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Canon photography tips and tricks for beginners - get more from your camera.



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if you've got a canon DSLR camera like

this one here don't go away

in this video I'm going to share some

cool tips to help you get more from your

camera

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about Canon DSLR cameras I've got some

great tips to share with you so if

you've got a camera like this one here

don't go away

let's get into it now in this video I'm

going to be using the Canon t6 or iOS

1300 D depending on what part of the

world you are from but it doesn't matter

if you ever got this particular camera

the tips I'm gonna share in this video

will apply to any of the recent Canon

DSLR cameras and the first thing we're

going to look at is the cue button on

the back of the camera there's a button

marked cue cue for quick access this

allows you to access some of the

features of the camera without going

into the menu system the menu system on

this camera can be quite daunting

because there's lots and lots of

features packed into this camera but

sometimes you just want to change some

of the basic things when you don't want

to go anywhere near the menu so for

example if I want to change the white

balance I press Q use the buttons on the

back of the camera to navigate to white

balance press the set button and I can

now change the white balance functions

press the set and we're done if I want

to change the image quality I press Q

navigate over to image and I can change

the image settings very very easy so Q

button stands for quick and it's just a

time-saver that's tip number one we're

now going to take a look at the drive

and self timer modes on the Canon DSLR

cameras there's a button on the back of

the camera the symbols on this button

look a little bit like a deck of cards

and the other symbol looks a bit like a

clock push this button and this is your

drive and self timer mode which affects

what happens when you press the shutter

button down now if we start off with

this option here which is the factory

default this is single shooting mode

this means that when I press the button

after folks in the camera takes just one

single image

now when you're taking pictures of

moving subjects like sports or maybe

animals you may want to take a burst of

photos press the same button move over

to the second option which is continuous

shooting and as the name suggests now

the camera will continuously shoot if

you hold down the shutter button so this

time we'll focus as before hold the

button down and as you see the camera

will take a burst of photos great for

fast-moving and action photography now

let's take a look at the self timer

modes push the button again select two

these self time options there's two here

there's a longer ten second I'm going to

go for the next one over which is the

two second self timer press set and now

there will be a delay of two seconds

after pressing the button focus press

the button two second countdown one

image this is particularly useful when

shooting in low-light or during

nighttime photography if you have taken

photos in low light or at nighttime

there's a good chance that you're going

to be used in a slow shutter speed

because that is a very effective way of

getting more light into your camera so

your camera will need to be on a steady

surface like a tripod and you really

want to try and avoid touching the

camera at all costs because if you move

the camera while the shutter is open you

get a blowy photo now the traditional

way of doing this is to use a remote

device there are wireless remote options

and for this particular camera there's a

remote that plugs into the side of the

camera

I'll put details on these and the links

below the video but if you don't have a

remote or maybe you've just left it

behind then you can use the self timer

to delay the image that means you can

focus on your subject press the button

stand back from the tripod and the

camera then takes the photo with no

movement or shake and if we press the

button again the final option is what is

called self timer continuous which

allows you to take a continuous burst of

photos after the self timer has counted

down now we're not going to worry about

this one today this one can be

particularly useful when you're doing

bracketing but bracketing is something I

want to cover on a future video so that

is your drive and self timer options now

let's take a look at the cameras Live

View mode

when I'm using a camera like this most

of the time it's up in my eye I'm

looking through the viewfinder and that

is the traditional way of using a

digital SLR type camera but live view is

also another option so if I've got the

camera on a tripod maybe I'm doing

product photography maybe landscape

photography then sometimes I like to

take advantage of the live view mode

which allows me to stand back look at

the screen and see what the camera sees

in real time to activate the Live View

mode you press the button on the back of

the camera that has a camera symbol on

it so if I weight the camera up press

the button we now enter live view so now

we are getting a direct live feed from

the sensor now this is also great

because you get a preview of how your

exposure is going to come out for

example if I adjust the shutter speed by

turning the dial on the top of the

camera increasing the shutter speed lets

less light into the camera and I can

make my picture darker if I slow the

shutter down by dialing to the left

I let more light into the camera and as

you can see the picture is now getting

brighter so you get to see this in real

time equally if I want to adjust the

aperture by holding the AV button and

turn in the same doll I can also affect

and see the exposure changing so not

only can you see on the screen but the

camera also displays your light meter

along the bottom here to wake that up

press the shutter button lightly a

little marker appears along the scale

here and you basically want to adjust

your exposure until the marker is in the

middle so my view is another great

function of the camera that you should

take advantage of just remember however

that compared to the viewfinder using

live view is quite a major drain on the

battery now remember the cue button from

earlier on if you are using the live

view mode and you press the cue button

you can change the camera settings as

you would normally but this time you get

to see the results in real time via the

live view so for example if I press the

Q button and select white balance from

the options press the set button I can

now skip through and change the white

balance options because I'm in the Live

View mode as

change the options I get to see the

effect of the change in real time via

live view so even if you in Live View

mode you can still use the cue button

you can still make changes but you get

the benefit of seeing those changes in

real time another great reason for

knowing how to use the cue button and

the Live View mode next I'm going to

show you how to shoot in black and white

using your Canon digital SLR camera

press the q button navigate over to what

is called picture Styles and you will

see a series of options

traditionally factory default is the a

or auto setting I'm going to scroll over

to the letter M now M stands for

monochrome that is the traditional

terminology for black and white

photography press set and the camera is

now going to shoot in black and white

now one of the great features of this

and Live View is it must now select the

live view option the live view is also

in black and white so that way I can

preview how my picture will come out

before I even take it I absolutely love

black and white photography black and

white photography has a timeless quality

to it plus what's interesting is when

you turn a color image into black and

white colors are no longer distracting

so the eye now is led more to the shape

of the subject so shape form and

textures the things that are much more

noticeable and become much more

important in black and white photography

so why don't you have a go at black and

white photography by selecting picture

styles on the back of your Canon now my

next tip is less to do with a camera and

more to do with the memory card which is

a very important component because the

memory card is there to store all our

important images I've heard horror

stories of people going on holidays and

amazing trips only to find when they

return that the memory card is crashed

and they lose all their photos now this

is less likely to happen if you

correctly format the card you're

supposed to format a memory card before

you use it and also after you saved your

images on a computer or hard drive you

are supposed to reformat the card the

card is less likely to crash

if you get in the habit of doing this

regularly and I'm going to show you how

to do it on your camera so with the

memory card inside the camera we go to

the cameras menu and we move over to the

first yellow tab and down to format

press the set button and you will see a

reminder format card all data will be

lost so this is just double checking

because this is not reversible so I'm

going to select okay and that is it

simple as that the card is now formatted

there's no contents and the camera has

put a file on the card ready to receive

new images so it's all ready to go now

if I go and take a load of photos store

them on my computer after doing that I

will put the card back into the camera

and reformat it it's a really good habit

to get into

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