So you think you know how to use your digital camera? Like many of us, you may have a DSLR or compact system camera but tend to use only a handful of its features.
In our ongoing review of some of the more popular current and ‘out of date’ digital cameras, we want to help you better harness the creative potential of your DSLR or compact system camera.
Call them camera tips, or call it a user’s guide to your favourite digital camera. The advice below comes from experts who have used the Canon 600D and know this DSLR inside and out.
If you have your own Canon 600D tips you’d like to share, post them in the comments below – or send them firstname.lastname@example.org. What we want to build is an ever-growing user’s guide of Canon 600D tips that come not from a press release or a lab test, but from the photographers who shoot with this DSLR.
We want to inspire you to twist the mode dial and move beyond your favourite settings and functions and get more out of your Canon 600D starting today! So without further ado…
Canon 600D: tips for using your Canon DSLR
Tip 1: Vari-angle screen
The fold-out 1040K LCD on the Canon 600D is great for self-portraits, shooting low to the ground or above your head, and for shooting videos – but remember to turn the screen around when folding it away for added protection.
Tip 2: Wireless flash
Open up a whole world of flash photography possibilities by utilising the Canon EOS 600D’s wireless flash functionality. You can easily fire and control flashguns remotely, firing them with or without your 600D’s built-in flash.
Tip 3: Creative Auto
For those who are put off by semi-auto shooting modes such as Av and Tv, but still want to take more control of their photos, the Canon 600D has a Creative Auto mode for easily setting image brightness, background blur, flash and more.
Tip 4: A+ Scene Intelligent Auto
This clever automatic shooting mode analyses the scene you’re shooting in detail and picks the right camera settings – such as AWB, AE, Auto Lighting Optimizer and Auto Picture Styles – for the best result.
Tip 5: Creative Filters
New to Canon 600D and 60D SLRs, Creative Filter effects can be applied in-camera to images post-capture. Effects include Toy Camera, Miniature, Grainy Black & White and Fisheye.
Tip 6: Flickering flash
You may have noticed that the built-in flash on your Canon 600D flickers when you’re getting ready to take a shot. Like many Canon DSLRs, the Canon 600D has no AF illuminator to help it autofocus under very dull lighting. Instead, the pop-up flash emits a brief series of pulses of light to illuminate the target. you can switch this off in the Custom Functions menu, or ensure that only the less annoying infrared AF beam is triggered when using a compatible external flashgun.
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