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Canon EOS 70D Digital Field Guide

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Get professional results with your new Canon EOS 70D, thanks to this portable guide

If you want more instruction on your Canon 70D than the manual can offer you, this book is what you need. Packed with photography how-tos and no-fail formulas for getting great results, this handy guide goes above and beyond competitive digital SLR books with step-by-step techniques, professional shooting tips, and more. Learn how to take advantage of the advanced features of your new camera with...

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Overview

Get professional results with your new Canon EOS 70D, thanks to this portable guide

If you want more instruction on your Canon 70D than the manual can offer you, this book is what you need. Packed with photography how-tos and no-fail formulas for getting great results, this handy guide goes above and beyond competitive digital SLR books with step-by-step techniques, professional shooting tips, and more. Learn how to take advantage of the advanced features of your new camera with pages of helpful examples and dazzling, full-color photographs. Take this portable reference in your kit when shooting in the field.

  • Provides no-fail techniques for getting the most out of your Canon EOS 70D
  • Covers the Canon 70D's new features
  • Teaches you photography essentials such as composition, exposure, perspective, and more
  • Includes a grey and color card checker and full instructions as well as a very helpful color checker card to help you capture perfect color in any environment

Take your photography skills to another level with photography tips and tricks and the individualized instruction you need to make the most of your new Canon EOS 70D.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118169124
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/18/2013
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 196,455
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Charlotte K. Lowrie is a professional photographer and an award-winning writer. Her images have appeared in national publications, and she has authored more than 17 books. Visit her website at wordsandphotos.org.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xix

CHAPTER 1 Exploring the Canon EOS 70D 1

The Camera Controls 2

The front of the camera 3

The top of the camera 5

The back of the camera 9

The side of the camera 13

An Overview of Lens Controls 14

Camera Menus and Displays 16

The viewfinder display 16

The Quick Control screen 18

The camera menus 19

CHAPTER 2 Camera Setup and Image Playback 27

SD Cards 28

Selecting Image Quality and Processing In-Camera 29

JPEGs 29

RAW files 31

RAW+JPEG 34

Processing RAW images in-camera 36

Improving Image Quality 40

Reducing digital noise in-camera 40

Correcting vignetting and color fringing 43

Working with Folders and Files 46

Creating and selecting folders 47

Choosing a file numbering option 48

Continuous file numbering 48

Auto reset 49

Manual reset 50

Using Wi-Fi 50

Getting started 52

Connecting to a smartphone 53

Uploading wirelessly to the Web 58

Controlling the camera remotely 64

Miscellaneous Setup Options 68

General options 68

Adding copyright information 73

Playing Back and Rating Content 74

Rating content 75

Searching and moving through multiple files 75

Erasing and Protecting Content 76

Erasing files 76

Protecting files 77

CHAPTER 3 Working with Exposure 79

Setting Exposure Objectives 80

Defi ning exposure goals 80

Practical exposure considerations 80

Choosing an Exposure Mode 83

Automatic modes 83

Scene Intelligent Auto 85

Flash Off 85

Creative Auto 86

Portrait 88

Landscape 89

Close-up 89

Sports 90

Night Portrait 91

Handheld Night Scene 91

HDR Backlight Control 92

Creative modes 93

Program AE 93

Shutter-priority AE 95

Aperture-priority AE 97

Manual 99

Bulb 102

Custom 102

Setting the ISO 103

Metering Light and Adjusting Exposures 109

Using metering modes 110

Evaluating exposures 113

Brightness histogram 114

RGB histogram 115

Modifying and bracketing exposures 117

Auto Lighting Optimizer 117

Highlight tone priority 118

Safety shift 119

Auto Exposure Lock 120

Exposure compensation 121

Auto Exposure Bracketing 123

Multiple-exposure Images 125

Multiple exposure mode options 127

Shooting in Multiple exposure mode 129

Shooting HDR images 131

CHAPTER 4 Getting Sharp Focus and Setting Drive Modes 135

Understanding the Autofocus System 136

Setting Up and Using Autofocus 137

Choosing an autofocus mode 137

Refining focus for action subjects 140

Choosing an AF point manually 143

Choosing an AF area 144

Adjusting lens focus 146

Selecting a Drive Mode 152

CHAPTER 5 Working with Color and Creative Effects 155

Working with Color 156

Choosing a Color Space 157

Comparing color spaces 158

Setting the color space 159

Setting the White Balance 159

Setting a Custom white balance 162

Setting a color temperature white balance 164

Fine-tuning white balance 166

White Balance Auto Bracketing 166

White Balance Correction 167

Using lighting or a scene type 168

Working with Picture Styles 170

Choosing and customizing Picture Styles 172

Creating a new Picture Style 178

Using Creative Filters and Ambience Settings 179

Applying Creative filters 179

Using Ambience settings 182

CHAPTER 6 Customizing the Canon EOS 70D 187

Exploring Custom Functions 188

Setting Custom Functions 190

C.Fn I: Exposure 191

C.Fn I-1 Exposure level increments 191

C.Fn I-2 ISO speed setting increments 191

C.Fn I-3 Bracketing auto cancel 192

C.Fn I-4 Bracketing sequence 192

C.Fn I-5 Number of bracketed shots 193

C.Fn I-6 Safety shift 194

C.Fn II: Autofocus 195

C.Fn II-1 Tracking sensitivity 195

C.Fn II-2 Accel./deceltracking 196

C.Fn II-3 AI Servo 1st image priority 196

C.Fn II-4 AI Servo 2nd image priority 197

C.Fn II-5 AF-assist beam firing 197

C.Fn II-6 Lens drive when AF impossible 198

C.Fn II-7 Select AF area selection mode 198

C.Fn II-8 AF area selection method 199

C.Fn II-9 Orientation linked AF point 199

C.Fn II-10 Manual AF point selection pattern 200

C.Fn II-11 AF point display during focus 200

C.Fn II-12 VF display illumination 201

C.Fn II-13 AF Microadjustment 202

C.Fn III: Operation/Others 202

CFn III-1 Dial direction during Tv/Av 202

CFn III-2 Multi function lock 202

C.Fn III-3 Warnings in viewfinder 203

C.Fn III-4 Custom Controls 204

Registering Custom Mode Settings 208

Customizing My Menu 210

CHAPTER 7 Shooting in Live View Mode 213

About Live View Shooting 214

Enabling Live View Shooting 215

Setting up for and Shooting in Live View Mode 218

Live View focus options 218

Continuous AF 223

Touch shutter 223

Grid display 224

Aspect ratio 224

Exposure simulation 225

Silent shooting modes 226

Metering timer 227

CHAPTER 8 Using Movie Mode 229

About Movies 230

Video standards 230

Video on the 70D 231

Setting Up to Record Movies 235

Choosing the resolution and exposure mode 236

Menu setup 238

Movie shooting menu 1 239

Movie shooting menu 2 240

Setting the ideal shutter speed 244

Selecting the right color, audio, and lighting 244

Recording Movies 245

Playing Back Movies 249

CHAPTER 9 Working with Flash 251

Deciding When to Use Flash 252

Calculating Flash Exposure 252

Using E-TTL II Technology 254

Using the Built-in Flash 255

Setting up the built-in flash 257

Red-eye reduction 258

Modifying Flash Exposure 258

Flash Exposure Compensation 258

Flash Exposure Lock 260

Setting Flash control options 261

Working with Speedlites 263

Setting Up Wireless Flashes 269

Using a one-light setup 270

Setting up multiple Speedlites 271

CHAPTER 10 Choosing Lenses and Accessories 273

Lens Choices for the 70D 274

Types of Lenses 275

Understanding the focal-length multiplier 276

Zooms 278

Primes 279

Working with Different Types of Lenses 280

Wide-angle lenses 280

Telephoto lenses 282

Normal lenses 284

Macro lenses 284

Tilt-and-shift lenses 286

Image Stabilized (IS) lenses 287

Hybrid Image Stabilization for macro shooting 289

Lens Accessories 291

Extenders 291

Extension tubes and close-up lenses 292

APPENDIX A Shooting Checklist 295

APPENDIX B How to Use the Color Checker Gray Scale Card 299

GLOSSARY 303

INDEX 315

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