Canon T4i Help and How-to series – Covering the Basic Modes on your Dial – Macro, Portrait, Creative Auto etc

A brief description of each item on the Basic side of the dial

A+ – Camera does ALL the thinking – easy to get decent photos but hard to get GREAT photos, meaning camera has average sized brain and you with a little work have an above average brain for photography and can use your camera to the best of it’s ability AND yours.

No-Flash – Auto mode that disables flash. Useful for places where the flash is prohibited i.e. small concerts, art galleries, aquariums etc. Downside camera may make poor decisions about shutter speed and ISO.

CA – Auto mode with ambiance settings that includes monochrome, vivid etc and background blur – adjusts aperture based on your background blur setting. Mildly useful for learning how aperture controls background blur or bokeh as it shows you aperture value as you change the background blur.

Portrait – Sets a small f-stop to create background blur and adjusts color settings to be pleasing for skin tones

Landscape – Opposite of portrait – sets large f-stop to keep all in focus and adjusts color settings to be more pleasing for greens and blues.

Macro Mode – complete crap. Does nothing other than set an f-stop that should provide a medium depth of field. note that when you are focusing very close your depth of field can be VERY narrow.

Sports Mode – Tries to prioritize shutter speed in such a way to keep it fast enough to freeze faster moving action

Night portrait mode – fires the flash but also keeps the shutter open longer than normally, really need a tripod but benefit is to allow more ambient light into the image. When flash fires alone at normal shutter speeds 1/60 only subject lit by flash is exposed- background is often VERY dark.

Handheld Night Scene – takes 4 images and sandwiches into one. In my experience the results are not great – very noisy. Once you learn some basics of photography you can achieve much better results in other modes.

HDR mode – Mildly useful but you give up lots of control – All about HDR mode on the Canon T4i

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  1. I have been promising this one for several weeks – finally up. Please let me know if you have any questions. If I could sum up the video and the article in one sentence – spend time learning your camera so you can move to the other side of the dial as soon as possible, you will generally get better results.

  2. Thank you! Brand new at this and this was so much better than reading the manual! Look forward to reading more of your website and watching videos. We chatted a few weeks ago and on your recommendation got the Cannon 4Ti w/ the 18-135mm lens.

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