Basics of Exposure Mode for the Canon Rebel T5/1200D - dummies

Basics of Exposure Mode for the Canon Rebel T5/1200D

By Julie Adair King, Robert Correll

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The first picture-taking setting to consider for the Canon Rebel T5/ 1200D is the exposure mode, which you select via the Mode dial, shown below. For still photography, exposure modes are grouped into two categories, Basic Zone and Creative Zone. Your choice determines how much control you have over two critical exposure settings — aperture and shutter speed — as well as many other options.

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Here are you options:

  • Basic Zone: Includes the following point-and-shoot modes, represented on the Mode dial with the icons shown in the margins:

    • Scene Intelligent Auto: The most basic mode; the camera analyzes the scene and selects the settings it thinks would best capture the subject.

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    • Flash Off: Works just like Scene Intelligent Auto except that flash is disabled.

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    • Creative Auto: This mode is like Scene Intelligent Auto but with some manual override. You can exercise a little creative control by tweaking some picture qualities, such as how much the background blurs.

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    • Image Zone modes: This subgroup includes modes that are geared to capturing specific types of scenes:

      Portrait, for taking traditional portraits

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      Landscape, for capturing scenic vistas

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      Close-up, for shooting flowers and other subjects at close range

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      Sports, for capturing moving subjects (whether they happen to be playing a sport or not, and actually works well when you’re moving, too)

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      Night Portrait, for outdoor photographs of people at night.

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One often-misunderstood aspect about exposure modes: Although your choice determines access to exposure and color controls, as well as to some other advanced camera features, it has no bearing on your focusing choices. You can choose from manual focusing or autofocusing in any mode.