Canon Community Canon Community
 


Reply
Occasional Contributor
Posts: 14
Registered: ‎05-07-2019

Re: Can’t take photographs

I actually don’t know the answer to this, so I am going to go and find out, thank you.
Highlighted
Occasional Contributor
Posts: 14
Registered: ‎05-07-2019

Re: Can’t take photographs

I didn’t try changing lens, and I’ve never tried manual focus! Sorry, that must sound appalling lol! Good points though for future reference and thank you.
Occasional Contributor
Posts: 14
Registered: ‎05-07-2019

Re: Can’t take photographs

Thank you! I must investigate for an AF button on the lens. Thank you for the advice.
Occasional Contributor
Posts: 14
Registered: ‎05-07-2019

Re: Can’t take photographs

Thanks Bob, the manual is actually a tiny little thing with no info other than set up etc, I certainly found it of no use the other day. I think the next time I can I’ll pop into the shop for them to have a look. I’ve also messaged two local camera clubs about joining, time I learnt how to use this thing!!
Thanks!
Esteemed Contributor
Posts: 4,985
Registered: ‎06-25-2014

Re: Can’t take photographs


@Diane74 wrote:
Thanks Bob, the manual is actually a tiny little thing with no info other than set up etc, I certainly found it of no use the other day. I think the next time I can I’ll pop into the shop for them to have a look. I’ve also messaged two local camera clubs about joining, time I learnt how to use this thing!!
Thanks!

You may not have the complete manual. All instruction manuals for Canon cameras as recent as yours are available for download on Canon's Web site. I'd take a look. Not having the correct manual is a handicap you don't need when you're deep in the learning process.

Bob
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA
Occasional Contributor
Posts: 14
Registered: ‎05-07-2019

Re: Can’t take photographs

I’m such a dope, never thought of that! I shouldn’t be allowed out alone lol! Thanks Bob, I’ll do that.
Esteemed Contributor
Posts: 3,809
Registered: ‎06-11-2013

Re: Can’t take photographs

I suspect this may be related to auto-focus (AF).

 

By default the camera will not take a photo unless it is able to confirm that it has focused (this behavior is known as "focus priority").  The behavior can be overriden (in a couple of ways).

 

In order to lock focus ... the camera will need enough light and a subject with some contrast.  

 

If you test the camera outside on a bright sunny day ... it may have no difficulty quickly locking focus.  Do the same thing in poor lighting (e.g. inside with poor lighting) and it may struggle to lock focus.  Sometimes you'll hear the focus motor trying to find focus ... and then it gives up.

 

There could be other reasons for it's failure to let you take a photo ... this is just one possible reason.

 

There is a switch on the side of the lens barrel labeled 'AF/MF' (auto-focus vs. manual focus) and if you switch it to manual then it should take a shot the moment you press the shutter button (it wont try to focus if using manual focus mode ... of course it also means you have to manual focus or you'll get blurry images).    If the focus mode is changed from the factory default mode of 'One Shot' to instead use 'AI Servo' mode then it will also immediately take photos (but it is highly recommended that when using AI Servo mode, you first half-press the shutter ... wait for the camera to focus ... then fully press the shutter when you are ready to capture the shot.  AI Servo will continuously keep focusing as long as you keep the shutter button half-pressed.

 

Note that if the camera is in full 'Auto' mode, many settings are locked out.  

 

The camera also has Program mode (P).  P is nearly identical to full Auto mode ... *except* you can change settings and override camera defaults.  

 

You'll benefit enormously from learning the ins and outs of your camera.  There are some books that are great for beginners.  Bryan Peterson's book 'Understanding Exposure' is very good for beginners.  Scott Kelby also has a 'Digital Photography' series of books.   These books are not Canon model-specific ... they're generic books that would apply to most any Digital SLR camera user.

 

Tim Campbell
5D III, 5D IV, 60Da
Occasional Contributor
Posts: 14
Registered: ‎05-07-2019

Re: Can’t take photographs

Hi Tim,
Thank you so much for your comprehensive reply! I really appreciate it. I’m going to have a look at all those possibilities that you have mentioned.
Thank you for the books that you have recommended. I’m definitely going to invest. High time I educated myself.
Thanks again, Diane
Valued Contributor
Posts: 470
Registered: ‎02-13-2016

Re: Can’t take photographs

Definitely download a copy of the full owner's manual from the Canon website if you didn't get a printed version with your camera. Canon seems to do a better job than some other manufacturers as far as their documentation and manuals.

 

I bought my 60D over seven years ago and still find myself re-reading parts of the manual just to make sure that I'm as smart as I think I am. And I'm still finding features that I didn't know and/or remember that it had.

 

Get a copy of the manual. Sit down and put your feet up. Have your camera handy. Prepare yourself a lovely beverage and dig in. But take it in a little at a time. Don't try to read it all in one setting or you'll likely be overwhelmed. And be sure to check back here if you get stumped on something.

Occasional Contributor
Posts: 14
Registered: ‎05-07-2019

Re: Can’t take photographs

I will do just that! Thank you
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