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Canon® EOS 30D Guide to Digital SLR Photography

Book Description

If you own a digital SLR camera, then you're serious about photography. As an avid photographer, you owe it to yourself to make the most out of your cutting-edge equipment. Somewhere between the tedious user manual full of technical garble and the generic how to digital photography books is the ideal guide to your EOS 30D. Welcome to that guide! Canon EOS 30D Guide to Digital SLR Photography provides you with a concise introduction to the most important features specific to your EOS 30D, explaining not only how to use them but also why and when. Filled with full-color images to illustrate results in various settings, this book also helps you enhance your digital photography skills with techniques specific to the EOS 30D.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
    1. Dedication
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. About the Author
  4. Preface
  5. Introduction
    1. Why the Canon EOS 30D Needs Special Coverage
    2. Who Am I?
    3. Chapter Outline
  6. 1. Shooting Your First Canon EOS 30D Picture
    1. Getting Ready to Shoot
    2. Selecting a Shooting Mode
    3. Choosing a Metering Mode
    4. Choosing a Focus Mode
    5. Selecting a Focus Point
    6. Other Settings
      1. Adjusting White Balance and ISO
      2. Using the Self-Timer
    7. Reviewing the Images You’ve Taken
    8. Transferring Photos to Your Computer
  7. 2. Canon EOS 30D Roadmap
    1. The Canon EOS 30D’s Public Face
    2. The Canon EOS 30D’s Business End
    3. Going Topside
    4. LCD Panel Readouts
    5. Lens Components
    6. Looking Inside the Viewfinder
    7. Underneath Your EOS 30D
  8. 3. Setting Up Your Canon EOS 30D
    1. Anatomy of the EOS 30D’s Menus
    2. Shooting Menu Options
      1. Quality Settings
        1. JPEG vs. RAW
      2. Red-Eye Reduction
      3. Beep
      4. Shoot Without Card
      5. Automatic Exposure Bracketing
      6. White Balance Shift and Bracketing
      7. Custom White Balance
      8. Color Temperature
      9. Color Space
      10. Picture Style
        1. Defining Picture Styles
    3. Playback Menu Options
      1. Protect
      2. Rotate
      3. Print Order
      4. Transfer Order
      5. Auto Play
      6. Review Time
      7. AF Points
      8. Histogram
    4. Set-up Menu Options
      1. Auto Power Off
      2. Auto Rotate
      3. LCD Brightness
      4. Date/Time
      5. File Numbering
      6. Language
      7. Video System
      8. Communication
      9. Format
      10. Custom Functions
        1. C.Fn-01: Using the Set Button as a Function Key
        2. C.Fn-02: Reducing Noise Effects at Shutter Speeds of One Second or Longer
        3. C.Fn-03: Flash Synchronization Speed when Using Aperture Priority
        4. C.Fn-04: What Happens when You Partially Depress the Shutter Release/Press the AE-Lock Button
        5. C.Fn-05: Activation of the Autofocus Assist Lamp
        6. C.Fn-06: Exposure Adjustment Increments
        7. C.Fn-07: Disabling the Built-in and External Flash Units
        8. C.Fn-08: Whether ISO 3200 Is Available or Disabled
        9. C.Fn-09: Order in Which Bracketing Changes Are Applied, and Whether Bracketing Is Cancelled Automatically
        10. C.Fn-10: Whether the Autofocus Points Are Highlighted in the Viewfinder
        11. C.Fn-11: Which Menu Entry Is Highlighted when You Press the Menu Button
        12. C.Fn-12: Whether It Is Possible to Lock Up the Viewing Mirror Prior to an Exposure
        13. C.Fn-13: Controller Used to Select Autofocus Points Manually
        14. C.Fn-14: Changing Flash Metering Mode from Evaluative to Averaging
        15. C.Fn-15: When the Flash Is Fired During an Exposure
        16. C.Fn-16: Overriding Your Preference in Aperture Priority or Shutter Priority Mode
        17. C.Fn-17: When Enlarged Views Are Available on the LCD
        18. C.Fn-18: Function of the AF Stop Button on Certain Canon Image Stabilized Lenses
        19. C.Fn-19: Activating Data Verification Feature
      11. Clear Settings
      12. Sensor Cleaning
      13. Firmware Version
  9. 4. Getting the Right Exposure
    1. Getting a Handle on Exposure
    2. How the EOS 30D Calculates Exposure
    3. Choosing a Metering Method
    4. Choosing a Creative Zone Exposure Method
      1. A-DEP
      2. Aperture Priority
      3. Shutter Priority
      4. Program Mode
      5. Manual Exposure
    5. Selecting an Autofocus/Exposure Zone Manually
    6. Adjusting Exposure with ISO Settings
    7. Bracketing
      1. Fine-Tuning Exposure Bracketing
    8. Dealing with Noise
    9. Fixing Exposures with Histograms
    10. Basic Zone Modes
  10. 5. Advanced Shooting with Your Canon EOS 30D
    1. More Exposure Options
    2. Very Short Exposures
      1. Working with Short Exposures
    3. Long Exposures
      1. Three Ways to Take Long Exposures
      2. Working with Long Exposures
    4. Delayed Exposures
      1. Self-Timer
      2. Remote Control
      3. Time-Lapse/Interval Photography
    5. Getting into Focus
    6. Focus Pocus
      1. Adding Circles of Confusion
      2. Making Sense of Sensors
      3. Your Autofocus Mode Options
        1. One Shot AF
        2. AI Servo AF
        3. AI Focus AF
      4. Setting AF Point
    7. Continuous Shooting
    8. Setting Image Parameters
      1. Customizing White Balance
      2. Image Parameters in Picture Styles
  11. 6. Working with Lenses
    1. But First, a Word from Our Sensor
    2. Your First Lens
      1. Buy Now, Expand Later
    3. What Lenses Can You Use?
      1. EF vs. EF-S
    4. Ingredients of Canon’s Alphanumeric Soup
    5. Your Second (and Third...) Lens
      1. What Lenses Can Do for You
      2. Zoom or Prime?
    6. Categories of Lenses
    7. Using Wide-Angle and Wide-Zoom Lenses
      1. Avoiding Potential Wide-Angle Problems
    8. Using Telephoto and Tele-Zoom Lenses
      1. Avoiding Telephoto Lens Problems
      2. Telephotos and Bokeh
    9. Add-ons and Special Features
      1. Lens Hoods
      2. Telephoto Extenders
      3. Macro Focusing
      4. Image Stabilization
  12. 7. Working with Light
    1. Continuous Illumination versus Electronic Flash
    2. Continuous Lighting Basics
      1. Daylight
      2. Incandescent/Tungsten Light
      3. Fluorescent Light/Other Light Sources
      4. Adjusting White Balance
    3. Electronic Flash Basics
      1. How Electronic Flash Works
        1. Ghost Images
        2. Exception to the Sync Rule
        3. Determining Exposure
        4. Guide Numbers
    4. Using the Built-In Flash
      1. Basic Zone Flash
      2. Creative Zone Flash
      3. Using FE Lock and Flash Exposure Compensation
    5. Using External Electronic Flash
      1. Speedlite 580EX
      2. Speedlite 430EX
      3. Speedlite 220EX
    6. More Advanced Lighting Techniques
      1. Diffusing and Softening the Light
      2. Using Multiple Light Sources
        1. Basic Flash Setups
        2. Studio Flash
        3. Connecting Multiple Units to Your Canon EOS 30D
      3. Other Lighting Accessories
        1. Soft Boxes
        2. Light Stands
        3. Backgrounds
        4. Snoots and Barn Doors
  13. 8. Downloading and Editing Your Images
    1. What’s in the Box?
      1. EOS Utility
      2. ZoomBrowser/ImageBrowser
      3. RAW Image Task
      4. PhotoStitch
      5. Digital Photo Professional
    2. Transferring Your Photos
      1. Direct-Direct Transfer/Indirect-Direct Transfer
        1. Direct-Direct Transfer
        2. Indirect-Direct Transfer
      2. Using a Card Reader and Software
      3. Dragging and Dropping
    3. Editing Your Photos
      1. Image Editors
      2. RAW Utilities
        1. EOS Utility/Digital Photo Professional
        2. IrfanView
        3. Phase One Capture One Pro (C1 Pro)
        4. Bibble Pro
        5. BreezeBrowser
      3. Photoshop CS 2
  14. 9. Canon EOS 30D: Troubleshooting and Prevention
    1. Update Your Firmware
      1. Official Firmware
      2. Upgrading Your Firmware
        1. Using Direct Camera USB Link to Copy the Software
    2. Protect Your LCD
    3. Troubleshooting Memory Cards
      1. All Your Eggs in One Basket?
      2. What Can Go Wrong?
      3. What Can You Do?
    4. Replacing Your Clock Battery
    5. Clean Your Sensor
      1. Dust the FAQs, Ma’am.
      2. Identifying and Dealing with Dust
      3. Avoiding Dust
      4. Sensor Cleaning
        1. Placing the Shutter in the Locked and Fully Upright Position for Landing
        2. Air Cleaning
        3. Brush Cleaning
        4. Liquid Cleaning
        5. Tape Cleaning
  15. Glossary