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Adjusting and Previewing "Shoot By" Settings on Canon Rebel T3 Series Cameras

The two “Shoot by” options on the Canon Rebel T3 and T3i together determine your final photo colors and exposure. So being able to preview the possible combinations of settings without having to take a bunch of shots to experiment would be great, right?

Well, luckily, you can enjoy that advantage in Live View mode — the feature that enables you to compose pictures using the monitor instead of the viewfinder. As you vary the Shoot by Ambience and Shoot by Lighting or Scene Type settings, the Live View display updates to show you how the subject will be rendered. (Note that the Live View preview isn’t always 100% accurate, especially in terms of image brightness, but it’s fairly close.)

It’s better to use the viewfinder for normal, still photography. The following steps, which explain how to select the “Shoot by” settings, show you how to choose and preview the effects using Live View and then switch back to the viewfinder before actually taking the picture.

  1. Press the Live View button to shift to Live View mode.

    The viewfinder goes dark, and the scene in front of the lens appears on the monitor. Use the monitor to compose the shot.

  2. Press the Quick Control button and then use the cross keys to highlight the Shoot by Ambience option.

    In Live View mode, the settings appear superimposed on the subject. By default, the Standard setting is selected for the Shoot by Ambience option.

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  3. Rotate the Main dial to change the setting.

    As soon as you shift out of Standard mode, you see the impact of the newly selected ambience setting on the scene. In addition, the Effect setting, which determines the level at which the adjustment is applied, becomes available.

  4. Highlight the Effect setting and rotate the Main dial to set the level of the adjustment.

  5. Highlight the Shoot by Lighting or Scene Type option.

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  6. Rotate the Main dial to cycle through the settings.

    This setting is designed to remove unwanted color casts from a scene. But there’s nothing preventing you from using the option to add a slight cast to the scene if your heart so desires. You may like the effect of making your subject look a little warmer or cooler, and again, you can see the results of each setting on the camera monitor.

  7. When you’re happy with the results of the two options, press the Live View button to exit Live View mode.

    The monitor goes dark, and you can once again see your subject through the viewfinder. The Shoot by Ambience and Shoot by Lighting or Scene Type settings you dialed in remain in force until you change the Mode dial or turn the camera off.

  8. Take the picture.

If you already know what settings you want to use, you can get the job done more quickly by staying out of Live View mode and just using the Quick Control screen to dial in both options. Follow these steps:

  1. Display the Shooting Settings screen.

    Just give the shutter button a quick half-press and then release it.

  2. Press the Quick Control button.

  3. Use the cross keys to highlight the Shoot by Ambience setting.

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  4. Rotate the Main dial to cycle through the available options.

  5. To set the adjustment amount, highlight the Effect option and rotate the Main dial.

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    Or you can press the right/left cross keys.

  6. Highlight the Shoot by Lighting or Scene Type option.

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  7. Rotate the Main dial to adjust the setting.

  8. Press the Quick Control button again to exit the display.

    Or just press the shutter button halfway and release it. Either way, you’re ready to start shooting.

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