Back Side: Live View


Canon® T7i Fast Start


Lesson Info

Back Side: Live View

Over on the right hand side, we have the Live View button and if you recall, this is our movie record button. But when we're not in the movie mode and the camera is in the standard on position, and we press this button, the camera goes into Live View so that we can see on the back of the camera what our camera is pointed at and so, let's talk a little bit more in depth about the Live View mode. And so press that button to engage the Live View mode. You're gonna get your image on the back screen of the camera. You can, of course, press the information button to cycle through the different options that are available to you. Some of them may or may not be visible depending on other modes that are turned on or turned off on your camera, and so you may see three, four or five of those. If you want to focus, you'll press down on the focus button in the front. If you want to move your focusing point around, if it's the type that you can move around, you can simply use the cross keys on the ba...

ck of the camera. If you're on a tripod and you're shooting something stationary and you want to check focus, you can do that zooming in and zooming out. We did a little demo of that back in the movie section, so we don't need to do it here, but you can use the zoom in, zoom out, you can use the touch screen as well for that. We have a quick menu again, that will once again, lead us to some important options that you might want to access when you are using the Live View mode. We will talk about all of these in the upcoming sections of the class. The one that I do want to mention or highlight is the AF method. Once again, the AF method is the same options that we had in the movie options where we had the face and tracking option, we had the smooth zone and the live one-point area. And so those same options will be working here and so you want to be careful about making choices there because as I said before, the camera focuses very differently in the Live View and Movie modes, compared to the standard view finder operation of the camera. So that's our Live View mode. Next up is our Auto Exposure Lock. And so this locks the exposure when you are in one of the semi-automatic modes. And so let me show you real quickly what that's gonna look like and so for right now, I have the camera in the Program mode. And so the camera is figuring out shutter speeds and apertures for me and as I press down on the shutter release, let's just see what we're getting. We're getting 1/80th at 5.6 of a second and, you know what, I am going to switch this screen and our shooting menu over to the standard screen cause I think our display will stay on a little bit longer. And so now, I'm getting 1/80th of a second at 5.6 and if I, let's zoom out a little bit. Now I'm at 1/100th at 5.6 and now if I move the camera around a little bit, you'll see that those numbers are changing around quite a bit. And so if I want to lock those in up here with the asterisk button, I can press in and let's just say that I wanted it locked in right there. I can lock that in and it's at 1/60th at five and so now as I move around, it's locked in. Now it only stays locked in for a short time, but it stays locked in. And so this might be effective if you were shooting; let's say you had a person standing next to a very bright window and the bright window was throwing off your exposure. You might want to move the camera a little bit off to the side and then lock the exposure on the person, recompose so that the bright window is in there. And now the person will be properly exposed. The window might be bright, but it's the person that you wanted to have properly exposed. So you could use that same technique potentially for a sunset. That would be another good reason for using it. Now there are some people like myself, who don't use that system. You could also use exposure compensation, you could also use manual exposure to deal with those same sorts of problems. And so that button may not get used at all. So you do have another option, is you can go into set up menu number four, custom functions and you can program this button to be a back button focusing. And this is something that's quite popular with a lot of advanced photographers. They don't want a focus with a shutter release button, they just want to take pictures here. They want to separate the process of focusing and taking photos. And if you want to do that, you can do that by turning that back Auto Exposure Lock button into a focus button. And so we'll see more about that as we go through the menu system. Next up, is our Auto Focus Points button. We talked about this earlier in the class where we were talking about the focusing system on the camera, so if you want to change which point you are activated, probably the easiest way is to press that button and then use the cross keys to redirect yourself to the different point that you want. And you know you've gotten good at your camera when you can leave the camera up to your eye, hit that button, move the cross keys and you don't have to look at the back of the camera. If you need to cheat, look at the back of the camera cause that's a little bit easier to see in some cases. But if you're good, you can do it just with the camera held up to your eye.

Class Description

We know what it’s like to dive right into taking pictures with your new camera. But trying to understand the manual can be a frustrating experience. Get the most out of your new Canon T7i with this complete step-by-step walkthrough of the camera’s features.

Join expert photographer John Greengo for a fast-track introduction, and unlock your camera’s full potential. In this Fast Start class, you’ll learn:

  • Learn about the best settings for the new 45-point AF system including several customization options
  • Expanded new video options including "Time Lapse" and "Movie Digital Image Stabilization"
  • 15 custom setting options for personalizing your camera

John is a CreativeLive veteran instructor and an experienced photographer. He has extensive experience teaching the technical minutiae that makes any camera an effective tool: aperture, ISO, the Rule of Thirds, and the kinds of lenses you’ll need to suit your camera body. This Fast Start includes a complete breakdown of your camera’s exposure, focus, metering, video and more. John will also explain how to customize the Canon T7i settings to work for your style of photography.


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