Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Knowing how to configure your camera buttons, part of Travel Photography: Mountains and Snow Landscapes.
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…When you're shooting in a landscape frame of mind,…most of the things you're shooting aren't going to move.…If they are moving either you're pointed in…the wrong direction or something's gone horribly wrong.…But in general you're shooting stationary objects,…which means that variation from frame to frame…is coming by you making slight adjustments to…your framing or maybe changes to your exposure.…Now, normally by default, your camera is set…up so that when you half press the shutter…button, it focuses, it meters, and it probably auto…wide balances unless you've set a manual wide balance.…
And that's great.…I normally don't keep my camera configured that way, though.…And I especially don't want it configured that way when I'm shooting landscape.…What I do is configure my camera so…that the shutter button, when I half-press it, meters.…For auto-focus, I have to press a different button.…In the case of this Rebel XL1, I can configure…it so that this button right here is an auto-focus button.…In other words, I separate auto-focus from metering.…
In this course, photographer, author, and educator Ben Long takes a trip to Lake Tahoe to explore winter shooting at various times of the day. He also shows techniques for post-processing winter scenes to make them look their best.