David Busch?s Compact Field Guide for the Canon EOS 60D Spiral-bound – May 3 2011
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Part I: CAMERA ESSENTIALS. 1. Quick Setup Guide. 2. Controls. 3. Playback and Shooting Menu Settings. 4. Custom and Setup Menu Settings. 5. Using the Flash. 6. Shooting Movies. Part II: REFERENCE MATERIAL. 7. Shooting Tips. 8. Nailing Exposure. 9. Working with Lenses. 10. Using Light. Index.
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With more than a million books in print, David D. Busch is the world's #1 selling digital camera guide author, and the originator of popular digital photography series like David Busch's Pro Secrets and David Busch's Quick Snap Guides. He has written more than a dozen hugely successful guidebooks for Canon and Canon digital SLR models, as well as many popular books devoted to dSLRs, including Mastering Digital SLR Photography, Second Edition, and Digital SLR Pro Secrets. As a roving photojournalist for more than twenty years, he illustrated his books, magazine articles, and newspaper reports with award-winning images. He's operated his own commercial studio, suffocated in formal dress while shooting weddings-for-hire, and shot sports for a daily newspaper and upstate New York college. His photos and articles have appeared in Popular Photography & Imaging, The Rangefinder, The Professional Photographer, and hundreds of other publications. He has also reviewed dozens of digital cameras for CNet and Computer Shopper, and his advice has been featured in National Public Radio's "All Tech Considered." When About.com named its top five books on Beginning Digital Photography, debuting at the #1 and #2 slots were Busch's Digital Photography All-In-One Desk Reference for Dummies and Mastering Digital Photography. During the past year, he's had as many as five of his books listed in the Top 20 of Amazon.com's Digital Photography Bestseller list--simultaneously! Busch's 120-plus other books published since 1983 include bestsellers like David Busch's Quick Snap Guide to Digital SLR Lenses. Visit his website at http://www.dslrguides.com.
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Chapter 1. Quick Setup Guide. Hand your camera and this book to any newbie, and they'll be off and shooting in minutes. It shows how to adjust the viewfinder to their vision, format a memory card, choose the right exposure mode (with a paragraph describing each mode and when to use it), how -- and why -- to select a metering mode, followed by lucid explanations of selecting autofocus, autofocus area modes, white balance, and ISO settings. There's a quick guide to navigating through and reviewing the images you've just shot, as well as a quick guide to flash. These are just the basics, and the typical shooter will probably refer to this chapter just once, when they begin using the camera.
Chapter 2. Canon EOS 60D Roadmap. This 28-page chapter is filled with large photographs of the camera from multiple views, with a paragraph describing what each and every control does, and why it's used. The manual furnished with the 60D gives you black and white drawings and cross references to multiple pages buried deep in the manual.
Chapter 3. Shooting and Playback Menu settings. Here's where Busch's Compact Field Guide excels. Unlike the command cards, small guidebooks, and manual packaged with the camera, Busch offers complete descriptions of each possible setting, including the rationale for using particular options. The book is spiral bound so it can lay flat while you read the instructions and adjust your camera simultaneously. Small illustrations show the menus in question, but you'll use them only to confirm that you're "in the right place" as you navigate the menus in your own camera. Although the information in this and the following chapter are condensed from those in Busch's full sized guide, they still are more comprehensive than those you'll find in other books.
Chapter 4. Setup, Custom Functions, and and My Menu settings. Same as Chapter 3, but for the other menus.
Chapter 5. Using the flash. Everything you need to know about selecting a flash metering mode, flash sync mode, flash exposure compensation, etc. is here.
Chapter 6. Making Movies. You get all the basics for using the 60D's movie-making capabilities, plus a quick checklist of techniques that can make your mini-videos that much better.
Chapter 7. Shooting tips. This chapter consists of a series of charts with recommended menu and shooting settings for many common types of scenes. This is a brilliant addition, and you won't find it in other guidebooks at all.
Although this portable guide duplicates some of the information found in David Busch's Canon EOS 60D Guide to Digital SLR Photography, they make a great pair for home and field. You probably could benefit from owning both.
I liked it so much that I bought the Canon 60D version for a fellow photographer, who is a co-worker & friend of mine.
It's a keeper.
If you are setting up a new 60d, my recommendation is to use both the manual and the field guide together. Generally speaking, the manual does a better job of presenting the basics because it uses both illustrations and text while the field guide uses mostly text, but the field guide nicely complements the manual by often giving more information than the manual which helps you decide what to choose between the alternatives for each setting. The material is presented in a concise manner so you don't have to wade through a lot of superfluous stuff to find the meat you are looking for.
Because the manual and the field guide are organized differently and do not match page for page, my suggestion when setting up the camera is to use chapters 3 and 4 as the starting point then check in the index of the manual for the material it has on the setting you are focused on before you make your decision. My first thought it was better to do the reverse, but when going through the process of setting up my new 60d I found it worked better to follow the order of the field guide
If I could only have one or the other, I would probably take the Canon 60d manual, but using both together is much better than relying on either one alone. And the field guide may be a better choice to carry in your camera bag if you just want a quick reminder of what button(s) you should press or dials you should turn to achieve your purpose in the field. Although you may find that the nifty little pocket guide that comes with the camera (in addition to the complete manual) may be enough.
I found Chapter 7, Shooting Tips, very helpful. Here the author indicates how he recommends that the camera be set up for all purpose, sports indoors and sports outdoors, stage performance, long exposure, portrait, HDR, landscape, macro travel. For someone new to Canon SLR cameras, this list of settings compared with the list of default settings that is also included in the book, would be of big help in setting up the camera. It is also useful for someone upgrading from another camera, such as the T2i like I am, and are now asked to decide on some settings that you didn't have experience with in the previous camera. Reading over the list, I found several recommended settings that I questioned for my camera based on my previous experience and use of my T2i, but seeing the author's recommendations motivated me to do some research both in the field guide and on the internet before making a final decision as to what I thought was best for me.
If you are wondering how this field guide compares with the full-sized "David Bush's Canon EOS 60D Guide to Digital SLR Photography", the author makes clear in the introduction to the field guide that it is a condensation and he hopes you will buy both. For myself, I found this field guide guide sufficient.
The field guide is well worth the little that Amazon is charging. I am very glad that I purchased it. It is a valuable complement to the manual when setting up the new camera, and it continues to be useful as you get more experience and start shooting in new situations.