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Figure 4-26: Select Enable and press the Set button.

5. Select Live View Shoot and press the Set button again.

Now you see the screen shown on the right in Figure 4-26.

6. Select Enable and press Set.

7. Adjust the metering timing (optional).

By default, the exposure meter shuts itself off after 16 seconds when you work in Live View mode to conserve battery power. You can adjust this timing through the Metering Timer option, shown on the left in Figure 4-26. Highlight the option, press Set, and then select a time option. Your choices range from 4 seconds to 30 minutes. Press Set once more after making your selection. (Chapter 5 talks more about the purpose of the exposure meter.)

8. Press the Menu button to return to Setup Menu 2.

After you enable Live View shooting, just press Set to toggle the monitor preview on and off. Note, though, that turning the monitor preview off does not officially disable Live View mode; you must revisit the Live View Shoot option on Setup Menu 2 to do that. (Don't forget that while Live View is enabled, you lose access to certain other camera features; see the preceding section for details.)

Taking a shot in Live View mode

After you enable Live View, follow this approach to focus and record your shot:

1. Check the setting on the Mode dial on top of the camera.

Remember, you must set the dial to P, Tv, Av, M, or A-DEP to use Live View. (Again, if you're just experimenting, select P.)

2. Set the focus switch on your lens to MF (for manual focus).

You can use autofocusing in Live View mode, but focusing manually is easier, faster, and may be more precise. If you do want to use autofocus, Chapter 6 spells out how to do so; you can set up the camera for two types of Live View autofocusing, each of which works a little differently.

Note that if you use a lens other than the kit lens sold with the Rebel XS/1000D, the switch that shifts you to manual focus may sport a label other than MF. Consult the lens manual for specifics.

3. If the camera is mounted on a tripod, turn off the Image Stabilizer feature.

As explained in Chapter 1, image stabilization isn't necessary when you shoot with a tripod. And because it consumes extra battery power, turning it off is a good idea for Live View tripod shooting with most lenses. However, check your lens manual just to be sure: Some lens manufacturers vary in their recommendations on this issue.

4. Press the Set button to switch from normal viewfinder operation to the Live View preview.

Focusing frame

Now you see your scene in the monitor, as shown in Figure 4-27. At the bottom of the screen, you see data similar to what is displayed in the viewfinder during normal shooting: shutter speed and aperture (f-stop), the exposure meter, the number of shots remaining on the camera memory card, and the ISO speed setting.

Also note the rectangle in the center of the screen, labeled Focusing frame in Figure 4-27. That frame is provided as a way for you to verify focus, as detailed in Steps 5 and 6.

You can display other information by pressing the DISP button; see the next section for a look at your options.

Focusing frame

Figure 4-27: Place the center square over the point where you want to establish focus.

Figure 4-27: Place the center square over the point where you want to establish focus.

5. Frame the shot as desired.

6. Press the cross keys to move the focusing frame over the spot where you want to focus.

Or, to put the focusing frame smack in the middle of the screen, press the Erase button (the one that sports the trash can symbol).

7. Turn the lens focusing ring to set initial focus.

On the kit lens, the focus ring is at the far end of the lens. (See Chapter 1 if you need help.)

8. Press the AF Point Selection button to magnify the view and refine focus if needed.

By pressing the button, you magnify the area within the focusing frame. Your first press of the button magnifies the view by five, as shown on the left in Figure 4-28. The second press zooms you to ten times magnification, as shown on the right.

Magnified area

Magnified area

Figure 4-28: Magnify the preview to double-check focus.

In the lower-right corner of the monitor, you see a label showing the current magnification level. Underneath that label, the box inside the small rectangle indicates the portion of the overall frame that you're viewing. If needed, you can reposition the focusing frame to check another part of the image by using the cross keys.

Adjust the focusing ring as needed to achieve just the right focusing distance. When you're happy with the focus, press the AF Point Selection button once more to return to full-frame view.

9. Press the shutter button halfway to initiate exposure metering.

If needed, you can adjust exposure in P, Av, and Tv modes by using Exposure Compensation, a feature covered in Chapter 5. In Manual (M) exposure mode, you can adjust shutter speed and f-stop as usual. Again, Chapter 5 spells out the details.

10. Depress the shutter button fully to take the shot.

You see your just-captured image on the monitor for a few seconds as usual. Then the Live View preview returns, and you're ready to take the next shot.

11. To exit the Live View preview, press the Set button.

You're returned to the standard Shooting Settings screen. You can then return to framing your images through the viewfinder.

Customizing the Live View display

You can alter a couple of aspects of the monitor display for Live View shooting, as follows:

✓ Display an alignment grid. When you're doing the kind of work for which Live View is best suited, such as taking product shots or capturing other still-life subjects, the exact placement of objects in the frame can sometimes be important. To assist you in that regard, the camera can display a grid on the monitor, as shown in Figure 4-29.

To display the grid, visit Setup Menu 2, highlight Live View Function Settings, and press the Set button. Then highlight Grid Display, as shown on the left in Figure 4-30, press the Set button, highlight On as shown on the right in the figure, and press Set again. Repeat the process and choose Off to lose the grid.

✓ Display shooting information. By pressing the DISP button, you can superimpose a few additional bits of shooting information on the scene, as shown in Figure 4-31. For the most part, the icons you see here are the same as when you view shooting information in Playback mode, a topic discussed earlier in this chapter. Here's a brief review:

Figure 4-29: For help aligning objects in the frame, display the grid.
Figure 4-30: Enable the grid via the Live View Function Settings option on Setup Menu 2.

Drive mode: The icon you see in the figure represents the Single Drive mode, in which you capture one image for each press of the shutter button. See the end of Chapter 2 for information about other Drive mode options.

Battery status

Figure 4-31: Press DISP to view more camera settings on the screen.

Drive mode White balance Picture Style


Exposure simulation AE Lock/ Flash ready

F-stop Exposure meter Shutter speed Flash Compensation ISO speed

Figure 4-31: Press DISP to view more camera settings on the screen.

Battery status

White balance setting: The initials AWB, shown in the figure, represent Auto White Balance. To see what icons for other settings look like and find out what white balance does in the first place, visit Chapter 6.

• Picture Style: Chapter 6 also details Picture Styles, which affect picture color, contrast, and sharpness.

• Quality: This icon tells you the selected Quality setting, which Chapter 3 explains.

• Exp.SIM: This symbol, which stands for exposure simulation, indicates whether the image brightness you see on the monitor is simulating the actual exposure you will record. If the symbol blinks or is dimmed, as in the figure, the camera can't provide an accurate exposure preview, which can occur if the ambient light is either very bright or very dim. Exposure simulation is also disabled when you use flash in Live View mode.

• AE (autoexposure) lock and flash status: The asterisk tells you that autoexposure lock is in force; a steady flash symbol tells you that the flash is ready to fire. Neither symbol appears if you don't use these features for your shot. See Chapter 5 for information about both features.

• Shutter speed and aperture (f-stop): See Chapter 5 for help understanding these options, too.

• Exposure meter: Yep, here's another exposure feature covered in Chapter 5.

• Flash Compensation: If you enabled Flash Compensation to adjust the flash power, this symbol appears. Otherwise, the area of the screen is empty. Chapter 5 covers this feature as well.

• Shots remaining: This number tells you how many pictures will fit on the memory card at your current Quality setting.

• ISO speed: This setting controls the camera's sensitivity to light; see Chapter 5 for information.

• Battery status: A full battery icon like the one in Figure 4-31 says you're good to go.

✓ Display a brightness histogram. After pressing DISP once to reveal all the icons shown in Figure 4-31, press again to add a brightness histogram to the mix, as shown in Figure 4-32. See the section "Interpreting a brightness histogram," earlier in this chapter, to find out what the histogram can tell you.

When you use flash, the histogram is dimmed (and what you can see isn't accurate because it doesn't reflect the exposure as it will be when the flash is used).

If you switch to autofocusing in Live View mode, what you see on the monitor differs slightly than what you see in the figures in this chapter. For details about using autofocus with Live View, visit Chapter 6.

Brightness histogram

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Figure 4-32: Press DISP again to add a histogram to the display.

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