Setting The Mirror Lockup Feature

Press the Menu button and navigate to the third setup tab, highlight Custom Functions, and press the Set button. 2. Use the Cross keys to highlight C.Fn III Autofocus Drive Mirror Lockup and press the Set button (A). 3. Highlight Enable and press the Set button to lock in the change (B). 4. Exit the menu and set up your shot. 5. Press the shutter release button completely to raise the mirror. 6. Press it a second time to activate the shutter and take the picture. C.Fn IH Autofocus Drive Mirror...

Using The Builtin Flash

There are going to be times when you have to turn to your camera's built-in flash to get the shot. The pop-up flash on the T2i is not extremely powerful, but with the camera's advanced metering system it does a pretty good job of lighting up the night or just filling in the shadows. If you are working in the Creative zone, you will have to turn the flash on for yourself. To do this, just press the pop-up flash button located on the front of the camera (Figure 8.10). Once the flash is up, it is...

How I Shoot A Closer Look At The Camera Settings I

The great thing about working with a dSLR camera is that I can always feel confident that some things will remain unchanged from camera to camera. For me, these are the Aperture Priority Av and Shutter Priority Tv shooting modes. Although I like to think of myself as a generalist in terms of my photography, I do tend to lean heavily on the landscape and urban photography genres. Working in these areas means that I am almost always going to be concerned with my depth of field. Whether it's...

Classic Black And White Portraits

There is something timeless about a black and white portrait. It eliminates the distraction of color and puts all the emphasis on the subject. To get great black and whites without having to resort to any image-processing software, set your picture style to Monochrome Figure 6.10 . You should know that the picture styles are automatically applied when shooting with the JPEG file format. If you are shooting in RAW, the picture that shows up on your rear LCD display will look black and white, but...

Tack Sharp

Here's one of those terms that photographers like to throw around. Tack sharp refers not only to the focus of an image but also the overall sharpness of the image. This usually means that there is excellent depth of field in terms of sharp focus for all elements in the image. It also means that there is no sign of camera shake, which can give soft edges to subjects that should look nice and crisp. To get your images tack sharp, use a small depth of field, don't forget your tripod, use the...

Selftimer

Whether you are shooting with a tripod or even resting your camera on a wall, you can increase the sharpness of your pictures by taking your hands out of the equation. Whenever you use your finger to depress the shutter release button, you are increasing the chance that there will be a little bit of shake in your image. To eliminate this possibility, try setting your camera up to use the self-timer. To turn on the self-timer, just press the Q button to activate the Quick Control screen,...

Using Noise Reduction

Both canyon images were taken with a tripod, but the image set to an ISO of 100 required four more stops of shutter speed 30 seconds at ISO 100 than the high ISO image 2 seconds at ISO 1600 . The temptation to use higher ISOs should always be avoided, as the end result will be more image noise and less detail. There can be an issue when using a low ISO setting the sometimes-lengthy shutter speeds can also introduce noise. This noise is a result of the heating of the camera sensor as it is being...

Watching Your Videos

There are a couple of different options for you to review your video once you have finished recording. The first is probably the easiest press the Image Review button to bring up the recorded image on the LCD screen, and then use the Set button to start playing the video. The left right Cross keys act as the video controller and allow you to rewind and fast-forward as well as stop the video altogether. If you would like to get a larger look at things, you will need to either watch the video on...

Focusing In Low Light

The T2i has a great focusing system, but occasionally the light levels might be too low for the camera to achieve an accurate focus. There are a few things that you can do to overcome this obstacle. First, you should know that the camera utilizes contrast in the viewfinder to establish a point of focus. This is why your camera will not be able to focus when you point it at a white wall or a cloudless sky. It simply can't find any contrast in the scene to work with. Knowing this, you might be...

Portrait Mode

Canon Portrait Mode

One problem with Full Auto mode is that it has no idea what type of I1 subject you are photographing and, therefore, uses the same settings for each situation. Shooting portraits is a perfect example. Typically, when you are taking a photograph of someone, you want the emphasis of the picture to be on them, not necessarily on the stuff going on in the background. This is what Portrait mode is for. When you set your camera to this mode, you are telling the camera to select a larger aperture so...

Selecting A Focus Point Or Using The Automatic Focus Point Mode

Press the Focus Point Selection button on the back of the camera. It is the same button you use to zoom in on your image in Preview mode. 2. Rotate the Main dial to move the focus point you can also use the Cross keys on the back of the camera to quickly jump from one point to the next . 3. You can tell which point is selected by looking at either the rear LCD panel or the illuminated focus points in the viewfinder. 4. To select the Automatic Focus AF point mode, rotate the dial until all of...

Turning On The Focus Assist Feature

Press the Menu button and then use the Main dial to get to the Custom Functions menu tab, highlight Custom Functions, and press the Set button A . Copyright information Clear settings Firmware Ver. 1.0.6 2. Use the left right Cross keys to get to the C. Fn. III Autofocus Drive AF-assist beam firing feature and press the Set button B . 3. If it is not enabled, highlight Enable and press the Set button. 4. To use it when working in the Creative zone, simply press the flash button to raise the...

Setting Your Picture Style To Monochrome

Start by pressing the Menu button. 2. Use the Main dial to scroll to the second camera shooting menu second from the left . 3. Using the Cross keys, highlight the Picture Style setting and press the Set button A . 4. Use the down Cross key to highlight the Monochrome setting, and lock it in by pressing the Set button again B . Your camera will continue to shoot with the Monochrome picture style until you change it to another setting. fvgpEtlHIEIElRW mm Expo.comp. AEB . l.a. Auto Lighting...

Creating A Fake Panorama

To create the look of the panorama, find your widest lens focal length. If you're using the kit lens that came with the T2i, it would be the 18mm setting on the 18-55mm kit lens. 2. Using the guidelines discussed earlier in the chapter, compose and focus your scene, and select the smallest aperture possible. 3. Shoot your image. That's all there is to it, from a photography standpoint. 4. Then, open the image in your favorite image-processing software and crop the extraneous foreground and...

Selecting The Proper

One of the downfalls of A-DEP mode is the use of ISO to change exposure settings. When shooting most landscape scenes, the ISO is the one factor that should only be changed as a last resort. While it is easy to select a higher ISO to get a smaller aperture, the noise that it can introduce into your images can be quite harmful Figures 7.4 and 7.5 . The noise is not only visible as large grainy artifacts, it can also be multicolored, which further degrades the image quality. Take a look at the...

Detect Faces With Live View

Face detection in digital cameras has been around for a few years, but it's still a new concept in the world of the dSLR. Your T2i has three different autofocus modes for Live View Quick, Live, and my personal favorite, Face Detection. These modes are different from the standard modes like One Shot, AI Servo, and AI Focus. Face Detection mode is probably the slowest of the Live View focusing modes, so I use it mostly when I am working with a tripod or my subjects are going to remain fairly...

Sorting Your Shots For The Multiimage Panorama

If you shoot more than one series of shots for your panoramas, it can sometimes be difficult to know when one series of images ends and the other begins. Here is a quick tip for separating your images. Set up your camera using the steps listed here. Now, before you take your first good exposure in the series, hold up one finger in front of the camera and take a shot. Now move your hand away and begin taking your overlapping images. When you have taken your last shot, hold two fingers in front...

The Multipleimage Panorama

The reason the previous method is sometimes referred to as a fake panorama is because it is made with a standard-size frame and then cropped down to a narrow perspective. To shoot a true panorama, you need to use either a special panorama camera that shoots a very wide frame, or the following method, which requires the combining of multiple frames. The multiple-image pano has gained in popularity in the past few years this is principally due to advances in image-processing software. Many...

Shooting Beautiful Black And White Landscapes

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There is nothing as timeless as a beautiful black and white landscape photo. For many, it is the purest form of photography. The genre conjures up thoughts of Ansel Adams out in Yosemite Valley, capturing stunning monoliths with his 8x10 view camera. Well, just because you are shooting with a digital camera doesn't mean you can't create your own stunning photos using the power of the Monochrome picture style. See the Classic Black and White Portraits section of Chapter 6 for instructions on...

Using The Landscape Picture Style

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When shooting landscapes, I always look for great color and contrast. This is one of the reasons that so many landscape shots are taken in the early morning or during sunset. The light is much more vibrant and colorful at these times of day and adds a sense of drama to an image. You can help boost this effect, especially in the less-than-golden hours of the day, by using the Landscape picture style Figure 7.10 . Just as in the Landscape mode found in the Basic zone, you can set up your...

Reciprocal Exposures Iso 100

SHUTTER SPEED 1 4000 1 2000 1 1000 1 500 1 250 1 125 1 60 If you were to use any one of these combinations, they would each have the same result in terms of the exposure i.e., how much light hits the camera's sensor . Also take note that every time we cut the f-stop in half, we reciprocated by doubling our shutter speed. For those of you wondering why f 8 is half of f 5.6, it's because those numbers are actually fractions based on the opening of the lens in relation to its focal length. This...

Selecting A White Balance

This probably seems like a no-brainer. If it's sunny, select Daylight. If it's overcast, choose the Shade or Cloudy setting. Those choices wouldn't be wrong for those circumstances, but why limit yourself Sometimes you can change the mood of the photo by selecting a white balance that doesn't quite fit the light for the scene that you are shooting. Figure 7.8 is an example of a correct white balance. It was late afternoon and the sun was starting to move low in the sky, giving everything that...

What Is Exposure

In order for you to get the most out of this book, I need to briefly discuss the principles of exposure. Without this basic knowledge, it will be difficult for you to move forward in improving your photography. Granted, I could write an entire book on exposure and the photographic process and many people have but for our purposes I will just cover some of the basics. This will give you the essential tools to make educated decisions in determining how best to photograph a subject. Exposure is...

Setting Up For A Waterfall Shot

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Attach the camera to your tripod, then compose and focus your shot. 2. For the best quality, make sure the ISO is set to 100. 3. Using Av mode, set your aperture to the smallest opening such as f 22 or f 36 . 4. Press the shutter button halfway so the camera takes a meter reading. 5. Check to see if the shutter speed is 1 15 or slower. 6. Take a photo and then check the image on the LCD. If the water is blinking on the LCD, indicating a loss of detail in the highlights, then use the Exposure...

Setting Up And Shooting With Fill Flash

Press the pop-up flash button to raise your pop-up flash into the ready position. 2. Press the Q button to activate the Quick Control screen. 3. Use the Cross keys to position the cursor over the Flash Compensation option. 4. Use the Main dial to select the desired amount of flash compensation. 5. Lightly press the shutter release button to exit the Quick Control screen. One problem that can quickly surface when using the on-camera flash is red-eye. Not to worry, though we will talk about...

Setting Up For Shooting An Hdr Image

Set your ISO to 100 if possible to ensure clean, noise-free images. 2. Set your program mode to Av. During the shooting process, you will be taking three shots of the same scene, creating an overexposed image, an underexposed image, and a normal exposure. Since the camera is going to be adjusting the exposure, you want it to make changes to the shutter speed, not the aperture, so that your depth of field is consistent. 3. Set your camera file format to RAW. This is extremely important...

Setting Up The Landscape Picture Style

Press the Menu button, then rotate the Main dial to the second shooting menu. 2. Use the Cross keys to navigate down the menu list until you get to Picture Style, then press the Set button A . 3. Use the down Cross key to highlight the Landscape setting and then press the Set button to lock in your change B . Expo.comp. AEB 2 1-.1. Auto Lighting Optimizer Metering mode ED Custom White Balance WB Shift BKT 0,0 0 Color space sRGB

The Portrait Picture Style For Better Skin Tones

As long as we are talking about picture styles for portraits, there is another style on your T2i that has been tuned specifically for this type of shooting. Oddly enough, it's called Portrait. To set this style on your camera, simply follow the same directions as earlier, except this time select the Portrait style instead of Monochrome. There are also individual options for the Portrait style that, like the Monochrome style, include sharpness and contrast. You can also change the saturation how...

Assignments

Grab your favorite person and start experimenting with using different aperture settings. Shoot wide open the widest your lens goes, such as f 2.8 or f 4 and then really stopped down like f 22 . Look at the difference in the depth of field and how it plays an important role in placing the attention on your subject. Make sure you don't have your subject standing against the background. Give some distance so that there is a good blurring effect of the background...

Landscape Photography

TIPS, TOOLS, AND TECHNIQUES TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY There has always been something about shooting landscapes that has brought a sense of joy to my photography. It might have something to do with being outdoors and working at the mercy of Mother Nature. Maybe it's the way it challenges me to visualize the landscape and try to capture it with my camera. It truly is a celebration of light, composition, and the world we live in. In this chapter, we will explore some of...

Using Adep To Maximize Depth Of Field

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As discussed in Chapter 4, A-DEP is what I would refer to as an advanced automatic mode. The camera evaluates the distance of objects in the viewfinder and then determines the proper aperture setting to render everything in focus. It is automatic because it requires no input from the camera operator, but it is advanced because it is not just trying to select the maximum aperture as with the Landscape mode in the Basic zone. Take a look at Figure 7.3 and let's see what A-DEP is thinking. There...

The Tricks To Shooting Sports And More

Now that you have learned about the Creative zone, it's time to put your newfound knowledge to good use. Whether you are shooting the action at a professional sporting event or a child on a merry-go-round, you'll learn techniques that will help you bring out the best in your photography when your subject is in motion. The number one thing to know when trying to capture a moving target is that speed is king I'm not talking about how fast your subject is moving, but rather how fast your shutter...

Sunblock For Portraits

Great Portraits

The midday sun can be harsh and can do unflattering things to people's faces. If you can, find a shady spot out of the direct sunlight. You will get softer shadows, smoother skin tones, and better detail Figure 6.22 . This holds true for overcast skies as well. Just be sure to adjust your white balance accordingly. An overcast sky created some great portrait lighting for this shot of my friend Mike. An overcast sky created some great portrait lighting for this shot of my friend Mike.

Drive Mode

Three different drive modes are available in the Creative Auto mode Single shooting, Continuous shooting, and Self-Timer Figure 3.15 . In Single shooting, the camera takes only one picture when the shutter button is depressed all the way. Taking another picture requires releasing the button and To add a little zip to your image, try changing the picture style. To add a little zip to your image, try changing the picture style. The L setting is for the large, high-quality JPEG file. The L setting...

Metering Basics

There are multiple metering modes in your camera, but the way they work is very similar. A light meter measures the amount of light being reflected off your subject and then renders a suggested exposure value based on the brightness of the subject and the ISO setting of the sensor. To establish this value, the meter averages all of the brightness values to come up with a middle tone, sometimes referred to as 18 percent gray. The exposure value is then rendered based on this middle gray value....

Landscape Mode

EiiiiSk As you might have guessed, Landscape mode has been optimized for gp1 shooting landscape images. Particular emphasis is placed on the picture style, with the camera trying to boost the greens and blues in the image Figure 3.3 . This makes sense, since the typical landscape would be outdoors where grass, trees, and skies should look more colorful. This picture style also boosts the sharpness that is applied during processing. The camera also utilizes the lowest ISO settings possible in...

Use Fill Flash For Reducing Shadows

Fill Flash

A common problem when taking pictures of people outside, especially during the midday hours, is that the overhead sun can create dark shadows under the eyes and chin. You could have your subject turn his or her face to the sun, but that is usually considered cruel and unusual punishment. So how can you have your subject's back to the sun and still get a decent exposure of the face Try turning on your flash to fill in the shadows. This also works well when you are photographing someone with a...

Setting Up Live Views Grid Option

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Press the Menu button and then use the Main dial to get to the second camera setup screen. 2. Using the Cross keys, scroll down to Live View function settings and press the Set button A . Date Time OS OS 'I014 22 Language English Video system NTSC Sensor cleaning fUve View function settings 3. Scroll down to Grid display, press Set, and then choose Grid 1 B . 4. Press the Menu button to return to the main Live View settings and make sure to set the Live View shooting option to Enable C . I...

When To Use Aperture Priority Av Mode

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A fairly large aperture combined with a long focal length created a very blurry background, so all the emphasis was left on the subject. A fairly large aperture combined with a long focal length created a very blurry background, so all the emphasis was left on the subject. The smaller aperture setting brings sharpness to near and far objects. A wide-angle lens combined with a fairly small aperture makes for a lot of depth of field. A wide-angle lens combined with a fairly small aperture makes...

Panning

Panning has been used for decades to capture the speed of a moving object as it moves across the frame. It doesn't work well for subjects that are moving toward or away from you. Panning is achieved by following your subject across your frame, moving your camera along with the subject, and using a slower-than-normal shutter speed so that the background and sometimes even a bit of the subject has a sideways blur but the main portion of your subject is sharp and blur-free. The key to a great...

Stop And Go With Ai Focus Af

If you are going to be changing between a moving target and one that is still, you should consider using the AI Focus mode. This mode mixes both the One Shot and AI Servo modes for shooting a subject that goes from stationary to moving without having to adjust your focus mode. When you have a stationary subject, simply place your selected focus point on your subject and the camera will focus on it. If your subject begins to move out of focus, the camera will switch to AI Servo mode and track...

Selecting And Shooting In Ai Servo Focus Mode

Press the right Cross key button AF for Automatic Focus on the back of the camera. 2. Use your index finger to rotate the Main dial until AI Servo appears on the rear LCD panel. You can also use the left and right Cross keys to make the selection. Press the Set button to lock in your change. 3. Locate your subject in the viewfinder, then press and hold the shutter button halfway to activate the focus mechanism. 4. The camera will maintain focus on your subject, as long as the subject remains...

When To Use Shutter Priority Tv Mode

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When working with fast-moving subjects where you want to freeze the action Figure 4.3 much more on this is in Chapter 5 When you want to emphasize movement in your subject with motion blur Figure 4.4 When you want to use a long exposure to gather light over a long period of time Figure 4.5 more on this is in Chapter 8 When you want to create that silky-looking water in a waterfall Figure 4.6 Even the fastest of subjects can be frozen with the right shutter speed. Even the fastest of subjects...

Flash Off Mode

Sometimes you will be in a situation where the light levels are low but 'HBP' you don't want to use the flash. It could be that you are shooting in a place that restricts flash photography, such as a museum or church, or it could be a situation where you want to take advantage of the available light, as when shooting candles on a birthday cake. This is where Flash Off mode comes into play. By keeping the flash from firing, you will be able to use just the available ambient light while the...

Night Portrait Mode

SSUiS L You're out on the town at night and you want to take a nice picture of lillSw someone, but you want to show some of the interesting scenery in the background as well. You could use Full Auto mode, which would probably turn on the flash and take the photo. The problem is that, while it would give you a decent exposure for your subject, the background would be completely dark. The solution is to use Night Portrait mode. When you set the dial to this mode, you are telling the camera that...

When To Use Manual M Mode

When learning how each exposure element interacts with the others Figure 4.11 When your environment is fooling your light meter and you need to maintain a certain exposure setting Figure 4.12 When shooting silhouetted subjects, which requires overriding the camera's meter readings Figure 4.13 Using manual mode allows you to use exposure settings that your camera would never select if placed in an automatic mode. This image was purposely underexposed to keep the sky dark. Using manual mode...

Using The Right Format Raw Vs Jpeg

When shooting with your T2i, you have a choice of image formats that your camera will use to store the pictures on the memory card. JPEG is probably the most familiar format to anyone who has been using a digital camera. I touched on this topic briefly in Chapter 1, so you already have a little background on what JPEG and RAW files are. There is nothing wrong with JPEG if you are taking casual shots. JPEG files are ready to use, right out of the camera. Why go through the process of adjusting...

Updating The Firmware Using The Eos Utility Program

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Download the firmware update file from the Canon website A . You can find the file by going to the Download Library section of the EOS camera site and entering the information about your camera. 2. Download the Firmware Update file that matches your computer operating system Windows or Macintosh . 3. Extract the downloaded firmware file as per your operating system B .

Updating The T2iS Firmware

I know that you want to get shooting, but having the proper firmware can impact the way the camera operates. It can fix problems as well as improve operation, so you should probably take care of it sooner rather than later. Updating your camera's firmware is something that the manual completely omits, yet it can change the entire behavior of your camera operating systems and functions. The firmware of your camera is the set of computer operating instructions that controls how your camera...

Hold Your Camera For Proper Shooting

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The proper way to hold your camera to ensure sharp, blur-free images. Photos Alex Revell Digital SLR cameras are made to favor the right-handed individual. The basics of properly holding the camera begins with grasping the camera body with the right hand. You will quickly find that most of the important camera controls are within easy reach of your thumb and forefinger. The next step is to create a stable base for your camera to rest on. This is accomplished by placing the camera body on the...

Cleaning The Sensor

Cleaning camera sensors used to be a nerve-racking process that required leaving the sensor exposed to scratching and even more dust. Now cleaning the sensor is pretty much an automatic function. Every time you turn the camera on and off, the sensor in the camera vibrates to remove any dust particles that might have landed on it. There are three choices for cleaning in the camera setup menu Auto Cleaning, Clean Now, and Clean Manually. By default, the camera is set to automatically clean the...

Checking The Cameras Current Firmware Version Number

Rotate the Mode dial to select P or any of the other modes in the Creative zone . 2. Press the Menu button to display the menu. 3. Turn the Main dial to get to the third camera setup menu, and you will see the currently installed firmware version number at the bottom of the settings. If this version is not the latest one listed on the Canon website, follow the steps in the next section to load the latest version. FTI FT EilEfiEntail fmm Custom Funotions C.Fn Copyright information At the time...

Adjust The Viewfinder Diopter

If you wear glasses, or are just like me and your eyes are getting older, you might have trouble looking through the viewfinder. Actually, you will be able to see through the viewfinder but what you see might not look like it is in crisp focus. This may not be a huge problem when you are using autofocus, but if you are trying to manually focus your lens you will find that your images look a bit soft. To remedy this, you should use the dioptric adjustment knob, located to the right of the...

White Balance And The Temperature Of Color

When you select different white balances in your camera, you will notice that underneath several of the choices is a number, e.g., 5200K, 7000K, or 3200K. These numbers refer to the Kelvin temperature of the colors in the visible spectrum. The visible spectrum is the range of light that the human eye can see think of a rainbow or the color bands that come out of a spectrum . The visible spectrum of light has been placed into a scale called the Kelvin temperature scale, which identifies the...

Formatting Your Memory Card

Insert your memory card into the camera. 2. Press the Menu button and navigate to the first setup menu screen the fourth from the right . 3. Press the down Cross key on the back of the camera to highlight the Format option and press Set A . 4. The default selection for the Format screen is Cancel, just in case you didn't really want to format the card. Press the right Cross key to highlight OK B . The screen will warn you that you will lose any data by formatting your card, so make sure that...

Choosing The Right Memory Card

Make sure you select an SD card that has enough capacity to handle your photography needs. Memory cards are the digital film that store every shot you take until you move them to a computer. The cards come in all shapes and sizes, and they are critical for capturing all of your photos. It is important not to skimp when it comes to selecting your memory cards. The T2i uses Secure Digital SD memory cards Figure 2.1 . If you have been using a point-and-shoot camera, chances are that you may...

Turn Off The Release Shutter Without Card Setting

If you really want to ruin your day, try shooting for a couple of hours only to find that you didn't put a memory card in your camera and thus didn't save any of the pictures that you've taken. This was always a concern with film shooters, and it hasn't gone away with digital SLRs. You see, camera manufacturers want to give prospective buyers a way to test out the camera without having to keep a memory card in it, so they came up with a setting called Release Shutter without Card. When your...

Know How To Override Autofocus

As good as the Canon autofocus system is, there are times when it just isn't doing the job for you. Many times this has to do with how you would like to compose a scene and where the actual point of focus should be. This can be especially true when you are using the camera on a tripod, where you can't pre-focus and then recompose before shooting as discussed earlier . To take care of this problem, you will need to manually focus the lens. I am only going to cover the kit lens that came with my...

Set Your Focus Point And Mode

The Canon focusing system is legendary for its speed and accuracy. The Artificial Intelligence AI focus modes will give you a ton of flexibility in your shooting. There is, however, one small problem that is inherent with any focusing system. No matter how intelligent it is, the camera is looking at all of the subjects in the scene and determining which is closest to the camera. It then uses this information to determine where the proper focus point should be. It has no way of knowing what your...

The Value Of The Histogram

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Simply put, histograms are two-dimensional representations of your images in graph form. There are two different histograms that you should be concerned with the luminance and the color histograms. Luminance is referred to in your manual as brightness and is most valuable when evaluating your exposures. In Figure 1.10, you see what looks like a mountain range. The graph represents the entire tonal range that your camera can capture, from the whitest whites to the blackest blacks. The left side...

Moving Target

The Tricks to Shooting Sports and More Poring Over the Picture Poring Over the Picture Stop Right There Using Shutter Priority Tv Mode to Stop Motion Using Aperture Priority Av Mode to Isolate Your Subject Keep Them in Focus with AI Servo and Auto AF Focus Point Selection Keeping Up with the Continuous Shooting Mode

Setting The Focus Point And Focus Mode

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To choose a single point of focus, wake the camera if necessary by lightly pressing the shutter release button. 2. Press the focus point selection button located in the upper-right area of your camera back. 3. Now use the Cross keys or the Main dial to move the focus point to the center spot, as seen on the rear LCD display you can also do this in the viewfinder by moving the red dot to the desired position A . 4. Lightly press the shutter release button once more to set your new focus...

Charge Your Battery

I know that this will be one of the hardest things for you to do because you really want to start shooting, but a little patience will pay off later. When you first open your camera and slide the battery into the battery slot, you will be pleased to find that there is probably juice in the battery and you can start shooting right away. What you should really be doing is getting out the battery charger and giving that power-cell a full charge. Not only will this give you more time to shoot, it...

Set The Correct White Balance

White balance correction is the process of rendering accurate colors in your final image. Most people don't even notice that light has different color characteristics because the human eye automatically adjusts to different color temperatures, so quickly, in fact, that everything looks correct in a matter of milliseconds. When color film ruled the world, photographers would select which film to use depending on what their light source was going to be. The most common film was balanced for...

Set Your Jpeg Image Quality

Your new T2i has a number of image quality settings to choose from, and depending on your needs, you can adjust them accordingly. Most people shoot with the JPEG option because it allows them to capture a large number of photos on their memory cards. The problem is that unless you understand how JPEG works, you might be degrading the quality of your images without realizing it. The JPEG format has been around since about 1994 and stands for Joint Photographic Experts Group. JPEG was developed...

Keeping A Backup Battery

If I were to suggest just one accessory that you should buy for your camera, it would probably be a second battery. Nothing stinks more than being out in the field and having your camera die. Keeping a fully charged battery in your bag will always give you the confidence that you can keep on shooting without fail. Not only is this a great strategy to extend your shooting time, it also helps to lengthen the life of your batteries by alternating between them. No matter what the manufacturers say,...