Canon EOS Rebel XS/1000D For Dummies

Canon EOS Rebel XS/1000D For Dummies

by Julie Adair King

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Overview

Canon EOS Rebel XS/1000D For Dummies by Julie Adair King

The new Canon EOS Rebel XS is designed to capture the perfect photos. But if you’re new to SLRs, digital photography can be a bit intimidating. Canon EOS Rebel XS/1000D For Dummies shows you how to get the most out of this digital camera, taking advantage of its 10.1 megapixel CMOS sensor with DIGIC III image processor.

This book offers explanations of all the controls and menus, suggestions to make using lenses a breeze, and picture-taking advice to give you the confidence to start shooting fantastic photos. You’ll learn to manage aperture, shutter speed, and ISO, and work with the Auto Lighting Optimizer to enhance your creativity. You’ll also discover how to:

  • Handle and manipulate lenses
  • Get creative with exposure, lighting, and color balance
  • Download, organize, print, and share your photos
  • See how to use the Live View mode, adjust settings, and get great shots in automatic or manual mode
  • Use Autofocus with Live View, set white balance, and choose a color space
  • Work with Canon’s downloading tools, prepare images for print, and create Web-friendly files
  • Get great photos in automatic modes
  • Follow ten speedy editing tricks
  • Avoid motion blur and noise
  • Check focus by magnifying the view
  • Capture action, scenic vistas, and close-ups
  • Print from rhe ZoomBrowser EX/ImageBrowser 

You’ve invested in the Canon EOS Rebel XS, so it makes sense to learn the best techniques for using this camera. Canon EOS Rebel XS/1000D For Dummies gives you the knowledge to become a pro.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470433928
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 12/10/2008
Series: For Dummies Series
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Julie Adair King has penned six editions of Digital Photography For Dummies as well as several books on Canon and Nikon cameras. She also teaches photography and digital imaging at such locations as the Palm Beach Photographic Centre.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

A Quick Look at What’s Ahead.

Part I: Fast Track to Super Snaps.

Part II: Taking Creative Control.

Part III: Working with Picture Files.

Part IV: The Part of Tens.

Icons and Other Stuff to Note.

About the Software Shown in This Book.

Practice, Be Patient, and Have Fun!

Part I: Fast Track to Super Snaps.

Chapter 1: Getting the Lay of the Land.

Getting Comfortable with Your Lens.

Attaching a lens.

Removing a lens.

Using an IS (image stabilizer) lens.

Focusing and zooming the lens.

Adjusting the Viewfi nder Focus.

Working with Memory Cards.

Exploring External Camera Controls.

Topside controls.

Back-of-the-body controls.

Front-left buttons.

Ordering from Camera Menus.

Monitoring Critical Camera Settings.

Decoding Viewfinder Data.

Reviewing Basic Setup Options.

Setup Menu 1.

Setup Menu 2.

Setup Menu 3.

Three more customization options.

Chapter 2: Taking Great Pictures, Automatically.

Getting Good Point-and-Shoot Results.

Using Flash in Automatic Exposure Modes.

Exploring Your Automatic Options.

Full Auto mode.

Automatic scene modes (a.k.a. Image Zone modes).

Changing the Drive Mode.

Chapter 3: Controlling Picture Quality.

Diagnosing Quality Problems.

Decoding the Quality Options.

Considering Resolution: Large, Medium, or Small?

Pixels and print quality.

Pixels and screen display size.

Pixels and file size.

Resolution recommendations.

Understanding File Type (JPEG or Raw).

JPEG: The imaging (and Web) standard.

Raw (CR2): The purist’s choice.

My take: Choose Fine or Raw .

Chapter 4: Monitor Matters: Picture Playback and Live View Shooting.

Disabling and Adjusting Instant Review.

Viewing Images in Playback Mode.

Jumping through images.

Viewing multiple images at a time.

Rotating vertical pictures.

Zooming in for a closer view.

Viewing Picture Data.

Basic information modes.

Shooting Information display.

Understanding Histogram display mode.

Deleting Photos.

Erasing single images.

Erasing all images on your memory card.

Erasing selected images.

Protecting Photos

Using Your Monitor as a Viewfinder.

Enabling Live View.

Taking a shot in Live View mode.

Customizing the Live View display

Part II: Taking Creative Control.

Chapter 5: Getting Creative with Exposure and Lighting.

Kicking Your Camera into Advanced Gear.

Introducing the Exposure Trio: Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO.

Understanding exposure-setting side effects.

Doing the exposure balancing act.

Monitoring Exposure Settings.

Choosing an Exposure Metering Mode.

Setting ISO, f-stop, and Shutter Speed.

Controlling ISO.

Adjusting aperture and shutter speed.

Overriding Autoexposure Results with Exposure Compensation.

Disabling Auto Lighting Optimization.

Locking Autoexposure Settings.

Bracketing Exposures Automatically.

Using Flash in Advanced Exposure Modes.

Understanding your camera’s approach to flash.

Adjusting flash power with fl ash exposure compensation.

Locking the flash exposure.

Exploring more flash options.

Using an external flash unit.

Chapter 6: Manipulating Focus and Color.

Reviewing Focus Basics.

Adjusting Autofocus Performance.

Selecting an autofocus point.

Changing the AF (autofocus) mode.

Autofocusing in Live View Mode.

Enabling Live View autofocusing.

Live View autofocus option 1: Quick mode.

Live View autofocus option 2: Live mode.

Manipulating Depth of Field.

Using A-DEP mode.

Checking depth of field.

Controlling Color.

Correcting colors with white balance.

Changing the white balance setting.

Creating a custom white balance setting.

Fine-tuning White Balance settings.

Bracketing shots with white balance.

Choosing a Color Space: sRGB vs. Adobe RGB.

Exploring Picture Styles.

Assessing the Picture Styles.

Setting the Picture Style.

Customizing Picture Styles.

Creating your own Picture Style.

Chapter 7: Putting It All Together.

Recapping Basic Picture Settings.

Setting Up for Specific Scenes.

Shooting still portraits.

Capturing action.

Capturing scenic vistas.

Capturing dynamic close-ups.

Coping with Special Situations.

Part III: Working with Picture Files.

Chapter 8: Downloading, Organizing, and Archiving Your Photos.

Sending Pictures to the Computer.

Connecting camera and computer.

Starting the transfer process.

Downloading images with Canon tools.

Using ZoomBrowser EX/ImageBrowser.

Getting acquainted with the program.

Viewing photos in full-screen mode.

Organizing your photos.

Exploring Other Software Options.

Processing Raw (CR2) Files.

Chapter 9: Printing and Sharing Your Photos.

Avoiding Printing Problems.

Check the pixel count before you print.

Allow for different print proportions.

Get print and monitor colors in sync.

Printing Online or In-Store.

Printing from ZoomBrowser EX/ImageBrowser.

Preparing Pictures for E-Mail.

Creating Web-friendly copies of Raw and TIFF photos.

E-mailing photos from the browser.

Creating an In-Camera Slide Show.

Viewing Your Photos on a Television.

Part IV: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 10: Ten Fast Photo-Editing Tricks.

Removing Red-Eye.

Cropping Your Photo.

Adjusting Color Saturation.

Tweaking Color Balance.

Adjusting Exposure.

Three-point exposure control with the Level Adjustment filter.

Gaining more control with the Tone Curve Adjustment filter.

Sharpening Focus (Sort Of).

Shifting to AutoPilot.

Adding Text.

Saving Your Edited Files.

Chapter 11: Ten Special-Purpose Features to Explore on a Rainy Day.

Changing the Function of the Set Button.

Customizing Exposure and Focus Lock Options.

Disabling the AF-Assist Beam.

Enabling Mirror Lockup.

Adding Cleaning Instructions to Images.

Turning Off the Shooting Settings Screen.

Creating Desktop Wallpaper.

Adding Original Decision Data.

Creating Your Very Own Camera Menu.

Getting Free Help and Creative Ideas.

Index.

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