Canon Community Canon Community
 


Reply
New Contributor
Posts: 2
Registered: ‎10-23-2013

New Camera owner help

Hey! I i recently got a Cannon Rebel XS 1000d, i know a little about photography as far as photo taking basics go, but i have never actually had the oppertunity to manuver around a camera. I know i'll probably never be a professional, but i still enjoy taking pictures, and learning new things, ext.ext.

 

ANYWAYS, i was reading through the manual and testing some of the settings, and now(or maybe i just didnt notice before) my flash blinks a few times before the picture actually takes, sometimes it doesnt take at all the first time. I know that this is normal in some functions, but i dont know how to get it to stop. or if that is the way it is supposed to be? I've tried going through all of the flash settings on the camera, but nothing really seems to change it.

 

Like i said, i'm not sure if this is something that was already going on and i'm just now noticing, or if i changed a setting, and i just dont remeber which one... Anyone know what i'm talking about..?

 

Also!! If any one has any tips or tricks for a newbie, or maybe just some cool ideas i shoult test out!? I'm always open to suggestions(:

 

Thanks!

Esteemed Contributor
Posts: 2,388
Registered: ‎11-14-2012

Re: New Camera owner help

Most likely the flash "blinking" is because the camera is set to AF assist. This allows the camera to use those very short blasts to get the AF locked on whatever reflects the light back into the camera.

 

"A skill is developed through constant practice with a passion to improve, not bought."
New Contributor
Posts: 2
Registered: ‎10-23-2013

Re: New Camera owner help

Is there a way to change that? I can't seem to figure it out, and my manual really isn't helping me right now... :/

Esteemed Contributor
Posts: 2,388
Registered: ‎11-14-2012

Re: New Camera owner help

Yes, you can turn it off. It's either a custom function or in one of the menues. Just search your manual for AF assist beam which is most likely in the area where they discuss the flash. 

 

"A skill is developed through constant practice with a passion to improve, not bought."
Forum Elite
Posts: 14,262
Registered: ‎12-07-2012

Re: New Camera owner help

Do you have 'red eye reduction' on? Turn it off also.

And, you don't have to be a professional photographer to enjoy the art of taking pictures. Besides what is a professional photographer anyway? I see a whole bunch of amateurs taking some pretty nice stuff. Just enjoy it and don't be concerned by the label.

 

 

PS: If it's not a job, it's a whole bunch more fun.

EB
EOS 1DX and 1D Mk IV and several lenses!
Esteemed Contributor
Posts: 2,388
Registered: ‎11-14-2012

Re: New Camera owner help

Re the fact you're new to this here's something I wrote many years ago when I gave my daughter my 20D & Sigma 18-200 lens. At least 90% of it applies to any DSLR you need to learn how to use so hopefully it can get you on the right path.

 

Camera Instruction summary.

These are in order of importance, once you have one so that you can usually do it without thinking or having the manual close by, then start on the next one.

DON’T USE “Auto” mode, it makes poor choices in camera settings, USE THE “P” mode (program) until you have learned the next few things.

You need to learn how to run through the menu system, but not that often, but it isn’t that difficult.

First setting to learn is “exposure compensation” which you use to change how over or under exposed you want a picture to look after taking it at the base setting you started with. Once you take a photo look at the LCD, (or better yet the Histogram on the LCD) which you can set to always display after each shot. If it’s overexposed (washed out, too bright etc) then you need to reduce the exposure & shoot another shot. If it’s too dark, then you need to set the exposure for a brighter image. The needle moves to the left for less exposure, & to the right for a brighter exposure.

Next “Flash Exposure Compensation” which is the same as above but needed when using the flash. Generally that camera ALWAYS needs some extra help with a setting to the right of about 1 or higher.

Auto Focus point selection. I generally prefer to use just the centre point, focus, and then reframe rather than all of the points possible, but it’s good to learn how to change it & decide what you like.

ONE SHOT / AI SERVO.  You can change how the AF works, in ONE SHOT it assumes that you are shooting a stationary target, and once the AF locks onto the target it doesn’t change if the target moves. You see the little red light which indicated focus lock & where.
AI SERVO is for things which keep moving, and the AF tracks the movement, but you will not see the red dot light up. YOU CAN USE THIS ALL THE TIME, but it isn’t as useful for reframing as the focus point may not work as well as the ONE SHOT mode.

YOU can learn this but don’t worry about it for now, just get an idea of what I am talking about.
Tv mode = Time Value, or SHUTTER SPEED, important for fast moving things, a fast shutter speed freezes what otherwise would have motion blur. Needs good light to work properly, the brighter the better.
Av mode = Apetrure value, which is a lens setting that is hard to explain in simple terms but has the following effect. Apertures are measured in “stops” and the reference to lenses is that a “fast” lens will have a lower F stop number. F2.8 is faster than F 4.0 etc.
This becomes important for 2 reasons, low light, or to control Depth Of Field (DOF) which is an important thing in certain uses. The DOF at F 2.8 is about half of what it would be at F 4.0, therefore things that are a bit closer & a bit farther than where you lock the focus on will be out of focus, and as they get closer or further from the focal point they become just a blur. This is VERY useful where you only want the main object in the photo to be what draws your attention, leaving most everything else out of focus. This type of FAST refers to the fact that you can use a fast shutter speed, the lens is letting lots of light
Flash photos usually force a camera to use a wide open aperture, so indoor shots have a shallow DOF, but you might not notice it at print size, but blown up on a computer screen it shows.

The original camera language will always refer to “stops” which is a ratio thing, and when a camera has a P mode it uses a pre wrote internal program to pick both the Tv & Av.
Stops work like this Every lens has a F value which relates to how much light can pass through it at the widest F stop (faster lenses cost big bucks, hard to build, require top quality lens glass & are larger in diameter). If you close a lens by 1 stop you must select a slower shutter speed to make up for there being exactly ½ the light. An example (numbers only to help understand it)
If a lens was at F2.8 and according to the cameras light meter you need a shutter speed of 1/500 second then a change to F 4.0 requires 1/250 second.

WHY DOES IT MATTER???? The rule of photography is to always keep shutter speed higher than lens length when hand holding to eliminate blur caused by our motion of pressing the shutter, jitters etc. The 20D is known as a “CROP” body, and that means that lens length in it’s case is 1.6 times longer than the numbers (mm) so the 18-200 lens acts like a 28-320 mm lens, so the slowest shutter speed should exceed 1/320 sec when zoomed to the max.

CAMERA CONTROLS   The ON / OFF switch can be left on all the time, it has a setting to put it into sleep mode that you can change using the menu, but it should be OK the way I have it set. A simple touch of the shutter button wakes it up instantly & it’s ready to shoot immediately.
IF at some time you can’t change a setting such as Exposure Compensation etc MAKE SURE the On / Off switch is fully on, It can still take photos with it a bit less than in the fully on position, but won’t allow changes. I HAVE RUN INTO THIS MORE THAN ONCE, AND WAS TOTALLY BAFFLED for a while, even the second & third time due to how seldom it happens. .  
 

"A skill is developed through constant practice with a passion to improve, not bought."
powered by Lithium

LIKE US on Facebook FOLLOW US on Twitter WATCH US on YouTube CONNECT WITH US on Linkedin WATCH US on Vimeo FOLLOW US on Instagram SHOP CANON at the Canon Online Store
© Canon U.S.A., Inc.   |    Terms of Use   |    Privacy Statement