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Canon® EOS Rebel XSi/450D Guide to Digital SLR Photography

Book Description

As the new owner of a Digital Rebel XSi/450 you are serious about photography and want to take professional-looking photographs. You also want to quickly and easily discover how, when, and why to use the most important features of your cutting-edge camera. "Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi/450 Guide to Digital SLR Photography" provides you with a concise guide to the essential functions and features of the Digital Rebel XSi/450, teaching you how to select the best autofocus mode, shutter speed, f/stop, or flash capability to take perfect pictures of any kind under any conditions. Brimming with full-color images and examples, this book will help photographers of any level enhance their digital photography skills and techniques. You will also learn how to edit and enhance your photographs, as well as troubleshooting tips to maintain the condition of your Digital Rebel XSi/450 and its accessories.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
    1. Dedication
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. About the Author
  4. Preface
  5. Introduction
    1. Quick Snap Guide to Digital SLR Photography
    2. David Busch’s Quick Snap Guide to Using Digital SLR Lenses
    3. Mastering Digital SLR Photography, Second Edition
    4. Digital SLR Pro Secrets
    5. Why the Canon EOS Rebel XSi Needs Special Coverage
    6. Who Am I?
  6. Shooting Your First Canon EOS Rebel XSi Picture
    1. Contents of the Table
    2. Initial Setup
      1. Battery Included
      2. Final Steps
    3. Selecting a Shooting Mode
    4. Choosing a Metering Mode
    5. Choosing a Focus Mode
    6. Selecting a Focus Point
    7. Other Settings
      1. Adjusting White Balance and ISO
      2. Using the Self-Timer
    8. Reviewing the Images You’ve Taken
    9. Transferring Photos to Your Computer
  7. Canon EOS Rebel XSi/450D Roadmap
    1. Front View
    2. The Canon EOS Rebel XSi’s Business End
    3. Going Topside
    4. Underneath Your Rebel XSi
    5. Lens Components
    6. LCD Panel Readouts
    7. Looking Inside the Viewfinder
  8. Setting Up Your Canon EOS Rebel XSi
    1. Anatomy of the Rebel XSi’s Menus
    2. Shooting Menu 1/2 Options
      1. Quality Settings
      2. Red-Eye Reduction
      3. Beep
      4. Shoot without a Memory Card Installed
      5. Review Time Out
      6. Automatic Exposure Bracketing
      7. Flash Exposure Compensation
      8. Custom White Balance
      9. White Balance Shift and Bracketing
      10. Color Space
      11. Picture Style
      12. Dust Delete Data
    3. Playback Menu Options
      1. Protect
      2. Rotate
      3. Erase Images
      4. Print Order
      5. Transfer Order
      6. Histogram
      7. Auto Play
    4. Set-Up Menu 1/2/3 Options
      1. Auto Power Off
      2. File Numbering
      3. Auto Rotate
      4. Format
      5. LCD Auto Off
      6. Screen Color
      7. LCD Brightness
      8. Date/Time
      9. Language
      10. Video System
      11. Sensor Cleaning
      12. Live View Function Settings
      13. Flash Control
      14. Custom Functions I/II/III/IV
      15. Clear All Camera Settings
      16. Firmware Version
    5. My Menu
  9. Getting the Right Exposure
    1. Understanding Exposure
    2. How the Rebel XSi Calculates Exposure
    3. Choosing a Metering Method
    4. Choosing a Creative Zone Exposure Method
      1. A-DEP
      2. Aperture Priority
      3. Shutter Priority
      4. Program Mode
      5. Manual Exposure
    5. Adjusting Exposure with ISO Settings
    6. Bracketing
    7. Dealing with Noise
    8. Fixing Exposures with Histograms
    9. Basic Zone Modes
  10. Advanced Techniques for Your Canon EOS Rebel XSi
    1. Beyond Good Exposure
    2. Short Exposures
      1. Working with Short Exposures
    3. Long Exposures
      1. Three Ways to Take Long Exposures
      2. Working with Long Exposures
    4. Delayed Exposures
      1. Self-Timer
      2. Remote Control
      3. Time-Lapse/Interval Photography
    5. Getting into Focus
      1. Improved Cross-Type Focus Point
      2. Focus Modes
    6. Focus Pocus
      1. Adding Circles of Confusion
      2. Making Sense of Sensors
      3. Your Autofocus Mode Options
      4. Setting AF Point
    7. Continuous Shooting
    8. Setting Image Parameters
      1. Customizing White Balance
      2. Image Parameters in Picture Styles
    9. Working with Live View
      1. What You Can/Cannot Do with Live View
      2. Enabling Live View
      3. Activating Live View
      4. Manual Focusing
      5. Using Autofocus with Live View
      6. Phase Detection vs. Contrast Detection
  11. Working with Lenses
    1. But Don’t Forget the Crop Factor
    2. Your First Lens
      1. Buy Now, Expand Later
    3. What Lenses Can You Use?
      1. EF vs. EF-S
    4. Ingredients of Canon’s Alphanumeric Soup
    5. Your Second (and Third. . .) Lens
      1. What Lenses Can Do for You
      2. Zoom or Prime?
    6. Categories of Lenses
    7. Using Wide-Angle and Wide-Zoom Lenses
      1. Avoiding Potential Wide-Angle Problems
    8. Using Telephoto and Tele-Zoom Lenses
      1. Avoiding Telephoto Lens Problems
      2. Telephotos and Bokeh
    9. Add-Ons and Special Features
      1. Lens Hoods
      2. Telephoto Extenders
      3. Macro Focusing
      4. Image Stabilization
  12. Making Light Work for You
    1. Continuous Illumination vs. Electronic Flash
    2. Continuous Lighting Basics
      1. Daylight
      2. Incandescent/Tungsten Light
      3. Fluorescent Light/Other Light Sources
      4. Adjusting White Balance
    3. Electronic Flash Basics
      1. How Electronic Flash Works
        1. Ghost Images
        2. Determining Exposure
        3. Guide Numbers
    4. Using the Built-In Flash
      1. Basic Zone Flash
      2. Creative Zone Flash
      3. Using FE Lock and Flash Exposure Compensation
    5. Using External Electronic Flash
      1. Speedlite 580EX II
      2. Speedlite 430EX
      3. Speedlite 220EX
    6. More Advanced Lighting Techniques
      1. Diffusing and Softening the Light
      2. Using Multiple Light Sources
      3. Other Lighting Accessories
        1. Soft Boxes
        2. Light Stands
        3. Backgrounds
        4. Snoots and Barn Doors
  13. Downloading and Editing Your Images
    1. What’s in the Box?
      1. Picture Style Editor
      2. EOS Utility
      3. ZoomBrowser/ImageBrowser
      4. PhotoStitch
      5. Digital Photo Professional
    2. Transferring Your Photos
      1. Direct-Direct Transfer/Indirect-Direct Transfer
      2. Using a Card Reader and Software
      3. Dragging and Dropping
    3. Editing Your Photos
      1. Image Editors
      2. RAW Utilities
      3. Adobe Photoshop
  14. Canon EOS Rebel XSi: Troubleshooting and Prevention
    1. Update Your Firmware
      1. Upgrading Your Firmware
    2. Protect Your LCD
    3. Troubleshooting Memory Cards
      1. All Your Eggs in One Basket?
      2. What Can Go Wrong?
      3. What Can You Do?
    4. Clean Your Sensor
      1. Dust the FAQs, Ma’am.
      2. Identifying and Dealing with Dust
      3. Avoiding Dust
      4. Sensor Cleaning
  15. Glossary