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Canon EOS Rebel XSi / 450D Digital Field Guide Paperback – Jul 28 2008

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (July 28 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047038087X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470380871
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 558 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #402,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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, 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

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This was a great bok, it fit perfectly in my camera bag! I haven't completely read it from front to bck ut anything I was looking for was easy to find that is why I am so glad I can carry it with me!!
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Extremely easy to read! Explains every detail of your camera. I would recommend this book to every person who buys a new camera.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa579d9cc) out of 5 stars Excellent resource for the amateur photographer Aug. 2 2008
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I recently upgraded to the Canon Rebel Xsi (previously using a point and shoot) and wanted a book to help explain the many features on the Xsi and how to use them in different shooting situations. This book is exactly what I was looking for. It offers a good explanation of concepts and as well as showing me how to use the different features my camera offers.

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:

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

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

Appendix A: Downloading Images and Updating Firmware
Appendix B: Exploring RAW Capture
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa579da20) out of 5 stars Well worth the cost for a new SLR user! Sept. 8 2008
By Thomas N. Gilmore - Published on
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I went from a point and shoot to a Canon Rebel XSI SLR. It has been somewhat of an intimadating experience, but with the field guide book explaining so many features and settings, I can breath a sigh of relief.

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.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa579dcfc) out of 5 stars Great Guide Aug. 13 2008
By R. Child - Published on
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Well written, excellent guide for the Canon Rebel XSi. Many of the features that were unclear in the user manual are clearly explained in this guide. After reading this book, I have a much better understanding of my XSi than before, even though I read the user's manual from cover to cover. This book is easy to understand and will put you in touch with all the features the XSi has to offer.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa579dbf4) out of 5 stars Just average after reading Ben Long' XSi Companion Book Jan. 5 2009
By Garbonzo - Published on
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I found this book to be quite gimmicky and just average after reading Ben Long's excellent book called the "Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi/450D Companion." Save your money and buy Ben Long's book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa57a324c) out of 5 stars Very Good Reference Sept. 29 2008
By Lawrence A. Weisenbach - Published on
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This book is a very good reference to use to learn the functions available for the XSi/450D camera. Much more user friendly than the instruction manual included by Canon with the camera.

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.