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Part I: Getting Started with Your Canon ... > Canon EOS Rebel T3i/600D Quick Start - Pg. 21

2 Canon EOS Rebel T3i/600D Quick Start Now it's time to fire up your EOS T3i and take some photos. The easy part is turning on the power--that Off-On switch on the right side, just east of the Mode Dial. Turn on the camera, and, if you mounted a lens and inserted a fresh battery and memory card--as I prompted you in the last chapter--you're ready to begin. You'll need to select a shooting mode, metering mode, focus mode, and, if need be, elevate the T3i's built- in flash. Selecting a Shooting Mode The following sections show you how to choose Scene, semi-automatic, or automatic shooting (exposure) modes; select a metering mode (which tells the camera what portions of the frame to evaluate for exposure); and set the basic autofocus functions. If you under- stand how to do these things, you can skip ahead to "Other Functions." You can choose a shooting method from the Mode Dial located on the top right of the Canon EOS Rebel T3i. (See Figure 2.1.) There are eight Basic Zone/Image Zone shoot- ing modes (plus Movie), in which the camera makes virtually all the decisions for you (except when to press the shutter). Canon has started referring to the true Scene set- tings (Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, and Night Portrait) as "Image Zone" modes, and the other three automatic modes (Scene Intelligent Auto, Flash Off, and Creative Auto) as Basic Zone modes (a term formerly applied to all the Basic Zone and