Chapter 1: Exploring the Canon EOS Rebel T4i/650D

Chances are you wondered what all of the buttons and dials do as you unpacked your new camera. Even professional photographers have to take the time to review the function of each button on a new camera. Think of this chapter as a virtual tour of the outside of the Canon EOS Rebel T4i/650D. It will help you understand the lens controls, the display in the viewfinder, the LCD touch screen, and the display options. This chapter also offers guidance on camera setup and which defaults to use. Once you understand the camera’s controls, you can focus on taking great photographs.


This photo of Devils Tower was photographed using a 50mm lens.

The Top of the Camera

The top of the camera houses the power switch, exposure modes, Main dial, and the ISO and shutter buttons. All of these play an integral role in creating photographs.


1.1 The top view of your camera.

The following list explains what the each of these switches and buttons do:

ISO button (iso.eps). The ISO setting represents the camera’s sensitivity to light. Your camera has a range of ISO 100 to ISO 12800. You also have the option of H, which if engaged increases the camera light ...

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