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Canon EOS 40D Guide to Digital Photography

Book Description

As the new owner of Canon's most advanced intermediate digital SLR, you want to get started taking professional-looking photographs using all of the exciting features at your fingertips. "Canon EOS 40D Guide to Digital SLR Photography" is a concise introduction and guide to your camera's essential controls and functions, such as Live View, built-in dust reduction, and the blistering 6.5-frames-per-second continuous shooting mode that is an action photographer's dream. The book provides detailed instructions showing you how, when, and why to make optimized settings with the Canon EOS 40D's enhanced menus, which include a half-dozen versatile new custom functions. You'll learn about the camera's improved automatic focus, flash synchronization tricks, how to choose lenses that will provide the perspective and effects you want, and which exposure modes are ideal for each picture-taking opportunity. Packed with full-color images and examples that illustrate the recommended techniques and settings for your Canon EOS 40D, this book helps photographers of any skill level begin maximizing their equipment as soon as you open the cover!

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
    1. Dedication
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. About the Author
  4. Preface
  5. Introduction
    1. Why the Canon EOS 40D Needs Special Coverage
    2. Who Am I?
    3. Chapter Outline
  6. Shooting Your First Canon EOS 40D Picture
    1. First Things First
    2. Initial Setup
      1. Battery Included
      2. Final Steps
    3. Selecting a Shooting Mode
    4. Choosing a Metering Mode
    5. Choosing a Focus Mode
    6. Selecting a Focus Point
    7. Other Settings
      1. Adjusting White Balance and ISO
      2. Using the Self-Timer
    8. Reviewing the Images You’ve Taken
    9. Transferring Photos to Your Computer
  7. Canon EOS 40D Roadmap
    1. Canon EOS 40D: Full Frontal
    2. The Canon EOS 40D’s Business End
    3. Going Topside
    4. LCD Panel Readouts
    5. Lens Components
    6. Looking Inside the Viewfinder
    7. Underneath Your EOS 40D
  8. Setting Up Your Canon EOS 40D
    1. Anatomy of the EOS 40D’s Menus
    2. Shooting Menu 1/2 Options
      1. Quality Settings
      2. Red-Eye Reduction
      3. Beep
      4. Shoot without a Compact Flash Card Installed
      5. Review Time Out
      6. Automatic Exposure Bracketing
      7. White Balance
      8. Custom White Balance
      9. White Balance Shift and Bracketing
      10. Color Space
      11. Picture Styles
        1. Defining Picture Styles
      12. Dust Delete Data
    3. Playback Menu 1/2 Options
      1. Protect
      2. Rotate
      3. Erase Images
      4. Print Order
      5. Transfer Order
      6. Highlight Alert
      7. Autofocus Points Display
      8. Histogram
      9. Auto Play
    4. Set-up Menu 1/2/3 Options
      1. Auto Power Off
      2. File Numbering
      3. Auto Rotate
      4. Info. Button
      5. Format
      6. LCD Brightness
      7. Date/Time
      8. Language
      9. Video System
      10. Sensor Cleaning: Auto
      11. Live View Function Settings
      12. Flash Control
      13. Camera User Setting
      14. Clear All Camera Settings
      15. Firmware Version
    5. Custom Functions I/II/III/IV
      1. Custom Function I (C.Fn. I): Exposure
      2. Custom Function II (C.Fn. II): Image
      3. Custom Function III (C.Fn. III): Autofocus/Drive
        1. C.Fn III-01: How the Autofocus System Behaves when Autofocus Fails
        2. C.Fn III-02: Function of the AF Stop Button on Certain Canon Image Stabilized Lenses
        3. C.Fn III-03: Controller Used to Select Autofocus Points Manually
        4. C.Fn III-04: Whether the Autofocus Points Are Highlighted in the Viewfinder
        5. C.Fn III-05: Activation of the Autofocus Assist Lamp
        6. C.Fn III-06: AF During Live View Shooting
        7. C.Fn III-07: Whether It Is Possible to Lock Up the Viewing Mirror Prior to an Exposure
      4. Custom Function IV (C.Fn. IV): Operation/Others
      5. Clear All Custom Func (C. Fn) Settings
    6. My Menu
  9. Getting the Right Exposure
    1. Getting a Handle on Exposure
    2. How the EOS 40D 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. Advanced Shooting with Your Canon EOS 40D
    1. More Exposure Options
    2. A Tiny Slice of Time
      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
      1. Improved Cross-Type Focus Points
      2. Focus Modes
    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
    9. Working with Live View
      1. What You Can/Cannot Do with Live View
      2. Enabling Live View
      3. Activating Live View
      4. Manual Focusing
      5. Using Autofocus with Live View
      6. Using Simulated Exposure
      7. Silent Shooting
  11. 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. 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 II
      2. Speedlite 430EX
      3. Speedlite 220EX
    6. More Advanced Lighting Techniques
      1. Diffusing and Softening the Light
      2. Using Multiple Light Sources
      3. Other Lighting Accessories
  13. Downloading and Editing Your Images
    1. What’s in the Box?
      1. Picture Style Editor
      2. EOS Utility
      3. ZoomBrowser/ImageBrowser
      4. RAW Image Task
      5. PhotoStitch
      6. Digital Photo Professional
    2. Transferring Your Photos
      1. Direct-Direct Transfer/Indirect-Direct Transfer
      2. Using a Card Reader and Software
      3. Dragging and Dropping
    3. Editing Your Photos
      1. Image Editors
      2. RAW Utilities
      3. Photoshop CS3
  14. Canon EOS 40D: Troubleshooting and Prevention
    1. Update Your Firmware
      1. Official Firmware
      2. Upgrading Your Firmware
    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
  15. Upgrading to the Canon EOS 40D
    1. Is This Trip Really Necessary?
    2. Canon EOS 40D vs. EOS 30D...et al.
      1. All-New Features
      2. Physical Improvements
      3. Operational Enhancements
  16. Glossary