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Canon® EOS 40D Digital Field Guide

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In the Canon EOS 40D, speed and reliability meet superior image quality and affordability. With this handy guide, you?ll learn how to work with color spaces and white balance, use Live View, set up the 40D for your shooting style, set and evaluate exposure, and more. Get helpful tips and advice on using and modifying Picture Styles, creating customized settings for the subjects you shoot most often, and working with natural light. Just picture the amazing photos you?ll take with your Canon EOS 40D!

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. About the Author
  3. Credits
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. Introduction
    1. Getting the Most from This Book
  6. I. Using the Canon EOS 40D
    1. 1. Exploring the Canon EOS 40D
      1. 1.1. Anatomy of the EOS 40D
        1. 1.1.1. Camera controls
          1. 1.1.1.1. Top camera controls
          2. 1.1.1.2. Rear camera controls
          3. 1.1.1.3. Front camera controls
          4. 1.1.1.4. Camera terminals
          5. 1.1.1.5. Side and bottom camera features
        2. 1.1.2. Lens controls
        3. 1.1.3. Viewfinder display
        4. 1.1.4. Camera menus
      2. 1.2. Setting the Date and Time
      3. 1.3. Choose the File Format and Quality
        1. 1.3.1. RAW versus JPEG format
          1. 1.3.1.1. JPEG capture
          2. 1.3.1.2. RAW capture
          3. 1.3.1.3. sRAW capture
      4. 1.4. Setting File Numbering
        1. 1.4.1. Continuous numbering
        2. 1.4.2. Auto Reset
        3. 1.4.3. Manual Reset
      5. 1.5. Shooting Modes
        1. 1.5.1. Basic Zone modes
          1. 1.5.1.1. Full Auto mode
          2. 1.5.1.2. Portrait mode
          3. 1.5.1.3. Landscape mode
          4. 1.5.1.4. Close-up mode
          5. 1.5.1.5. Sports mode
          6. 1.5.1.6. Night Portrait mode
          7. 1.5.1.7. Flash Off mode
        2. 1.5.2. Creative Zone modes
          1. 1.5.2.1. Program AE
          2. 1.5.2.2. Shutter-Priority AE
          3. 1.5.2.3. Aperture-Priority AE
          4. 1.5.2.4. Manual mode
          5. 1.5.2.5. Bulb
    2. 2. Working with the Canon EOS 40D
      1. 2.1. Understanding and Using Autofocus
        1. 2.1.1. About autofocus points and autofocus modes
        2. 2.1.2. Does focus-lock and recompose work?
        3. 2.1.3. Selecting AF points
        4. 2.1.4. Verifying sharp focus
      2. 2.2. Selecting a Metering Mode
      3. 2.3. Evaluating Exposure
        1. 2.3.1. Brightness histogram
        2. 2.3.2. RGB histogram
      4. 2.4. Modifying Exposure
        1. 2.4.1. Automated Brightness and Contrast Correction
        2. 2.4.2. Highlight Tone Priority
        3. 2.4.3. Auto Exposure Lock
        4. 2.4.4. Auto Exposure Bracketing
        5. 2.4.5. Exposure Compensation
      5. 2.5. About ISO settings
        1. 2.5.1. ISO Range, Expansion, and C.Fn options
        2. 2.5.2. Setting the ISO and extended range ISO
      6. 2.6. Selecting a Drive Mode
      7. 2.7. Viewing and Playing Back Images
        1. 2.7.1. Single-Image playback and Magnified view
        2. 2.7.2. Index display
        3. 2.7.3. Jump quickly among images
      8. 2.8. Erasing Images
      9. 2.9. Protecting Images
      10. 2.10. Displaying Images on a TV
      11. 2.11. Restoring the Camera's Default Settings
      12. 2.12. Cleaning the Image Sensor
        1. 2.12.1. Obtaining Dust Delete Data
        2. 2.12.2. Applying Dust Delete Data
        3. 2.12.3. Cleaning the sensor manually
    3. 3. Color and Picture Styles
      1. 3.1. About Color Spaces
      2. 3.2. Choosing a Color Space
      3. 3.3. Choosing White Balance Options
        1. 3.3.1. Approaches to using various White Balance options
        2. 3.3.2. Set a custom white balance
        3. 3.3.3. Use White Balance Auto Bracketing
        4. 3.3.4. Set a White Balance Shift
        5. 3.3.5. Specify a color temperature
      4. 3.4. Choosing and Customizing a Picture Style
      5. 3.5. Registering a User Defined Picture Style
      6. 3.6. Using the Picture Style Editor
    4. 4. Customizing the EOS 40D
      1. 4.1. Learning about Custom Functions
        1. 4.1.1. Custom Function groupings
        2. 4.1.2. Custom Functions specifics
          1. 4.1.2.1. C.Fn I: Exposure
          2. 4.1.2.2. C.Fn II: Image
          3. 4.1.2.3. C.Fn III: Autofocus/Drive
          4. 4.1.2.4. C.Fn IV: Operation/Others
        3. 4.1.3. Setting Custom Functions
        4. 4.1.4. Creating Custom Function sets
          1. 4.1.4.1. Wedding set
          2. 4.1.4.2. Landscape and Nature set
      2. 4.2. Registering Camera User Settings
      3. 4.3. Customizing My Menu
    5. 5. Using Live View Shooting
      1. 5.1. About Live View Shooting
      2. 5.2. Live View Features and Functions
        1. 5.2.1. Live View using autofocusing
        2. 5.2.2. Exposure simulation and metering
        3. 5.2.3. Using a flash
      3. 5.3. Setting up for Live View Shooting
        1. 5.3.1. Live View function settings
        2. 5.3.2. Custom Functions for Live View shooting
          1. 5.3.2.1. Custom Function III-6
          2. 5.3.2.2. Custom Function IV-7
      4. 5.4. Shooting in Live View
        1. 5.4.1. Using autofocus or manual focus
        2. 5.4.2. Using tethered or wireless connection
  7. II. Getting the Most from the Canon EOS 40D
    1. 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. Zoom Versus Prime Lenses
        1. 6.3.1. About zoom lenses
          1. 6.3.1.1. Zoom lens advantages
          2. 6.3.1.2. Zoom lens disadvantages
        2. 6.3.2. About prime lenses
          1. 6.3.2.1. Prime lens advantages
          2. 6.3.2.2. Prime lens disadvantages
      4. 6.4. Canon Lens Terminology
      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. Using Tilt-and-Shift Lenses
      10. 6.10. Using Image Stabilized Lenses
      11. 6.11. Exploring Lens Accessories
        1. 6.11.1. Lens extenders
        2. 6.11.2. Extension tubes and close-up lenses
    2. 7. Working with Light
      1. 7.1. Understanding Color Temperature
      2. 7.2. The Colors of Light
        1. 7.2.1.
          1. 7.2.1.1. Sunrise
          2. 7.2.1.2. Midday
          3. 7.2.1.3. Sunset
          4. 7.2.1.4. Diffused light
          5. 7.2.1.5. Electronic flash
          6. 7.2.1.6. Tungsten light
          7. 7.2.1.7. Fluorescent and other light
      3. 7.3. Metering Light and Reflected Light
      4. 7.4. Additional Characteristics of Light
        1. 7.4.1. Hard light
        2. 7.4.2. Soft light
        3. 7.4.3. Directional light
    3. 8. Using Flash
      1. 8.1. Exploring Flash Technology
      2. 8.2. Using Onboard Flash
        1. 8.2.1. Disabling the flash but enabling the flash's autofocus assist beam
        2. 8.2.2. Red-eye reduction
      3. 8.3. Modifying Flash Exposure
        1. 8.3.1. Flash Exposure Compensation
        2. 8.3.2. Flash Exposure Lock
      4. 8.4. Using Flash Control Options
      5. 8.5. Using One or More Accessory Speedlites
    4. 9. In the Field with the EOS 40D
      1. 9.1. Action and Sports Photography
        1. 9.1.1. Inspiration
        2. 9.1.2. Taking action and sports photographs
        3. 9.1.3. Action and sports photography tips
      2. 9.2. Architectural and Interior Photography
        1. 9.2.1. Inspiration
        2. 9.2.2. Taking architectural and interior photographs
        3. 9.2.3. Architectural photography tips
      3. 9.3. Business Photography
        1. 9.3.1. Inspiration
        2. 9.3.2. Taking business photographs
        3. 9.3.3. Business photography tips
      4. 9.4. Editorial Photography
        1. 9.4.1. Inspiration
        2. 9.4.2. Taking editorial photographs
        3. 9.4.3. Editorial photography tips
      5. 9.5. Macro Photography
        1. 9.5.1. Inspiration
        2. 9.5.2. Taking macro photographs
        3. 9.5.3. Macro photography tips
      6. 9.6. Nature and Landscape Photography
        1. 9.6.1. Inspiration
        2. 9.6.2. Taking nature and landscape photographs
        3. 9.6.3. Nature and landscape photography tips
      7. 9.7. Night and Low-Light Photography
        1. 9.7.1. Inspiration
        2. 9.7.2. Taking night and low-light photographs
        3. 9.7.3. Night and low-light photography tips
      8. 9.8. Pet and Wildlife Photography
        1. 9.8.1. Inspiration
        2. 9.8.2. Taking pet and wildlife photographs
        3. 9.8.3. Pet and wildlife photography tips
      9. 9.9. Portrait Photography
        1. 9.9.1. Lens choices
        2. 9.9.2. Backgrounds and props
        3. 9.9.3. Lighting
        4. 9.9.4. Accessory flash
        5. 9.9.5. Posing
        6. 9.9.6. Rapport
        7. 9.9.7. Direction
        8. 9.9.8. Inspiration
        9. 9.9.9. Taking portrait photographs
        10. 9.9.10. Portrait photography tips
      10. 9.10. Stock Photography
        1. 9.10.1. Inspiration
        2. 9.10.2. Taking stock photographs
        3. 9.10.3. Stock photography tips
      11. 9.11. Travel Photography
        1. 9.11.1. Inspiration
        2. 9.11.2. Taking travel photographs
        3. 9.11.3. Travel photography tips
      12. 9.12. Wedding Photography
        1. 9.12.1. Inspiration
        2. 9.12.2. Taking wedding photographs
        3. 9.12.3. Wedding photography tips
  8. III. Completing the Picture
    1. 10. Working with RAW Capture and Updating Firmware
      1. 10.1. Characteristics of RAW Images
      2. 10.2. Choosing a RAW Conversion Program
      3. 10.3. Sample RAW Image Conversion
      4. 10.4. Creating an Efficient Workflow
      5. 10.5. Updating the 40D Firmware
        1. 10.5.1. Getting the latest firmware and software
    2. A. Image Sensors and the Canon DIGIC Processor
      1. A.1. Sensor Technology
      2. A.2. DIGIC III Image Processor
    3. B. EOS 40D Specifications
      1. B.1.
        1. B.1.1.
          1. B.1.1.1. Type of camera
          2. B.1.1.2. Image sensor
          3. B.1.1.3. Recording system
          4. B.1.1.4. White balance
          5. B.1.1.5. Viewfinder
          6. B.1.1.6. Autofocus
          7. B.1.1.7. Exposure control
          8. B.1.1.8. Shutter
          9. B.1.1.9. Built-in flash
          10. B.1.1.10. Drive system
          11. B.1.1.11. LCD monitor
          12. B.1.1.12. Playback
          13. B.1.1.13. Image protection and erase
          14. B.1.1.14. Menus
          15. B.1.1.15. Power source
          16. B.1.1.16. Dimensions and weight
          17. B.1.1.17. Operating conditions
    4. C. Professional Resources
      1. C.1. Internet Resources
        1. C.1.1.
          1. C.1.1.1.
            1. C.1.1.1.1. Canon Digital Learning Center
            2. C.1.1.1.2. Canon
            3. C.1.1.1.3. EOS SLR
            4. C.1.1.1.4. Firmware
            5. C.1.1.1.5. Accessories
            6. C.1.1.1.6. Lenses
      2. C.2. Photography Publications and Web Sites
      3. C.3. Professional Organizations
        1. C.3.1.
          1. C.3.1.1. Commercial
          2. C.3.1.2. Editorial/Photojournalism
          3. C.3.1.3. Fine art
          4. C.3.1.4. General
          5. C.3.1.5. Nature and wildlife
          6. C.3.1.6. Photoshop
          7. C.3.1.7. Portrait/Wedding
          8. C.3.1.8. Stock
          9. C.3.1.9. Workshops
  9. Glossary