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Canon® EOS Rebel XSi/450D Guide to Digital SLR Photography by David D. Busch

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Enabling Live View

You need to take some steps before using Live View, and then you can jump right in. This workflow prevents you from accidentally using Live View when you don’t mean to, thus potentially losing a shot, and it also helps ensure that you’ve made all the settings necessary to successfully use the feature efficiently. Here are the steps to follow:

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Set focus to Manual.For most precise focus, it’s a good idea to set the lens focus switch to the MF position, because most Live View pictures are taken using manual focus (even though an autofocus option, described below, is available). Take this step now so you won’t forget that you’ll be doing the focusing yourself.
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Choose a shooting mode.Select a Creative Zone shooting mode. ...

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