Adjusting Your Iso On The

Check for the blinking aperture readout in the bottom-right portion of your viewfinder. 2. If it is blinking, move your index finger back from the shutter button and press the ISO button. 3. Now move your finger forward to the Main dial and raise the ISO to the next highest level by turning it to the right. 4. Lightly press the shutter button and check to see if the aperture is still blinking. 5. If it's not blinking, shoot away. If it is, repeat steps 2-4 until it is set correctly.

Tripod Stability

Most tripods have a center column that allows the user to extend the height of the camera above the point where the tripod legs join together. This might seem like a great idea, but the reality is that the further you raise that column, the less stable your tripod becomes. Think of a tall building that sways near the top. To get the most solid base for your camera, always try to use it with the center column at its lowest point so that your camera is right at the apex of the tripod legs.

Zoom In To Be Sure

When reviewing your shots on the LCD, don't be fooled by the display. The smaller your image is, the sharper it will look. To ensure that you are getting sharp, blur-free images, make sure that you zoom in on your LCD display. To zoom in on your images, press the Image Review button located to the lower-right of the LCD display and then press the Magnify Image button to zoom (Figure 5.4). Continue pressing the Magnify Image button to increase the zoom ratio. To zoom back out, simply press the...

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...

The Flash Output

Press the Q button to activate the Quick Control screen on the LCD. 2. Use the Cross keys to move the cursor to the Flash Exposure Compensation icon. 3. Rotate the Main dial to adjust the flash compensation in 1 3-stop increments (left to subtract and right to add). This image was made with the same camera settings. The difference is that the flash compensation was set to -1.3 stops. 4. Press the shutter button halfway to return to shooting mode, and then take the picture. 5. Review your image...

Depth Of Field

Long focal lengths and large apertures will allow you to isolate your subject from the chaos that surrounds it. I utilize the Av mode for the majority of my shooting. I also like to use a longer focal length lens to shrink the depth of field to a very narrow area (Figure 9.1). The combination of a telephoto lens and a large aperture can create a shallow depth of field to isolate the subject. The combination of a telephoto lens and a large aperture can create a shallow depth of field to isolate...

Selecting Your Image Quality Setting

Press the Menu button and use the Main dial to select the first shooting menu tab. 2. Use the Cross keys to highlight the Quality setting and press the Set button to enter the Quality setting page (A). Release shutter without card Image review Hold Peripheral illumin, correct. Red-eye reduc. Disable Flash control 3. Use the left right Cross keys to change the quality setting (B). 4. Press the Set button to lock in your changes.

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...

Full Auto Mode

Jfc Full Auto mode is all about thought-free photography. There is little to IW nothing for you to do in this mode except point and shoot. Your biggest concern when using Full Auto mode is focusing. The camera will utilize the automatic focusing modes to achieve the best possible focus for your picture. Naturally, the camera is going to assume that the object that is closest to the camera is the one that you want to have the sharpest focus. Simply press the shutter button down halfway while...

Better Sound For Your Movies

One of the great advantages of the T2i over other cameras is its ability to capture video with an external microphone. This means that you can not only record video in stereo but also have much more control over the quality of the audio. Currently there is a growing market of microphones for the DSLR market, including mics with hotshoe adapters so you can mount the mic to the camera and record without having to worry about holding the external mic (Figure 2.15). Using an external microphone...

Turning Off The Release Shutter Without Card Setting

Press the Menu button on the back of the camera to bring up the menu list. 3. Use the Main dial to select the far-left menu tab. 4. Now scroll down to the Release shutter without card option using the Cross keys and press the Set button (A). 5. Use the Cross keys to select the Disable option, and then press the Set button once again (B). 6. Press the Menu button again to return to shooting mode. Image review Hold Peripheral illumin. correct. Red-eye reduc. Disable Flash control Now when you try...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Portraits On The Move

Not all portraits are shot with the subject sitting in a chair, posed and ready for the picture. Sometimes you might want to get an action shot that says something about the person, similar to an environmental portrait. Children, especially, just like to move. Why fight it Set up an action portrait instead. For the photo in Figure 6.15, I used the Portrait picture style and set my camera to Tv mode. I knew that there would be a good deal of movement involved, and I wanted to make sure that I...

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...

Changing Your Image Review Time Setting

Press the Menu button and the use the Main dial to select the leftmost menu item. 2. Using the Cross keys, scroll down to Image review and press the Set button (A). 3. Scroll down to Hold and then press the Set button once again (B). 4. Press the Menu button to leave the menus and continue shooting. Now that you have the image display set, let's check out some of the other visual information that will really help you when shooting. There are four display modes that give you different amounts of...

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...

Improve Your Pictures With Sound Compositional Elements

Creating a great photograph takes more than just the right settings on your camera. To take your photography to the next level, you need to gain an understanding of how the elements within the frame come together to create a compositionally pleasing image. Composition is the culmination of light, shape, and, to borrow a word from the iconic photographer Jay Maisel, gesture. Composition is a way for you to pull your viewing audience into your image and guide them through the scene. Let's examine...

Advanced Techniques To Explore

This section comes with a warning attached. All of the techniques and topics up to this point have been centered on your camera. The following two sections, covering panoramas and high dynamic range (HDR) images, require you to use image-processing software to complete the photograph. They are, however, important enough that you should know how to correctly shoot for success, should you choose to explore these two popular techniques. If you have ever visited the Grand Canyon, you know just how...

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...

Photographing Reflections

A mirror is a two-dimensional surface, so why do I have to focus at a different distance for the image in the mirror This was one of those questions that drove me crazy when I began to learn about photography. The answer is pretty simple, and it has to do with light. When you focus your lens, you are focusing the light being reflected off a surface onto your camera sensor. So if you wanted to focus on the mirror itself, it would be at one distance, but if you wanted to focus on the subject...

Chapter 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

The Golden Light

If you ask any professional landscape photographer what their favorite time of day to shoot is, chances are they will tell you it's the hours surrounding daybreak and sunset (Figures 7.14 and 7.15). The reason for this is that the light is coming from a very low angle to the landscape, which creates shadows and gives depth and character. There is also a quality to the light that seems cleaner and is more colorful than the light you get when shooting at midday. One thing that can dramatically...

Image Resolution

When discussing digital cameras, image resolution is often used to describe pixel resolution or the number of pixels used to make an image. This can be displayed as a dimension such as 5184 x 3456. This is the physical number of pixels in width and height of the image sensor. Resolution can also be referred to in megapixels (MP) such as 18 MP. This number represents the number of total pixels on the sensor and is commonly used to describe the amount of image data that a digital camera can...

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...

Reciprocal Exposures

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...

Using Live View To Preview Different White Balance Settings

Press the Live View button located to the right of the rear LCD screen. 2. With Live View activated, press the Q button, which will bring up the Live View options on the left side of the screen. 3. Use the up down Cross keys to highlight the White Balance icon at the top and then rotate the Main dial to change the white balance. 4. Select the white balance setting that looks most appropriate for your scene, then press the Q button to lock in your change and resume shooting. 5. Press the Live...

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...

Why You May Never Want To Use The Basic Zone Again

With so many easy-to-use camera modes, why would anyone ever want to use anything else Well, the first thing that comes to my mind is control. It is the number one reason for using a digital SLR camera. The ability to control every aspect of your photography will open up creative avenues that just aren't available in the Basic zone. Let's face it there is a reason that the Mode dial is split into two different categories. Let's look at what we are giving up when we work in the Basic zone. ISO....

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...

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...

Lenses And Focal Lengths

If you ask most photographers what they believe to be their most critical piece of photographic equipment, they would undoubtedly tell you that it is their lens. The technology and engineering that goes into your camera is a marvel, but it isn't worth a darn if it can't get the light from the outside onto the sensor. The T2i, as a digital single lens reflex dSLR camera, uses the lens for a multitude of tasks, from focusing on a subject, to metering a scene, to delivering and focusing the light...

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...

Poring Over The Picture

Visiting a place like Angkor Wat is like a dream come true for a photographer. There is so much to point your camera at that sometimes it can seem a bit overwhelming. On this particular day I was walking around one of the walkways around the outer edge of Angkor Wat when this gentleman just appeared in the walkway that I was photographing. His appearance made the shot. The pillars running down the left side create a tunnel leading towards the man. The longer focal length of the lens compresses...

Motion And Depth Of Field

Small Aperture Depth Field

There are distinct characteristics that are related to changes in aperture and shutter speed. Shutter speed controls the length of time the light has to strike the sensor consequently, it also controls the blurriness or lack of blurriness of the image. The less time light has to hit the sensor, the less time your subjects have to move around and become blurry. This can let you control things like freezing the motion of a fast-moving subject Figure 2.9 or intentionally blurring subjects to give...

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...

Bracketing Exposures

So what if you are doing everything right in terms of metering and mode selection, yet your images still sometimes come out too light or too dark There is a technique called bracketing that you can use, which will help you find the best exposure value for your scene by taking a normal exposure as well as one that is over- and underexposed. Having these differing exposure values will most often present you with one frame that just looks better than the others. I use the Bracketing function all...

Disabling The Flash

Press the Menu button and then scroll the Main dial to highlight the first shooting menu far left . 2. Scroll down to Flash control and press the Set button A . 3. Select Flash firing and press the Set button B . 4. Set the Flash firing option to Disable C . Release shutter without card Image review Hold Peripheral illumin. correct. Red-eye reduc, Disable Flash control

Setting Up The Iso Expansion Feature

Press the Menu button and locate the Custom Functions screen A . 2. The ISO Expansion setting is located in the C. Fn I Exposure section. Highlight it and press Set. 3. Locate the ISO Expansion menu and change the setting from Off to On B . 4. Press the Menu button twice to exit, then press the ISO button to find the additional ISO settings of 6400 and H 12800 . PHGaglSHeiFfl' EES IS Custom Functions C.Fn j Copyright information Clear settings Firmware Ver. 1.0.6 r Fn T 1 2 34 5 6 7 8 9 10...

Where To Focus

Large landscape scenes are great fun to photograph, but they can present a problem where exactly do you focus when you want everything to be sharp Since our goal is to create a great landscape photo, we will need to concentrate on how to best create an image that is tack sharp, with a depth of field that renders great focus throughout the scene. I have already stressed the importance of a good tripod when shooting landscapes. The tripod lets you concentrate on the aperture portion of the...

Using The Clean Now Feature

Press the Menu button and use the Main dial to get to the second camera setup menu. 2. Use the down Cross key to highlight Sensor cleaning and then press the Set button A . 3. Use the right Cross key to select Clean now and press the Set button again B . 4. Press Set one more time to start the cleaning function. 5. To return to shooting mode, just lightly press the shutter release button. LCD brightness -, , , T , , , Date Time 04 25 '1013 05 LanguageQ English Sensor cleaning Live View...

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...

Exposure

If you notice that your pictures are turning out a little lighter or darker than you wanted, highlight the Exposure setting. Each step that you move the index point will adjust the camera in 2 3-stop increments Figure 3.12 . Move it to the right for increased exposure brighter or to the left for decreased exposure darker . The camera will use a mix of Moving to the right uses a smaller aperture for greater depth of field. Moving to the right uses a smaller aperture for greater depth of field....

Setting Autoexposure Bracketing

Press the Q button and then move the cursor to the Exposure Compensation AEB setting icon A . 2. Press Set again to enter the compensation bracketing screen B . 3. Use the Main dial to set the amount of over- and underexposure that you desire C . 4. If you want the normal exposure to be a little over- or underexposed you can adjust that with your left right Cross keys. The camera will take the underexposed image first, then the normal image, then the overexposed image. Don't forget to take...

Choose The Right Lens

Choosing the correct lens can make a huge impact on your portraits. A wide-angle lens can distort features of your subject, which can lead to an unflattering portrait Figure 6.18 . Select a longer focal length if you will be close to your subject Figure 6.19 . left At this close distance, the 18mm lens is distorting the subject's face. right By zooming out to 70mm, I am able to remove the distortion for a much better photo. left At this close distance, the 18mm lens is distorting the subject's...

Turn On The Lights

Glowing Red Eyes

When shooting indoors, another way to reduce red-eye, or just shorten the length of time that the reduction lamp needs to be shining into your subject's eyes, is to turn on a lot of lights. The brighter the ambient light levels, the smaller the subject's pupils will be. This will reduce the time necessary for the red-eye reduction lamp to shine. It will also allow you to take more candid pictures because your subjects won't be required to stare at the red-eye lamp while waiting for their pupils...

Closeup Mode

M Although most zoom lenses don't support true macro settings, that jp doesn't mean you can't shoot some great close-up photos. The key here is to use your camera-to-subject distance to fill the frame while still being able to achieve sharp focus. This means that you move yourself as close as possible to your subject while still being able to get a good sharp focus. Oftentimes, your lens will be marked with the minimum focusing distance. On my 18-55mm zoom it is .8 feet. To help get the best...

Partial Metering

Press the Set button on the back of the camera to activate the Quick Control screen. 2. Move the selection to the metering mode icon A . 3. Use the Main dial to scroll through the metering modes until you find the symbol for Partial metering mode. The names of the different modes will appear near the bottom of the screen. If you press the Set button a second time, you can see all of the available metering modes B . 4. Press the Set button to return to shooting mode.

Deleting Images

Deleting or erasing images is a fairly simple process that is covered on pages 171-172 of your manual. To quickly get you on your way, simply press the Image Review playback button and spin the Main dial until you find the picture that you want to delete. Then press the Trash button beneath the Cross keys, use the right Cross key to select Erase, and then press the Set button Figure 1.9 . Caution Once you have deleted an image, it is gone for good. Make sure you don't want it before you drop it...

Avoiding Lens Flare

Lens flare is one of the problems you will encounter when shooting in the bright sun. Lens flare will show itself as bright circles on the image Figure 10.6 . Often you will see multiple circles in a line leading from a very bright light source such as the sun. The flare is a result of the sun bouncing off the multiple pieces of optical glass in the lens and then being reflected back onto the sensor. Lens flare is especially frequent when using wide angle lenses due to the greater angle of...

Bracketing Your Exposures

In HDR, bracketing is the process of capturing a series of exposures at different stop intervals. You can bracket your exposures even if you aren't going to be using HDR. Sometimes this is helpful when you have a tricky lighting situation and you want to ensure that you have just the right exposure to capture the look you're after. You can bracket in increments as small as a third of a stop. This means that you can capture several images with very subtle exposure variances and then decide later...

Directing The Viewer A Word About Composition

As a photographer, it's your job to lead the viewer through your image. You accomplish this by utilizing the principles of composition, which is the arrangement of elements in the scene that draws the viewer's eye through your image and holds their attention. As the director of this viewing, you need to understand how people see, and then use that information to focus their attention on the most important elements in your image. There is a general order at which we look at elements in a...

Portrait Mode

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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...

Setting The Movie Quality

To change the quality of your video recording, start by turning the Mode dial to the Movie shooting position. 2. Press the Menu button and navigate to the first Movie Shooting tab. 3. Select the Movie record size option and press the Set button A . 4. Select the desired movie quality setting and press the Set button B . 5. Press the Menu button to return to Movie shooting mode. Hgsiggggg EE3E I Movie rec. size 1920x1080 r AFmode Live mode AF during 'i Disable ffSh utter AE lock button Remote...

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 Up And Shooting With Live View And Face Detection Focusing

Press the Menu button and use the Main dial to highlight the second camera setup menu screen. Then highlight the Live View function settings option and press the Set button A . 2. Now highlight the Live View shoot option and enable it by pressing Set and then selecting Enable B . 3. Now move down to the AF mode setting at the bottom of the menu, press Set, and select Live Face mode. 4. Press the Menu button to exit the menu mode and get ready for shooting. 5. Activate the Live View function...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Chapter Assignments

These assignments will have you shooting in the various Basic modes so that you can experience the advantages and disadvantages of using them in your daily photography. It's time to give up complete control and just concentrate on what you see in the viewfinder. Set your camera to Full Auto and practice shooting in a variety of conditions, both indoors and outside. Take notice of the camera settings when you are reviewing your pictures. Try using the One Shot focus to pick a focus and then...

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...

Using The Ae Lock Feature

There will often be times when your subject is not in the center of the frame but you still want to use the Partial metering mode. So how can you get an accurate reading if the subject isn't in the center Try using the AE Auto Exposure Lock feature to hold the exposure setting while you recompose. AE Lock lets you use the exposure setting from any portion of the scene that you think is appropriate, and then lock that setting in regardless of how the scene looks when you recompose. An example of...

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,...

Stabilizing The Situation

If you purchased your camera with one of the new image stabilization IS lenses, you already own a great tool to squeeze two stops of exposure out of your camera when shooting without a tripod Figure 8.5 . Typically, the average person can handhold their camera down to about 1 60 of a second before blurriness results due to hand shake. As the length of the lens is increased or zoomed , the ability to handhold at slow shutter speeds 1 60 and slower and still get sharp images is further reduced....

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...

Video And The Ti

One of the reasons you probably purchased the T2i is its ability to capture video. Not just regular video, but high-definition video. As I discussed in the book's introduction, I am going to keep the focus of this book on the photography aspects of the camera but that doesn't mean I am going to simply ignore the video functions completely. In fact, I am dedicating a bonus chapter to some fun video tips. But I thought that I would at least cover the video basics here in Chapter 2 since we have...

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...

Auto Lighting Optimizer

Auto Lighting Optimizer 550d

Did you know that your camera provides a function that can automatically make your pictures look better It's called Auto Lighting Optimizer. It works this way the camera evaluates the tones in your image and then lightens any areas that it believes are too dark or lacking in contrast Figures 10.11 and 10.12 . This optimization is applied automatically in the shooting modes of the Basic zone. Without the Auto Lighting Optimizer, the shadows are dark and contrasty. Without the Auto Lighting...

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...

Focusing The Eyes Have It

It has been said that the eyes are the windows to the soul, and nothing could be truer when you are taking a photograph of someone Figure 6.9 . You could have the perfect composition and exposure, but if the eyes aren't sharp the entire image suffers. While there are many different focusing modes to choose from on your T2i, for portrait work you can't beat One Shot mode using a single focusing point. One Shot focusing will establish a single focus for the lens and then hold it until you take...

Using The Landscape Picture Style

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...

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...

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...

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...

Keeping Up With The Continuous Shooting Mode

Getting great focus is one thing, but capturing the best moment on the sensor can be difficult if you are shooting just one frame at a time. In the world of sports, and in life in general, things move pretty fast. If you blink, you might miss it. The same can be said for shooting in Single shooting drive mode. Fortunately, your T2i comes equipped with a Continuous shooting or burst mode that lets you capture a series of images at up to 3.7 frames a second. No, you can't actually capture .7...

Customizing Your My Menu Setting

Press the Menu button and select the tab with the star using the Cross keys. 2. Select My Menu settings and press Set A . 3. Highlight Register to My Menu and press Set B . I My Menu settings i H Register to My Menu Delete item items Delete all items Display from My Menu 4. Scroll through the available menu items, and when you highlight one that you want to add, press the Set button C . 5. When asked if you want to register the item, highlight OK and press Set D . 6. Continue adding the...

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,...

Go Wide For Environmental Portraits

There will be times when your subject's environment is of great significance to the story you want to tell. This might mean using a smaller aperture to get more detail in the background or foreground. Once again, by using Av mode, you can set your aperture to a higher f-stop, such as f 8 or f 11, and include the important details of the scene that surrounds your subject. Using a wider-than-normal lens can also assist in getting more depth of field as well as showing the surrounding area. A...

Sports Mode

J jggjp While this is called Sports mode, you can use it for any moving subject gy that you are photographing. The mode is built on the principles of sports photography continuous focusing, large apertures, and fast shutter speeds Figure 3.5 . To handle these requirements, the camera sets the drive mode to Continuous shooting, the aperture to a very large opening, and the ISO to Auto. Overall, these are sound settings that will capture most moving subjects well. We will take an in-depth look at...

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...

Customizing The Picture Style Settings

When you're in the Picture Style section of the menu where you have Monochrome selected, press the Display Disp. button located to the left of your viewfinder. 2. Use the up down Cross keys to highlight the setting you would like to change and press the Set button. 3. Now use the left right Cross keys to move the cursor to a new position on the scale the default setting will remain marked with a gray arrow or to select a different filter, and press the Set button A, B . Sharpness gt lt ' gt...

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...

Setting The Image Quality

Press the Menu button on the back of the camera to bring up the menu list. Use the Main dial to select the far-left menu tab. 3. At the top of this menu tab locate the Quality option A . 4. Press the Set button to bring up the options screen. 5. Use the left right Cross keys to select the first L this will render a 18-mega-pixel image with a dimension of 5184 pixels by 3456 pixels B . 6. Press the Set button to lock in this change. B gjlFrlFIFIPg GEE 13 I Quality ii Release shutter without card...

Turning On The Redeye Reduction Feature

Press the Menu button and then turn the Main dial to get to the first shooting menu. 2. Use the Cross keys to scroll down to the Red-eye reduc. setting A . Release shutter without card Image review Hold Peripheral illumin. correct. 3. Press the Set button and then, using the Cross keys, select Enable and press the Set button B . 4. Press the Menu button twice or the shutter release button to return to shooting mode. To get the full benefit from the Red-Eye Reduction feature, you should hold...

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...

The Value Of The Histogram

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...

Using Exposure Compensation To Regain Detail In Highlights

Activate the camera meter by lightly pressing the shutter release button. 2. Press the Q button to activate the Quick Control screen. 3. Use the Cross keys to highlight the Exposure Compensation setting. 4. Rotate the Main dial to reduce your exposure by 1 3-stop increments and then take another photo. 5. If the blinkies are gone, you are good to go. If not, keep subtracting from your exposure by 1 3 of a stop until you have a good exposure in the highlights. I generally keep my camera set...

Setting Up And Shooting In Spot Metering Mode

Canon 50d Metering Mode Set

Press the Q button to bring up the Quick Control screen on the back of the camera, and then use the Cross keys to move the icon to the Metering mode. 2. Rotate the Main dial until the Spot metering icon appears, and then press the shutter release button halfway to return to shooting mode. 3. Point the center focus point at the subject that you wish to use for the meter reading. 4. Press the button to enable the AE Lock, which will hold the exposure value while you recompose and then take the...

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...

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 Aperture Priority Av Mode To Isolate Your Subject

One of the benefits of working in Tv mode with fast shutter speeds is that, more often than not, you will be shooting with the largest aperture available on your lens. Shooting with a large aperture allows you to use faster shutter speeds, but it also narrows your depth of field. To isolate your subject in order to focus your viewer's attention on it, a larger aperture is required. The larger aperture reduces the foreground and background sharpness the larger the aperture, the more blurred they...

Setting The Sync Speed When Using Flash In Av Mode

Press the Menu button and use the Main dial to get to the Custom Functions menu tab and then press the Set button. 2. Select C. Fn I Exposure Flash sync. speed in Av mode using the Cross keys and press the Set button A . 3. Select the Av sync speed that you desire using the Cross keys and press Set once more B . 1 1 200-1 60sec, auto 2 l 200sec. fixed r Fn T 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 urn i. 0102000000 o o r Fn T 1 2 34 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 urn i. 0102000000 o o Manual M Manual mode works the...

Progressive Scan

When it comes to video, there are usually two terms associated with the quality of the video and how it is captured and displayed on a monitor screen progressive and interlaced. The two terms describe how the video is drawn by line for each frame. Video frames are not displayed all at once like a photograph. In progressive video, the lines are drawn in sequence from top to bottom. Interlaced video draws all of the odd-numbered lines and then all of the even-numbered lines. This odd-even drawing...

Using The Fe Lock Feature

Point the camera at the area that you want to base the flash exposure on. This is normally your subject. 2. Press the AE FE Lock button near the top right on the back of the camera button to obtain the exposure setting. The flash will fire a small burst to evaluate the exposure and you will see FEL Flash Exposure Lock in the viewfinder. The AE FE Lock symbol will also appear in the viewfinder. 3. Recompose the scene as you like, and press the shutter button completely. The FE Lock will...

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...