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Canon Rebel T6i Guides

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Ditch Auto is dedicated to helping you grow as a photographer and learn the skills and techniques involved in creating great photography. In pursuit of this mission, we will be creating guides for some of the most popular cameras used by aspiring photographers. We started with the Canon Rebel T6i, the latest entry into the prosumer-grade DSLR family. The T6i includes a slew of great features to help enhance your photography—as long as you know how to use them. Below you will find links to our guides for the T6i that walk through the most important aspects and features of the camera, and how to use them. How to Change Focus Modes Metering Modes Shooting Modes Drive Modes ISO Speed Settings How to Set White Balance How to Set Custom White Balance White Balance Shift & Bracketing How to Use Movie Mode How to Use Picture Styles How to Disable Camera Beep Must-Have Lenses How to Use Dust Delete Data How to Enable Grid Display Image Adjustments LCD Display Settings How to Use Wi-Fi & NFC How to Update Firmware How to Use “My Menu” Feature How to Use Quick Control How to Use Mirror Lockup Custom Functions & Advanced Settings

Shooting Modes on Canon Rebel T6i

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You will have probably noticed the large dial with a myriad of symbols on the top right corner of the Canon Rebel T6i. This is your shooting mode selector dial, and switching between the different modes causes your camera to behave differently based on the mode selected. Let’s go over all the shooting modes of your Canon T6i and what each of them helps you accomplish: The Mode Dial has ten different shooting mode selections, and can be largely separated into two categories: the Basic Zone, and the Creative Zone. The two zones determine a number of settings that are either set automatically or manually. Basic Zone shooting modes enable the user to simply point and shoot, without having to adjust most settings manually in order to get a well exposed and in-focus photo. Creative Zone shooting modes put more control in the hands of the user who would prefer to adjust more parameters by hand. The Basic Zone modes are: Scene Intelligent Auto (Green A in box). This mode is the most basic mode where the camera does almost everything automatically. All you have to do is point and shoot. The camera will focus on the subject when the shutter is half pressed, and will automatically adjust ISO, shutter speed, aperture, and flash for the best exposure. Disabled flash (Box with line through lightning symbol) (Intelligent Auto with disabled flash) is exactly the same as Scene Intelligent Auto without flash, for situations where bright flashes are discouraged or not allowed. Creative Auto (letters CA inside …

Custom Functions & Advanced Settings on Canon Rebel T6i

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To get the absolute most out of your camera and to customize its operations to your exacting preferences, the Canon Rebel T6i includes thirteen advanced features for fine-grain control and customization. Check out our guide to the Canon T6i’s Custom Functions: To access the custom functions, open the camera’s Settings menu, navigate to the second-to-last tab (the last tab with a wrench icon), then open the Custom Functions (C.Fn) menu. Scroll to the left and right to view each function. Exposure level increments This function can be adjusted to ⅓-stop or ½-stop, and changes how much each click of the main dial adjusts the exposure compensation increment. Selecting the ⅓-stop option allows finer control over exposure control, whereas the ½-stop option makes larger adjustments faster. ISO expansion Setting this function on will increase the highest selectable ISO for still photos up to ISO 25600 and movies up to 12800. This option is disabled when #3: Highlight Tone Priority is enabled. Highlight tone priority Enabling Highlight Tone Priority will improve the detail in highlight areas of photos. However, this often introduces more noise overall in your images. AF-assist beam firing Adjusts the quick initial burst of the flash unit that aids in obtaining focus while using flash. There are four options: Enable will use the AF-assist beam whenever necessary, Disable will turn the beam off entirely, External flash only will only use the beam when using an external flash unit, and IR AF assist beam only will use only the infrared AF-assist beam equipped on Canon Speedlite external flash …

How to Use Mirror Lockup on Canon Rebel T6i

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If you have been taking photos for any length of time, you know that to achieve the most tack sharp photos possible in any situation, the camera needs to move a little as possible, and zero movement if at all possible. This is especially true if you are taking long exposure shots and when the lens is wide open. The most obvious and prevalent method for keeping a camera still is to use a tripod, and this helps tremendously. The next step for even less movement is to use a self timer or remote shutter to get your hands off the camera when the shot is taken. But can we go even farther? The way a DSLR works is that a mirror sits between the sensor and the lens to reflect the view to the viewfinder. The mirror then swings out of the way when a shot is taken to expose the sensor. The swinging motion of the mirror, though small, causes a bit of vibration in the camera. The Canon Rebel T6i includes a feature called Mirror Lockup that will let you move the mirror away before taking the photo, thus eliminating vibration from the mirror’s movement. In conjunction with other stabilization methods such as a tripod and remote shutter or self timer, this is the best way to get the stillest photograph possible. Here’s how to use Mirror Lockup: Enable Mirror lockup by opening the settings menu, navigating to the second-to-last tab and opening the Custom Functions menu, then scroll to page nine. Select …

How to Use Quick Control on Canon Rebel T6i

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Did you know the Canon Rebel T6i’s LCD monitor is also a touchscreen? Yeah? Did you also know that, combined with Quick Settings, using the touch screen is one of the fastest ways to view and adjust almost all of your camera’s settings in one convenient location? Check out how to use Quick Control on your Canon T6i: Quick Control is accessed by pressing the Quick Control button (the letter Q inside an outline) towards the top right corner of the LCD monitor on the back of the camera. Pressing this button brings you into the Quick Control menu where you can adjust a myriad of camera settings. The settings shown in the Quick Control menu depends on the shooting mode you’re currently in. Creative Zone modes allow more adjustments than Basic Zone modes. Any setting with a gray outline can be tapped on to get a description of the setting. Tapping again will bring you the adjustment for that setting. Press the return arrow on-screen or the MENU button to return to the main Quick Settings page. In Creative Zone shooting modes, the top row will be dominated by “the big three”; shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. Below that, settings are organized roughly in order of most used at the top to least used at the bottom.

How to Use “My Menu” Feature on Canon Rebel T6i

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You may have noticed the mysteriously empty last tab in the settings menu of the Canon Rebel T6i with just a single entry. This is a customizable settings menu where you can easily add six settings you use most so you can quickly come back to them without having to navigate through the extensive settings menu constantly. Here’s how to set up My Menu on Canon T6i: Select My Menu Settings in the last tab (with a star icon) of the settings menu. Select Register to My Menu. Add the first setting you wish to have quick access to. Continue adding up to six settings to add to My Menu. Press the MENU button to return to the My Menu Settings page. Open the Sort menu to customize the order that settings are shown in My Menu. Tap any setting, then press the up or down buttons to specify its location, then press OK to confirm. Delete item/items lets you remove settings from My Menu, or click Delete all items to start fresh. Enabling Display from My Menu will automatically show My Menu whenever opening the Settings menu. Press the Menu button to return to My Menu. Now you have quick and easy access to the settings you use most using My Menu.

How to Update Firmware on Canon Rebel T6i

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Complex digital devices sometimes mean there are some bugs and inconsistencies in the software used in that device. Luckily for us, software is simply digital bits, and can be updated to provide bug fixes and even added features. Here’s how to update the firmware on your Canon Rebel T6i: Check the current firmware version of your camera by navigating to the Fourth Set-up tab in the Settings menu, and either write down or remember the version number . You can find the latest firmware on Canon’s Support & Drivers page and searching for the T6i (direct link here). Once there, find and open the Firmware dropdown menu. Find the latest firmware version and click directly on the package’s name to download. Do not open the downloaded file yet. Often the latest firmware version on the download page will not be higher than what is currently on your camera. In this case, your camera’s firmware is up to date. Make sure to only download and install firmware updates from Canon. Firmwares downloaded from other sites may be corrupt or infected with malware. If you have not already done so, install the latest version of the EOS Utility application on your computer. You may also need to install drivers for compatibility. Both downloads are available on the same page as the firmware download, under the Drivers and Software tabs. Launch EOS Utility on your computer. Turn off Wi-Fi/NFC on your camera, then plug the camera into your computer using the USB cable. In EOS Utility, click on the …

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How to Use Wi-Fi & NFC on Canon Rebel T6i

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With the growing popularity of smartphones as a person’s main camera, so too has the expectation of seamless and near-instant sharing of photos and videos wirelessly. DSLR camera manufacturers are following this technology curve by adding Wi-Fi functionality into their cameras to make it easier to use and to share photos and videos easily. Here’s how to use Wi-Fi and wireless remote shutter capabilities on the Canon Rebel T6i: First, let’s start with a primer of what functions are enabled by having built-in Wi-Fi connectivity. Canon has given the T6i the power to use Wi-Fi in almost any way imaginable. Our options include: Transferring images directly between cameras Connecting to a smartphone to view and transfer images as well as to use for remote shutter and previewing Using EOS Utility on a computer for remotely operating the camera Print photos directly from the camera to a network printer Send images to Canon’s iMAGE GATEWAY collection of web services Viewing media on a DLNA device such as a set top box or smart TV Before using the camera for any of these functions, we must first choose which connection method we want to use. Based on what function we are trying to use, there are three ways Wi-Fi can be configured: Camera Access Point mode creates and broadcasts a Wi-Fi network directly from the camera for other devices to connect to. This mode can be used to connect to a smartphone for image playback and saving, using the EOS Utility, and printing with a wi-fi printer. Infrastructure …

LCD Display Settings on Canon Rebel T6i

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One of the biggest benefits of digital photography is being able to instantly see the images you capture using an on-camera screen. With today’s technology, we can even use these screens for live previews, additional information, and even touch screens for greater functionality. With the Canon Revel T6i, we get all these benefits in a high resolution, swiveling touch screen LCD display with tons of options and functions to make photography easier. Here’s what we can do with the LCD Display on the Canon T6i: Let’s first go over the options related to the LCD Monitor. These settings can be found on the fourth tab of the settings menu. Live View Shooting can be enabled to use the touchscreen monitor for a live preview of your shot. Choose which AF method to use during Live View shooting. Enable Continuous AF keep continuous focus on your subject. Touch Shutter lets you touch the screen during Live View to simulate a full shutter button press. Grid Display gives different grid options displayed on-screen. Check out our article Grid Display Modes on Canon T6i for more info. There are two additional settings related to the LCD that can be found on the second wrench icon in the Settings Menu: LCD Brightness allows you to adjust the brightness of the LCD Monitor to better match your environment. Brighter settings are better for environments with more light to better see the monitor, and vise versa. LCD off/on Button can be set to Remains on, or Shutter button. When set to Remains …

Image Adjustments on Canon Rebel T6i

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In addition to the high quality images the Canon Rebel T6i is able to take, you are also provided image management and editing tools directly in-camera for added convenience and flexibility. Let’s go over the adjustments available for image and video files on the Canon T6i: To view images and videos taken with the camera, press the Playback button to the right of the LCD monitor on the back of the camera. To scroll through the images, press left or right directional buttons, or swiping left and right on the touchscreen. The main dial by default will skip forward or back 10 images to quickly move through a set. In image playback mode, the AE Lock and AF Point Selection buttons at the top right corner of the back of the camera can be used to zoom in and out of an image, and to increase or decrease the number of preview images on the screen. Pinching in and out on the touchscreen also provides the same functionality. When previewing a single image or video, pressing the Quick Settings button to the right of the LCD monitor will reveal options for many of the image adjustments available: On the top left, enabling Protect Images will prevent the image from being deleted accidentally. Rotate Image gives the option to rotate the image to the left or right. Rating can be set to off, or to rate the image anywhere from 1 to 5 stars. This is a useful feature when sorting through images and finding your favorites …