Take Better Photos With Your Canon Rebel T3i – Photography Tips

Taking good shots is not usually something that happens by accident. There are actually schools that train folks to become photographers… certified, accredited schools where you can invest LOTS of money to become a photographer.

But you can start right now – “learn how to use a Canon Rebel T3i” and get better immediately by just taking a few suggestions to heart.

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Now, here are 7 quick tips that will get you off and running.

1. Get your camera off auto.

Canon Rebel T3i mode dial

Move your Canon Rebel T3i OFF auto

I’m not sure if there is an actual statistic on this, but a majority of casual photographers NEVER move their mode dial off Auto. This is a crime. Zig Ziglar was famous for this statement: “If you keep doing what you have been doing, you will keep getting what you have been getting.” In other words, if you don’t get that Canon T3i off of Auto, you will not improve your shots.

At the very least, experiment with the Basic modes dial. Find out what happens when you put the dial on Landscape or Macro or Portrait.

And after you have that figured out, try out the Creative Modes, starting with Aperture priority. They don’t call them “creative” for nothing. You can really make some amazing discoveries when you start to take control of your camera settings. Read more…

Canon Rebel T3i Photography Tips – How To Photograph Difficult Flowers

The Canon Rebel T3i is an amazing tool for many different types of photography. Personally, I love close-ups. And, fortunately for me, that is the strong suit for the T3i because of the Live View and digital zoom features.

I recently decided to photograph some Linton roses in my yard. These are not the kind of flowers that get a lot of press, but they are beautiful, none the less. The reason more people don’t notice them is that the flowers grow in way that does not show off their beautiful interior color and detail. Instead, you have to actually lift the flower to see it. Read more…

Cheap Product Photography Tent

Many of us would like to take those shots we see in magazines. You know the ones.. the eye-poping watches and jewelry, the frosty cans of beer or soda, or just a toy car. Those pictures look so professional that it’s hard to think that we could do that without the expensive setup of a pro studio. However, that is not the case. With a cheap product photography tent, you too can take some awesome photos, even with your Canon Rebel T3i.

In this post, you will learn another photography trick – how to build a product photography tent with little or no investment. In addition, you can see how your Canon Rebel T3i can take those shots using Live View, aperture priority, and manual focus. Read more…

Canon Rebel T3i – Photography Tips and Tricks – Water Drop Photography

Photography Tips for a tight budget

Taking pictures of water drops with little reflections in them just got a lot easier. You can use this photography tip along with your Canon Rebel T3i set to “Live View” to get the perfect water drop photo.

photography tips with Canon Rebel t3i

The trick is the 5x to 10x zoom feature while focusing in Live View. Here’s how to do it: Read more…

trick photography book

The Banana Float – Trick Photography

I learned little trick photography from a guy named Evan. He actually has his own e-book called Trick Photography and Special Effects (there is a clickable link to the book on the left).
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Canon Rebel T3i and Macro Photography

Macro photography is ever so cool, and with the Canon Rebel T3i, macro photography with Live View is really easy. Excellent results are practically guaranteed for normal macro shots.

Canon Rebel T3i Makes Macro Photography Easy

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