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I'm very new to photography so this is probably going to be a dumb question, but I'm interested in taking photos of the surf in my local area and the waves. I've got a Canon 600D, and when I click the photo taking button, the photo isn't instant — it's delayed about 4 seconds. I really want something that goes a bit faster so I don't miss the waves. Hope this makes sense.

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The self-timer on a Canon dSLR has two options, 2 or 10 seconds. 4 seconds is an unusual delay - are you using Live View mode by any chance? That would account for the delay as full Live View focusing is much slower than in non-Live View modes. Putting the camera in normal non-Live View mode, setting the AF mode to One-Shot and drive mode to Single should give you the responsiveness you're looking for...

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