The 18 megapixel Canon EOS 600D (called the Digital Rebel T3i in North America) is a new DSLR camera that sits above last year’s 550D / T2i at the top of Canon’s entry-level EOS line-up. The 600D / T3i offers a 1,040,000-dot vari-angle LCD screen, a 63-zone metering sensor – identical to the one used in the more expensive EOS 7D – standard ISO settings of 100-6400 (expandable to 12800), and 3.7fps continuous shooting. The 600D’s video mode features 1080p Full HD recording at 24/25/30fps and 720p HD capture at either 50 or 60fps, with full manual control over exposure and gain.
The feature that first makes an impression when you first hold a 600D DSLR is its LCD screen. 600D’s LCD is similar to its more advanced counterpart, the EOS 60D, in that it’s a vari-angle LCD screen. With these types of screens, we can rotate and fold the screen to suit our whims.
Here are a few tips to create unique photographs using the EOS 600D by taking advantage of the new flip screens:
1. Position the camera at the lowest possible angle
In photography, a unique photograph is a photo with a different perspective than that of plain sight. Eye-level angled photographs will seem very ordinary because we see in this angle with our eyes every day. With the vari-angle LCD of the EOS 600D, explore unusual and unorthodox angles; such as the worm’s eye view angle (camera positioned extremely low to the ground). This will produce unique and unusual photos.
2. Look for reflective objects to incorporate into your photos, such as water.
By incorporating reflections in your photographs, we will create the illusion that there are two identical objects facing each other. By positioning the shot to be as close as possible to the reflection, you will get a wider reflection area. Luckily the 600D’s vari-angle LCD allows us to adjust the angles more freely with the LCD’s increased versatility.
3. Toggle the aperture to obtain the desired DOF.
When shooting at a very low angle, sometimes a blurred foreground will occur. This may make the photo more interesting, or it may also be distracting. To get a variation of sharpness in your photograph’s foreground, you could utilize the effects caused by different aperture settings. The aperture will create a wider field of sharpness in the photographs the smaller the opening is set, and vice versa. For a more detailed explanation, you can visit THIS page.
4. Use wide lenses for a unique perspective.
Wide lenses create unique perspectives. Wide lenses will make objects relatively closer to the lens appear bigger and the objects relatively farther appear smaller. Use a wide lens on your Canon EOS 600D and take advantage of these effects to get a refreshingly different photograph.
Above are just a few tips. Go out into the world and experiment for yourself. Experiment with different angles, settings, and lens types. Your results may surprisingly be quite pleasing.