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David Busch’s Canon® EOS Rebel T3i/600D: Guide to Digital SLR Photography

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The Canon EOS Rebel T3i/600D is the most advanced Rebel dSLR ever introduced by Canon, with advanced features such as 19 megapixel resolution, an articulated color LCD, wireless flash, and Basic+ settings. DAVID BUSCH'S CANON EOS REBEL T3I/600D GUIDE TO DIGITAL SLR PHOTOGRAPHY shows you how, when, and why to use all the cool features, controls, and functions of the T3i/600D 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 T3i/600D 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 T3i/600D, 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 T3i/600D Needs Special Coverage
    2. Who Am I?
  6. I. Getting Started with Your Canon EOS Rebel T3i/600D
    1. 1. Canon EOS Rebel T3i/600D: 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 T3i/600D 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 T3i/600D Roadmap
      1. Front View
      2. The Canon EOS Rebel T3i’s Business End
        1. Jumping Around
      3. Going Topside
      4. Underneath Your Rebel T3i
      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 T3i 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. Scene Intelligent 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 Simulated Exposure/Final Image Simulation
        6. Quick Control
      2. Shooting Movies
        1. Resolution and Frame Rates
        2. Movie Settings
        3. Capturing Video/Sound
        4. Video Snapshots
        5. 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 T3i’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. E-TTL II Metering
          3. Built-in Flash Function Setting
          4. External Flash Function Setting
          5. External Flash Custom Function Setting
          6. 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. Creative Filters
        6. Resize
        7. Histogram
        8. Image Jump with Main Dial
        9. Slide Show
        10. Rating
        11. Bass Boost
        12. Ctrl over HDMI
    2. 9. Customizing with Set-up and My Menus
      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. Video System
        13. Sensor Cleaning
        14. Feature Guide
        15. Custom Functions
          1. C.Fn I-01: Size of Exposure Adjustments
          2. C.Fn I-02: Whether ISO 12800 Is Available or Disabled
          3. C.Fn I-03: Flash Synchronization Speed When Using Aperture-Priority
          4. C.Fn II-04: Reducing Noise Effects at Shutter Speeds of One Second or Longer
          5. C.Fn II-05: Eliminating Noise Caused by Higher ISO Sensitivities
          6. C.Fn II-06: Improving Detail in Highlights
          7. C.Fn III-07: Activation of the Autofocus Assist Lamp
          8. C.Fn III-08: Whether It Is Possible to Lock Up the Viewing Mirror Prior to an Exposure
        16. C.Fn IV-09: What Happens When You Partially Depress the Shutter Release/Press the AE Lock Button
          1. C.Fn IV-10: Using the SET Button as a Function Key
          2. C.Fn IV-11: LCD Display When Power On
        17. Copyright Settings
          1. Entering Text
        18. Clear Settings
        19. 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. E-TTL II Metering
        3. Built-in Flash Function Setting
        4. Using Flash Mode
          1. E-TTL II
          2. Manual Flash
        5. External Flash Function Setting
          1. Learning about MULTI Flash
          2. High-Speed Sync
        6. External Flash Custom Function Setting
        7. 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 T3i
        3. Other Lighting Accessories
          1. Soft Boxes
          2. Light Stands
          3. Backgrounds
          4. Snoots and Barn Doors
    5. 12. Working with Wireless Flash
      1. Elements of Wireless Flash
        1. Flash Combinations
        2. Controlling Flash Units
        3. Why Use Wireless Flash?
        4. Key Wireless Concepts
        5. Which Flashes Can Be Operated Wirelessly?
      2. Getting Started
        1. Easy Wireless Flash Shooting
        2. Custom Wireless Flash Shooting
      3. More Wireless Options and Capabilities
        1. Internal/External Flash Ratio Setting
        2. Wireless Flash Only
        3. Using Wireless and Built-in Flash
      4. Working with Groups
        1. Choosing a Channel
      5. Flash Release Function
      6. Using Wireless Flash Creatively
      7. Single-Flash Unit Ideas
        1. Single Flash Unit and Sunlight
        2. Single Flash Unit with a Reflector
        3. Side Lighting for Effect
        4. Shooting Through Blinds
        5. Adding a Gel for a Special Effect
        6. Raising Your Flash up High Via Monopod or Light Stand
  9. IV. Enhancing Your Experience
    1. 13. 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. 14. Canon EOS T3i: 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