In This Chapter
Camera and lens controls
Rear camera controls
Setting up the Digital Rebel XTi/400D
About media cards
Setting the date and time
Choosing the file format and quality
Choosing a white-balance option
Choosing a Picture Style
Setting monochrome filter and toning effects
Changing file numbering
Professional photographers know that the most important first step in photography is learning the camera so thoroughly that he or she can operate it blindfolded. Then, you can make camera adjustments instinctively and confidently without missing a shot.
Knowing your camera inside and out not only instills confidence, but it allows you to react quickly and to get those important brag-book shots that you might otherwise miss or wish had been better.
Because of its design, the EOS Digital Rebel XTi/400D makes mastering the camera both easy and fun. Body controls translate into ease of use, while the full-function features offer exceptional creative control. Internally, Canon's high-resolution CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor) sensor dependably delivers vivid, crisp images, especially at the highest image-quality settings.
The better that you know the Digital Rebel XTi/400D controls, the faster you are able to change settings for specific images. The following sections help you to explore and master these controls.
Figure 1.1. Digital Rebel XTi/400D front camera controls.