How to Change Focal Points on a Canon Rebel XTi


The 10.1 megapixel Canon Digital Rebel XTi camera offers users nine predetermined points of focus, or focal points. Manually selecting which of these nine zones the cameras lens should focus on ensures you get a clear picture of your subject. You don't need another photo of a blurry subject surrounded by a sharp foreground or background. While looking through the viewfinder, you can change focal points with the touch of your thumb and index finger. The simple setting change doesn't require accessing the camera's menus or custom-function settings.

  • Turn the camera's power button to the "On" position.

  • Look through the viewfinder and composing the picture.

  • Press the button labeled with a blue collage of squares -- located on the rear, upper-right corner of the camera -- using your thumb. This activates the focus-point selector.

  • Look at the illuminated focal points on the screen in the camera's viewfinder.

  • Rotate the camera's toggle wheel with your index finger on your right hand. The wheel sits parallel to the shutter button, on the upper right side of the camera.

  • Stop rotating the wheel when a focal point illuminates over your subject.

  • Press the shutter button lightly to turn off the focus-point selector and lock focus on the specified area of the scene. Press the shutter button all the way down to capture the image.

Tips & Warnings

  • When choosing a focus point on a close-up shot of a person, select the focal points closest to the subject's eyes. Cheeks, lips and noses look acceptable when slightly out-of-focus, but out of focus eyes make a picture look blurry.
  • Once you select it, the focusing point chosen stays active for all photos shot using auto focus. Be sure to change your focusing points as the subject moves positions. If your subject moves quickly, select all of the focusing points and allow the camera to focus on the subject closest to the camera, or manually focus each frame to choose exactly what part of the image should be in focus.

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