David Busch's Canon EOS Rebel T2i/550D Guide to Digital SLR Photography Paperback – Jun 1 2010
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Introduction. 1. Shooting Your First Canon EOS Rebel T2i/550D Picture. 2. The Canon EOS Rebel T2i/550D Roadmap. 3. Setting Up Your Canon EOS Rebel T2i/550D . 4. Optimizing Exposure. 5. Advanced Techniques. 6. Working with Lenses. 7. Working with Light. 8. Downloading and Editing. 9. Troubleshooting Your Canon EOS Rebel T2i/550D. Glossary. Index.
About the Author
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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After that, the author devotes 250 more pages to explaining how to optimize exposure, sort out the camera's autofocus features, choosing lenses, and working with flash and available light -- all applied directly to the T2i. Busch omits the "padding" you find in other Guidebooks, and I am grateful for that. It does not have sections on how to shoot a generic "sports" picture or "landscape" picture, etc. Everything relates to the T2i. The whole book deals strictly with photography and techniques, too, so you won't find it padded with chapters on how to use the EOS Utility or Digital Photo Pro. All in all, Busch manages to fill this book with an amazing amount of useful information.
There are other books for the T2i out there, but if you want the whole story in words you can understand, this is the one you should buy.
Individual chapters of the book explore the finer points of exposure, including the use of histograms, understanding the T2i's autofocus options, HD movie-making, and creative ways to use lenses and light. There are nine chapters in all, each of them dealing with a different aspect of using the EOS T2i. Even the general material on topics like f/stops and exposure all relate directly to his camera.
This book is especially good for those who feel they are "visually oriented." These folks tend to gravitate to DVD instruction, not realizing that such productions are basically audio programs with images, and aren't really visually oriented at all. With a DVD, you're basically using your ears to listen to a talking head explain the camera, and what you hear may not sink in immediately. Busch's guide takes the right visual approach, using large full-color illustrations accompanied by the text you need to quickly understand what the author is explaining. We've reviewed several of Busch's guides, and, after reading this one, still wonder why all camera guides aren't this good.
The book has very little to say about video. Yes, all the video functions are covered. It's just that a great deal more than functions of the YT2i camera is covered in this book. Their is lens choice, flash, print editing, etc. Much of which is rehash of earlier books by the author. Again, I have no criticism of the usefulness and accuracy of this book. I just would have liked more video instruction. I guess video deserves at least one whole book of its own. After-all, David Busch's book already has 324 pages plus Glossary and Index. There isn't room for much more.
While the book is very well written, and contains both accurate and extensive information on the T2i, I would think that long-time owners of cameras in the
Rebel series simply do not need it. The instruction manual that comes with the camera should be enough.
I write to give perspective to shoppers, not to sell the book, and not to detail what is in it. I hope this approach is beneficial. Please rate this review for usefulness. Helpful comments are also appreciated.
"One thing that surprises new owners of the Canon EOS Rebel T3 is that the camera has a total of 496 buttons, dials, switches, levers, latches, and knobs bristling from it's surface. Okay, I lied. Actually, the real number is closer to two dozen controls and adjustments, but that's still a lot of components to master, especially when you consider that many of these controls serve double-duty to give you access to multiple functions."
This quote serves two purposes here; to illustrate that this is not just a dry reference manual and to point out that there are in fact quite a few bells and whistles that the camera has to offer. I've actually found this book to be an enjoyable read; however I also spend a lot of my time studying military standards which can make just about anything else seem interesting! While it may seem time consuming to read a book geared to just one camera, it's actually a time saver if you really want to know how to get the most out of your T3.
Although this book is comprehensive, it's easy reading, and if you want a condensed version to carry around with you, Busch offers that too. His David Busch's Compact Field Guide for the Canon EOS Rebel T3/1100D is a worthy replacement for those laminated cheat sheets that fold out into six index card sized tabs with one-sentence summaries of most of the menu settings, too. While the portable version duplicates some of the information found in this book, the two make a great pair for home and field. You'll want to buy them both to have the information you need on the go and for study at home.