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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.
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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