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Here is my Henry B. Poster child for sad beetles who are really not that sad. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/winkingsmiley.gif

I am trying to figure out this new digital camera before Yodel arrives next week. Is anybody familiar with the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi? I can't even figure out the icons on the dial or how to find the telescopic feature, assuming it has one. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/pic.gif



I realize that I should have put this in the OT section but it took so long for my friggin computer to accept this photo that I'm just sending as is. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/animal18.gif Mods can change the location of this post. Sorry.

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Thanks Gale and Aleisha!

Eleanor...wasn't that picture heartbreaking?

I forgot to mention that this camera, according to my husband, didn't come with an instruction manual!

On the dial, they have icons like for landscape, portrait, sports, etc. Then they have initials that must stand for something: A-Dep, M, AV, TV, P. Any ideas?

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When you figure out all the buttons, let me know! /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/sick.gif Mine came with a small book and I haven't figured out much yet.
 

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Eleanor was able to find what I needed and email it to me.

Thank you, Eleanor! You're a technical genius!

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Nice picture. As for your camera, I bought myself a new one for Christmas and, even though it came with a manual, have yet to master it. When I do things right, though, it's far superior to my old camera. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/slug.gif
 

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Hi Sandy,

The camera that I've had and am used to has very few buttons, including the view finder. The pictures were fine but the elapsed time from when your finger presses the button to the final freeze frame was very long and consequently your end result was not the picture that you were shooting OR it was blurry.

Your pictures are always beautiful.

My next challenge is organizing all of my photos into one file on the computer. My brother-in-law thought he was doing us a favor by adding more picture/storage programs but now I just have photos all over the place instead of one file/folder. I want to figure out a way to put all of the photos in one folder without loosing any. It's a mess.

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I know how you feel....
I did that one weekend: got one folder with topic folders inside it. That's how I organized everything.....

Geez, I need to do it again; it's like organizing your closet... after a while it's messy again /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/sick.gif .
 

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I love seeing the pic of Henry! /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/soapbox.gif I have a Canon but a different model -- I don't use most of the features ...
 

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Denise, that is a great picture of Henry. He's got that sad look down pat. As for the camera, I am VERY familiar with the Rebel XTi. That's what I've got. I find that for every day picture taking just using the green square is best. It's the full automatic setting and basically lets the camera operate like a regular point and shoot. I use the portrait setting (the head) a lot too. Let me know if you need any help!
 

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I can't see the pic?!? /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/shocked.gif

ETA: He's back!!!

He's soooo cute! /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/doh00000.gif
 

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Thanks...isn't he so sad looking?

Jen...good to know. Can you tell me what the initials on the dial stand for?A-Dep, M, AV, TV, P. I see the green square...now I know what to do with it.

Also...is there a zoom on this?

And the four buttons on the back with the button in the middle:
What do these stand for: ISO, AF, WB, ?, and the "set button" in the middle.

(Are you sorry you said anything?)

Thanks Jen.

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Good old Henry, nice photo. These cameras should be made as simple as possible. I tend to use very few of the possibilities. In the old days I had a Nikon SLR camera, all manual and I got on fine.
 

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Denise...OK...here goes. I'll do my best to explain without taking up the entire page!

There is no zoom like you would be used to with a point and shoot. It all depends on the lens you are using. They can be almost as expensive as the camera itself. I have a 300 mm zoom in addition to the standard one that comes with the camera. Most times for just my everyday stuff I take of Jersey around the house, the 18-55 mm lens that comes with the camera is good enough for me. You can zoom in and out with the lens by turning the barrel on the lens itself.

ISO = film speed (like you would have used with film cameras).

AF = auto focus. If you aren't used to a digital SLR, I would just keep it on the one shot auto focus (which is the default).

WB = white balance. What type of light are you shooting in? Bright sunlight, clouds, tungsten, fluorescent, etc. I usually use auto white balance and let the camera decide what is best. Sometimes though you want to be sure the camera is accomodating for your lighting situation. I use this often.

The set button lets you make your selection, along with the arrows around it, for those options I just told you about.

Now, the other letters on the dial are a little trickier to explain. I don't know how much knowledge you have of photography. I've been studying it for almost 20 years now, so I hope I don't end up confusing you even more.

A-dep = automatic depth of field. This setting allows the camera to determine the right depth of field if you have a setting with subjects at various distances from the camera. For example, you are photogrpahing your sons soccer game and want to get all the players on the field in proper focus.

M - manual setting. This is what you would you if you wanted to choose your shutter and aperture setting on your own. I use this a lot, but I learned photography on a camera that only had manual settings. It gives you a lot of control over how the end photo comes out.

AV = this lets you choose the aperture you want to use while the camera selects the shutter speed.

TV = is the opposite of AV. You select the shutter speed and the camera selects the correct aperture.

P = this mode is sort of a combination of manual and auto. You can manually change the settings if you want to or just let the camera select for you. I use this setting a lot too.

I hope I didn't confuse you even more. I bought a book on Amazon. It's the Digital Rebel Field Guide by Charlotte K. Lowrie. I use it a lot. I think it's great. It explains every button and setting on the camera plus it talks about how to photograph in all different settings/subjects/scenes. It wasn't too expensive either...less than $15.
 

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I have a Canon, but I have to admit that mine stays on the Auto setting all the time. I know the other settings are for more user involved shooting (M is for manual), and I know the movie setting, but those are the only ones I use.

That is a cute pic of Henry.
 

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Jen,

That was a help. I actually sat and read your email and fiddled with the camera at the same time. I think I will order the book by C. Lowrie, it sounds like a worthwhile investment.

For now, I guess I'll keep the dial on P and the button on AF. The simplest setting for point and shoot???

Thanks...I know that was no doubt a pain to put down but between that and the manual that Eleanor found for me, I'll figure this out.

I really appreciate this.

~Denise
 
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