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The self-timer

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

Video: The self-timer

Most people have used a self-timer on a camera. You balance the camera on a rock or something and you point it at your friends, and then you set it off and run back and try to get in the frame and look natural before the camera takes a picture. It works the same way on your digital camera. The self-timer control is located on the same button as the Continuous mode. If I pop this open, I get my Drive mode menu. So here is Single shot which is where we normally are. Here is Continuous mode which we've already looked at. Then there is a 10-second Self-timer. There are actually three Self-timers. We're going to look at this one first.

The self-timer

Most people have used a self-timer on a camera. You balance the camera on a rock or something and you point it at your friends, and then you set it off and run back and try to get in the frame and look natural before the camera takes a picture. It works the same way on your digital camera. The self-timer control is located on the same button as the Continuous mode. If I pop this open, I get my Drive mode menu. So here is Single shot which is where we normally are. Here is Continuous mode which we've already looked at. Then there is a 10-second Self-timer. There are actually three Self-timers. We're going to look at this one first.

I'm going to select that. Now remember to select it, I have to hit the SET button to make it take, and now I'm in Self-timer mode which I can see right there. When I press the Shutter button, the light on the front of the camera starts flashing. So this is when I would be running around to try and get in front of the camera and get some kind of reasonable expression pasted onto my face. And it fires. And if you notice, the light went solid and the beep started beeping faster just a few seconds before it was ready to take. So that gives you a little warning. I don't know if you noticed also on the back of the camera, there's a countdown here that we'll see in a minute.

I also have a 2-second timer. So I'm going to press that and now when I hit the button, I get a timer that only lasts two seconds. Obviously, two seconds is not enough time for you to run around and get in front of the camera. What that's for is for times when you're shooting on a tripod and you want to be sure that the camera is very, very sturdy or very steady I should say. Press the Shutter button, the camera will wait two seconds. That gives a time for any handheld shake that you might have introduced to wear off. And let's look at this last one. This is a Self-timer Continuous.

So this is going to be a 10-second timer and when it goes off, it's going to take a certain number of pictures. The default is 2, but I could say I want 5 shots right here because maybe I'm taking a picture of a large group of people and I want to be sure that someone's eyes aren't closed, so I want a range of images to work with. So I'm going to hit OK and I hit the button and again this light is flashing. I get my countdown back here and when I get down to the last couple of seconds, this is going to go solid. There we go. The beep goes faster and it rattles off my five images and now it's writing it on to the card.

So these are the self- timer options that you have. It's a really nice range of options. There are higher-end cameras that don't have as sophisticated timers as what you will find on the Rebel. I think you'll find them very useful.

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

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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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