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Your complete how-to guide for enjoying the Cline Library's MakerLab and multimedia Studios.

About the Kit

The Canon EOS Rebel DSLR camera is perfect for students, budding photo enthusiasts, and first-time SLR users alike. The EOS Rebel T5 makes it easy to capture movies and photos that are nothing short of dazzling. It features a powerful 18.0 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) image sensor and Canon’s DIGIC 4 Image Processor for easy recording of HD video and high-resolution photos and has a huge 3.0-inch LCD screen for Live View recording and review. With a 63-zone, Dual-layer metering system, an expanded ISO range for operation in less-than-perfect light, shooting modes like Scene Intelligent Auto to take the guesswork out of complex shots plus creative options like Canon's Basic+ function and Creative Auto, the EOS Rebel T5 is ready for anything. 

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  • Loan period: 7 days
  • Overdue fee: $25

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Kit Components

  • Canon EOS Rebel T3/T5
  • EFS18-55mm lens and lens cap
  • USB-USB Mini Transfer Cable
  • Battery and charger
  • 32 GB SD Card

How To Guide

This How to Guide will show you how to:

Or you can view the Canon Rebel Reference Manual.

Navigating the Canon Rebel Interface


For Beginners: Using Auto Mode and Pre-Sets

If you’re new to photography, auto mode or any of the pre-set modes are a good place to start. The auto mode setting allows the camera to analyze the scene and selects settings that it determines will yield the best results. It also adjusts focus automatically by detecting whether the subject is still or moving


How to use auto mode: 

  • Before taking a photo or video, ensure that the lens is securely attached and that the battery and SD card are in place.

  • Use the power switch to turn the camera on.

  • Rotate the dial on the top right to the [A]+ or the flash off symbol. This will initiate the automatic photography mode.

  • Not wanting to use auto mode? Check out some other pre-sets below:



Intermediate to Advanced: Manual Mode

ISO Sometimes called "fake light," ISO determines how sensitive the camera is to light.
Aperture the size of the opening through which light enters
Shutter Speed the duration of time that your camera sensor is exposed to light

Other Resources

Free Uedmy Course: Ditch Auto -- Start Shooting in Manual

Tutorial Videos


How do I turn off the flash in auto mode?

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How do I get a focused subject with a blurred background?

Method 1 (automatic): Use the portrait mode

Method 2 (manual): (Example settings)