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Canon® EOS Rebel XSi/450D Guide to Digital SLR Photography by David D. Busch

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Front View

When we picture a given camera, we always imagine the front view. That’s the view that your subjects see as you snap away, and the aspect that’s shown in product publicity and on the box. The frontal angle is, for all intents and purposes, the “face” of a camera like the Rebel XSi. But, not surprisingly, most of the “business” of operating the camera happens behind it, where the photographer resides. The front of the XSi actually has very few controls and features to worry about. Five of them are readily visible in Figure 2.2:

  • Shutter release. Angled on top of the handgrip is the shutter release button. Press this button down halfway to lock exposure and focus (in One Shot mode and AI Focus with non-moving subjects). The XSi assumes ...

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