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Canon® EOS Digital Rebel XTi/400D Digital Field Guide

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This full-color book is designed to tap the exploding market in serious digital photography with over 250 pages of new and beautiful photos, essential photography how-to information and no-fail formulas for getting great digital pictures with the newly announced Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi/400D. It goes above and beyond competitive digital SLR books with step-by-step techniques that cover exposure, composition, and professional shooting tips on perspective, impact, and more. Charlotte K. Lowrie, author of two previous Digital Field Guides (see below), is an acclaimed photographer who was managing editor of editorial content for MSN Photos and now writes online instructional content for Canon.

Charlotte K. Lowrie (Woodinville, WA) is a freelance editorial and stock photographer and an award-winning writer. Her work has appeared in Popular Photography & Imaging and PHOTOgraphic magazines, and she is the author of the bestselling Canon EOS Digital Rebel Digital Field Guide as well as Adobe Camera Raw Studio Skills, the Canon EOS 30D Digital Field Guide, and Teach Yourself Visually Digital Photography, Second Edition, all from Wiley. Charlotte also teaches photography classes through BetterPhoto.com.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. About the Author
  3. Credits
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. Introduction
    1. It's All About Having Fun
    2. Getting the Most from This Book
  6. Quick Tour
    1. Taking Your First Pictures
    2. Setting Up the Digital Rebel XTi/400D
      1. Set the date and time
      2. Set the image recording quality
      3. Set the ISO
      4. Set the white balance
    3. Basic Zone Shooting
    4. Creative Zone Shooting
    5. Setting the Autofocus Point
    6. Setting the Drive Mode
    7. Setting the Metering Mode
    8. Transferring Images to the Computer
  7. I. Using the Digital Rebel XTi/400D
    1. 1. Exploring and Setting Up the Digital Rebel XTi/400D
      1. 1.1. Camera and Lens Controls
      2. 1.2. Rear Camera Controls
      3. 1.3. The LCD
      4. 1.4. Viewfinder Display
      5. 1.5. Setting Up the Digital Rebel XTi/400D
      6. 1.6. About Media Cards
      7. 1.7. Setting the Date and Time
      8. 1.8. Choosing the File Format and Quality
        1. 1.8.1. JPEG format
        2. 1.8.2. RAW format
      9. 1.9. Choosing a White-Balance Option
        1. 1.9.1. Cover your white-balance bases
        2. 1.9.2. Mixed light? No problem
      10. 1.10. Choosing a Picture Style
      11. 1.11. Setting Monochrome Filter and Toning Effects
      12. 1.12. Changing File Numbering
    2. 2. Using Your Digital Rebel XTi/400D
      1. 2.1. Mode Dial
        1. 2.1.1. Basic Zone modes
          1. 2.1.1.1. Full Auto mode
          2. 2.1.1.2. Portrait mode
          3. 2.1.1.3. Landscape mode
          4. 2.1.1.4. Close-up mode
          5. 2.1.1.5. Sports mode
          6. 2.1.1.6. Night Portrait mode
          7. 2.1.1.7. Flash-off mode
        2. 2.1.2. Creative Zone modes
          1. 2.1.2.1. P mode
          2. 2.1.2.2. A-DEP mode
          3. 2.1.2.3. Av mode
          4. 2.1.2.4. Tv mode
          5. 2.1.2.5. M mode
      2. 2.2. Metering Modes
        1. 2.2.1. Evaluative metering
        2. 2.2.2. Center-weighted Average metering
        3. 2.2.3. Partial metering
      3. 2.3. Exposure Compensation
      4. 2.4. Auto Exposure Bracketing
      5. 2.5. AE Lock
      6. 2.6. Evaluating Exposure
      7. 2.7. Focus and Autofocus Modes
      8. 2.8. Understanding Autofocus Point Selection
      9. 2.9. Using Drive Modes
        1. 2.9.1. Single-shot mode
        2. 2.9.2. Continuous mode
      10. 2.10. Viewing and Playing Back Images
        1. 2.10.1. Single-image playback
        2. 2.10.2. Index Display
        3. 2.10.3. Auto Playback
        4. 2.10.4. The DISP button
      11. 2.11. Erasing Images
      12. 2.12. Protecting Images
      13. 2.13. Using a Flash
        1. 2.13.1. Red-eye reduction
        2. 2.13.2. FE lock
      14. 2.14. Using the EOS Integrated Cleaning System
        1. 2.14.1. Automatic sensor cleaning
        2. 2.14.2. Obtaining Dust Delete Data
        3. 2.14.3. Applying Dust Delete Data
  8. II. Creating Great Photos with the Digital Rebel XTi/400D
    1. 3. Photography Basics
      1. 3.1. The Four Elements of Exposure
      2. 3.2. Sensitivity: The Role of ISO
      3. 3.3. Intensity: The Role of the Aperture
        1. 3.3.1. Wide aperture
        2. 3.3.2. Narrow aperture
        3. 3.3.3. Aperture in Basic Zone modes
        4. 3.3.4. Aperture in Creative Zone modes
        5. 3.3.5. Choosing an aperture
      4. 3.4. What is Depth of Field?
        1. 3.4.1. Shallow depth of field
        2. 3.4.2. Extensive depth of field
      5. 3.5. Time: The Role of Shutter Speed
      6. 3.6. Equivalent Exposures
      7. 3.7. Putting It All Together
    2. 4. Let There Be Light
      1. 4.1. Color Hues
      2. 4.2. The Colors of Light
        1. 4.2.1. Sunrise
        2. 4.2.2. Midday
        3. 4.2.3. Sunset
        4. 4.2.4. Diffused light
        5. 4.2.5. Electronic flash
        6. 4.2.6. Tungsten light
        7. 4.2.7. Fluorescent and other light
      3. 4.3. Metering Light
      4. 4.4. Additional Characteristics of Light
        1. 4.4.1. Hard/harsh light
        2. 4.4.2. Soft light
        3. 4.4.3. Directional light
    3. 5. The Art and Science of Lenses
      1. 5.1. Lens Choices
        1. 5.1.1. Wide angle
        2. 5.1.2. Normal
        3. 5.1.3. Telephoto
        4. 5.1.4. Macro
      2. 5.2. Understanding Zoom and Single-Focal-Length Lenses
        1. 5.2.1. Zoom lens advantages
        2. 5.2.2. Zoom lens disadvantages
        3. 5.2.3. Single-focal-length lens advantages
        4. 5.2.4. Single-focal-length lens disadvantages
      3. 5.3. Understanding the Focal-Length Multiplication Factor
      4. 5.4. Using Wide-Angle Lenses
      5. 5.5. Using Normal Lenses
      6. 5.6. Using Telephoto Lenses
      7. 5.7. Using Macro Lenses
      8. 5.8. Extending the Range of Any L-Series Lens
    4. 6. Composition Basics
      1. 6.1. Understanding Composition
      2. 6.2. Using the Rule of Thirds
      3. 6.3. Symmetry
        1. 6.3.1. Is symmetry good or bad?
          1. 6.3.1.1. Create a sense of balance
          2. 6.3.1.2. Tone
          3. 6.3.1.3. Direction
        2. 6.3.2. What lines convey
        3. 6.3.3. Fill the frame
        4. 6.3.4. Check the background
        5. 6.3.5. Frame the subject
      4. 6.4. Composing with Color
      5. 6.5. Controlling the Focus and Depth of Field
      6. 6.6. Defining Space and Perspective
    5. 7. Techniques for Great Photos
      1. 7.1. Privacy Notes
      2. 7.2. Architectural Photography
        1. 7.2.1. Inspiration
        2. 7.2.2. Taking architectural and interior photographs
        3. 7.2.3. Architectural photography tips
      3. 7.3. Action and Sports Photography
        1. 7.3.1. Inspiration
        2. 7.3.2. Taking action and sports photographs
        3. 7.3.3. Action and sports photography tips
      4. 7.4. Black-and-White Photography
        1. 7.4.1. Inspiration
        2. 7.4.2. Taking black-and-white photographs
        3. 7.4.3. Black-and-white photography tips
      5. 7.5. Business Photography
        1. 7.5.1. Inspiration
        2. 7.5.2. Taking business photographs
        3. 7.5.3. Business photography tips
      6. 7.6. Candid Photography
        1. 7.6.1. Inspiration
        2. 7.6.2. Taking candid photographs
        3. 7.6.3. Candid photography tips
      7. 7.7. Child Photography
        1. 7.7.1. Inspiration
        2. 7.7.2. Taking child photographs
        3. 7.7.3. Child photography tips
      8. 7.8. Environmental Portrait Photography
        1. 7.8.1. Inspiration
        2. 7.8.2. Taking environmental portrait photographs
        3. 7.8.3. Environmental portrait photography tips
      9. 7.9. Event Photography
        1. 7.9.1. Inspiration
        2. 7.9.2. Taking event photographs
        3. 7.9.3. Event photography tips
      10. 7.10. Fine-Art Photography
        1. 7.10.1. Inspiration
        2. 7.10.2. Taking fine-art photographs
        3. 7.10.3. Fine-art photography tips
      11. 7.11. Flower and Macro Photography
        1. 7.11.1. Inspiration
        2. 7.11.2. Taking flower and macro photographs
        3. 7.11.3. Flower and macro photography tips
      12. 7.12. Landscape and Nature Photography
        1. 7.12.1. Inspiration
        2. 7.12.2. Taking landscape and nature photographs
        3. 7.12.3. Landscape and nature photography tips
      13. 7.13. Low-Light and Night Photography
        1. 7.13.1. Inspiration
        2. 7.13.2. Taking low-light and night photographs
        3. 7.13.3. Low-light and night photography tips
      14. 7.14. Panoramic Photography
        1. 7.14.1. Inspiration
        2. 7.14.2. Taking panoramic photographs
        3. 7.14.3. Panoramic photography tips
      15. 7.15. Pet and Animal Photography
        1. 7.15.1. Inspiration
        2. 7.15.2. Taking pet and animal photographs
        3. 7.15.3. Pet and animal photography tips
      16. 7.16. Photojournalism
        1. 7.16.1. Inspiration
        2. 7.16.2. Taking photojournalism photographs
        3. 7.16.3. Photojournalism photography tips
      17. 7.17. Portrait Photography
        1. 7.17.1.
          1. 7.17.1.1. Lens choices
          2. 7.17.1.2. Backgrounds and props
          3. 7.17.1.3. Lighting
          4. 7.17.1.4. Flash
          5. 7.17.1.5. Posing
          6. 7.17.1.6. Clothing
          7. 7.17.1.7. Rapport
        2. 7.17.2. Inspiration
        3. 7.17.3. Taking portrait photographs
        4. 7.17.4. Portrait photography tips
      18. 7.18. Still-Life Photography
        1. 7.18.1. Inspiration
        2. 7.18.2. Taking still-life photographs
        3. 7.18.3. Still-life photography tips
        4. 7.18.4. Stock Photography
        5. 7.18.5. Inspiration
        6. 7.18.6. Taking stock photographs
        7. 7.18.7. Stock photography tips
      19. 7.19. Street Photography
        1. 7.19.1. Inspiration
        2. 7.19.2. Taking street photographs
        3. 7.19.3. Street photography tips
      20. 7.20. Sunset and Sunrise Photography
        1. 7.20.1. Inspiration
        2. 7.20.2. Taking sunset and sunrise photographs
        3. 7.20.3. Sunset and sunrise photography tips
        4. 7.20.4. Travel Photography
        5. 7.20.5. Inspiration
        6. 7.20.6. Taking travel photographs
        7. 7.20.7. Travel photography tips
      21. 7.21. Weather and Seasonal Photography
        1. 7.21.1.
          1. 7.21.1.1. Falling rain and snow
          2. 7.21.1.2. Fog
          3. 7.21.1.3. Snow
          4. 7.21.1.4. Stormy skies
        2. 7.21.2. Inspiration
        3. 7.21.3. Taking weather and seasonal photographs
        4. 7.21.4. Weather and seasonal photography tips
      22. 7.22. Wedding Photography
        1. 7.22.1. Inspiration
        2. 7.22.2. Taking wedding photographs
        3. 7.22.3. Wedding photography tips
    6. 8. Downloading and Editing Pictures
      1. 8.1. Downloading with a USB Cable
      2. 8.2. Downloading with a Card Reader
      3. 8.3. Downloading with a PCMCIA Card
      4. 8.4. Converting RAW Images
      5. 8.5. Editing Images
      6. 8.6. Updating Firmware and Software
  9. III. Appendixes
    1. A. Custom Functions
      1. A.1. Changing a Custom Function
      2. A.2. Custom Functions and Options
    2. B. Internet Resources
      1. B.1. Canon
        1. B.1.1.
          1. B.1.1.1.
            1. B.1.1.1.1. EOS SLR
            2. B.1.1.1.2. Firmware
            3. B.1.1.1.3. Accessories
            4. B.1.1.1.4. Lenses
      2. B.2. Photography Publications and Web Sites
      3. B.3. Photography Workshops
        1. B.3.1.
          1. B.3.1.1.
            1. B.3.1.1.1. Anderson Ranch Arts Center
            2. B.3.1.1.2. Ansel Adams Gallery Workshops
            3. B.3.1.1.3. BetterPhoto
            4. B.3.1.1.4. Brooks Institute Weekend Workshops
            5. B.3.1.1.5. Eddie Adams Workshop
            6. B.3.1.1.6. The Workshops
            7. B.3.1.1.7. Mentor Series
            8. B.3.1.1.8. Missouri Photo Workshop
            9. B.3.1.1.9. Mountain Workshops
            10. B.3.1.1.10. Palm Beach Photographic Centre Workshops
            11. B.3.1.1.11. Photography at the Summit
            12. B.3.1.1.12. Rocky Mountain Photo Adventures
            13. B.3.1.1.13. Santa Fe Workshops
            14. B.3.1.1.14. Toscana Photographic Workshop
            15. B.3.1.1.15. Woodstock Photography Workshops (The Center for Photography at Woodstock)
    3. Glossary