Left & Right Side of Camera
Over on the right side, you've got a little access lamp. This basically means that your camera is working and writing information to the card. Most importantly, don't take the card out of the camera if this light is blinking at you. Be wise to take the battery out as well. If you turn the camera off, you probably shouldn't do that, but the camera's still gonna stay on and keep working until its job is done. Working our way over to the left side of the camera and we're gonna see a number of different controls over here. Depends a little bit on the lens that you have, but most lenses will have an auto focus. Manual focus switch, normally, I just leave in auto focus. It's fine there for most work. The stabilizer. If you're on a tripod, you probably wanna turn it off, but if you're handheld, you probably wanna leave it on. Not all lenses have the stabilizer option on it. It's on a good portion of the Canon lenses, though. We have the lightning bolt which is the symbol for flash. You're gon...
na press that once to pop the flash up. Any time the camera is in the more manual modes, you press it a second time. It's an automatic shortcut into the flash menu system that we're gonna get into in the second half of the class. Down towards the bottom is this unlabeled mystery button. It's not really a mystery. It's the depth-of-field button. This used to be a very high end professional feature on cameras because it allowed you to stop the lens down to its working aperture because when you look through the camera, the aperture is all the way open so that it lets in as much light and its easy for you to see and focus. This stops the aperture down. Let me give you a little example here so that you can see how much depth-of-field you are getting in any particular scenario whenever you're holding that button down. In the days of digital, this button is not nearly as important because if you wanna see how much depth-of-field you're getting, well, you could just shoot a photo and look at it on the back of the camera. Under bright light situations, it's kinda hard to see the back of the camera, so that's where you might wanna use the depth-of-field. In a landscape scenario where you're under bright sun and you got a lot of depth-of-field that you're trying to get, you can press that button in to see how much you're gonna actually get in the shot. Not too much in buttons over here, but we do have ports and places to plug in. This first door here has the digital terminal and this is where you could transfer images from your camera to your computer. It's not real fast, it's still just USB 2.0, but it is possible that you can do that. The next one is for transferring video out of the camera and so if you wanna send the video signal out, like you wanna do a slideshow on a TV, you would plug in to the HDMI port. There is the little symbol for NFC, so if you do have a smart device that uses NFC, which is a near field communication, it communicate with it, and I believe that sensor is on this side of the camera in that location. Next up, we have a little port, first up, for microphone jack. If you want better quality video, you want good quality sound and you're gonna wanna get an external microphone. Canon has their own little DM-E1, sells for about $250, but it's a standard 3.5 millimeter jack so you can stick on Rode, Sennheiser, or any other brand you want and that's gonna be one of the first big tips in shooting better video is getting much better quality audio. Then we have our remote control jack which is a very common 2.5 millimeter jack. Canon's RS-60E3 remote switch sells for about $ and is great for anybody who's gonna have their camera on a tripod where they wanna trigger the shutter release without actually touching the camera. That'll get you about a three foot cord so that you don't have to be right on top of the camera when shooting photos. Great for macro, landscape photography, product photography. A lot of different stuff where you're shooting from a tripod. Over on the right hand side of the camera, we have a DC card door which will make more sense when we get to the bottom side talking about the camera where you can plug in constant power to the camera. Then we have, of course, our memory card slot. Uses a single SD memory card. There's lots of different SD cards out there. There's different sizes which have different names like SD, SDHC, and SDXC which is just a matter of size on the card. If you shoot a lot of action and you shoot photos very quickly, you might want a card that's a little bit faster so that it can download and read information off that card more quickly. If you shoot a lot of video, you wanna be very aware of the minimum speed of the card because videos are very intensive in the way that it's recording information to the card. Canon recommends a UHS3 card, which is 30 megabytes per second or faster if you're gonna shoot a lot of video on it. If you don't shoot as much video, you could use a class 10 card at 10 megabytes per second, but generally not too important if you're shooting video to get too fast a cards 'cause it is just shooting HD video. It is not shooting 4K video. For downloading the cards, it is possible to download using the USB slot on the camera. I find it a little cumbersome and a little bit slow and so a lot of photographers like shooting with or downloading with memory card readers. A card reader will allow you to download much more quickly and if your computer has a slot in it itself, all the better. Very quick and easy to use that. With the memory cards, one of the things that you wanna do on a regular basis is format those cards. What it does is it deletes all photos on the card, it deletes the file directory, and any other ghost folders and things on the card. It's something that you definitely wanna do when you first get a card and first put it in a camera the first time around, especially something you wanna do, if you were transferring from another brand of camera, it's good to have a nice, clean, fresh card in that regard and this will allow you to keep that card working for as long as possible. It's good for the lifespan of that card to reformat it on a regular basis.