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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.
Here on the back of the camera, I can see that I'm set for Auto White Balance. As we've discussed, there will be times when Auto White Balance is not your best choice, if you're shooting in shade or on a cloudy day, you may find that Auto White Balance is yielding images that are a little too cool, a little blue where you may really notice that as flesh tones. So I want to change my White Balance. I've got this button here WB. If I press that, I get a White Balance menu full of presets and basically, each one of these little icons represents a different type of light. I can scroll through them with either the wheel or my buttons back here.
And it clues me in as to what this is. So the big sun icon is Daylight. I've got Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, these are the types of lights you find around the house, White Fluorescent Light. I have got my Flash, and then I have something called Manual. Right underneath that, there is also a temperature. This is saying that this camera's daylight White Balance preset is set for light that's approximately 5200 Degrees Kelvin. We measure the color of light in Degrees Kelvin. So if you're used to working that way, this is just a nice handy reference.
So I would just pick the one that I want and hit the Set button, and now you can see that I'm set for Shady White Balance. I'm probably at this point going to take the same pictures and find that now maybe my skin tones have turned better or my image just isn't so cool. One of the most important things to remember when you're changing White Balance is to change it back to the appropriate White Balance when you move into a different light source. On this camera, you're going to be able to stay in Auto most of the time. I think that you'll find that again shade and clouds are probably the only time you need to go to a preset or if you're in a really weird mixed lighting environment, and in that case you're not going to use a preset, you're going to go to a manual white balance which we'll look at later.
So when I leave the shade, I want to be sure, and go back to Auto White Balance unless I'm walking into cloudy in which case I change to there. If I don't change that, when I go back into a non-shady light and take pictures, my color is going to be all wrong and it's going to be very, very difficult to correct it. So if you do change White Balance, it's critical that you remember to change it back to something appropriate anytime you go into a new lighting situation.
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