Action, beauty, adventure, and art--start capturing memories today!
Canon EOS Rebel T7i/800D For Dummies is your ultimate guide to taking spectacular photos--no photography experience required! The EOS Rebel offers professional features that camera phones just cannot match, and this book shows you how to take advantage of these features to take stunning photos in any situation. First, you'll take a tour of the controls to learn what everything does, where to find it, and how to use it. Next, you'll walk through the automatic, scene, and manual modes to learn the strengths and weaknesses of each, and how to choose a mode based on your goals for that particular photo. You'll learn how to capture action shots, take beautiful portraits, and get as artsy as you want to get as you adjust for color, lighting, and focus, and control exposure for different effects.
Taking great photos doesn't have to be difficult! Your camera offers everything you need to perfectly capture any scene, and this book provides clear, easy-to-follow instruction to help you take full advantage of these professional tools.
* Get acquainted with your camera's controls
* Shoot in automatic, scene, or manual mode
* Compose shots and work with lighting like a pro
* Adjust for focus, color, depth of field, and more
Whether you're taking pictures at a party, shooting scenery on vacation, catching action at a ball game, or just wandering around capturing spontaneous moments of beauty, awesome photos are just a few simple steps away. Your Canon EOS Rebel T7i/800D is equipped with the tools to make any scene share-worthy, and Canon EOS Rebel T7i/800D For Dummies equips you to start snapping professional-quality photos today!
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Julie Adair King is a veteran digital photography author and educator whose books are industry bestsellers. Along with Digital Photography For Dummies, she is the author of bestselling guides to many Canon dSLR cameras. Her books have sold more than a million copies.
- Title Page
- Table of Contents
- A Quick Look at What's Ahead
- Icons and Other Stuff to Note
- Practice, Be Patient, and Have Fun!
- Part 1: Fast Track to Super Snaps
- Chapter 1: Getting Up and Running
- Preparing the Camera for Initial Use
- Exploring External Camera Features
- Changing from Guided to Standard Display Mode
- Ordering from Camera Menus
- Customizing the Touchscreen
- Viewing Camera Settings
- Switching to Live View Mode
- Using Quick Control Mode
- Familiarizing Yourself with the Lens
- Working with Memory Cards
- Reviewing Basic Setup Options
- Chapter 2: Choosing Basic Picture Settings
- Choosing an Exposure Mode
- Changing the Drive Mode
- Understanding the Image Quality Setting
- Setting the Photo Aspect Ratio
- Adding Flash
- Chapter 3: Taking Great Pictures, Automatically
- Using Scene Intelligent Auto Mode
- Shooting in Flash Off Mode
- Taking Advantage of Scene Modes
- Gaining More Control with Creative Auto
- Part 2: Taking Creative Control
- Chapter 4: Taking Charge of Exposure
- Introducing the Exposure Trio: Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO
- Stepping Up to Advance Exposure Modes (P, Tv, Av, and M)
- Monitoring Exposure Settings
- Choosing an Exposure Metering Mode
- Setting ISO, Aperture, and Shutter Speed
- Sorting Through Your Camera's Exposure-Correction Tools
- Locking Autoexposure Settings
- Bracketing Exposures Automatically
- Chapter 5: Controlling Focus and Depth of Field
- Setting the Lens to Automatic or Manual Focusing Mode
- Exploring Viewfinder Focusing Options
- Focusing in Live View and Movie Modes
- Manipulating Depth of Field
- Chapter 6: Mastering Color Controls
- Understanding White Balance
- Taking a Quick Look at Picture Styles
- Changing the Color Space
- Chapter 7: Putting It All Together
- Recapping Basic Picture Settings
- Shooting Still Portraits
- Capturing Action
- Capturing Scenic Vistas
- Capturing Dynamic Close-Ups
- Chapter 8: Shooting and Viewing Movies
- Recording Movies Using Default Settings
- Choosing between NTSC and PAL
- Customizing Recording Settings
- Using Movie Digital Zoom
- Reviewing Other Movie Options
- Playing Movies
- Part 3: After the Shot
- Chapter 9: Picture Playback
- Adjusting Automatic Image Review
- Viewing Pictures in Playback Mode
- Viewing Picture Data
- Taking Advantage of Image Search
- Chapter 10: Working with Picture and Movie Files
- Deleting Files
- Protecting Photos and Movies
- Rating Photos and Movies
- Cropping Photos
- Installing the Canon Software
- Sending Pictures to the Computer
- Converting Raw Images in Digital Photo Professional 4
- Preparing Pictures for Online Sharing
- Part 4: The Part of Tens
- Chapter 11: Ten More Customization Options
- Giving the Set Button an Extra Job
- Setting Shutter/AE Lock Button Actions
- Disabling the AF-Assist Beam
- Preventing Shutter Release without a Memory Card
- Reducing the Number of Exposure Stops
- Creating a Custom Menu
- Adding Custom Folders
- Turning Off the Shooting Settings Screen
- Embedding Copyright Notices
- Adding Cleaning Instructions to Images
- Chapter 12: Ten Features to Explore on a Rainy Day
- Shooting a Time-Lapse Movie
- Enabling Mirror Lockup
- Exploring DPOF Printing
- Adding Special Effects to Photos
- Adding Effects During Shooting
- Tagging Pictures for a Photo Book
- Creating Video Snapshots
- Trimming Movies
- Presenting a Slide Show
- Viewing Photos and Movies on a TV
- Appendix: Exploring Wireless Connections
- Preparing the Camera
- Connecting to a Computer
- Connecting to a Smartphone or Tablet
- Decoding the Wireless Symbols
- About the Author
- Advertisement Page
- Connect with Dummies
- End User License Agreement
Getting Up and Running
IN THIS CHAPTER
Preparing the camera for its first outing
Getting acquainted with camera features
Viewing and adjusting camera settings
Setting a few basic preferences
If you're like many people, shooting for the first time with an SLR (single-lens reflex) camera produces a blend of excitement and anxiety. On one hand, you can't wait to start using your new equipment, but on the other, you're a little intimidated by all its buttons, dials, and menu options.
Well, fear not: This chapter provides the information you need to start getting comfortable with your Rebel T7i/800D. The first section walks you through initial camera setup; following that, you can get an overview of camera controls, discover how to view and adjust camera settings, work with lenses and memory cards, and get advice on some basic setup options.
Preparing the Camera for Initial Use
After unpacking your camera, you have to assemble a few parts. In addition to the camera body and the supplied battery (charge it before the first use), you need a lens and a memory card. Later sections in this chapter provide details about lenses and memory cards, but here's the short story:
- Lens: Your camera accepts Canon EF and EF-S model lenses; the 18-55mm kit lens sold as a bundle with the camera body falls into the EF-S category. If you want to buy a non-Canon lens, check the lens manufacturer's website to find out which lenses work with your camera.
- SD (Secure Digital), SDHC, or SDXC memory card: The SD stands for Secure Digital; the HC and XC for High Capacity and eXtended Capacity. The different labels reflect how many gigabytes (GB) of data the card holds. SD cards hold less than 4GB; SDHC, 4GB to 32GB; and SDXC, greater than 32GB.
With camera, lens, battery, and card within reach, take these steps:
- Turn the camera off.
Attach a lens.
First, remove the caps that cover the front of the camera and the back of the lens. Then locate the proper mounting index, which is a mark on the camera's lens mount that indicates how to align the lens with the camera body. Your camera has two of these markers, one red and one white, as shown in Figure 1-1. Which marker you use depends on the lens type:
- Canon EF-S lens: The white square is the mounting index.
- Canon EF lens: The red dot is the mounting index.
Your lens also has a mounting index; align that mark with the matching one on the camera body, as shown in Figure 1-1. Place the lens on the camera mount and rotate the lens toward the side of the camera that sports the red Rebel logo (or, to put it another way, away from the shutter-button side of the camera). You should feel a solid click as the lens locks into place.
Install the battery.
The battery compartment is on the bottom of the camera. When inserting the battery, hold it with the contacts down and the Canon imprint facing the right side of the camera grip. Gently push the battery in until the gray lock clicks into place.
Insert a memory card.
Open the memory card door and orient the card so that the label faces the back of the camera, as shown in Figure 1-2. (If you look closely at the silver panel on the inside of the card door, you see a diagram that indicates the proper card orientation.) Push the card gently into the slot and close the card door.
The memory-card access light, labeled in Figure 1-2, blinks for few seconds to let you know that the camera recognizes the card. (The light appears even when the camera is turned off.)
Rotate the monitor to the desired viewing position.
When you first take the camera out of its box, the monitor is positioned with the screen facing inward, protecting it from scratches and smudges. Gently lift the right side of the monitor up and away from the camera back. You can then rotate the monitor to move it into the traditional position on the camera back, as shown on the left in Figure 1-3, or swing the monitor out to get a different viewing angle, as shown on the right.
Move the On/Off switch to the On position.
Okay, that's an odd way to say "turn on the camera," right? Agreed, but there's good reason for it: This particular On/Off switch, shown in Figure 1-4, has three positions. When you rotate the switch to On, the camera comes to life and is ready to take still photos. If you move the switch one step further, to the movie camera symbol, the camera turns on and sets itself to Movie mode. You can't take a still photograph in Movie mode; it's good only for recording video.
It's easy to accidentally move the On/Off switch all the way to the Movie mode setting when you really want to take regular photos, so pay attention when turning the camera on until you get used to this arrangement. (One clue that you've rotated the switch too far is that the camera automatically engages Live View, which disables the viewfinder and presents a live preview of your subject on the camera monitor.)
Set the language, time zone, and date.
When you power up the camera for the first time, the monitor displays a screen asking you to set the date, time, and time zone. The easiest way to adjust these settings is to use the touchscreen, which is enabled by default. Just tap an option to select it and then tap the up/down arrows at the bottom of the screen to set the value for that option. Finally, tap OK to exit the screen.
You also can adjust settings by using the Set button and the four cross keys surrounding it. (These controls live just to the right of the monitor.) Press the left/right keys to highlight a setting, press Set to activate the option, press the up/down keys to change the value, and press Set again to finalize the change.
The date/time information is included as metadata (hidden data) in the picture file. You can view metadata in some playback display modes (see Chapter 9) and in certain photo programs, including Canon Digital Photo Professional. (Refer to Chapter 10.)
Adjust the viewfinder to your eyesight.
This step is critical; if you don't set the viewfinder to your eyesight, subjects that appear out of focus in the viewfinder might actually be in focus, and vice versa. If you wear glasses while shooting, adjust the viewfinder with your glasses on.
You control viewfinder focus through the dial labeled in Figure 1-5. (In official lingo, it's called the diopter adjustment dial.) After taking off the lens cap, follow these steps:
Look through the viewfinder, press the shutter button halfway, and then release it.
In dim lighting, the built-in flash may pop up; ignore it for now and concentrate on the lines that appear in the center of the frame and the row of data displayed at the bottom of the frame.
Rotate the adjustment dial until the viewfinder markings and data appear sharpest.
Ignore the scene you see through the lens; that won't change because you're not actually focusing the camera. If the markings turn off before you finish making your adjustment, give the shutter button another quick half-press and release to redisplay them.
Can't get the display sharp enough? You may need an adapter that enables further adjustment of the viewfinder. Look for an E-series dioptric adjustment lens adapter.
- If necessary, close the flash unit.
Select an exposure mode by rotating the Mode dial, labeled in Figure 1-4.
The exposure mode determines how much control you have over various camera settings as well as whether any special effects are applied. Chapter 2 explains the various exposure modes. For easiest operation, set the dial to Auto, as shown in the figure. Be aware, though, that some camera features are available only in the four advanced shooting modes: P, Tv, Av, and M.
FIGURE 1-1: Align the mounting index on?the lens with the one on the camera?body.
FIGURE 1-2: Insert the memory card with the label facing the back of the camera.
FIGURE 1-3: Here are two possible monitor positions.
FIGURE 1-4: Rotate the switch to On to shoot photographs; move the switch one step further to set the camera to movie-recording mode.
FIGURE 1-5: Use this dial to adjust the viewfinder focus to your eyesight.
That's all there is to it - the camera is now ready to go. The rest of this chapter familiarizes you with other major camera features and explains such basics as how to navigate menus, use the touchscreen, and view and adjust camera settings.
Exploring External Camera Features
Scattered across your camera's exterior are numerous features that you use to change picture-taking settings, review your photos, and perform various other operations. Later chapters explain how and when to use these tools; the following sections provide a basic "what's this thing do?" introduction to them....
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