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Canon® EOS 7D Digital Field Guide

Book Description

No-fail formulas for getting great digital photos with the Canon EOS 7D

If you want to polish your photography skills, keep your camera bag stocked with the best equipment, like Canon's new EOS 7D camera and this practical, full-color Canon EOS 7D Digital Field Guide. Portable and packed with information, this handy guide helps you get the very most out of the EOS 7D's powerful new features. Discover professional shooting tricks, helpful composition advice, and invaluable tips on exposure, perspective, and more. The book also includes a grey and color checker card, so you can tweak your captured photos for optimal colorization.

  • From menu screens to composition, this book provides no-fail techniques for getting the most out of your Canon EOS 7D digital camera

  • Covers the camera's new features, including the 19-point autofocus, new metering system, integrated Speedlight Transmitter, 8-frames-per-second shooting ratio, and improved HD video capturing

  • Helps you take your photography skills to another level with photography tips and tricks from professional photographer and author Charlotte Lowrie

  • Teaches you photography essentials such as composition, exposure, perspective, and more

  • Includes a grey and color card checker and full instructions with the book

Take memorable photographs with your new Canon EOS 7D and the Canon EOS 7D Digital Field Guide!

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. About the Author
  3. Credits
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. Introduction
  6. 1. Roadmap to the 7D
    1. 1.1. Camera Controls Overview
      1. 1.1.1. Front of the camera
      2. 1.1.2. Top of the camera
      3. 1.1.3. Back of the camera
      4. 1.1.4. Side of the camera
      5. 1.1.5. Bottom of the camera
    2. 1.2. Lens Controls Overview
      1. 1.2.1. Viewfinder display
      2. 1.2.2. Camera menus
  7. 2. Camera Setup and Image Playback
    1. 2.1. Choosing Image Format and Quality
      1. 2.1.1. JPEG format
      2. 2.1.2. RAW capture
      3. 2.1.3. The best of both worlds: shooting RAW and JPEG
    2. 2.2. Working with Folders and File Numbering
      1. 2.2.1. Creating and selecting folders
      2. 2.2.2. Choosing a file numbering option
        1. 2.2.2.1. Continuous file numbering
        2. 2.2.2.2. Auto reset
        3. 2.2.2.3. Manual reset
    3. 2.3. Miscellaneous Setup Options
      1. 2.3.1. General setup options
      2. 2.3.2. Adding copyright information
    4. 2.4. Image Playback Options
      1. 2.4.1. Searching for images and moving through multiple images
      2. 2.4.2. Displaying images on a TV
    5. 2.5. Protecting and Erasing Images
      1. 2.5.1. Protecting images
      2. 2.5.2. Erasing images
  8. 3. Controlling Exposure and Focus
    1. 3.1. Working with Exposure
      1. 3.1.1. Defining exposure goals
      2. 3.1.2. Practical exposure considerations
    2. 3.2. Choosing a Shooting Mode
      1. 3.2.1. Semiautomatic, Manual, and Bulb shooting modes
        1. 3.2.1.1. Program AE (P) shooting mode
        2. 3.2.1.2. Shutter-priority AE (Tv) mode
        3. 3.2.1.3. Aperture-priority AE (Av) mode
        4. 3.2.1.4. Manual (M) mode
        5. 3.2.1.5. Bulb
        6. 3.2.1.6. C modes
      2. 3.2.2. Automatic shooting modes
        1. 3.2.2.1. Full Auto mode
        2. 3.2.2.2. Creative Auto mode
    3. 3.3. Setting the ISO Sensitivity
    4. 3.4. Metering Light and Modifying Exposure
      1. 3.4.1. Using metering modes
      2. 3.4.2. Evaluating exposures
        1. 3.4.2.1. Brightness histogram
        2. 3.4.2.2. RGB histogram
      3. 3.4.3. Modifying and bracketing exposures
        1. 3.4.3.1. Auto Lighting Optimizer
        2. 3.4.3.2. Highlight Tone Priority
        3. 3.4.3.3. Safety Shift
        4. 3.4.3.4. Auto Exposure Lock
        5. 3.4.3.5. Exposure Compensation
        6. 3.4.3.6. Auto Exposure Bracketing
    5. 3.5. Using the 7D Autofocus System
      1. 3.5.1. Choosing an autofocus mode
      2. 3.5.2. Choosing an AF area
    6. 3.6. Selecting a Drive Mode
  9. 4. Getting Great Color
    1. 4.1. Choosing a Color Space
    2. 4.2. Setting the White Balance
      1. 4.2.1. Setting a specific color temperature
      2. 4.2.2. Fine-tuning white balance
        1. 4.2.2.1. Using White Balance Auto Bracketing
        2. 4.2.2.2. Using White Balance Correction
    3. 4.3. Working with Picture Styles
      1. 4.3.1. Choosing and customizing Picture Styles
      2. 4.3.2. Registering a new Picture Style
      3. 4.3.3. Using the Picture Style Editor
  10. 5. Customizing the 7D
    1. 5.1. Exploring Custom Functions
      1. 5.1.1. Custom Function groupings
      2. 5.1.2. Custom Functions specifics
        1. 5.1.2.1. C.Fn I: Exposure
          1. 5.1.2.1.1. C.Fn I-1: Exposure-level increments
          2. 5.1.2.1.2. C.Fn I-2: ISO speed setting increments
          3. 5.1.2.1.3. C.Fn I-3: ISO expansion
          4. 5.1.2.1.4. C.Fn I-4: Bracketing auto cancel
          5. 5.1.2.1.5. C.Fn I-5: Bracketing sequence
          6. 5.1.2.1.6. C.Fn I-6: Safety shift
          7. 5.1.2.1.7. C.Fn I-7: Flash sync. speed in Av mode
        2. 5.1.2.2. C.Fn II: Image
          1. 5.1.2.2.1. C.Fn II-1: Long-exposure noise reduction
          2. 5.1.2.2.2. C.Fn II-2: High ISO speed noise reduction
          3. 5.1.2.2.3. C.Fn II-3: Highlight Tone Priority
        3. 5.1.2.3. C.Fn III: Autofocus/Drive
          1. 5.1.2.3.1. C.Fn III-1: AI Servo tracking sensitivity
          2. 5.1.2.3.2. C.Fn III-2: AI Servo 1st/2nd image priority
          3. 5.1.2.3.3. C.Fn III-3: AI Servo tracking method
          4. 5.1.2.3.4. C.Fn III-4: Lens drive when AF impossible
          5. 5.1.2.3.5. C.Fn III-5: AF Microadjustment
          6. 5.1.2.3.6. C.Fn III-6: Select AF area selection mode
          7. 5.1.2.3.7. C.Fn III-7: AF point selection pattern
          8. 5.1.2.3.8. C.Fn III-8: VF display illumination
          9. 5.1.2.3.9. C.Fn III-9: Display all AF points
          10. 5.1.2.3.10. C.Fn III-10: Focus display in AI SERVO/MF
          11. 5.1.2.3.11. C.Fn III-11: AF-assist beam firing
          12. 5.1.2.3.12. C.Fn III-12: Orientation linked AF point
          13. 5.1.2.3.13. C.Fn III-13: Mirror lockup
        4. 5.1.2.4. C.Fn IV: Operation/Others
          1. 5.1.2.4.1. C.Fn IV-1: Custom Controls
          2. 5.1.2.4.2. C.Fn IV-2: Dial direction during Tv/Av
          3. 5.1.2.4.3. C.Fn IV-3: Add image verification data
          4. 5.1.2.4.4. C.Fn IV-4: Add aspect ratio information
      3. 5.1.3. Setting Custom Functions
    2. 5.2. Registering Camera User Settings
    3. 5.3. Customizing My Menu
  11. 6. Shooting in Live View and Tethered
    1. 6.1. About Live View Shooting
      1. 6.1.1. Live View features and functions
        1. 6.1.1.1. Live View focus
        2. 6.1.1.2. Exposure simulation and metering
        3. 6.1.1.3. Silent shooting modes
        4. 6.1.1.4. Using a flash
      2. 6.1.2. Setting up for Live View Shooting
      3. 6.1.3. Working with Live View
      4. 6.1.4. Shooting in Live View
    2. 6.2. Shooting Tethered or with a Wireless Connection
  12. 7. Using Movie Mode
    1. 7.1. About Video
      1. 7.1.1. Video standards
      2. 7.1.2. Video on the 7D
    2. 7.2. Recording and Playing Back Videos
      1. 7.2.1. Setting up for movie recording
      2. 7.2.2. Recording movies
      3. 7.2.3. Playing back videos
  13. 8. Working with Flash and Studio Lights
    1. 8.1. Flash Technology and the 7D
    2. 8.2. Shooting with the Built-in Flash
      1. 8.2.1. Working with the built-in flash
        1. 8.2.1.1. Red-eye Reduction
      2. 8.2.2. Modifying Flash Exposure
        1. 8.2.2.1. Flash Exposure Compensation
        2. 8.2.2.2. Flash Exposure Lock
      3. 8.2.3. Setting Flash Control Options
      4. 8.2.4. Using the flash autofocus assist beam without firing the flash
    3. 8.3. Wireless Flash and Studio Lighting
      1. 8.3.1. Using multiple Speedlites wirelessly
      2. 8.3.2. Setting up wireless flashes
      3. 8.3.3. Exploring flash techniques
        1. 8.3.3.1. Bounce flash
        2. 8.3.3.2. Adding catchlights to the eyes
  14. 9. Lenses and Accessories
    1. 9.1. Evaluating Lens Choices for the 7D
      1. 9.1.1. Building a lens system
      2. 9.1.2. Understanding the focal-length multiplier
    2. 9.2. Types of Lenses
      1. 9.2.1. About zoom lenses
      2. 9.2.2. About prime lenses
    3. 9.3. Working with Different Types of Lenses
      1. 9.3.1. Using wide-angle lenses
      2. 9.3.2. Using telephoto lenses
      3. 9.3.3. Using normal lenses
      4. 9.3.4. Using macro lenses
      5. 9.3.5. Using tilt-and-shift lenses
      6. 9.3.6. Using Image Stabilized lenses
    4. 9.4. Calibrating and Fine-Tuning Lenses
      1. 9.4.1. Calibrating lenses for focus accuracy
      2. 9.4.2. Setting lens peripheral correction
    5. 9.5. Doing More with Lens Accessories
      1. 9.5.1. Lens extenders
      2. 9.5.2. Extension tubes and close-up lenses
    6. 9.6. Learning Lens Lingo and Technology
  15. 10. Event and Action Photography
    1. 10.1. Event and Action Photography
      1. 10.1.1. Packing the gear bag
      2. 10.1.2. Setting up the 7D for event and action shooting
    2. 10.2. Shooting Events and Actions
      1. 10.2.1. Exposure approaches and shooting techniques
      2. 10.2.2. Tips for capturing the moment
  16. 11. Nature and Landscape Photography
    1. 11.1. Nature and Landscape Photography
      1. 11.1.1. In the camera bag
      2. 11.1.2. Setting up the 7D for outdoor shooting
    2. 11.2. Approaches to Exposure
      1. 11.2.1. Basic exposure technique
      2. 11.2.2. Advanced exposure approach
      3. 11.2.3. Exposing nonaverage scenes
    3. 11.3. Shooting Landscape and Nature Images
  17. 12. People Photography
    1. 12.1. People Photography
      1. 12.1.1. Selecting gear
      2. 12.1.2. Setting up the 7D for portrait shooting
    2. 12.2. Making Natural-light Portraits
      1. 12.2.1. Outdoor portraits
      2. 12.2.2. Window light portraits
      3. 12.2.3. Exposure approaches
    3. 12.3. Making Studio Portraits
    4. 12.4. Keep It Simple
  18. A. Exploring RAW Capture
    1. A.1. Learning about RAW Capture
    2. A.2. Canon's RAW Conversion Program
    3. A.3. Sample RAW Image Conversion
  19. B. How to Use the Gray Card and Color Checker
    1. B.1. The Gray Card
    2. B.2. The Color Checker
  20. Glossary