One of the most useful ways to use Live View shooting is for shooting still-life subjects such as products, food, stock, and so on with the camera connected to a computer. You can set up with the XSi/450D connected to a computer using the USB cable supplied with the camera.
Before you begin, ensure that you have installed the EOS Digital Solution Disk on the computer to which you are connecting the camera.
To shoot in Live View with the XSi/450D tethered to the computer, follow these steps:
1. Turn off the camera, and attach the USB cord to the Digital terminal located under the terminal covers on the side of the camera. Be sure that the icon on the cable connector faces the front side of the camera.
2. Connect the other end of the USB cable to a USB terminal on the computer.
3. Turn on the power switch on the camera and set the Mode dial to
P, Tv, Av, or M. If this is the first time you've connected the camera to the computer, the computer installs the device driver software and identifies the camera. If you're using Windows Vista, the AutoPlay dialog box appears. Click Download images from EOS camera using EOS Utility. The EOS Utility - EOS XSi/450D dialog box appears. If a camera model selection screen appears, select the EOS XSi/450D.
4.1 The EOS Utility Remote Shooting control panel
4. Click Camera settings/Remote shooting in the EOS Utility window. The XSi/450D control panel appears. You can use the panel to control exposure settings, set the white balance, set the Picture Style, and set White-Balance Shift. To set exposure, double-click the aperture, ISO, and so on, and use the controls to adjust the settings.
5. Click the Remote Live View Shooting button (the third from the left button at the bottom right of the Remote Shooting control panel). The Remote Live View window appears. In this window, you can set the white point by clicking a white area or neutral gray area in the scene, use the controls to set the exposure compensation, preview the depth of field by clicking the On button, switch between the Brightness and RGB histograms, and monitor the histogram as the camera moves or as lighting changes.
4.2 The Remote Live View Shooting button, which is not labeled in the control panel but does have rollover text to identify it
6. When the exposure and composition are set, you can magnify the view and then focus using either Quick or Live mode focusing techniques detailed earlier in this chapter, or you can focus manually, depending on your setting for C.Fn-8.
7. Press the Shutter button at the top right of the EOS Utility control panel to make the picture.
The Digital Photo Professional main window opens with the image selected.
8. When you finish, turn off the camera, and then disconnect the USB cable from the camera.
4.5 The final image taken in Live View shooting using Quick mode autofocusing. Exposure: ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/4 second, using an EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens.
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