David Busch's Canon EOS 60D Guide to Digital SLR Photography Paperback – Mar 28 2011
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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.
Introduction. 1. Quick Tour: Shooting Your First Canon EOS 60D Picture. 2. The Canon EOS 60D Roadmap. 3. Setting Up Your Canon EOS 60D. 4. Shooting Basics. 5. Photography with your Canon EOS 60D. 6. Advanced Shooting and Movie Making. 7. Working with Lenses. 8. Working with Light. 9. Downloading and Editing. 10. Troubleshooting Your Canon EOS 60D. Glossary. Index.
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A variety of accessories and the essential `must-haves' are covered in a separate chapter, as is lighting and types of shots one may like to take.
With this one investment alone, the reader gets a fuller picture than the other books on Canon 60D. (I bought all five published so far and would rate David Busch's book as truly #1. (I would rate Magic Lantern Guide as #2/3 because it has a DVD tutor included but the accompanying book is too general meant for all DSLRs, and there is no particular focus on the 60D). I hope in future editions, David Busch will also include a DVD with "talking tips" and sharing exposures/results as well.
The only complain one may have with Busch's book is that it is voluminous and, because of the high quality paper it is printed on, a bit heavy to carry along. But it is the learning one gets from it that matters and for that, I like to sit down with a substantial book like this one, cover-to-cover, and make notes in a field book to note down my desired points and shooting tips. You can also have your 60D next to you as you peruse the book
The 14 chapters authoritatively cover everything you might want to know about the 60D:
Chapter 1: This is the set-up chapter that should have been included with the camera. It lists the purpose of every item in the box, and provides Busch's recommendations for things that are not included with the camera that are must-have tools. Beginners will appreciate being led through steps like formatting a memory card and setting the time and date, but more experienced owners can skim through this chapter.
Chapter 2: If you want a quick start to using the 60D, learning the absolute basics you must know to begin using the camera, this chapter has a summary, showing you how to select a shooting mode, metering mode, focus mode, choosing a focus point, working with the built-in flash, and reviewing your images. There are no lengthy explanations here, just the important facts.
Chapter 3: This is an incredibly valuable roadmap chapter with large pictures that explain every control and dial of the camera clearly, with explanations of all the readouts on the LCD and viewfinder.
Chapter 4: Understanding Exposure is the topic of this chapter, which has one of the clearest explanations of how exposure is calculated that I have ever seen, and includes clever tips for adjusting exposure with ISO, using HDR photography, and working with the 60D's new Ambience settings.
Chapter 5: Why don't the other books have an entire chapter on autofocus, as this is one aspect that is a hang-up for new users? Busch explains phase detection, contrast detection, and has a well-illustrated explanation of how autofocus sensors and cross-type sensors work.
Chapter 6: Great chapter on using Live View and shooting movies, including specific advice for getting better movie productions, rather than just how to operate the 60D's movie controls.
Chapter 7: I liked this Advanced Shooting chapter, which has techniques for things like time-lapse photography, geotagging and WiFi, and focus stacking. Other guides don't have this depth that a 60D user can learn from.
Chapters 8 and 9: Busch has two chapters that explain every menu option in detail. Chapter 8 covers the Shooting and Playback Menus, and Chapter 9 describes the features of the Setup, Custom Functions, and My Menus.
Chapter 10: This is a thick chapter on choosing lenses, with descriptions and recommendations on many of the current lenses in the Canon line. I use this as a reference when I am tempted to buy a new lens.
Chapters 11 and 12: Two whole chapters on flash, including one on wireless flash. I believe this is the only 60D book that mentions the new 320EX and 270EX II Speedlites, and I found the information interesting. Flash deserves a book all it's own, but these two chapters have plenty to get you started.
Chapters 13 and 14: The last two chapters are a bit mundane, with basic information on software available for the 60D, and advice on troubleshooting, updating firmware, etc. As Busch says, this book is not a software how-to guide, so I didn't mind that there was only a little information on how to use Photoshop, and a few steps for working with Camera RAW.
Overall, an excellent, highly accurate book. I didn't see any errors that couldn't be considered nitpicks. For example, Busch clearly shows the functions of the joystick-like multi-controller pad in the center of the Quick Control Dial, and refers to it throughout the book. If you own the camera, you'll know the multi-controller pad is what he is talking about, and not the multi-controller joystick that some other Canon cameras have. I could care less about camera specs -- what I truly treasure is the wealth of valuable information I found in this unique guide book.
The book is a photography course, too, with an introduction to both basic and advanced concepts, all geared towards use of the 60D, so that readers can master picture-taking as they master their cameras. Busch recognizes that each camera is unique, and although the explanations of basic concepts like exposure, shutter speeds, and apertures are similar across all models in all his books, the Canon 60D deserves detailed coverage. In this book, he manages to do that while still tailoring his explanations to suit beginners who have purchased a Canon 60D as their first D-SLR, intermediate photographers looking to improve their skills, and advanced shooters who want a fast way to learn the camera and gain some tips.
The book is well-organized so that any photographer of any level can quickly locate what they need to know. For example, there's a "Getting Started" chapter, which, the author acknowledges, will likely be read only after the reader has already taken a few hundred photos. It provides the kind of pre-flight checklist you wish you had when you bought your first digital SLR. Next comes a Quick Start chapter that leads you through the essential features of the camera, with just the basics and none of the mind-numbing detail, allowing you to immediately go out and shoot your best pictures, ever. The third chapter is a "roadmap" guide that carefully explains each of the controls on the camera, with many photos and the right amount of information. The thick, but small-format book that comes with the 60D has many cross-references that send you darting around. Busch gives you the nitty gritty here.
The author does devote several long chapters to explaining every menu option and, more importantly, why you should use each setting. Most other guides just list the menu item choices, and don't give you detailed examples of when to use a particular setting. The other books simply don't have room for this kind of depth. Highly recommended.
For beginners there is the quick start guide, chapters on the ins and outs of creative mode settings, types of AF, live view, picture styles, flash photography, how to get images off of your camera, and editing your image.
There are many visual examples of the camera and its functions. There are step by step walkthroughs of all the menus, and ways to customize your favorite items to your own personal menu system. There are extensive descriptions of live shooting and screen setups. Different exposure settings, uses and examples are well explained; from speed to aperture to ISO, along with metering modes. There is a section for off camera flash(es), synchronization and controlling a slave and groups. Step by step details of all the custom functions under camera set-up. The list goes on and on, and there's a lot to be had here. Everything is outlined in a fairly entertaining and concise way.
For serious enthusiasts or experts, it's much more of a mixed bag. There's a lot you already know here. Things like a listing of the EF-S lenses or flashes. Shooting through blinds for dramatic portraits (!?). Picture styles and filters. I think most experts have a firm grasp of most of the above if it's relevant to them, making almost half of the book a pass. This is not really too much of a problem for me really either. The book tries to be all things to all people I suppose, and some of it was a bit of a refresher course. But more of it was a course on basic photography than I had thought it would be.
My larger concern is what appears to be poor editing. This could pose a bit of confusion for beginners if this is your first DSLR camera, and even folks like me who have half a clue! This probably comes from the fact that most of the book was taken from his guide for the 7D. While I have seen some of the mistakes pointed out - such as the claim the 60D has a metal body, these are not stand-outs in my opinion. What are however are some explanations which in turn are supported by visual examples, which are either wrong or mislabeled. Additionally, there are references to features that exist only on the 7D, which clearly should have been omitted when "porting" this book over to the 60D.
I'll throw out just two examples of many. When describing bracketing for exposure, two photo examples for shadow and highlight exposure are juxtaposed. This could leave a beginning shooter scratching their head. Another time in the Live View chapter he mentions that grids are also available in viewfinder mode "Hey really? I didn't know that, cool!". There is then a reference to the chapter and section in the set-up menu where you won't find it. Grids aren't available in viewfinder mode on the 60D. Yeah David, ya had me going there.
These misgivings aside, this is still a great guide to the 60D. It is an excellent book for those starting out with DSLR's, as it covers every aspect of what is needed to get the most out of your camera, from putting the batteries in to getting images out. There are descriptions of focal length, DOF, and even pitfalls of wide angle lenses.
Personally now that I've gone through it, I probably would have been better off with the compact field guide. For the most part I know what I want to find out, and need a way to access the information quickly. You won't get that here. The obvious advantages to this book are the way it's organized for fist timers, basic photography methods along with the blow by blow description of all the features and ways to access them. Things I would hope to find are missing; such as more in depth examples and uses of different types A-F, like back button A-F.
So I give it 4 stars if you're new to the world of DSLR's, but probably about 3 stars for serious enthusiasts. For me about a 3.5.