Of course the first thing to do is install the battery. At the bottom of the camera there is the battery door, which also is the door for the card. If you have bought the camera from a registered dealer, then you will have received an authentic Canon battery. Other, third party cameras are available, but it is always better to use the proper Canon battery. With the Canon logo on one side, it has an arrow, helpfully pointing the way for the battery to be fitted into the camera. The battery is deigned to only go in one way, so if you feel you are forcing the battery in, then it is probably the wrong way.
The slot for the memory card is here too. And like the Battery socket, the card socket will only take the card in one way. I tend to use Sandisk memory cards and many professional photographers I know tend to think very highly of Sandisk. There are three reasons for that first is that they’re quite hard wearing cards and secondly they often give you some software for retrieving files if there’s any issue with the card. Finally they will guarantee the card for life, which is really very useful. However it is only the card that is guaranteed, so if you’ve got a lots of files or lots of images on there and the card breaks or doesn’t function properly and the software won’t retrieve them for you and you have to send it away to Sandisk, all you get back is a new card – you won’t get your pictures back. So you must have somewhere to keep your files – your pictures and your videos – like an external hard drive or a computer.
To put the lens on, you need to match the white square on the lens and camera, if it is an EF-S lens, or the red dots, if it is an EF lens. Then turn it clockwise. Whenever you change lens always keep the camera facing downwards so that dust and dirt can’t fall in by accident.
Now you can switch on the camera on. There isn’t actually an on switch, just an off switch. At this point, it is a good idea to move the Mode dial round to M for Manual, because that gives you the opportunity to see everything that’s available to you in the menus. You access the menus by pressing the menu button on the back of the camera and you navigate round them either by using the cross keys here, or the rotate dial on the top of the Canon EOS 4000D. You confirm a selection by pressing the set button in the middle of the cross keys.
The first option that comes up when you switch the camera on is the option to change the time and the date. You do that by using the cross key pad. Now the other option that you may want to look at is also in setup menu 3 and that’s called language. There are any number of languages that you can choose and again you use the cross keys to make your selection.
The next option is image size and, obviously with a camera of this sort you want very good image size and very good image quality because presumably that is one of the reasons you bought the camera. So if you go to shooting menu 1, the top option is image quality and I would choose the quarter circle and the capital L because that represents the best image quality and the best compression quality.
Sometimes when you’re working, the LCD screen will automatically switch off. This helps you to save battery life but it can be pretty annoying. To switch the camera back on press the display button. To change this function go to the auto power off option, which is in setup menu 1. Here you can extend it for up to 15 minutes or even disable it altogether, but I suggest extending it to one minute.
So that you don’t take pictures without the memory card in the camera, there’s a setting in shooting menu 1 called release shutter without card this should be set to disable.
Just above that in the menu is the beep. Beep is the sound that is made by the camera when it focuses. That can seem to be very useful, but after about five minutes it’s really quite annoying and so I would switch it off.
The other thing you need to do which is really important is format the card. Go to setup menu 1. The third option down is format card. If you have just put a new card into your camera you will need to format it just to ensure that the card and the camera are formatted correctly to work together. But also you might want to format the card after you have downloaded all your pictures or if there’s a read/write issue with the card. But it’s also not a very good option to use casually because when you format the card you lose everything on it – even pictures that you think you have protected.
Finally I would go to setup menu 3 and look at copyright information here I would enter my name. It is a bit clumsy but I think it’s worth it because every picture or video you shoot will have your name attached to it as the copyright holder and probably more important if the camera is stolen at any point you will be able to identify your camera because it will have your name in it. Thieves rarely bother to go this far into the camera settings, and those are the basic settings for the Canon EOS 4000D or Rebel T100.