Getting Started with Your Canon EOS Rebel T6 and T7

Getting Started with Your Canon EOS Rebel T6 and T7

The new year brings opportunity to invest in new gear and turn your interest in photography into a valuable skill. If you’ve upgraded from your old point-and-shoot camera or smartphone to the Canon EOS Rebel T6 or EOS Rebel T7 lens kit, this quick guide will show you how easy it is to get started. With a few basic tips, you’ll be ready to capture any photo-worthy moment.

1. Setting up your camera

set up your new camera

In the excitement of trying out your new Rebel T6 or Rebel T7 lens kit, you want to start taking photos as soon as possible. Before you start snapping away, however, take a few moments to set up your camera.

  • Insert a fully charged battery and new memory card (SD, SDHC or SDXC) into the card slot/battery compartment on the bottom of your camera.
  • Attach your EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II lens by removing the lens caps and body cap, and aligning the white squares on the lens and camera until it drops into place. Then twist the lens until it clicks to lock it into the camera. Set the lens focus mode switch to AF (autofocus).
  • Set the camera switch to ON.
  • Press the MENU button to display your menu screen. Using the cross keys (▲ISO, ▼ WB, ◀ Drive/Self-timer, ▶ AF) and the SET button, navigate through the menu options to set the date/time and language preference. You can also set the LCD monitor brightness, activate the grid display, and disable the camera beep and automatic flash.

Turn the camera Mode dial to A+ (Scene Intelligent Auto). Press the shutter button halfway to activate autofocus, and then press the shutter button completely to take your first photo.

2. Taking Photos

Taking Photos with your DSLR

If you’re a first-time DSLR user, the Mode dial will help you take the best photos while you’re learning how to use your camera. In the A+ and CA (Creative Auto) modes, you can simply frame your subject and let the camera do the rest. Choose one of the Special Scene modes — like Portrait, Landscape, Sports, or Night Portrait — to automatically apply optimized settings based on specific conditions. When you’re ready for more control over the full range of camera features, turn the Mode dial to one of the three Creative Zone settings: Program (P), Aperture-priority (Av), or Shutter-priority (Tv).

3. Using the viewfinder/LCD Live View screen

LCD view finder/LCD

You have two options for composing photos on your DSLR camera: looking through the optical viewfinder and checking the LCD monitor’s Live View. The viewfinder display in both modes can show you a grid overlay and indicators about AF points, photo settings, and battery/memory card usage.

Press the camera icon button to switch between the optical viewfinder and Live View mode.

4. Recording videos

set up your new camera

Use your camera’s Movie Shooting mode and built-in microphone to record high-quality videos. Set the Mode dial to Movie Shooting and press the camera icon button to record. Exposure settings are automatic unless you go through the Movie Shooting menu, where you can configure settings for movie recording file size, wind filter and exposure.

5. Sharing photos and videos

set up your new camera

Instead of relying on your phone’s camera to capture special moments, use its Wi-Fi®/Bluetooth connection. Download Canon’s Camera Connect app to use your smartphone as a remote Live View monitor and shutter release. Using Camera Connect, you’ll also be able to share your EOS Rebel’s photos and videos instantly with family and friends on social media sites.

6. Changing a lens

set up your new camera

Working with DSLR lenses may be a new experience after years of taking photos with a point-and-shoot camera or smartphone. The EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II lens, included in the Rebel T6 double zoom lens kit, is a general purpose lens that lets beginners capture a variety of subjects, from people to landscapes. Its compact size is ideal for travel and everyday use.

The EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III telephoto zoom lens, also included in the Rebel T7 double zoom lens kit, is better suited for taking photos from long distances, such as wildlife and sports photography.

With your new Rebel T6 or T7 camera, you’ll keep your resolution to become a better photographer and capture all the memorable moments throughout the year.