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Your Comfort Zone Is Hurting Your Photography

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It is really easy to get comfortable with your photography style. Our natural desire as human beings is to find comfort. Once we feel that we are capturing decent photos, we start to learn less. One of the most common statements made through the Ditch Auto – Start Shooting in Manual survey is that the course helped the student get out of their comfort zone. I am going to be the first to admit to this cardinal sin of getting …

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The 7 Habits Of Photographers That Shoot In Manual

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How many times have you found yourself wondering why two images taken seconds apart appear different? You get back to your computer to view your images only to find that your images lack consistency. Hours later you have your images edited and ready to share with the world. A Photographer that has mastered the manual settings of their camera has taken control of their camera which results in consistency across the images in their set. Imagine photographing a wedding. During …

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Canon Rebel T6i Guides

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Ditch Auto is dedicated to helping you grow as a photographer and learn the skills and techniques involved in creating great photography. In pursuit of this mission, we will be creating guides for some of the most popular cameras used by aspiring photographers. We started with the Canon Rebel T6i, the latest entry into the prosumer-grade DSLR family. The T6i includes a slew of great features to help enhance your photography—as long as you know how to use them. Below you …

Shooting Modes on Canon Rebel T6i

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You will have probably noticed the large dial with a myriad of symbols on the top right corner of the Canon Rebel T6i. This is your shooting mode selector dial, and switching between the different modes causes your camera to behave differently based on the mode selected. Let’s go over all the shooting modes of your Canon T6i and what each of them helps you accomplish: The Mode Dial has ten different shooting mode selections, and can be largely separated …

Custom Functions & Advanced Settings on Canon Rebel T6i

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To get the absolute most out of your camera and to customize its operations to your exacting preferences, the Canon Rebel T6i includes thirteen advanced features for fine-grain control and customization. Check out our guide to the Canon T6i’s Custom Functions: To access the custom functions, open the camera’s Settings menu, navigate to the second-to-last tab (the last tab with a wrench icon), then open the Custom Functions (C.Fn) menu. Scroll to the left and right to view each function. Exposure …

How to Use Mirror Lockup on Canon Rebel T6i

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If you have been taking photos for any length of time, you know that to achieve the most tack sharp photos possible in any situation, the camera needs to move a little as possible, and zero movement if at all possible. This is especially true if you are taking long exposure shots and when the lens is wide open. The most obvious and prevalent method for keeping a camera still is to use a tripod, and this helps tremendously. The …

How to Use Quick Control on Canon Rebel T6i

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Did you know the Canon Rebel T6i’s LCD monitor is also a touchscreen? Yeah? Did you also know that, combined with Quick Settings, using the touch screen is one of the fastest ways to view and adjust almost all of your camera’s settings in one convenient location? Check out how to use Quick Control on your Canon T6i: Quick Control is accessed by pressing the Quick Control button (the letter Q inside an outline) towards the top right corner of …

How to Use “My Menu” Feature on Canon Rebel T6i

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You may have noticed the mysteriously empty last tab in the settings menu of the Canon Rebel T6i with just a single entry. This is a customizable settings menu where you can easily add six settings you use most so you can quickly come back to them without having to navigate through the extensive settings menu constantly. Here’s how to set up My Menu on Canon T6i: Select My Menu Settings in the last tab (with a star icon) of …

How to Update Firmware on Canon Rebel T6i

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Complex digital devices sometimes mean there are some bugs and inconsistencies in the software used in that device. Luckily for us, software is simply digital bits, and can be updated to provide bug fixes and even added features. Here’s how to update the firmware on your Canon Rebel T6i: Check the current firmware version of your camera by navigating to the Fourth Set-up tab in the Settings menu, and either write down or remember the version number . You can …

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How to Use Wi-Fi & NFC on Canon Rebel T6i

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With the growing popularity of smartphones as a person’s main camera, so too has the expectation of seamless and near-instant sharing of photos and videos wirelessly. DSLR camera manufacturers are following this technology curve by adding Wi-Fi functionality into their cameras to make it easier to use and to share photos and videos easily. Here’s how to use Wi-Fi and wireless remote shutter capabilities on the Canon Rebel T6i: First, let’s start with a primer of what functions are enabled …

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