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Canon EOS Rebel XSi / 450D Digital Field Guide Paperback – Jul 28 2008
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Take control as much or as little as you want
Your Rebel XSi/450D, with its 12.2 megapixel resolution, 3-inch view screen, and the option for "Live View" shooting, is designed for simplicity without sacrificing creative freedom. This guide is ideal for helping you use that creative control and get great shots anywhere, anytime. If you're new to dSLRs, it makes the transition easy. If you're already comfortable with the various modes and settings, this book helps you make the most of every one.
Set up your camera and learn when to choose automatic, semi-automatic, and manual modes
Understand the camera's controls and menus, and when to use different metering and autofocus modes
Explore Canon Picture Styles and Custom Functions
Learn to manipulate ISO, exposure, depth of field, and shutter speed
Create intriguing night and low-light images, capture sports action, and get tips for better macro photography
About the Author
Charlotte K. Lowrie is a freelance stock, editorial, and portrait photographer, and she is an award-winning writer. Her images have been featured on the Canon Digital Learning Center, in Microsoft publications, and in national magazines. Charlotte teaches photography classes at BetterPhoto.com, and she is the author of nine books including the bestselling Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi Digital Field Guide and four other Canon Digital Field Guides. Visit her Web site at wordsandphotos.org.
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The first half of the book details the different features and settings of the Xsi with step by step instructions on how to access the settings along with explanation for when and why you would use the different settings. For me there is just enough detail to help my understanding without being overwhelming.
The second half of the book focuses on more general photography fundamentals (light and exposure, using flash); discussion of canon lenses; and discussion of different subjects with tips for shooting each (action/sports; children; nature/landscape; night/low-light; portrait; travel; etc.)
There are color pictures throughout the book that illustrate most of the concepts being explained which I found to be very helpful. The chapters discussing the fundamentals of light and exposure are excellent, especially for the beginner without an understanding of aperture, shutter speed, ISO and how they work together to create exposure.
Here's the table on contents (at a glance) since Amazon does not yet have a preview of the book available:
PART I: USING THE REBEL XSI/450D
Ch. 1: Exploring and Setting Up the Rebel Xsi
Ch. 2: Using the Rebel Xsi
Ch. 3: Using the White Balance and Picture Styles
Ch. 4: Using Live View
Ch. 5: Customizing the Rebel Xsi
PART II: CREATING GREAT PHOTOS WITH THE XSI
Ch. 6: The Fundamentals of Light and Exposure
Ch. 7: Using Flash
Ch. 8: Exploring Canon Lenses
Ch. 9: In the Field with the Xsi
PART III: APPENDIXES
Appendix A: Downloading Images and Updating Firmware
Appendix B: Exploring RAW Capture
It is well layed out and easy to read. The index covers all the necessary cross reference pages so a user can quickly find what he or she needs to operate the camera.
After reading the first couple of chapters, I am now ready to get off the Basic mode settings with confidence.
Still full of lingo that the average user may not be familiar with. If there would be any improvements to this book, I would like to see a little more space devoted to describing and defining some of the more obscure photographic terms that the average user may not come across.
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