You are previewing Canon EOS Rebel T6s / T6i (760D / 750D): From Snapshots to Great Shots.
O'Reilly logo
Canon EOS Rebel T6s / T6i (760D / 750D): From Snapshots to Great Shots

Book Description

The Canon EOS T6i and T6s (known as the 760D and 750D outside of U.S.) are powerful new cameras intended for amateurs to semi-professionals who want to jump into photography with the control and capabilities of a DSLR.

While the camera manual explains what the camera can do, it doesn’t show exactly how to use the camera to create great images! That’s where Canon EOS T6i / T6s: From Snapshots to Great Shots comes in. Starting with the top ten things users need to know about the camera, author Jeff Revell carefully guides readers through the operating features. Readers get practical advice from a pro on which settings to use when, great shooting tips, and end of chapter assignments.

From Snapshots to Great Shots is a beautiful how-to photography series that provides the perfect blend of instruction, inspiration, and reference for specific camera models and photography concepts. Featuring a clear, elegant design; outstanding images that educate and inspire; and a friendly, accessible voice, this series helps photographers get great shots every time they pick up their camera.

DP Review has strongly endorsed this new Rebel camera system, which represents a major upgrade from the T5i camera. Providing a complete body and lens system, both the T6i and T6s are made available as kits with zoom lenses, and include many feature upgrades, perhaps most significantly, a new 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor (up from 18MP on the T5i / 700D) coupled with a new 7560 pixel RGB + IR metering sensor for more accurate metering. Also, for the first time for the Rebel line, both cameras offer built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and NFC.

Key T6i / T6s camera features:
•    24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor
•    19-point autofocus system
•    Hybrid CMOS AF III focus system (live view)
•    7560 pixel RGB + IR metering sensor with skin tone detection
•    3" fully articulating touchscreen LCD
•    Eye sensor for use with optical viewfinder [T6s only]
•    LCD information display on top plate [T6s only]
•    Quick control dial on rear [T6s only]
•    5 fps continuous shooting
•    1080/30p video
•    Servo AF in live view [T6s only]
•    Wi-Fi with NFC

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Dedication
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. Contents
  6. Introduction
  7. 1. The T6s / T6i Top Ten List
    1. Ten Tips to Make Your Shooting More Productive Right Out of the Box
    2. Poring Over the Camera
      1. Camera Front – T6s
      2. Camera Front – T6i
    3. Poring Over the Camera
      1. Camera Back – T6s
      2. Camera Back – T6i
    4. Poring Over the Camera
      1. Camera Top – T6s
      2. Camera Top – T6i
    5. 1. Charge Your Battery
    6. 2. Turn Off the Release Shutter Without Card Setting
    7. 3. Set Your JPEG Image Quality
    8. 4. Turn Off the Auto ISO Setting
    9. 5. Set Your Focus Point and Mode
    10. 6. Set the Correct White Balance
    11. 7. Adjust the Viewfinder Diopter
    12. 8. Turn Off the Touchscreen
    13. 9. Review Your Shots
    14. 10. Hold Your Camera for Proper Shooting
    15. 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. Choosing the Right Memory Card
    4. Formatting Your Memory Card
    5. Updating the T6s / T6i’s Firmware
    6. Cleaning the Sensor
    7. Using the Right Format: RAW vs. JPEG
      1. So what does RAW have to offer?
      2. Advice for new RAW shooters
      3. Selecting RAW + JPEG
    8. Lenses and Focal Lengths
    9. What Is Exposure?
      1. How is exposure calculated?
    10. Motion and Depth of Field
    11. Video and the T6s / T6i
      1. Video quality
      2. Sound
      3. Better sound for your movies
      4. Focusing the camera
      5. Capturing video snapshots
      6. Watching your videos
    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. Special Scene Mode
      1. Kids
      2. Food
      3. Candlelight Portrait
      4. Night Portrait
      5. Additional scene modes
    10. Flash Off Mode
    11. Creative Auto Mode
      1. Ambience
      2. Background Sharpness
      3. Drive Mode
      4. Flash
    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
      1. When to use Program (P) mode instead of the Basic zone modes
    5. Tv: Shutter Priority Mode
      1. When to use Shutter Priority (Tv) mode
    6. Av: Aperture Priority Mode
      1. When to use Aperture Priority (Av) mode
    7. M: Manual Mode
      1. When to use Manual (M) 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 Sports and More
    2. Poring Over the Picture
    3. Poring Over the Picture
    4. Stop Right There!
      1. Direction of travel
      2. Subject speed
      3. Subject-to-camera distance
    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 AI Servo and Auto AF Focus Point Selection
    8. Stop and Go with AI Focus AF
    9. Manual Focus for Anticipated Action
    10. Keeping Up with the Continuous Shooting Mode
    11. A Sense of Motion
      1. Panning
      2. Motion blur
    12. Tips for Shooting Action
      1. Give them somewhere to go
      2. Get in front of the action
    13. 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. Using Aperture Priority Mode
      1. Go wide for environmental portraits
    6. Metering Modes for Portraits
    7. Using the AE Lock Feature
    8. Focusing: The Eyes Have It
    9. Classic Black-and-White Portraits
    10. The Portrait Picture Style for Better Skin Tones
    11. Detecting Faces with Live View
      1. Using Live View’s Grid overlay
    12. Using Fill Flash to Reduce Shadows
    13. People on the Move
    14. Tips for Shooting Better Portraits
      1. Avoid the center of the frame
      2. Choose the right lens
      3. Don’t cut them off at the knees
      4. Use the frame
      5. Sunblock for portraits
      6. Get down on their level
      7. Don’t be afraid to get close
      8. Try a long lens for candid shots
    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. Easier Focusing
    14. Making Water Fluid
    15. Directing the Viewer: A Word About Composition
      1. Rule of thirds
      2. Creating depth
    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. Using the Multi Shot Noise Reduction
    7. Stabilizing the Situation
    8. Focusing in Low Light
      1. Focus Assist
    9. Shooting Long Exposures
    10. Using the Built-in Flash
      1. Shutter speeds
      2. Metering modes
    11. Compensating for the Flash Exposure
    12. Reducing Red-Eye
    13. Using an External Speedlite
      1. Using off-camera flash
    14. Flash and Glass
    15. 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. Advanced Techniques to Explore
      1. Shooting panoramas
    4. Shooting HDR Images
    5. HDR Backlight Control
    6. Auto Lighting Optimizer
    7. Handheld Night Scene
    8. Friday Night Flicker
    9. The My Menu Setting
    10. Customize Your White Balance
    11. Conclusion
    12. Chapter 10 Assignments
  17. Index
  18. 11. Pimp My Ride
    1. Upgrades and Accessories to Expand Your Camera’s Creative Potential
    2. Poring Over the Picture
    3. Filters
      1. Skylight
      2. Polarizing
      3. Neutral density (ND)
      4. Graduated ND
    4. Tripods
    5. Cable Release
    6. Macro Photography Accessories
      1. Extension tubes
      2. Close-up filters
    7. Hot-Shoe Flashes
    8. Getting a Grip
    9. Diffusers
    10. Camera Bags
    11. Bits and Pieces
      1. The lens cloth
      2. The LensPen
      3. Air blowers
      4. Better LCD vision
    12. The Bottom Line
  19. 12. T6s / T6i Video: Beyond the Basics
    1. Getting Professional-Looking Video from Your Rebel T6s / T6i
    2. It’s All About the Lenses
    3. Speaking of Filters...
      1. Close-up
      2. Polarizing
      3. Neutral density
      4. Tripods
      5. Easier LCD vision
    4. Getting a Shallow Depth of Field
    5. Using the Touchscreen for Fast Focusing
    6. Giving a Different Look to Your Videos
      1. Using picture styles
      2. White balance
    7. Tips for Better Video
      1. Shoot short clips
      2. Stage your shots
      3. Use manual focus
      4. Use Movie Servo AF
      5. Get quiet videos with an STM lens
      6. Capture a still frame
      7. Avoid the quick pan
      8. Use a fast memory card
      9. Get yourself a Mini-HDMI cable
      10. Turn off the sound
    8. Watching and Editing Your Video
      1. Watching video
      2. Editing video
      3. Expanding your knowledge