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You access many of your camera's features via internal menus, which, conveniently enough, appear when you press the Menu button, located atop the upper-left corner of the camera monitor. Features are grouped into seven main menus, described briefly in Table 1-1.

Table 1-1

Rebel XS/1000D Menus

Symbol

Open This Menu...

to Access These Functions

Shooting Menu 1

Picture Quality settings, Red-Eye Reduction flash mode, and a few other basic camera settings.

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Shooting Menu 2

Advanced photography options such as flash exposure compensation and automatic exposure bracketing. Menu appears only when you use advanced exposure modes (P, Tv, Av, M, and A-DEP).

Playback

Viewing, deleting, and marking pictures for printing.

Setup Menu 1

Basic camera-customization options, such as the file-numbering system.

ES

Setup Menu 2

More customization options, Live View control, and maintenance functions, such as sensor cleaning. Some options available only in advanced exposure modes.

E9

Setup Menu 3

Custom Functions and a couple other options; menu appears only in advanced exposure modes.

m

My Menu

User-customized menu setup; also available only in advanced exposure modes.

After you press the Menu button, a screen similar to the one shown on the left in Figure 1-10 appears. Along the top of the screen, you see the icons shown in Table 1-1, each representing one of the seven menus. The icon that is highlighted is the active menu; options on that menu automatically appear on the main part of the screen. In the figure, Shooting Menu 1 is active, for example.

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Quality

M

Red-eye On/Off

Off

Beep

On

Shoot w/o card

Off

Review time

2 sec.

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Figure 1-10: Use the cross keys to navigate menus; press Set to access available settings.

Shooting Menu 2, Setup Menu 3, and My Menu do not appear in the menu display when you set the camera Mode dial to Full Auto or any of the other fully automatic exposure modes (Portrait, Landscape, Sports, and so on). You see these menus only when you use the advanced exposure modes (P, Tv, Av, M, and A-DEP). And some menu items on Setup Menu 2 are hidden in the fully automatic exposure modes.

I explain all the important menu options elsewhere in the book; for now, just familiarize yourself with the process of navigating menus and selecting options. Here's the drill:

✓ To select a different menu: Press the right or left cross keys or rotate the Main dial to cycle through the available menus.

✓ To select and adjust a function on the current menu: Press the up or down cross key to highlight the feature you want to adjust. On the left side of Figure 1-10, the Quality option is highlighted, for example. Next, press the Set button. Settings available for the selected item then appear either right next to the menu item or on a separate screen, as shown on the right side of the figure. Either way, use the up and down cross keys to highlight your preferred setting and then press Set again to lock in your choice.

Monitoring Critical Camera Settings

As you advance in your photography and begin to move beyond the automatic exposure modes, you need a way to keep track of what camera settings are currently active. To that end, your camera offers the Shooting Settings display, shown in Figure 1-11.

Battery status

Shots remaining

Figure 1-11: If you don't like the default Shooting Settings display (left), you can change it to the one shown in this book (right).

Battery status

Shots remaining

Figure 1-11: If you don't like the default Shooting Settings display (left), you can change it to the one shown in this book (right).

Normally, the display appears as shown on the left in Figure 1-11 — white text on a black background. But you can choose from three other color schemes if you prefer. To make things a little easier to read in this book, figures feature the alternative scheme shown on the right in the figure. If you want to experiment with this option, display Setup Menu 1 and highlight the Screen Color option, as shown on the left in Figure 1-12. Press Set to bring up the options shown on the right in the figure. Highlight one of the four choices and press Set to wrap up. (The color scheme you see from here on out in this book is option 2.)

Whatever color scheme you use, the Shooting Settings screen appears automatically when you turn on the camera. Then, when you press the shutter button halfway, which is the first step in taking a picture, the screen disappears. When you let up on the button, the screen reappears. You also can turn the monitor display on and off by pressing the DISP button or the Set button when no menus are active.

Auto power off

30 sec.

File numbering

Continuous

Auto rotate

OnOV

Format

LCD off/on btn

Shutter btn.

¡Screen color

1

Screen color

1

123

3 123

i

1

123

H 1

GO OK

Figure 1-12: Visit Setup Menu 1 to change the color scheme of the Shooting Settings screen.

In Figure 1-11, you see an example of the settings that you can monitor in the advanced exposure modes (P, Tv, Av, M, and A-DEP). In fully automatic modes, many of the settings are hidden to make the display simpler. Either way, if what you see looks like a big confusing mess to you now, don't worry. Most of it won't mean anything to you until you make your way through later chapters and explore all of the camera controls.

The figure does label two key points of data that are helpful even in fully automatic modes, though: how many more pictures can fit on your memory card at the current settings and the status of the battery. A "full" battery icon like the one in the figure shows that the battery is fully charged; if the icon appears empty, go look for your battery charger.

In addition to the Shooting Settings display, you can activate the Camera Function Settings display, shown in Figure 1-13. To display this screen, first display the camera menus by pressing the Menu button. Then press the DISP button.

Again, the items listed on the screen in the figure appear in the advanced exposure modes. The following list explains the settings that you can monitor, detailed from top to bottom in the order they appear on the screen.

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Color space _ sRGB WB SHIFT/BKT 0, 0A0 Live View shoot. Disable Enable <S> Off"

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Figure 1-13: Press the DISP button when the menus are active to view this screen.

✓ Freespace: This value indicates how much storage space is left on your current camera memory card. How many pictures you can fit into that space depends on the Quality setting you select. Chapter 3 explains this issue.

✓ Color Space: This value tells you whether the camera is currently capturing images in the sRGB or Adobe RGB color space, an advanced option that you can investigate in Chapter 6.

White Balance Shift/Bracketing: Add this to the list of advanced color options covered in Chapter 6.

✓ Live View Shooting: Chapter 4 details this feature, which enables you to use your monitor instead of the viewfinder to compose your shots.

✓ Auto Sensor Cleaning and Red-Eye Reduction flash mode: (These two functions share a line in the screen.) See "Setup Menu 2," later in this chapter, for more about automatic sensor cleaning; check out Chapter 2 for information about red-eye reduction flash.

✓ Auto Power Off and Auto Rotate Display: For information on these two settings, which also cohabitate on the Camera Function Settings screen), see the upcoming section, "Setup Menu 1."

✓ Beep: This setting determines whether the camera beeps at you after certain operations; you can adjust the setting via Shooting Menu 1, as explained later in this chapter.

✓ Date/Time: The section "Setup Menu 2" also explains how to adjust the date and time.

In the fully automatic exposure modes, the Color Space, White Balance Shift/ Bracketing, and Live View Shooting status information doesn't appear in this screen because you can't use those features unless you switch to an advanced exposure mode.

Of course, with the exception of the free card space value, you also can simply go to the menu that contains the option in question to check its current status. The Shooting Settings display and Camera Function Settings display just give you a quick way to monitor some of the critical functions without hunting through menus.

In addition, if you switch to Live View shooting, you also can display some of the same settings in the monitor preview, along with your image. Chapter 4, which introduces Live View shooting, shows you how to do so.

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