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Canon EOS 70D: From Snapshots to Great Shots

Book Description

The successor to Canon's popular, now-three-year-old EOS 60D "prosumer" DSLR, the Canon 70D is a powerful camera intended for advanced amateurs to professionals who want to jump into photography with the control and capabilities of a DSLR–but without the high price. There's the manual, of course, as well as competing books, and while they all explain, often in 400+ pages, what the camera can do, none of them shows exactly how to use the camera to create great images!

This book has one goal: to teach Canon EOS 70D owners how to make great shots using their camera. Starting with the top ten things you need to know about the 70D–charging your battery, setting your ISO, reviewing your photos, and more–professional photographer and author Nicole S. Young then carefully guides you through the modes of the camera, offering practical advice on choosing your settings, expert shooting tips, and end-of-chapter "challenges" to get you up and running with your 70D.

The 70D is slated for availability in late September 2013. Features include:

- 20.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor
- ISO 100—12,800 (expandable to 25,600) for shooting from bright to dim light.
- A 19-point all cross-type autofocus system
- A 7 frames-per-second continuous shooting capability
- In-camera features like HDR, HDR Backlight Control, Multiple Exposure, Handheld Night Scene, and Creative Filters
- A 3-inch Clear View LCD monitor
- And much more!

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Dedication
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. Contents
  6. Introduction
  7. 1. The 70D 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 the Battery
    5. 2. Turn Off the Release Shutter Without Card Setting
    6. 3. Set Your RAW/JPEG Image Quality
    7. 4. Set Your ISO
    8. 5. Set the Correct White Balance
    9. 6. Set Your Color Space
    10. 7. Set Your Autofocus
    11. 8. Set Up Wi-Fi
    12. 9. Enable Highlight Alert
    13. 10. Review Your Photos
    14. Chapter 1 Assignments
  8. 2. First Things First
    1. A few things to know and do before you start taking pictures
    2. Poring Over the Picture
    3. Poring Over the Picture
    4. Choosing the Right Memory Card
    5. Formatting Your Memory Card
    6. Using the Right Format: RAW vs. JPEG
    7. Lenses and Focal Lengths
    8. Understanding Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO
    9. Motion and Depth of Field
    10. Chapter 2 Assignments
  9. 3. Camera Shooting Modes
    1. Using the camera’s mode settings
    2. Poring Over the Picture
    3. Poring Over the Picture
    4. The Basic Zone
    5. The Creative Zone
    6. The Custom Setting Mode
    7. How I Shoot: A Closer Look at the Camera Settings I Use
    8. Chapter 3 Assignments
  10. 4. 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. Lighting Is Everything
    6. Focusing: The Eyes Have It
    7. Composing People and Portraits
    8. Quick Tips for Shooting Better Portraits
    9. Chapter 4 Assignments
  11. 5. Landscape & Nature 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 and White Balance
    7. Balancing Your Image with the Electronic Level
    8. The Golden Hour
    9. Focusing Tips for Landscape Photography
    10. Making Water Look Silky
    11. Composing Landscape Images
    12. Advanced Techniques to Explore
    13. Chapter 5 Assignments
  12. 6. Moving Target
    1. Techniques and tricks with action photography
    2. Poring Over the Picture
    3. Stop Right There!
    4. Using Shutter Priority (Tv) Mode to Stop Motion
    5. Using Aperture Priority (Av) Mode to Isolate Your Subject
    6. Setting Up Your Camera for Continuous Shooting and Autofocus
    7. Manual Focus for Anticipated Action
    8. A Sense of Motion
    9. Tips for Shooting Action
    10. 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. Controlling the Minimum and Maximum ISO
    6. Using a Very High ISO
    7. Stabilizing the Situation
    8. Focusing in Low Light
    9. Shooting Long Exposures
    10. Using the Built-in Flash
    11. Compensating for the Flash Exposure
    12. Reducing Red-Eye
    13. Using Second Curtain Sync
    14. A Few Words about External Flashes
    15. Chapter 7 Assignments
  14. 8. Creative Compositions
    1. Improve your pictures with sound compositional elements
    2. Poring Over the Picture
    3. Depth of Field
    4. Backgrounds
    5. Angles
    6. Point of View
    7. Patterns, Textures, and Shapes
    8. Color
    9. Leading Lines
    10. Rule of Thirds
    11. Frames within Frames
    12. Chapter 8 Assignments
  15. 9. Lights, Camera, Action!
    1. Making movies with the Canon 70D
    2. Poring Over the Video Camera
    3. Getting Started
    4. Exposure Settings for Video
    5. Composition
    6. Focusing
    7. Audio
    8. Tips for Shooting Video
    9. Chapter 9 Assignments
  16. 10. Advanced Techniques
    1. Customizing your camera and your creativity
    2. Poring Over the Picture
    3. Using a Custom White Balance
    4. The My Menu Settings
    5. In-Camera Image Editing
    6. Picture Styles
    7. Let’s Get Creative
    8. Conclusion
    9. Chapter 10 Assignments
  17. Index