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Canon EOS Rebel T3i: Taking Photo & Video

by Retired: Senior Social Media Specialist ‎08-15-2013 03:18 PM - edited ‎08-15-2013 04:08 PM (4,267 Views)

Canon EOS Rebel T3i



Once your Canon Rebel T3i is all setup and ready to go, it's time to start using it to take great photos and videos. This article will give you the basics you'll need to do this. It will go over the basics of taking photos, reviewing photos, deleting photos, shooting on scene modes, shooting movies, reviewing movies and deleting movies.


Still need to get your Canon Rebel T3 ready to go? Check out our article, Canon EOS Rebel T3i Setup, first.


Taking Photos


  1. The easiest way to start taking great pictures with your EOS Rebel T3i is to shoot on Scene Intelligent Auto Mode.
  2. Begin by turning the mode dial on the top of the camera to Scene Intelligent Auto. If you will be shooting in an area where flash is not permitted, like in a museum, select Auto flash off.
  3. Turn the camera on and look at the monitor to check the battery level and number of pictures remaining on your SD memory card. Make sure you’ve got enough space and charge for what you want to shoot.
  4. Your EOS Rebel T3i is set to shoot on JPEG fine. Advanced users may want to choose to shoot in RAW format and use RAW compatible software for image editing.
  5. Hold the camera properly to help avoid blurry photos.
  6. Take the camera's handgrip in your right hand and cradle the camera body or lens with your left hand. Tuck your elbows into your sides for support and press your eye into the viewfinder. Place one foot a half pace ahead of the other to keep your upper body stable.
  7. Frame your shot in the viewfinder, turn your lens to get the amount of zoom you want,and press the shutter release button half way down to focus.
  8. The dot inside the AF focus point achieving focus flashes briefly in red. At the same time the camera will beep and the focus confirmation light will appear at the bottom right of the viewfinder display to tell you that the camera has focused.
  9. Press the shutter-release button the rest of the way down to take the picture.
  10. Live View allows you to shoot while looking at the image on the tilting LCD monitor, making it easier to create interesting images by framing shots from high or low angles. Press the Live View button the back of the camera to use the LCD monitor rather than the viewfinder to frame your shot.

Reviewing Photos


  1. To view photos, press the playback button on the back of the camera. The most recent photo will be displayed.
  2. Press the left cross key to view an earlier photo and press the right cross key to advance to the next photo.
  3. To zoom in on a photo, press the magnify button. This is a great way to check the details of your photo and make sure it is in sharp focus. Use the cross keys to move around and view areas of the zoomed in image.
  4. To zoom back out, press the reduce button.
  5. Press the playback button to display your picture full frame again.

Deleting Photos


  1. To delete unwanted photos, display the photo you want to delete and press the erase or trashcan button.
  2. Press the right cross key to highlight Erase and press the SET button to confirm and delete the photo.

Shooting on Scene Modes


  1. Scene Modes are a great next step from shooting in Scene Intelligent Auto. They match camera settings to the specific scene or subject you are shooting.
  2. The Canon EOS Rebel T3i has five different scene modes so whether you are shooting someone blowing out candles on their birthday cake, kids on the soccer field or beautiful vistas on vacation, getting great photos is as easy as selecting the right scene mode for the situation. 
  3. Use the mode dial to select one of the five scene modes. They are Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Moving Subjects and Portraits at Night.

Shooting Movies


  1. The EOS Rebel T3i is set to record high-definition movies in full 1080p resolution with sound right out of the box.
  2. When recording movies it is recommended that you use an SD card with a class 6 rating or higher as recording might end unexpectedly when cards with slower write speeds are used.
  3. Turn the camera on and rotate the mode dial on the top of the camera to Movie Mode.
  4. The viewfinder will turn off and the view thru the lens will be displayed on the monitor.
  5. Press the shutter-release button halfway to focus. The focus point is white while the camera focuses. When the camera focuses, the focus point will turn green.
  6. To start recording, press the movie shooting button. A recording indicator light is shown in the monitor.
  7. Remember that sound is also being recorded so do not cover the microphone on the front of the camera with your fingers.
  8. To end recording, press the movie shooting button again.

Reviewing Movies


  1. To review your movie on the monitor, press the playback button. Your most recent movie will be displayed. Movies are indicated by the movie camera icon in the upper left corner of the screen.
  2. Press SET to display the movie playback panel on the bottom of the screen.
  3. Use the cross keys to highlight to play the movie at regular speed, in slow motion, jump to the beginning of the clip, rewind or fast-forward frame by frame, jump to the end of the clip, edit the movie or turn background music on and off.
  4. Rotate the main dial on top of the camera to adjust the volume.
  5. Highlight play and press SET to begin watching your movie. During playback, the elapsed time is displayed on the monitor. 
  6. Press SET to pause and display the movie playback panel again. Press SET again to resume watching or press the playback button to exit and return to shooting mode.

Deleting Movies


  1. To delete unwanted movies, display the movie you want to delete and press the erase or trashcan button.
  2. Press the right cross key to highlight Erase and press the SET button to confirm and delete the movie.

For some videos that help to demonstrate these processes, please click on the following link:


Canon EOS Rebel T3i Photos & Video



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