menu and scrolling over here to the tools and finding Feature guide and setting that to Disable. Now with that disabled, when I go into my Quick Control screen, I don't have those little messages popping up and cluttering up the screen. That's Quick Control, a very easy way to take control of your camera without having to work with all of the individual buttons and dials.
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