Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Basic camera anatomy, part of Shooting with the Canon Rebel T3i (600D and Kiss X5).
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Before we go any further, we need to get some basic terminology out of the way. Now a lot of what I'm going to explain here may seem pretty cut and dry, but it's important that we're all on the same page when talking about specific parts of a camera. Taking it from the top I have my Shutter button, my main dial, which I use for menu navigation and configuring parameters. I have ISO, and display button, my mode dial, Power switch, mounts for attaching the camera strap, and a hot-shoe for attaching an external flash. On the back, I've got Exposure Lock and Focus Point Selection, Live View, button for activating the menus for getting into the cameras menuing system, which I'll use for configuring lots of different commands, Info button is going to give me a lot of different information, both in playback and shooting mode, and my main Instrument cluster here.
Now we're going to go over all of these controls in detail. These are the controls that we'll use for driving most of the cameras major functions. And then of course I've got my LCD screen and on the Rebel the LCD screen has this cool thing where it's articulated. I can rotate it around, get it into different angles for different types of shooting, close it against the camera to protect it, or fit it flush against the back of the camera for typical kind of regular shooting. Moving around to the side of the camera, I can see that I've got a couple of different ports here under these two different doors.
I have my AV Digital out and my HDMI port. And so that's where I would attach a monitor or a computer. Under the other door I have remote control and microphone, there's smaller little ports in there. These doors are sturdy, but they are held on by just that one little bit, so do try to be a little careful with them. You have to really mash them in to get them closed sometimes. Moving on around the camera, I have my lens release button, depth of field preview, button for popping up the camera's built-in flash.
Now there are some controls on my lens, but we're going to discuss those in a separate lens movie. Moving around to this side, I have my Autofocus Assist Light which also works for red-eye reduction. We'll be discussing that later. This is an Infrared Receiver that's used for some infrared remote controls, that is wireless remote controls, and then of course, around on this side I have the slot for my media card, and underneath I have the battery, and we'll be looking at those separately. So that's a kind of grand overview of the buttons and dials on your camera.
Again, don't worry about remembering all of that. We're going to be looking at these in detail throughout this course.
- What is an SLR?
- Attaching a lens to a camera
- Deciding how many batteries and media cards are needed
- Setting Auto mode
- Changing ISO
- Changing image format and size
- Manually selecting a focus point
- Correcting exposure while shooting
- Controlling white balance
- Using a driver and self-timer
- Auto exposure bracketing
- Selecting a picture style
- Using Live View
- Shooting video
- Using custom functions, such as ISO expansion and mirror lockup
- Cleaning the camera and sensor