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Canon EOS M: From Snapshots to Great Shots

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Now that you’ve bought the amazing Canon EOS M, you need a book that goes beyond a tour of the camera’s features to show you exactly how to use the EOS M to take great pictures. With Canon EOS M: 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 Jeff Carlson, and you will:

  • Learn the top ten things you need to know about shooting with the EOS M

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

  • Move on to the Creative 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 landscapes, portraits, and action shots

  • Find out how to get great shots in low light

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

  • With Canon EOS M: From Snapshots to Great Shots, you’ll learn not only what makes a great shot work–you’ll learn how to get that shot using your EOS M.

    And once you’ve captured the shot, show it off! Join the book’s Flickr group, share your photos, and discuss how you use your EOS M to get great shots at flickr.com/groups/eosmfromsnapshotstogreatshots.

    Table of Contents

    1. Title Page
    2. Copyright Page
    3. Dedication
    4. Acknowledgments
    5. Contents
    6. Introduction
    7. 1. The EOS M 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. Turn Off the Release Shutter Without Card Setting
      6. 3. Keep a Backup Memory Card
      7. 4. Set Your JPEG Image Quality
      8. 5. Turn Off the Auto ISO Setting
      9. 6. Set the Focus Mode to AF+MF
      10. 7. Set Your AutoFocus Method and Mode
      11. 8. Set the Correct White Balance
      12. 9. Turn Off Touch Shutter Mode
      13. 10. Review Your Shots
      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 EOS M’s Firmware
      7. Cleaning the Sensor
      8. Using the Right Format: RAW vs. JPEG
      9. Lenses and Focal Lengths
      10. What Is Exposure?
      11. Motion and Depth of Field
      12. Chapter 2 Assignments
    9. 3. The Basic Zone
      1. Get Shooting with the Automatic Camera Modes
      2. Poring Over the Picture
      3. Poring Over the Picture
      4. Scene Intelligent Auto Mode
      5. Portrait Mode
      6. Landscape Mode
      7. Close-up Mode
      8. Sports Mode
      9. Night Portrait Mode
      10. Creative Auto Mode
      11. Drive Modes
      12. Why You May Never Want to Use the Basic Zone Again
      13. Chapter 3 Assignments
    10. 4. The Creative Zone
      1. Taking Your Photography to the Next Level
      2. Poring Over the Picture
      3. Poring Over the Picture
      4. P: Program Mode
      5. Tv: Shutter Priority Mode
      6. Av: Aperture Priority Mode
      7. M: Manual Mode
      8. How I Shoot: A Closer Look at the Camera Settings I Use
      9. Chapter 4 Assignments
    11. 5. Moving Target
      1. The Tricks to Shooting Action 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. Keep Them in Focus with Servo mode
      8. Manual Focus for Anticipated Action
      9. Keeping Up with Continuous Shooting Mode
      10. A Sense of Motion
      11. Tips for Shooting Action
      12. Chapter 5 Assignments
    12. 6. Say Cheese!
      1. Settings and Features to Make Great Portraits
      2. Poring Over the Picture
      3. Poring Over the Picture
      4. Automatic Portrait Mode
      5. Aperture Priority Mode
      6. Metering Modes for Portraits
      7. Using the AE Lock Feature
      8. Detect Faces
      9. Focusing: The Eyes Have It
      10. Classic Black and White Portraits
      11. Use Fill Flash for Reducing Shadows
      12. People on the Move
      13. The Portrait Picture Style for Better Skin Tones
      14. Tips for Shooting Better Portraits
      15. Chapter 6 Assignments
    13. 7. 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. Selecting the Proper ISO
      6. Using Noise Reduction
      7. Selecting a White Balance
      8. Using the Landscape Picture Style
      9. Taming Bright Skies with Exposure Compensation
      10. Shooting Beautiful Black and White Landscapes
      11. The Golden Light
      12. Where to Focus
      13. Making Water Fluid
      14. Directing the Viewer: A Word about Composition
      15. Advanced Techniques to Explore
      16. Chapter 7 Assignments
    14. 8. 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 Very High ISOs
      6. Stabilizing the Situation
      7. Focusing in Low Light
      8. Shooting Long Exposures
      9. Using a Flash
      10. Compensating for the Flash Exposure
      11. 2nd Curtain Sync
      12. Using an External Speedlite
      13. Flash and Glass
      14. Chapter 8 Assignments
    15. 9. 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. Angles
      6. Point of View
      7. Patterns
      8. Color
      9. Contrast
      10. Leading Lines
      11. Splitting the Frame
      12. Chapter 9 Assignments
    16. 10. Advanced Techniques
      1. Impress Your Family and Friends
      2. Poring Over the Picture
      3. Spot Meter for More Exposure Control
      4. Manual Mode
      5. Using the Sun Creatively
      6. Avoiding Lens Flare
      7. Bracketing Exposures
      8. HDR Backlight Control
      9. Auto Lighting Optimizer
      10. Handheld Night Scene
      11. The My Menu setting
      12. Customize Your White Balance
      13. Chapter 10 Assignments
    17. 11. Shooting Video
      1. Because Everything in Front of the Lens is Moving
      2. Shooting Video
      3. Locking the Exposure Level
      4. Capturing Stills while Recording
      5. Video Shooting Tips
      6. Chapter 11 Assignments
    18. Index
    19. Ad Page