Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Manual focus, part of Canon Rebel T3i (600D and Kiss X5) Essential Training.
While I rely heavily on auto-focus, most of the time there are still occasions…when I switch my camera over to manual.…For moving subjects, manual focus is sometimes faster than auto-focus for the…simple reason that, as good as your auto-focus system is, you're still…smarter than it is.…If you're in a situation where a moving object is traveling in a very…predictable way, then you might be able to track focus very smoothly as you wait…for the precise moment that you want to shoot.…Manual focus is also useful for times when auto-focus doesn't lock, either…because your subject lacks contrast or because there's not enough light in…the scene to focus.…
Of course, if there is not enough light for your camera to focus, then there may…not be enough for you to see either, but it's still worth a try.…Finally, I sometimes use auto-focus and manual focus in combination if I'm…shooting the same subject over and over.…For example, if I'm shooting a landscape in rapidly changing light, I'll frame…my shot and auto-focus, then switch the camera to manual focus.…
- 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
Q: Will the lessons in this course work with the Canon T3 too?
A: The main differences between the Canon T3i and the T3 are some video capabilities. Other than that, and some minor menu differences, you should be able to use the lessons in this course with the T3 with no issues.
1. Getting to Know Your Canon Digital SLR
2. Shooting in Auto Mode
3. Shooting in Program Mode
4. Controlling Autofocus
5. Controlling White Balance
6. Using Drive Mode and the Self-Timer
7. Using the Exposure Control Options
8. Using More Playback Options
9. Shooting with Scene Modes
What is a scene mode?1m 8s
10. Shooting with Flash
11. Shooting with Picture Styles
12. Using Live View
13. Shooting Video
14. Customizing Menus and Functions
15. Caring for Your Camera
Firmware updates1m 24s
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