Select a focus point and selection mode from the AF point selection screen.

Figure 1.18

Or choose the focus point while looking through the viewfinder.

Figure 1.18

Or choose the focus point while looking through the viewfinder.

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Other Settings

There are a few other settings you can make if you're feeling ambitious, but don't feel ashamed if you postpone using these features until you've racked up a little more experience with your Rebel T2i.

Adjusting White Balance and ISO

If you like, you can custom-tailor your white balance (color balance) and ISO sensitivity settings. To start out, it's best to set white balance (WB) to Auto, and ISO to ISO 100 or ISO 200 for daylight photos, and ISO 400 for pictures in dimmer light. You'll find complete recommendations for both these settings in Chapter 4. You can adjust either one now by pressing the WB button (the up cross key) (for white balance) or the ISO button (just aft of the Main Dial) and then using the cross keys to navigate until the setting you want appears on the LCD.

If you've been playing with your camera's settings, or your T2i has been used by someone else, you can restore the factory defaults by selecting Clear settings from the Set-up 3 menu. Just press the Menu button (located at the upper-left corner of the back of the camera), press the right cross key until the yellow wrench icon with a vertical row of three dots is highlighted, then press the down cross key to select Clear settings. A screen will pop up asking whether you'd like to Clear all camera settings, or Clear all Custom Func. (C.Fn). Choose the one you'd like to reset, and press the Set button.

Using the Self-Timer

If you want to set a short delay before your picture is taken, you can use the self-timer. Press the drive/left cross key and then press the right cross key to select from either the 10-second self-timer (which also can be used with the optional RC-1, RC-5, and RC-6 infrared remote controls), 2-second self-timer, or self-timer: continuous, which allows you to press the up/down cross keys to specify a number of shots to be taken (from 2 to 10) once the timer runs its course (see Figure 1.19). Press the Set button to confirm your choice, and a self-timer icon will appear on the shooting settings display on the back of the Rebel T2i. Press the shutter release to lock focus and start the timer. The self-timer lamp will blink and the beeper will sound (unless you've silenced it in the menus) until the final two seconds, when the lamp remains on and the beeper beeps more rapidly.

Canon recommends slipping off the eyepiece cup and replacing it with the viewfinder cap, in order to keep extraneous light from reaching the exposure meter through the viewfinder "back door." I usually just shade the viewfinder window with my hand (if I'm using the self-timer to reduce camera shake for a long exposure) or drape a jacket or sweater over the back of the camera (if I'm scurrying to get into the picture myself).

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