Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Basic camera anatomy, part of Canon 60D Essential Training.
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 the camera. So let's take kind of a high level overview, a look at all of the various features and controls that are situated on the outside of the camera. We're going to take it from the top and look at the top of the camera here. I have my Shutter button, I have my LCD Status Screen, various control buttons right here behind this Control Wheel, which turns.
I have a mode dial over here. Flash Hot Shoe, where I attach an external flash, and mounts for attaching a strap. And you should have gotten a strap with the camera, although that's kind of a standard size; you can find other straps that work with it. Looking more from the side here, you can see what should obviously be recognizable as the lens. I have the Lens Release right here. This camera has a built-in pop-up flash, which I can release by pressing this Flash Release button. In some modes that all happens automatically.
Over here on the side of the camera I have some ports. They are behind this little door. It's a rubberized door; it just springs open and pulls out. I have a microphone input, HDMI Output for connecting to an HDTV. I have a port here for connecting to a computer for data transfer or to certain types of other TV sets, and I have an input here for a remote control or wireless remote control. Close that back up. That door is pretty sturdy but you do need to be careful with it. You can pull it off. Here is a speaker; this is for listening to audio on the camera when I've shot movies.
Coming around to the front, if you look real closely you'll see a little black dot right here. This is the receiver for the infrared remote control. The Canon infrared remote talks to the camera right here. You'll want to be sure that's not covered up if you're using the remote. This is the Autofocus Assist Light. It does double-duty as the red-eye reduction lamp. So when you're holding the camera, you want to be sure your fingers don't get in front of that. Moving on around to the side here, we get to the media card slot. This is a door that just pops open, and there is my SD card.
And coming around to the back of the camera, I've got the viewfinder, which we've talked a little bit about already. Menu Navigation controls here and just some other controls for various functions around the camera here on the back. I've the Power Switch over here, I have my LCD Screen right here, and finally on the bottom of the camera is a little door that opens up for inserting the battery. So, we're going to be going over all these controls in great detail. That's just a quick overview to be sure that you understand what's where.
- 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
Skill Level Beginner
1. Getting to Know Your Canon SLR
2. Shooting in Auto Mode
3. Shooting in Program Mode
4. Controlling Autofocus
5. Controlling White Balance
Using white balance presets2m 28s
6. Using Drive Mode and the Self-Timer
7. Using Exposure Control Options
8. More Playback Options
9. Shooting with Scene Modes
10. Shooting with Flash
11. Shooting with Picture Styles
12. Using Live View
13. Shooting Video
14. Customizing Menus and Functions
15. Using Custom Functions
16. Caring for Your Camera
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