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Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSI/450D Companion


Through a series of easy-to-follow lessons, The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi/D450 Companion gives you a complete class on digital photography, tailored specifically for people who use this camera. This is not a typical camera guide: rather than just showing you what all the buttons do, this unique book teaches you how to use various Digital Rebel features to make great photographs.

With The Canon Digital Rebel XSi Companion in your camera bag, you have the perfect field reference...

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Through a series of easy-to-follow lessons, The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi/D450 Companion gives you a complete class on digital photography, tailored specifically for people who use this camera. This is not a typical camera guide: rather than just showing you what all the buttons do, this unique book teaches you how to use various Digital Rebel features to make great photographs.

With The Canon Digital Rebel XSi Companion in your camera bag, you have the perfect field reference for taking stunning pictures of any occasion or place, any time. You get valuable creative tips and technical advice for capturing professional-looking images of people, landscapes, action shots, close-ups, night shots, and more.

  • Get to know the Digital Rebel XSi and how it works
  • Take creative control and go beyond automatic settings
  • Learn the basic rules of composition
  • Know when to let the camera work for you
  • Photograph fast-moving objects, and learn to capture decisive moments
  • Discover ways to use a flash indoors and outdoors
  • Learn the advantages of different lenses, and the best time to use them
  • Understand the options for shooting RAW, and whether it's right for you

There are plenty of photography books, but only this companion guide teaches you how to take high-quality digital photos using the camera model you own. Professional photographer Ben Long includes plenty of full-color examples to show you what's possible once you graduate from snapshots and focus on the pictures you've always wanted to take.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596520861
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,442,763
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Ben Long is a freelance writer, photographer, and videographer based in San Francisco. A long-time computer journalist, he has written hundreds of features, reviews, and how-to's for magazines such as Macworld, MacWeek, Macworld UK, MacUser, Computer Graphics World, Maximum PC, and eMediaWeekly. He is currently a Senior Editor for, where he writes a regular digital photography column. His most recent books include Apple's Pro Training guide for Aperture, Real World Aperture, Getting Started with Camera Raw, and Complete Digital Photography, 3rd edition.

As a photographer and videographer, his clients have included Blue Note Records, 20th Century Fox, the Pickle Circus, Global Business Network, Head Start, the Oklahoma Arts Institute, and the National Endowment for the Arts. You can learn more about him and his work at

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xii Preface xiii Chapter 1 Getting to Know the Rebel XSi: Shooting Snapshots Using Full Auto Mode 1 Resetting the Camera's Defaults 3 Snapshot Shooting in Full Auto Mode 4 Framing Your Shot 5 Autofocus, or "How to Press the Shutter Button" 5 Take the Shot 7 The Viewfinder Status Display 8 The LCD Status Display 9 Viewing Your Images 11 Using Scene Modes 12 Watch that Headroom: Fill the Frame 16 Don't Be Afraid to Get in Close 17 Lead Your Subject 18 Remember That Your Knees Can Bend 19 Watch the Background 19 Watch Out for Backlighting 20 Understand Flash Range 21 Cover Your Shot, or "One Shot Is Rarely Enough" 21 Chapter 2 Anatomy of the Rebel XSi: Learning to Hold and Control Your Camera 23 What Is an SLR Anyway? 24 Cleaning and Maintenance 26 The XSi Battery 27 The Media Card 29 Body Parts 30 Camera Top 30 Camera Front 31 Camera Sides 32 Camera Back 33 Camera Bottom 34 The Rebel XSi Menu System 34 Holding the Camera 37 The Grip 37 Feet, Elbows, and Neck 38 The Lens 40 Understanding Focal Length 41 Types of Lenses 43 Lens Controls 43 Lens Care 44 Sensor Cleaning 45 More Full Auto Practice 47 Work with Fixed Focal Length 47 Chapter 3 Playing Back Images: Reviewing and Analyzing Images on Your Rebel XSi 49 Image Review 50 Image Playback 51 Navigating Images with the Main Dial 52 Playback Zoom 53 Exiting Playback 55 Viewing Image Thumbnails 55 Viewing Image Info 57 Image Rotation 59 Manual Image Rotation 60 Slideshows in the Field 61 Erasing Images 62 Deleting an Image During Image Review 62 Deleting an Image During Image Playback 62 Deleting All of the Images on the Card 64 Protecting Images 65 Chapter 4 Image Transfer: Copying Images to Your Computer67 Media Cards 68 One Big Card? Or Lots of Small Ones? 68 Card Management 69 Transferring from Your Camera 70 Installing the Canon Software 71 Transferring Images to a Windows Computer 72 Using Adobe Photoshop Elements for Windows 75 Using Adobe Photoshop 76 Transferring Images to a Macintosh Computer 76 Configuring Your Mac for Image Transfer 77 Transferring Images Using Canon ImageBrowser 78 Transferring Images Manually Using Windows or the Mac 81 Using the Camera to Select Images for Transfer 82 Organizing Your Images 83 After You've Transferred Your Images 85 Chapter 5 Photography 101: The Fundamental Theory of Exposure 87 Over- and Underexposure 90 Exposure Mechanisms 92 ISO: The Third Exposure Parameter 93 Shutter Speed 93 Aperture 94 Why There Are Two Ways to Control Light 97 How Shutter Speed Choice Affects Your Image 97 How Aperture Choice Affects Your Image 99 Shutter Speed/Aperture Balance 101 Reciprocity 101 Fractional Stops 104 Thinking Again About Full Auto Mode 106 Summing Up 106 Chapter 6 Program Mode: Taking Control and Understanding More about Exposure 107 Switching to Program Mode 108 Focusing Revisited 109 Understanding Focus Points 109 Focus Modes 111 Al Servo 113 Al Focus 114 What To Do When Autofocus Doesn't 115 Manual Focus 117 Getting Creative with Program Shift 119 Handheld Shooting and Shutter Speed 120 Image Stabilization 121 Changing ISO 122 Setting ISO 124 A Real-World ISO Change 125 White Balance 125 Custom White Balance 128 White Balance Shift 131 White Balance Bracketing 132 Drive Mode and the Self-timer 133 Using the Self-Timer 136 Choosing an Image Size and Format 138 Summing Up Program Mode 140 Some Things to Try 141 Chapter 7 Advanced Exposure: Learning More about the XSi Light Meter and Exposure Controls 143 The Light Meter Revisited 144 Metering Modes 144 What Your Light Meter Actually Meters 148 Exposing So That Black Looks Black 149 Using Exposure Compensation to Over- or Underexpose 151 Exposure Compensation and Program Shift 153 Controlling Color Tone with Exposure Compensation 153 Using The Histogram 154 Recognizing Over- and Underexposure in the Histogram 156 Recognizing Contrast in the Histogram 157 The Three-Channel Histogram 159 Using Priority Modes to Control Exposure 160 Aperture Priority 160 Shutter Priority 162 Manual Mode 164 Exposure Bracketing 166 Auto Bracketing 167 Scene Modes Revisited 169 Picture Styles 170 Selecting a Picture Style 170 Adjusting Predefined Picture Styles 175 Creating a Better Exposure with Fill Flash 177 A Word About Dynamic Range 178 Chapter 8 Finding and Composing a Photo: Exploring the Art of Photography 179 Learning to See Again 180 Seeing Exercises 182 How to Make a Photo 185 Recognizing a Potential Photo 186 Working Your Subject 188 Choosing a Camera Position and Focal Length 190 Composing Your Shot 193 Art and Craft 203 Practice 204 Chapter 9 Specialty Shooting: Using Special Features for Shooting in Specific Conditions 205 Live View 206 Enabling Live View 207 Activating Live View 208 Focusing in Live View 208 What You Don't See in Live View 211 Shooting Panoramas 212 Choosing a Focal Length for Panoramas 213 Panoramic Exposure 214 Shooting Panoramic Frames 216 Stitching a Panorama 217 Low-Light Shooting 219 When to Use Flash in Low Light 219 Shooting in Low Light at High ISO 219 Low-Light Techniques 221 Shooting Sports or Stage Performances 223 Low-Light White Balance 224 Chapter 10 Flash Shooting: Using a Flash and Other Tools for Better Control of the Lighting in Your Scene 225 Controlling Existing Light 226 Using the XSi's On-Camera Flash 229 Flash Exposure 229 Red-Eye Reduction 232 Using an External Flash 234 Bouncing a Flash 235 Chapter 11 Raw Shooting: Using Raw Format to Gain More Control and Better Image Quality 237 What Is Raw? 238 Why Use Raw? 239 Changing White Balance 239 Highlight Recovery 239 More Editing Latitude 240 A True Digital Negative 242 Easy Batch Processing 243 Raw Hassles (the Disadvantages) 243 Shooting Raw with the Rebel XSi 245 Picture Styles, White Balance, and Raw 245 Processing Your Raw Files 246 Chapter 12 Customizing the XSi: Configuring Custom Settings and Adding Lenses and Accesories 247 My Menu 248 Building My Menu 248 Organizing My Menu 250 Make My Menu the Default 250 Changing Screen Color 251 Custom Functions 251 Lenses 254 Choosing a Lens 255 Some Lens Suggestions 257 Evaluating a Lens 258
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2009

    quick reference

    this book take you through the complete operations of the canon eos camera by breaking the information into small understandable units with a few tricks thrown in for fun.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2010

    This book was a great book to transition from a point and click camera to a SLR.

    This book discusses the camera controls and settings specific to the camera. It describes what the controls do and why you may wish to use different settings. I will keep it with me when traveling. It a small book with lots of info.

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