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What is a Photography System?
Canon System Overview.
Personal Photography Systems.
Building Your Photography System.
Choosing the Gear That’s Right for You.
CHAPTER 2: Choosing and Using a Canon Digital SLR.
Considerations for Buying a Canon Digital SLR.
What Resolution is Right for You?
Technologies and Features Common to Canon dSLRs.
Looking at the Canon dSLR Lineup.
Exploring Different Image Sensor Sizes.
What Difference Does Frame Rate Make?
Getting the Most from Your Canon DSLR.
CHAPTER 3: Lens Basics.
Building the Backbone of Your System.
Learning the Basics of Lenses.
Exploring Focusing Options.
Considering the Depth of Field Factor.
Tips for Shopping for Lenses.
CHAPTER 4: The Science of Lenses.
How Lenses Work.
How the Lens Communicates with the Camera.
Canon Lens Technologies.
Focal Length and Aperture Effects.
What Makes a Lens Good?
What is an MTF Chart?
CHAPTER 5: Understanding Lens Characteristics.
Evaluating Color and Contrast.
Pincushioning and Barrel Distortion.
CHAPTER 6: Choosing and Using Lenses.
Zoom versus Prime Lenses.
Fast versus Slow Lenses.
L Series Lenses.
CHAPTER 7: Lens Accessories and Care.
Extend the Range of L Series Lenses.
Consider a Close-up Lens.
Consider a Filter.
Consider a Tripod Mount for Specialty Lenses.
Filters Worth Considering.
Using Lens Hoods.
Cleaning and Storing Lenses.
CHAPTER 8: Flash Basics and More.
How ETTL II Technology Works to Your Advantage.
Built-in Flash Techniques.
Canon’s Speedlite Lineup.
Other Flash Equipment.
Exploring Canon Speedlite Flash Capabilities.
Using Multiple Wireless Speedlites.
Shooting Macro Images with a Flash.
CHAPTER 9: Integrated Workflow with Your Canon dSLR.
Workflow:The Foundation of Great Photography.
Image Storage and Backup: On the Road and in the Studio.
Managing and Archiving Photos.
Getting and Keeping the Highest Image Quality.
Canon’s Digital Photo Professional.
CHAPTER 10: Camera Care and Sensor Cleaning.
Knowing and Avoiding the Five Things That Damage Your Camera Gear.
Cleaning Your Sensor.
Keeping Your Equipment in Top Condition.
CHAPTER 11: The Business of Photography: Q & A.
Showing Off Your Work.
APPENDIX A: Resources.
APPENDIX B: Additional Canon dSLR Accessories.
Posted September 6, 2009
Serge Timacheff has produced the one book that rightfully serves as the "go to" reference for the working photographer or dedicated hobbyist that uses Canon EOS system of bodies, lenses and lighting. The book is exceptionally well-structured for the reader who wants to solve a specific problem or explore new features on site. While clearly specific to the EOS family of camera systems, the book will appeal to a broad range of digital photographers who would benefit from Serge's experience, the depth of his explanations and the practical relevance of his recommendations in a broad spectrum of situations from fast action sports photography at world-class fencing events to the subtleties of portrait shots in the field.
Sections of this reference text on camera system maintenance, lens selection and component "buttonolgy" are inevitably useful, refreshingly detailed and consistently relevant. Using Serge's book to learn how to reprogram the function of a more accessible button, I was able to devise a solution to a perplexing challenge I had with using a Canon XTi to cover a local fencing tournament when I had a broken right arm, making focus and zoom control almost unmanageable with one hand.
The photographs used to illustrate the book are a testament to the author's skills and are clear examples of what can be accomplished with this encyclopedia of creative possibilities for users of the EOS systems. It's the one book that will inevitably become the volume that stays in my camera bag and gets dog-eared from frequent use.
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