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Canon EOS M: From Snapshots to Great Shots Paperback – Mar 20 2013

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (March 20 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321907485
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321907486
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 1.3 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #441,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Jeff Carlson is a Seattle Times columnist, a senior editor of the weekly publication TidBITS, and a frequent contributor to publications such as Macworld and Photoshop Elements Techniques magazines. He is also the author of numerous books, including The iPad for Photographers, four editions of The iPad Pocket Guide, The iMovie ‘11 Project Book, The OS X Mountain Lion Pocket Guide, and Canon PowerShot G12: From Snapshots to Great Shots. Find more information about Jeff at, and follow him on Twitter at @jeffcarlson.

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I found this book to be very helpful in filling in the blanks from the instruction manual that is provided by Canon. I would recommend this book if you want to get a better understanding of this terrific camera.
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HASH(0xa4266d38) out of 5 stars Too generic, get this info free instead Nov. 28 2013
By DS - Published on
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Not great, but a good book. Too many pictures, not enough 'meat'. Some basic photography principles are covered along with settings typical to this unusual camera. All the basics are covered, advanced stuff somewhat covered, and in the end this is more general photography than EOS-M material.

If you want general photography there are extensive FREE resources on the internet, and even free class notes and materials.

For a camera-specific book, there could be more details on advanced settings, practical advice on how to manually focus with different lenses and how to overcome some of the camera's limitations -- minus three stars.

There's a website for the book purchasers to share photos and ideas, and that is a plus, because you'll all be talking about the same camera -- plus one star.
HASH(0xa4b31a80) out of 5 stars A good intro April 9 2014
By James T - Published on
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I'm an experienced photog, but new to this camera. The author has other books for other cameras that cover the same ground, but I noticed only one or two places where the cutting and pasting slipped up. Since the book is about 60% basic photography, and 40% device-specific it totally makes sense to build different flavors. It never hurts to be reminded of basic concepts, but he beats the depth-of-field drum a little repetitively. I liked having the example pictures: on the Kindle edition I can zoom in and look around and really appreciate the picture.

This is the manual that should have come with the camera! You would think by now that the Japanese camera companies would have smartened up. The manual that Canon provides is a joke: one that has gone on for years- they've rewritten the same incomprehensible manual again and again. Please, Canon, hire Jeff Carlson or at least buy a boatload of his books and throw one in every box.
After reading this, I feel competent with this camera, like a good photographer took the time to walk me through it. I was a little doubtful about the EOS M, but am now looking at adding a T4i to my collection- since the skills learned here will carry over.
HASH(0xa4049aa4) out of 5 stars Excellent Book Aug. 13 2013
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The challenge for photography instruction books is to make it readable and enjoyable at the same time. I found this book to be very readable and enjoyable. I did learn a lot of new pointers I was never aware of, that even applied on my DSLR like the 5D mark II. This book is really worth the price I paid for for the Kindle. I do like the homework at the end of each chapter that helps the photographer review the things learned at that chapter and to try it on the field. I like the screenshots of where the settings are found and so that it would make it easier for me to find it on my EOS M camera.
HASH(0xa45fbfb4) out of 5 stars Good EOS M intro plus informative in general March 26 2014
By David Poteet - Published on
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This intro to the EOS M by Jeff Carlson covers the basics of photography and shooting in many scenarios with the wonderful, little, powerful M. The absence of a 5th star is due to: the handbook needs some absolutely lovely photos included in order to inspire, a table of the features and software settings, a section on how to use old glass with info on adapters and flange distance, an update in view of the latest firmware upgrade, and a brief factoid or more on how to set up the manual settings and what to include. But it is really very useful handbook overall.
HASH(0xa401c210) out of 5 stars Solid book on how to use & compose great shots with your EOS-M June 8 2015
By Scott Skibell - Published on
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This book provided the fundamentals for taking great pictures with the EOS-M. Not only did it cover how to operate the camera, it went over how to COMPOSE a great picture. It's this combination that I found so valuable. This inexpensive camera coupled with Canon's inexpensive nifty fifty lens produces pictures that rivals thousand dollar camera & glass combinations. This book will help you get the most from your camera.