As you've already probably noticed, your T1i makes a beep any time you autofocus or use the self-timer. You can deactivate this feature by selecting Beep from the first shooting menu. Silencing your camera can be essential for shooting in auditoriums or museums.
By default, the camera shuts off after 30 seconds of inactivity. This helps conserve battery power, but there are times when it can be annoying. For example, if you're shooting a product setup or still life and have the camera mounted on a tripod, you might be spending time moving back and forth between your subject and
your camera, refining positioning and lights. Portrait setups can also be like this. If the camera keeps dozing off, you'll have to keep waking it back up again. You can use the Auto Power Off command in the first shooting menu to tell it to wait longer before sleeping.
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