Canon® T7i Fast Start


Lesson Info

Back Side: Buttons Overview & Playback

Next up is, we have a shortcut button to the wifi section of the menu. Now we're gonna wait and talk about this wifi section when we get into the full menu itself because there's actually a number of menu items that we need to go through to control this. But once you've gone through the basic set-up of your phone and the camera, you'll be able to quickly access that so that you can turn it on and off and quickly transfer photos from your camera to your phone so you can upload 'em to various websites and use them in any way that you want. Sending them out in that regard. All right, next up we have our cross keys. And here we're gonna hit a little bit of deja vu because we've been talking about some of these features in the quick menu and so you can either access 'em through the quick menu or you have a direct button to access them. And there is a direct button because these are the types of features that people regularly change on their camera. So, we just talked about white balance in ...

the previous section. And so here, if you change it, it's very very easy to do it. As I've said, Auto White Balance is a good place to start. If you're not getting the colors you like, you can make an adjustment from there. The Auto Focus operation chooses between whether it's for stationary subjects or continuous moving subjects. So when I'm in sports photography I'm gonna be in AI Servo, the rest of the time I'm in One Shot. The Drive mode, I'm usually in Single. When you're shooting sports and action, probably the high-speed motor drive. And then the self-timer can be really handy for a lot of other situations where you're often on a tripod either getting in the shot or you just don't want any vibration from touching the camera itself. The Picture Styles will get you that slightly different look in your images, whether you want a little bit more color, little bit more saturation, little bit more sharpness. You can also shoot black and white in here. You can also go in and customize them to really get them to look exactly the way that you want them to. And so this only is important for the jpeg images. And yes, we did see all of these back previously in the quick menu. Next up, down at the bottom we have the Play Back mode and when you hit Play Back, it kinda kicks the camera into a whole different mode. So let's talk about the Play Back options that you get into. So first and foremost, you wanna go through your images. You can go left and right to go to your previous image or the next image. You can zoom in and check sharpness if you want. Zooming in, you'll notice that the Play Back button is in blue and these other buttons are also in blue, at least they have blue symbols by 'em, which indicate that's what they do in the Play Back mode. You can, of course, delete your images with the garbage can button there. And then up top, on the top dial, if you have a lot of images, you can jump very quickly through your images by jumping ten forward or ten backward by turning that dial. And this is the dial that we're gonna be able to further customize later on in the class, as well. And it is also a touch screen on the camera so that you can use the touch to go in and out. Now let's do a little demo on Play Back. I don't think I've taken too many great photos today here in the classroom, but it's got some ones here at the beginning. And so I can, of course, hit the Information button to have more or less information. And so I can just flick forward and flick around on these. And I can use the pinch and zoom. So if I wanna see in closely, and then I can just drag around. Say "Yep, that looks pretty sharp". Now, if I don't wanna use the screen, I can, of course, use the button over here on the side, the little plus symbol, and then I can navigate around. I could, of course, move this around, go back here. And so you can go back and forth with this. It's very responsive. And we can go back, back, back, back, back to a full image. And let's go back to the full image. And we can go back to thumbnails now. And we can see all the images that I've been shooting here in the classroom. And we can go back even further, and zooming just back in on those subjects right there. And so on. Little flicks like that back and forth. And so, that's just a little bit on the Play Back and the touch screen right there. As I mentioned as I said there, you can always hit the Information button to show more or less information. A lot of times I don't wanna have any information I just wanna look at the image, I wanna see if it's sharp, it looks good, it's composed right. But other times I really wanna know what that shutter speed and the aperture is and then on the last shooting information screen I wanna look at the histogram. I wanna see the rest of the information. And so just hit that info button and cycle through the different options as you need it. When you're in the Play Back mode, you can also hit the quick menu and it's gonna change again, according to your needs here. And so there's gonna be a lot of different options. We're gonna see these options when we get into the full menu of the Play Back mode and there's a lot of different options that you can get into. You can rate your images, you can rotate your images, you can resize 'em. A lot of different options. We're not gonna get into all of these right now, we will do that in the second half of the class when we go through the Play Back menu itself. Now the other option is when you are shooting movies. When you are playing back a movie you're gonna hit the Set button in the middle. It's gonna bring up these little controls down along the bottom of the camera. And you can either use the touch screen or you can use the various different controls for moving the cursor around to select First Frame, Last Frame, and playing through your images. You can even have background music and you can even edit your videos here by clicking them. One of the problems with shooting video, is that when you press the button to start, you often move the camera a little bit. And when you stop the camera, there might be a little bit of a jiggle at the end. And you might wanna snip off the ends of those videos. So I wanna show you a quick little bit on how to do that. So what I'm gonna do, is I wanna record a very short little video that I'm gonna end up editing either the first part or the last part. And so what I'm gonna do is, I'm gonna zoom in. And let's go on the fruit down here and so what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna kinda pan across. And let's see, the focusing, I don't want that to really move around, so I am just gonna go simple and manual focus. That way it doesn't change on me at all. And so what I'm gonna do is, I'm gonna start recording, and I'm gonna come over on the bananas and then I'm gonna move off and I'm gonna stop recording. So that was a very long exciting cut wasn't it? Okay. So now, let's go ahead and play this back. And you can see immediately that this is a movie and so we're gonna hit the Set button or we could hit that to play with. I'll hit Set you can see the screen. And it just brings up the menu, it doesn't actually play. Now we can go back and forth and choose what we want to see. And so let's just go ahead and watch this entire video. And there we go. And that's our entire video. But we don't want the beginning and the end of that. So what I'm gonna do is, I'm gonna hit the Set button. And I'm gonna come over to Edit feature. And so now, I can cut the beginning of it, I can cut the end of it, I can play it. So let's cut the beginning of this, and I'm gonna hit the Set button. And now our control moves up toward the top and as I go to the right I'm going frame by frame through this. And I wanna see the bananas, let's see, I don't want them cut off, so I will take, nope too far. Right there. This is my first cut right there. I'm gonna hit the the Set button. Now I'm gonna come down and I'm gonna cut the end of it. Oops Cut the end of it there. Now let's go backwards in time. And I wanna see all of the bananas. Right, nope too far. Frame by frame. Getting it set just where I want it. Right there. And then I'm gonna say that looks good. Let's take a look at what this looks like. And right there it cuts it. And so let's save this. And I could override it so I got a whole new file, but I wanna save new file so I have both. And so now I'm gonna save a new file. It quickly saves it 'cause it's a nice short video. So we have the original video here and the new modified video here. And I can play this. And it gets cut exactly the way I want it to. And you know, I haven't really experimented with this, but let's just hear what this background music sounds like, 'cause I'm sure this is horrible. But I wanna hear what this sounds like. And there's no music file available. Oh I guess we have to load up some file. Oh wait, let's turn it on. No music file available. Okay, sorry folks, this is something I would never use on a camera. And so it doesn't look like we're gonna, well let's see, it says it's on but we don't have we haven't loaded up any music and I think you just need to load up music. Yep, I just don't have any music loaded up. So, there are a few things that I'm not gonna spend a lot of time on and I'm not too worried about those extra things. I'm more concerned about capturing high-quality images, but I thought it'd be fun to play with that. Okay, so that is playing back movies.

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