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Canon EOS 6D: From Snapshots to Great Shots

Book Description

Now that you’ve bought the amazing Canon EOS 6D, you need a book that goes beyond a tour of the camera’s features to show you exactly how to use the camera to take great pictures. With Canon EOS 6D: From Snapshots to Great Shots, you get the perfect blend of photography instruction and camera reference that will take your images to the next level! Beautifully illustrated with large, vibrant photos, this book teaches you how to take control of your photography to get the image you want every time you pick up the camera.

Follow along with your friendly and knowledgeable guide, photographer and author Colby Brown, and you will:

  • Learn the top ten things you need to know about shooting with the 6D

  • Use the camera’s automatic modes to get better shots right away

  • Move on to the professional zone, where you have full control over the look and feel of your images

  • Master the photographic basics of composition, focus, depth of field, and much more

  • Learn all the best tricks and techniques for getting great action shots, landscapes, and portraits

  • Find out how to get great shots in low light

  • Learn how to shoot video with your 6D and start making movies on your own

  • Fully grasp all the concepts and techniques as you go, with assignments at the end of every chapter


  • And once you’ve got the shot, show it off! Join the book’s Flickr group, share your photos, and discuss how you use your 6D to get great shots at flickr.com/groups/canon6dfromsnapshotstogreatshots.

    Table of Contents

    1. Title Page
    2. Copyright Page
    3. Dedication
    4. Acknowledgments
    5. Contents
    6. Introduction
    7. 1. The 6D Top Ten List
      1. Ten Tips to Make Your Shooting More Productive Right Out of the Box
      2. Poring Over the Camera
      3. Poring Over the Camera
      4. 1. Charge Your Battery
      5. 2. Set Image Quality (RAW/JPEG)
      6. 3. Adjust Your Autofocus
      7. 4. Set Your White Balance
      8. 5. Set Your Color Space
      9. 6. Geo-tag Your Images
      10. 7. Enable Built-in Wi-Fi
      11. 8. Level Your Horizon
      12. 9. Use the Quick Control Menu
      13. 10. Review Your Images
      14. Chapter 1 Assignments
    8. 2. First Things First
      1. A Few Things to Know and Do Before You Begin Taking Pictures
      2. Poring Over the Picture
      3. Poring Over the Picture
      4. Choosing the Right Memory Card
      5. Formatting Your Memory Card
      6. Updating the 6D’s Firmware
      7. Lenses and Focal Lengths
      8. Understanding Exposure
      9. How Exposure Is Calculated
      10. Motion and Depth of Field
      11. Chapter 2 Assignments
    9. 3. Shooting Modes
      1. Using the Camera’s Mode Settings
      2. Poring Over the Picture
      3. Poring Over the Picture
      4. The Basic Zone
      5. Picture Styles
      6. The Scene Modes
      7. The Creative Zone
      8. Chapter 3 Assignments
    10. 4. Moving Target
      1. The Tricks to Shooting Sports and More
      2. Poring Over the Picture
      3. Poring Over the Picture
      4. Stop Right There!
      5. Using Shutter Priority (Tv) Mode to Stop Motion
      6. Using Aperture Priority (Av) Mode to Isolate Your Subject
      7. Setting Up Your Camera for Continuous Shooting and Autofocus
      8. Manual Focus for Anticipated Action
      9. Chapter 4 Assignments
    11. 5. Say Cheese
      1. Settings and Features to Make Great Portraits
      2. Poring Over the Picture
      3. Poring Over the Picture
      4. Using Aperture Priority Mode
      5. Metering Modes for Portraits
      6. Using the AE Lock Feature
      7. Focusing: The Eyes Have It
      8. The Rule of Thirds
      9. People in Motion
      10. Quick Tips for Shooting Better Portraits
      11. Chapter 5 Assignments
    12. 6. Landscape Photography
      1. Tips, Tools, and Techniques to Get the Most Out of Your Landscape Photography
      2. Poring Over the Picture
      3. Poring Over the Picture
      4. Sharp and In Focus: Using Tripods
      5. Camera Modes and Exposure
      6. Selecting the Proper ISO
      7. Using the Noise Reduction Features
      8. Selecting a White Balance
      9. The Golden Hours
      10. Making Water Look Silky
      11. Composing Landscape Images
      12. Advanced Techniques to Explore
      13. Chapter 6 Assignments
    13. 7. Mood Lighting
      1. Shooting When the Lights Get Low
      2. Poring Over the Picture
      3. Poring Over the Picture
      4. Raising the ISO: The Simple Solution
      5. Using Fast Glass
      6. Stabilizing the Situation
      7. Focusing in Low Light
      8. Shooting Long Exposures
      9. Using Flash
      10. Chapter 7 Assignments
    14. 8. Creative Compositions
      1. Improve Your Pictures with Sound Compositional Elements
      2. Poring Over the Picture
      3. Poring Over the Picture
      4. Depth of Field
      5. Isolating Your Subject
      6. Angles
      7. Point of View
      8. Patterns and Shapes
      9. Colors
      10. Abstracts
      11. Leading Lines
      12. Foreground Elements
      13. Scale
      14. It’s All About the Eyes
      15. Frames Within Frames
      16. The Elegance of Black and White
      17. Light
      18. Breaking All the Rules
      19. Chapter 8 Assignments
    15. 9. Lights, Camera, Action!
      1. Creating Movies with the Canon 6D
      2. Poring Over the Camera
      3. Getting Started
      4. Recording and Playback
      5. Exposure
      6. White Balance
      7. Picture Styles
      8. Composition
      9. Focusing
      10. Audio
      11. Tips for Shooting Video
      12. Chapter 9 Assignments
    16. 10. Advanced Techniques
      1. Take Your Images to the Next Level
      2. Poring Over the Picture
      3. Poring Over the Picture
      4. The My Menu Settings
      5. Using Your Histogram
      6. Mirror Lockup
      7. Using Live View for Manual Focusing
      8. Tethering to Your Mobile Device
      9. Avoiding Lens Flare
      10. Creative Techniques
      11. Conclusion
      12. Chapter 10 Assignments
    17. Index