Quieksteps using exposure compensation

With the Mode Dial set to any mode in the Creative Zone except manual (M), press the shutter button halfway down to activate the displays, and then hold down the Av Exposure Compensation button with your thumb as you turn the Main Dial to move the marker on the exposure scale displayed in the viewfinder and on the LCD panel. To darken the image, move the marker toward the minus (-) end of the scale. To lighten the image, move the marker toward the plus (+) end of the scale. 2. When done, reset...

Using an External Flash

The small automatic flash built into your camera is convenient, however its range is short and it is so close to the lens that photos of people often capture them with red eyes. It also emits a hard, direct light and can't be rotated to bounce flash off a wall or ceiling to soften it. For better flash photography you need a hot-shoe mounted Canon EX-series Speedlite such as the 550EX, 420EX, 220EX, MR-14EX, MT-24EX, or ST-E2. Any of these can be mounted on the cameras hot shoe or attached by a...

Macro Lenses and

This small, but very colorful caterpillar was captured with a macro lens. For close-up photography there is no substitute for a tripod with a center column that can be swung off-center to get closer to the ground, and a ball head to make positioning the camera fast and easy. The close-up mode in the Basic Zone can be used with any lens to get close-ups at the lenses' minimum focusing distance. It's no substitute for a macro lens. When photographing small objects from coins to insects, your...

Using Flash in Closeups

When using the built-in flash for macro close-up images, the flash may not fully illuminate the subject because of its position. Be sure to take a test shot. Flash was used to freeze this small green stinkbug. The Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX has two separate flash heads that can be swiveled around the lens and aimed separately. There are two important reasons to use flash in tabletop photography. With flash, you can use smaller apertures for greater depth of field, and extremely short bursts of...

Hard To Meter Scenes

Occasionally it's not convenient or even possible to meter a scene. Neon street signs, spotlit circus acts, fireworks, moonlit scenes, and many similar situations are all difficult and sometimes impossible to meter. In these cases, it's easiest simply to experiment using exposure compensation (page 41) or autoexposure bracketing (page 42). After taking a picture at the suggested exposure, you take other exposures so they are both lighter and darker than the suggested settings. This scene has a...

Using Shutter Priority Tv Mode

If you can't get a fast enough shutter speed, try increasing the camera's ISO (page 48). Shooting down from an upper level at the Guggenheim Museum, a very slow shutter speed froze the people standing, and blurred those who were walking. The shutter keeps light out of the camera except during an exposure, when it opens to let light strike the image sensor. The length of time the shutter is open affects both the exposure of the image and how motion is portrayed in it. The Digital Rebel has two...

Sample Histograms

The way a histogram looks depends on the scene you're shooting and how you expose it. There's no such thing as a good or bad histogram. Whether a particular histogram is good or bad depends on what you are trying to accomplish. If fact, you may prefer to trust your visual reaction to the image more than the very graphical image data provided by a histogram. However, even if you never use a histogram, you can learn about digital images by understanding what a histogram can show about an image....

Qgieksteps using autoexposure bracketing aeb

With the Mode Dial set to any mode in the Creative Zone, press MENU and select the shooting menu tab. 2. Highlight AEB and press SET to activate the exposure scale. 3. Turn the Main Dial or press the left or right cross key to expand or contract the exposure increment between shots and press SET. Three small bars under the scale indicate what the exposure will be for each of the three shots. The middle bar is at the exposure recommended by the camera or shifted with exposure compensation...

Sharpness Isnt Everything

Your photos don't have to be sharp to be effective. In many cases, it's better to have part of the scene sharper than the rest. Your pictures can be sharp or unsharp in different ways. The first way concerns motion. Several factors affect the way motion is captured in images. These include your image sensor's ISO, the overall brightness of the scene, lens focal length, and subject speed, direction, and distance. Another kind of sharpness concerns depth of field, how much of the scene will be...

How to Photograph Motion Sharply

The sharpness of different parts of an image helps direct the viewer who tends to look first at the most sharply focused part of the picture. In addition, sharpness itself can be part of the message of the photograph. The immobility of a frozen figure can be made more apparent by blurring people moving in other parts of the scene. Blur in an image is caused when all or part of a subject focused onto the image sensor moves when the shutter is open. To show a moving subject sharply, the shutter...

Autoexposure Bracketing

Instead of using exposure compensation, or in conjunction with it, you can use autoexposure bracketing AEB to run off a series of three images, each at a slightly different exposure correctly exposed, overexposed, and underexposed. The difference from one shot to the next can be set at up to 2 stops in 1 3rd stop increments. White balance and focus are locked in with the first exposure. In P mode, the camera brackets by changing both the aperture and shutter speed, in Tv mode by changing the...

QuiekStP Setting A Custom White Balance

With the Mode Dial set to any mode in the Creative Zone, and white balance set to any setting, photograph a white subject that fills the 9 area in the viewfinder covered by partial metering. You may have to focus manually since the subject lacks contrast. 2. Press MENU, display the shooting tab, highlight Custom WB, and press SET to display the image you took in Step 1 and the prompt 3. Press SET to use the image to set white balance, or turn the Main Dial to display another picture first....

Quicksteps USING auto depthoffield Ae Adep

With the focus switch on the lens set to AF and the flash closed, set the Mode Dial to A-DEP. 2. Compose the image so the near and far points in the scene that you want in focus are covered by one of the seven focus points in the viewfinder. 3. Press the shutter button halfway down and red dots flash in the focus points used to set near and far focus. If the aperture value is blinking it means exposure is OK but the camera can't get the desired depth of field. Recompose the image, use a...

Auto Depthoffield Ae Adep

The Digital Rebel has an auto depth of field A-DEP mode specially designed to help you get the depth of field you want. In this mode the camera evaluates all focus points and selects an aperture that will give enough depth of field to keep all of them in focus. Since the aperture setting is given priority, the shutter speed may be so low you need to use a tripod or other support. This is an ideal mode when photographing groups and landscapes. If you use flash in this mode, the mode operates...

Its All Black And White After

It may be surprising, but pixels on an image sensor can only capture brightness, not color. They record only the gray scale a series of tones ranging from pure white to pure black. How the camera creates a color image from the brightness recorded by each pixel is an interesting story. The gray scale contains a range of tones from pure white to pure black. The gray scale contains a range of tones from pure white to pure black. In JPEG modes the camera uses 8 bits to store brightness levels. This...

Good Things to Know

The battery compartment cover is on the bottom of the camera. One rechargeable lithium BP-511 or 512 battery pack will capture over 600 images in warm weather when not using flash. The battery compartment cover is on the bottom of the camera. One rechargeable lithium BP-511 or 512 battery pack will capture over 600 images in warm weather when not using flash. Icons show the status of the battery as full top , almost run down middle , and out bottom . Icons show the status of the battery as full...

Operating the Camera

Buttons won't work when the camera is in sleep mode. Press the shutter button down and release it to wake up the camera and activate the LCD panel display. You can quickly reset camera settings to their original factory defaults page 113 . Lens release button, when depressed, lets you turn the lens to remove it page 78 . Flash button pops up the built-in flash when the Mode Dial is set to any mode in the Creative Zone page 23 . Shutter button locks in exposure and focus and turns on the...

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