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Canon® EOS 30D Digital Field Guide

Book Description

Whether you're a professional or an advanced amateur, the Canon EOS 30D delivers outstanding performance and image quality. This guide is designed to help you get the most from your 8.2-megapixel EOS 30D, regardless of your shooting preferences and style. Packed with valuable advice from a professional photographer, it will help you make every shot memorable. Tuck this handy Field Guide in your gear bag and take it with you as a quick and insightful reference.

  • Investigate all of the features of your Canon 30D

  • Learn the various modes, view, play back, and protect images or erase unwanted shots

  • Brush up on composition guidelines and the elements of exposure

  • Explore conversion programs for RAW images

  • Compose the best possible shots with expert advice on lighting and exposure

  • Get insider tips on shooting portraits, weddings, business and product photos, landscapes, and much more

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Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. About the Author
  3. Credits
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. Introduction
    1. Getting the Most from This Book
  6. Quick Tour
    1. Taking the First Pictures
    2. Setup Basics for the EOS 30D
      1. Formatting the CompactFlash card
      2. Setting the image recording quality
      3. Setting file numbering
    3. Basic Zone Shooting
    4. Creative Zone Shooting
    5. Setting the ISO
    6. Setting the White Balance
    7. Setting the Autofocus Point
    8. Setting the Color Space
    9. Setting the Drive Mode
    10. Setting the Metering Mode
    11. Setting the Picture Style
  7. I. Using the Canon EOS 30D
    1. 1. Exploring the Canon EOS 30D
      1. 1.1. Camera and Lens Controls
        1. 1.1.1. Rear camera controls
        2. 1.1.2. LCD panel
        3. 1.1.3. Viewfinder display
      2. 1.2. Programmed Modes
        1. 1.2.1. Basic Zone modes
          1. 1.2.1.1. Full Auto mode
          2. 1.2.1.2. Portrait mode
          3. 1.2.1.3. Landscape mode
          4. 1.2.1.4. Close-up mode
          5. 1.2.1.5. Sports mode
          6. 1.2.1.6. Night Portrait mode
          7. 1.2.1.7. Flash Off mode
        2. 1.2.2. Creative Zone modes
          1. 1.2.2.1. Program AE mode
          2. 1.2.2.2. A-DEP mode
          3. 1.2.2.3. Aperture-priority AE mode
          4. 1.2.2.4. Shutter-priority AE mode
          5. 1.2.2.5. Manual mode
        3. 1.2.3. Select a drive mode
          1. 1.2.3.1. Single-shot mode
          2. 1.2.3.2. High-speed and Low-speed continuous modes
      3. 1.3. Metering Modes
        1. 1.3.1. Evaluative metering
        2. 1.3.2. Partial metering
        3. 1.3.3. Spot metering
        4. 1.3.4. Center-weighted average metering
      4. 1.4. Exposure Compensation
      5. 1.5. Auto Exposure Bracketing
      6. 1.6. AE Lock
      7. 1.7. Bulb Exposure
      8. 1.8. Evaluating Exposure
      9. 1.9. Autofocus Modes
      10. 1.10. Understanding AF Point Selection
      11. 1.11. Viewing and Image Playback
        1. 1.11.1. Single-image playback
        2. 1.11.2. Magnified view
        3. 1.11.3. Index display
        4. 1.11.4. Auto Playback
      12. 1.12. Erasing Images
      13. 1.13. Protecting Images
      14. 1.14. Using the Built-in Flash
        1. 1.14.1. Red-eye reduction
        2. 1.14.2. FE lock
        3. 1.14.3. Flash exposure compensation
      15. 1.15. Setting Custom Functions
    2. 2. Canon EOS 30D Setup
      1. 2.1. About the Battery and CF Card
      2. 2.2. When to Use the Main and Quick Control Dials
      3. 2.3. Choosing a Media Card
      4. 2.4. Using a CF Card
      5. 2.5. Setting the Date and Time
      6. 2.6. Choosing the File Format and Quality
        1. 2.6.1. JPEG format
        2. 2.6.2. RAW format
      7. 2.7. Setting File Numbering
      8. 2.8. Choosing a White Balance Option
        1. 2.8.1. Setting a custom white balance
        2. 2.8.2. Using white balance auto bracketing
        3. 2.8.3. White balance correction
      9. 2.9. About Picture Styles
        1. 2.9.1. Choosing Picture Styles
        2. 2.9.2. Customizing Picture Styles
        3. 2.9.3. Customizing Monochrome Picture Style
        4. 2.9.4. Creating a customized Picture Style
      10. 2.10. Choosing a Color Space
      11. 2.11. Setting ISO and Extended-Range ISO
  8. II. Exposure, Composition, Lighting, and Lenses
    1. 3. Reviewing the Elements of Exposure
      1. 3.1. The Four Elements of Exposure
        1. 3.1.1. The EOS 30D in the field
        2. 3.1.2. Sensitivity: The role of ISO
        3. 3.1.3. Intensity: The role of the aperture
          1. 3.1.3.1. Wide aperture
          2. 3.1.3.2. Narrow aperture
          3. 3.1.3.3. Choosing an aperture
      2. 3.2. What Is Depth of Field?
        1. 3.2.1. Shallow depth of field
        2. 3.2.2. Extensive depth of field
      3. 3.3. Time: The Role of Shutter Speed
      4. 3.4. Equivalent Exposures
      5. 3.5. Putting It All Together
    2. 4. Working with Light
      1. 4.1. Color Hues
      2. 4.2. The Colors of Light
        1. 4.2.1. Sunrise
        2. 4.2.2. Midday
        3. 4.2.3. Sunset
        4. 4.2.4. Diffused light
        5. 4.2.5. Electronic flash
        6. 4.2.6. Tungsten light
        7. 4.2.7. Fluorescent and other light
      3. 4.3. Metering Light
      4. 4.4. Additional Characteristics of Light
        1. 4.4.1. Hard/harsh light
        2. 4.4.2. Soft light
        3. 4.4.3. Directional light
    3. 5. Brush Up on Composition
      1. 5.1. Composition Basics
      2. 5.2. Understanding symmetry
        1. 5.2.1. Working with balance and tension
        2. 5.2.2. Knowing what lines convey
        3. 5.2.3. Filling the frame
        4. 5.2.4. Checking the background
        5. 5.2.5. Using the rule of thirds
      3. 5.3. Composing with Color
      4. 5.4. Controlling Focus and Depth of Field
      5. 5.5. Additional Composition Techniques
    4. 6. Selecting and Using Lenses
      1. 6.1. Understanding the Focal Length Multiplication Factor
      2. 6.2. Lens Choices
        1. 6.2.1. Wide angle
        2. 6.2.2. Normal
        3. 6.2.3. Telephoto
        4. 6.2.4. Macro
      3. 6.3. About Zoom Lenses
        1. 6.3.1. Zoom lens advantages
        2. 6.3.2. Zoom lens disadvantages
      4. 6.4. About Single Focal Length Lenses
        1. 6.4.1. Single-focal-length lens advantages
        2. 6.4.2. Single-focal-length lens disadvantages
      5. 6.5. Using Wide-Angle Lenses
      6. 6.6. Using Telephoto Lenses
      7. 6.7. Using Normal Lenses
      8. 6.8. Using Macro Lenses
      9. 6.9. Extending the Range of Any Lens
  9. III. Techniques for Great Photos
    1. 7. A World of Subjects
      1. 7.1. Action and Sports Photography
        1. 7.1.1. Inspiration
        2. 7.1.2. Taking action and sports photographs
        3. 7.1.3. Action and sports photography tips
      2. 7.2. Architectural and Interior Photography
        1. 7.2.1. Inspiration
        2. 7.2.2. Taking architectural and interior photographs
        3. 7.2.3. Architectural photography tips
      3. 7.3. Black-and-White Photography
        1. 7.3.1. Inspiration
        2. 7.3.2. Taking black-and-white photographs
        3. 7.3.3. Black-and-white photography tips
      4. 7.4. Business Photography
        1. 7.4.1. Inspiration
        2. 7.4.2. Taking business photographs
        3. 7.4.3. Business photography tips
      5. 7.5. Candid Photography
        1. 7.5.1. Inspiration
        2. 7.5.2. Taking candid photographs
        3. 7.5.3. Candid photography tips
      6. 7.6. Child Photography
        1. 7.6.1. Inspiration
        2. 7.6.2. Taking child photographs
        3. 7.6.3. Child photography tips
      7. 7.7. Commercial Assignment Photography
        1. 7.7.1. Inspiration
        2. 7.7.2. Taking commercial assignment photographs
        3. 7.7.3. Commercial assignment photography tips
      8. 7.8. Editorial Photography and Photojournalism
        1. 7.8.1. Inspiration
        2. 7.8.2. Taking editorial photographs and photojournalism photographs
        3. 7.8.3. Editorial photography and photojournalism photography tips
      9. 7.9. Environmental Portrait Photography
        1. 7.9.1. Inspiration
        2. 7.9.2. Taking environmental portrait photographs
        3. 7.9.3. Environmental portrait photography tips
      10. 7.10. Event Photography
        1. 7.10.1. Inspiration
        2. 7.10.2. Taking event photographs
        3. 7.10.3. Event photography tips
      11. 7.11. Fine-Art Photography
        1. 7.11.1. Inspiration
        2. 7.11.2. Taking fine-art photographs
        3. 7.11.3. Fine-art photography tips
      12. 7.12. Flower and Macro Photography
        1. 7.12.1. Inspiration
        2. 7.12.2. Taking flower and macro photographs
        3. 7.12.3. Flower and macro photography tips
      13. 7.13. Food Photography
        1. 7.13.1. Inspiration
        2. 7.13.2. Taking food photographs
        3. 7.13.3. Food photography tips
      14. 7.14. Landscape and Nature Photography
        1. 7.14.1. Inspiration
        2. 7.14.2. Taking landscape and nature photographs
        3. 7.14.3. Landscape and nature photography tips
      15. 7.15. Night, Evening, and Low-Light Photography
        1. 7.15.1. Inspiration
        2. 7.15.2. Taking night, evening, and low-light photographs
        3. 7.15.3. Night, evening, and low-light photography tips
      16. 7.16. Panoramic Photography
        1. 7.16.1. Inspiration
        2. 7.16.2. Taking panoramic photographs
        3. 7.16.3. Panoramic photography tips
      17. 7.17. Pet and Animal Photography
        1. 7.17.1. Inspiration
        2. 7.17.2. Taking pet and animal photographs
        3. 7.17.3. Pet and animal photography tips
      18. 7.18. Portrait Photography
        1. 7.18.1.
          1. 7.18.1.1. Lens choices
          2. 7.18.1.2. Backgrounds and props
          3. 7.18.1.3. Lighting
          4. 7.18.1.4. Flash
          5. 7.18.1.5. Posing
          6. 7.18.1.6. Clothing
          7. 7.18.1.7. Rapport
        2. 7.18.2. Inspiration
        3. 7.18.3. Taking portrait photographs
        4. 7.18.4. Portrait photography tips
      19. 7.19. Still-Life and Product Photography
        1. 7.19.1. Inspiration
        2. 7.19.2. Taking still-life and product photographs
        3. 7.19.3. Still-life and product photography tips
      20. 7.20. Stock Photography
        1. 7.20.1. Inspiration
        2. 7.20.2. Taking stock photographs
        3. 7.20.3. Stock photography tips
      21. 7.21. Street Photography
        1. 7.21.1. Inspiration
        2. 7.21.2. Taking street photographs
        3. 7.21.3. Street shooting tips
      22. 7.22. Sunset and Sunrise Photography
        1. 7.22.1. Inspiration
        2. 7.22.2. Taking sunset and sunrise photographs
        3. 7.22.3. Sunset and sunrise photography tips
      23. 7.23. Travel Photography
        1. 7.23.1. Inspiration
        2. 7.23.2. Taking travel photographs
        3. 7.23.3. Travel photography tips
      24. 7.24. Weather and Seasonal Photography
        1. 7.24.1.
          1. 7.24.1.1. Falling rain and snow
          2. 7.24.1.2. Fog
          3. 7.24.1.3. Snow
          4. 7.24.1.4. Stormy skies
        2. 7.24.2. Inspiration
        3. 7.24.3. Taking weather and seasonal photographs
        4. 7.24.4. Weather photography tips
      25. 7.25. Wedding Photography
        1. 7.25.1. Inspiration
        2. 7.25.2. Taking wedding photographs
        3. 7.25.3. Wedding photography tips
    2. 8. Downloading Images
      1. 8.1. Downloading with a USB Cable
      2. 8.2. Downloading with a Card Reader
      3. 8.3. Downloading with a PCMCIA Card
      4. 8.4. Shooting Tethered
      5. 8.5. Editing Images
      6. 8.6. Printing Images
        1. 8.6.1. Direct to printer
        2. 8.6.2. Digital print order format
    3. A. Working with RAW Images
      1. A.1. Characteristics of RAW Images
      2. A.2. Choosing a RAW Conversion Program
      3. A.3. Sample RAW Image Conversion
      4. A.4. Creating an Efficient Workflow
    4. B. Keep the 30D Up to Date
      1. B.1. Getting the Latest Firmware and Software
      2. B.2. Internet Resources
      3. B.3. Photography Publications and Web Sites
      4. B.4. Professional Resources
        1. B.4.1.
          1. B.4.1.1. Commercial
          2. B.4.1.2. Editorial/Photojournalism
          3. B.4.1.3. Fine Art
          4. B.4.1.4. General
          5. B.4.1.5. Nature and Wildlife
          6. B.4.1.6. Photoshop
          7. B.4.1.7. Portrait/Wedding
          8. B.4.1.8. Stock
          9. B.4.1.9. Workshops
  10. Glossary