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David Busch’s Canon® EOS Rebel T3/1100D: Guide to Digital SLR Photography

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The T3/1100D is Canon's replacement for the Xsi and boasts 12 megapixels of resolution, HD moviemaking capabilities, and a competitive price point. DAVID BUSCH'S CANON EOS REBEL T3/1100D GUIDE TO DIGITAL SLR PHOTOGRAPHY shows you how, when, and why to use all the cool features, controls, and functions of the T3/1100D to take great photographs of anything. Introductory chapters will help you get comfortable with the basics of your camera before you dive right into exploring creative ways to apply T3/1100D file formats, resolution, aperture/priority exposure, and automatic exposure features. Beautiful, full-color images illustrate where the essential buttons and dials are, so you'll quickly learn how to use your T3/1100D, and use it like a pro!

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
    1. Dedication
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. About the Author
  4. Preface
  5. Introduction
    1. Why the Canon EOS Rebel T3/1100D Needs Special Coverage
    2. Who Am I?
  6. I. Getting Started with Your Canon EOS Rebel T3/1100D
    1. 1. Canon EOS Rebel T3/1100D: Thinking Outside of the Box
      1. First Things First
      2. Initial Set-up
        1. Battery Included
          1. Power Options
          2. Charging the Battery
        2. Final Steps
          1. Mounting the Lens
          2. Adjusting Diopter Correction
          3. Inserting a Memory Card
          4. Formatting a Memory Card
          5. Powering Up/Setting Date and Time
    2. 2. Canon EOS Rebel T3/1100D Quick Start
      1. Selecting a Shooting Mode
      2. Choosing a Metering Mode
      3. Choosing a Focus Mode
      4. Selecting a Focus Point
      5. Other Settings
        1. Adjusting White Balance and ISO
        2. Using the Self-Timer
        3. Using the Built-in Flash
      6. Taking a Picture
      7. Reviewing the Images You’ve Taken
        1. Cruising Through Index Views
      8. Transferring Photos to Your Computer
    3. 3. Canon EOS Rebel T3/1100D Roadmap
      1. Front View
      2. The Canon EOS Rebel T3’s Business End
        1. Jumping Around
      3. Going Topside
      4. Underneath Your Rebel T3
      5. Lens Components
      6. LCD Panel Readouts
      7. Looking Inside the Viewfinder
  7. II. Beyond the Basics
    1. 4. Understanding Exposure
      1. Getting a Handle on Exposure
      2. How the Rebel T3 Calculates Exposure
        1. Correctly Exposed
        2. Overexposed
        3. Underexposed
      3. Choosing a Metering Method
      4. Choosing an Exposure Method
        1. Basic Zone Exposure Methods
        2. A-DEP
        3. Aperture-Priority
        4. Shutter-Priority
        5. Program Mode
        6. Making EV Changes
          1. Fast EV Changes
          2. Slower EV Changes
        7. Manual Exposure
      5. Adjusting Exposure with ISO Settings
      6. Bracketing
        1. Bracketing and Merge to HDR
      7. Dealing with Noise
      8. Fixing Exposures with Histograms
      9. Basic Zone Modes
        1. That Quick Control Screen Again
          1. Full Auto/Auto (No Flash)
          2. Creative Auto Mode
          3. Other Basic Zone Modes
    2. 5. Mastering the Mysteries of Autofocus
      1. How Focus Works
        1. Phase Detection
        2. Cross-Type Focus Points
        3. Contrast Detection
      2. Focus Modes
        1. Adding Circles of Confusion
        2. Making Sense of Sensors
        3. Your Autofocus Mode Options
          1. One-Shot AF
          2. AI Servo AF
          3. AI Focus AF
        4. Setting AF Point
    3. 6. Live View and Movies
      1. Working with Live View
        1. Live View Essentials
        2. Enabling Live View
        3. Activating Live View
        4. Focusing in Live View
          1. Live Mode
          2. Live (Face Detection) Mode
          3. Quick Mode
          4. Manual Mode
        5. Using Exposure Simulation
        6. Quick Control
      2. Shooting Movies
        1. Movie Settings
        2. Capturing Video/Sound
        3. Playback and Editing
      3. Tips for Shooting Better Movies
        1. Make a Shooting Script
        2. Use Storyboards
        3. Storytelling in Video
        4. Lighting for Video
          1. Illumination
          2. Creative Lighting
          3. Lighting Styles
        5. Tips for Better Audio
    4. 7. Advanced Shooting
      1. Continuous Shooting
      2. More Exposure Options
      3. A Tiny Slice of Time
        1. Working with Short Exposures
      4. Long Exposures
        1. Three Ways to Take Long Exposures
        2. Working with Long Exposures
      5. Delayed Exposures
        1. Self-Timer
        2. Time-Lapse/Interval Photography
      6. WiFi and Geotagging
        1. Focus Stacking
  8. III. Advanced Tools
    1. 8. Customizing with the Shooting and Playback Menus
      1. Anatomy of the Rebel T3’s Menus
      2. Shooting 1, 2, 3, & 4 Menu Options
        1. Quality Settings
          1. JPEG vs. RAW
        2. Beep
        3. Release Shutter Without Card
        4. Image Review
        5. Peripheral Illumination Correction
        6. Red-Eye Reduction
        7. Flash Control
          1. Flash Firing
          2. Built-in Flash Function Setting
          3. External Flash Function Setting
          4. External Flash Custom Function Setting
          5. Clear External Flash Custom Function Setting
        8. Exposure Compensation/Automatic Exposure Bracketing
        9. Auto Lighting Optimizer
        10. Metering Mode
        11. Custom White Balance
        12. White Balance Shift and Bracketing
        13. Color Space
        14. Picture Style
          1. Selecting Picture Styles
          2. Defining Picture Styles
          3. Adjusting Styles with the Picture Style Editor
          4. Uploading a Picture Style to the Camera
          5. Changing a Picture Style’s Settings from the EOS Utility
          6. Getting More Picture Styles
        15. Dust Delete Data
        16. ISO Auto
        17. Live View Shooting Settings
      3. Playback 1 & 2 Menu Options
        1. Protect Images
        2. Rotate
        3. Erase Images
        4. Print Order
        5. Histogram
        6. Image Jump with Main Dial
        7. Slide Show
        8. Rating
        9. Ctrl over HDMI
    2. 9. Customizing with the Set-up Menu and My Menu
      1. Set-up 1, 2, and 3 Menu Options
        1. Auto Power Off
        2. Auto Rotate
        3. Format
        4. File Numbering
        5. Select Folder
        6. Screen Color
        7. Eye-Fi Settings
        8. LCD Brightness
        9. LCD Off/On Button
        10. Date/Time
        11. Language
        12. Manual Cleaning
        13. Feature Guide
        14. Custom Functions
          1. C.Fn I-01: Size of Exposure Adjustments
          2. C.Fn I-02: Flash Synchronization Speed When Using Aperture-Priority
          3. C.Fn II-03: Reducing Noise Effects at Shutter Speeds of One Second or Longer
          4. C.Fn II-04: Eliminating Noise Caused by Higher ISO Sensitivities
          5. C.Fn II-05: Improving Detail in Highlights
          6. C.Fn III-06: Activation of the Autofocus Assist Lamp
          7. C.Fn IV-07: What Happens When You Partially Depress the Shutter Release/Press the AE Lock Button
          8. C.Fn IV-8: Using the SET Button as a Function Key
          9. C.Fn IV-09: Flash Button Function
          10. C.Fn IV-10: LCD Display When Power On
        15. Copyright Settings
          1. Entering Text
        16. Clear Settings
        17. Firmware Version
      2. My Menu
    3. 10. Working with Lenses
      1. But Don’t Forget the Crop Factor
      2. Your First Lens
        1. Buy Now, Expand Later
      3. What Lenses Can You Use?
        1. EF vs. EF-S
      4. Ingredients of Canon’s Alphanumeric Soup
      5. Your Second (and Third...) Lens
        1. What Lenses Can Do for You
        2. Zoom or Prime?
      6. Categories of Lenses
      7. Using Wide-Angle and Wide-Zoom Lenses
        1. Avoiding Potential Wide-Angle Problems
      8. Using Telephoto and Tele-Zoom Lenses
        1. Avoiding Telephoto Lens Problems
        2. Telephotos and Bokeh
      9. Add-ons and Special Features
        1. Lens Hoods
        2. Telephoto Extenders
        3. Macro Focusing
        4. Image Stabilization
    4. 11. Working with Light
      1. Continuous Illumination versus Electronic Flash
      2. Continuous Lighting Basics
        1. Daylight
        2. Incandescent/Tungsten Light
        3. Fluorescent Light/Other Light Sources
        4. Adjusting White Balance
      3. Electronic Flash Basics
        1. How Electronic Flash Works
          1. Ghost Images
          2. Avoiding Sync Speed Problems
        2. Determining Exposure
          1. Guide Numbers
      4. Getting Started with the Built-In Flash
        1. Basic Zone Flash
        2. Creative Zone Flash
        3. Flash Range
        4. Red-Eye Reduction and Autofocus Assist
          1. AF-Assist with Flash Disabled
          2. Enabling/Disabling AF-Assist
        5. Using FE Lock and Flash Exposure Compensation
      5. More on Flash Control Settings
        1. Flash Firing
        2. Built-in Flash Function Setting
        3. External Flash Function Setting
          1. Learning about MULTI Flash
          2. High-Speed Sync
        4. External Flash Custom Function Setting
        5. Clear External Flash Custom Function Setting
      6. Using External Electronic Flash
        1. Speedlite 580EX II
        2. Speedlite 430EX II
        3. Speedlite 320EX
        4. Speedlite 270EX II
        5. Ring Lites
      7. More Advanced Lighting Techniques
        1. Diffusing and Softening the Light
        2. Using Multiple Light Sources
          1. Basic Flash Setups
          2. Studio Flash
          3. Connecting Multiple Units to Your Canon Rebel T3
        3. Other Lighting Accessories
          1. Soft Boxes
          2. Light Stands
          3. Backgrounds
          4. Snoots and Barn Doors
  9. IV. Enhancing Your Experience
    1. 12. Downloading, Editing, and Printing Your Images
      1. Printing
        1. Direct Printing from the Camera
        2. Direct Print Order Format (DPOF) Printing
      2. Using the Supplied Software
        1. EOS Utility
        2. Digital Photo Professional
        3. Picture Style Editor
        4. ZoomBrowser/ImageBrowser
        5. PhotoStitch
      3. Transferring Your Photos
        1. Using a Card Reader and Software
        2. Dragging and Dropping
      4. Editing Your Photos
        1. Image Editors
        2. RAW Utilities
          1. Digital Photo Professional
          2. IrfanView
          3. Phase One Capture One Pro (C1 Pro)
          4. Bibble Pro
          5. BreezeBrowser
        3. Adobe Photoshop
    2. 13. Canon EOS Rebel T3: Troubleshooting and Prevention
      1. Updating Your Firmware
        1. Official Firmware
        2. Upgrading Your Firmware
          1. Using Direct Camera USB Link to Copy the Software
      2. Protecting Your LCD
      3. Troubleshooting Memory Cards
        1. All Your Eggs in One Basket?
        2. What Can Go Wrong?
        3. What Can You Do?
      4. Cleaning Your Sensor
        1. Dust the FAQs, Ma’am
        2. Identifying and Dealing with Dust
        3. Avoiding Dust
        4. Sensor Cleaning
          1. Placing the Shutter in the Locked and Fully Upright Position for Landing
          2. Air Cleaning
          3. Brush Cleaning
          4. Liquid Cleaning
          5. Tape Cleaning
  10. Glossary
    1.