The Canon EOS Digital REbel Tli/500D Companion

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Through easy-to-follow lessons, this handy book offers a complete class on digital photography, tailored specifically for people who use the Canon EOS Digital Rebel T1i/500D. This is not your typical camera guide: rather than just show you what all the buttons do, it teaches you how to use the Digital Rebel's features to make great photographs ? including professional-looking images of people, landscapes, action shots, close-ups, night shots, HD video, and more.

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The Canon EOS Digital Rebel T1i/500D Companion

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Overview

Through easy-to-follow lessons, this handy book offers a complete class on digital photography, tailored specifically for people who use the Canon EOS Digital Rebel T1i/500D. This is not your typical camera guide: rather than just show you what all the buttons do, it teaches you how to use the Digital Rebel's features to make great photographs — including professional-looking images of people, landscapes, action shots, close-ups, night shots, HD video, and more.

With Ben Long's creative tips and technical advice, you have the perfect, camera-bag-friendly reference that will help you capture stunning pictures anywhere, anytime. The Canon EOS Digital Rebel T1i/500D Companion will show you how to:

  • Take creative control and go beyond automatic settings
  • Learn the basic rules of composition
  • Capture decisive moments, including fast-moving objects
  • Discover ways to use a flash indoors and outdoors
  • Learn about different lenses, and the best time to use them
  • Understand the options for shooting RAW, and whether it's right for you
  • Use the Digital Rebel's ability to shoot high definition video
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596803636
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/15/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (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 CreativePro.com, 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 www.completedigitalphotography.com.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments;
Preface;
For More Information;
Chapter 1: Getting to Know the Rebel T1i;
1.1 Resetting the Camera's Defaults;
1.2 Snapshot Shooting in Full Auto Mode;
1.3 The Viewfinder Status Display;
1.4 The LCD Status Display;
1.5 Viewing Your Images;
1.6 Using Scene Modes;
1.7 Snapshot Tips;
Chapter 2: Anatomy of the Rebel T1i;
2.1 What Is an SLR Anyway?;
2.2 Cleaning and Maintenance;
2.3 Body Parts;
2.4 The Rebel T1i Menu System;
2.5 Holding the Camera;
2.6 The Lens;
2.7 More Full Auto Practice;
Chapter 3: Playing Back Images;
3.1 Image Review;
3.2 Image Playback;
3.3 Erasing Images;
3.4 Protecting Images;
Chapter 4: Image Transfer;
4.1 Media Cards;
4.2 Transferring from Your Camera;
4.3 Installing the Canon Software;
4.4 Transferring Images to a Windows Computer;
4.5 Transferring Images to a Macintosh Computer;
4.6 Transferring Images Manually Using Windows or the Mac;
4.7 Using the Camera to Select Images for Transfer;
4.8 Organizing Your Images;
4.9 After You've Transferred Your Images;
Chapter 5: Photography 101;
5.1 The Rebel T1i Sensor;
5.2 Over- and Underexposure;
5.3 Exposure Mechanisms;
5.4 Why There Are Two Ways to Control Light;
5.5 Thinking Again About Full Auto Mode;
5.6 Summing Up;
Chapter 6: Program Mode;
6.1 Switching to Program Mode;
6.2 Focusing Revisited;
6.3 Focus Modes;
6.4 Getting Creative with Program Shift;
6.5 Handheld Shooting and Shutter Speed;
6.6 Changing the ISO;
6.7 White Balance;
6.8 Drive Mode and the Self-Timer;
6.9 Choosing an Image Size and Format;
6.10 Summing Up Program Mode;
6.11 Creative Auto Mode;
Chapter 7: Advanced Exposure;
7.1 The Light Meter Revisited;
7.2 Using Exposure Compensation to Over- or Underexpose;
7.3 Using the Histogram;
7.4 Using Priority Modes to Control Exposure;
7.5 Manual Mode;
7.6 Exposure Bracketing;
7.7 Peripheral Illumination Correction;
7.8 Scene Modes Revisited;
7.9 Picture Styles;
7.10 Creating a Better Exposure with Fill Flash;
7.11 A Word About Dynamic Range;
7.12 Which Mode Should You Choose?;
Chapter 8: Finding and Composing a Photo;
8.1 Learning to See Again;
8.2 How to Make a Photo;
8.3 Practice;
Chapter 9: Specialty Shooting;
9.1 Using Live View;
9.2 Shooting Panoramas;
9.3 Low-Light Shooting;
9.4 Shooting Video;
Chapter 10: Flash Shooting;
10.1 Controlling Existing Light;
10.2 Using the T1i's On-Camera Flash;
10.3 Red-Eye Reduction;
10.4 Using an External Flash;
Chapter 11: Raw Shooting;
11.1 What Is Raw?;
11.2 Why Use Raw?;
11.3 Raw Hassles (the Disadvantages);
11.4 Shooting Raw with the Rebel T1i;
11.5 Processing Your Raw Files;
Chapter 12: Customizing the T1i;
12.1 My Menu;
12.2 Changing Screen Color;
12.3 Beep and Power-Off;
12.4 Adding Copyright Information;
12.5 Custom Functions;
12.6 Lenses;

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