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...

Setting Your Focus To A Single Point

Canon Manual Point 550d

Press the Focus Point Selection button at the top right on the back of the camera and then look in your viewfinder. 2. Rotate the Main dial, and watch the illuminated points change on the rear LCD or in the viewfinder as you move the dial. Select any single point from among the nine available points. If all of the points are lit up, that means you are in automatic focus point selection mode. Keep going until you have just the one point you want selected. Now, to shoot using this focus point,...

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...

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...

Canon Rebel T2i Bulb Setting

If you are new to the world of photography, you might be wondering where in the world the bulb shutter function got its name. After all, wouldn't it make more sense to call it the Manual Shutter setting It probably would, but this is one of those terms that harkens back to the origins of photography. Way back when, the shutter was actually opened through the use of a bulb-shaped device that forced air through a tube, which, in turn, pushed a plunger down, activating the camera shutter. When the...

Setting Up For A Waterfall Shot

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...

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...

Setting The White Balance

After turning on or waking the camera, select one of the shooting modes in the Creative zone such as P (you can't select the white balance when using any of the Basic modes). 2. Press the WB button on the back of the camera to bring up the white balance menu. It is the top button on the Cross keys. 3. Use the left right Cross keys to select the proper white balance for your shooting situation. 4. Press the Set button to lock in your selection. 5. Check the camera display to ensure that the...

Setting Up Noise Reduction

Press the Menu button, then use the Main dial to get to the Custom Functions menu A . 2. Using the Cross keys, select C. Fn II Image 5, and then press the Set button B . The default setting is Standard but you may require the Strong setting for really high ISOs. 3. Press the Menu button to return to the Custom Functions menu and then select screen 4, Long exp. noise reduction. Press the Set button to change the options. The default setting is Auto, which will handle most scenarios. If you...

Using The Builtin Flash

Canon T2i Camera Pop Flash Button

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...

Shooting Beautiful Black And White Landscapes

Monochrome Yellow Filter Sky

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...

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...

Using Aperture Priority Mode

Preteen Model

If you took a poll of portrait photographers to see which shooting mode was most often used for portraits, the answer would certainly be Aperture Priority Av mode. Selecting the right aperture is important for placing the most critically sharp area of the photo on your subject, while simultaneously blurring all of the distracting background clutter Figure 6.1 . Not only will a large aperture give the narrowest depth of field, it will also allow you to shoot in lower light levels at lower ISO...

Using Shutter Priority Tv Mode To Stop Motion

Shutter Speed Stop Motion

In Chapter 4, you were introduced to the Creative zone's shooting modes. You'll remember that the mode that gives you ultimate control over shutter speed is Tv mode, where you are responsible for selecting the shutter speed while handing over the aperture selection to the camera. The ability to concentrate on just one exposure factor helps you quickly make changes on the fly while staying glued to your viewfinder and your subject. There are a couple of things to consider when using Tv mode,...

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...

Taming Bright Skies With Exposure Compensation

Balancing exposure in scenes that have a wide contrast in tonal ranges can be extremely challenging. The one thing you should try not to do is overexpose your skies to the point of blowing out your highlights unless, of course, that is the look you are going for . It's one thing to have white clouds, but it's a completely different and bad thing to have no detail at all in those clouds. This usually happens when the camera is trying to gain exposure in the darker areas of the image Figure 7.11...

Turn Off The Auto Iso Setting

The ISO setting in your camera allows you to choose the level of sensitivity of the camera sensor to light. The ability to change this sensitivity is one of the biggest advantages to using a digital camera. In the days of film cameras, you had to choose the ISO by film type. This meant that if you wanted to shoot in lower light, you had to replace the film in the camera with one that had a higher ISO. For a complete chart that shows the image quality settings with the number of possible shots...

When To Use Aperture Priority Av Mode

Long Aperture

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...

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...

Setting The Focus Point And Focus Mode

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...

Shooting Long Exposures

Canon 550d Long Exposures

We have covered some of the techniques for shooting in low light, so let's go through the process of capturing a night or low-light scene for maximum image quality Figure 8.9 . The first thing to consider is that in order to shoot in low light with a low ISO, you will need to use shutter speeds that are longer than you could possibly handhold longer than 1 15 of a second . This will require the use of a tripod or stable surface for you to place your camera on. For maximum quality, the ISO...

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...