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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.
Scene modes on your Rebel are all grouped together over here on this part of the mode Dial. Let's just go through them real quick and look at what they are. First is Portrait Scene mode, which is as you may have guessed what you want to use for shooting portraits. When you go into Portrait Scene mode, a couple of things happen. The camera is going to bias its exposure decisions to produce shallower depth of field if that's possible, because a blurry background will get more attention to your subject. That's also going to help make hair look softer and skin look softer.
Of course, when you're shooting that way, you want to make sure that eyes are in focus. Watch what happens when I half press the shutter button. Camera meters and focuses as it normally would, but I also get this set of controls here that are specific to Portrait mode. It's still showing me all of my Exposure Settings, but I have some other things that I have access to by pressing the Q button. When I hit the Q button, the first thing that happens is the Standard Setting thing pops up and I get this little tip down here that says this is going to allow me to choose the desired ambience for my shot.
I shoot my ambience selection. So if I hit the Set button, I get a menu of different Ambience Settings. So if I go to Vivid, I'm going to get sharper color or more saturated colors. I can get softer colors. I can get a nice warm ambience. So I can really dial in all sorts of different atmospheres into my image and those are basically color treatments. I hit the Q button again and hit the Down button to go down here to this thing that says Default Setting which allows me to shoot my lighting or scene type. This is basically a White Balance Control.
So now I can go in here and pick the type of light that I'm shooting under, if I'm worried about my Auto White Balance setting not being able to accurately handle the light that I am in. If you're shooting in shade or a mix lighting situation, it's going to be worth doing that. Q button again, hit the Down button again, and now I get to choosing Burst mode, or Self-timer, or Remote Control Settings. So these are just a way of getting a little bit more manual control of those three different parameters while I am in my Scene mode and all the Scene modes have those settings. I'm not going to go over those for everyone.
You'll be able to do this in any of the Scene modes we're going to look at. As always when you're shooting portraits, you're going to do better using a slightly telephoto lens that's going to be more flattering to your subject, and if you really want shallow depth of field, you're going to want to go with a really long telephoto lens. Let's go to the next scene mode here which is Landscape mode. In Landscape mode, my camera is going to default to smaller apertures to get me deeper depth of field, because typically in a landscape image, you want everything very sharply focused. It's also going to bias the colors to play up blues and greens a little bit more, because that's typically what's in a landscape shot.
This is the Close-up mode. And as you can see every time, I'm changing modes, I'm still getting my updated screen there. Ideally, you want to be using this with a macro lens. If you don't have a macro lens, look on your zoom lens and see if it has a Macro Range and its focal length range that will be clearly labeled on the lens. Sports mode, this is going to bias towards faster shutter speeds for stopping motion. So this is great not only for sports, but also for wildlife shooting. Night Portrait mode, which we're going to devote an entire movie to, so we'll be coming back to that one, and then finally, Movie mode which isn't really a Scene mode.
That's an actual control just for getting your camera into video shooting. All of these force you to shoot in JPEG mode. So if you are a RAW shooter, you're probably not going to want to be using these Scene modes, but there is nothing in here that you can't do with other controls, and menu options and manual controls. If you're just starting though, this is a great way to be sure that for certain situations. You're going to be getting good settings on your camera. As you get more advanced in your understanding, you're probably going to stop using these either because you're going to want even more control, or you're going to be wanting to leave JPEG mode for RAW shooting.
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