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Canon® EOS Rebel T1i/500D Digital Field Guide

Book Description

A complete, full-color guide to Canon's popular and complex dSLR camera

Canon's new EOS Rebel T1i is packed with features, both refined and new. This guide covers them all, helping you get the most from your investment whether you're new to SLR photography or a first-time Rebel T1i user.

Designed to go wherever your camera goes, the Canon EOS Rebel T1i/500D Digital Field Guide covers all the settings and how to use them, as well as step-by-step techniques to help you get the best shots in various situations.

  • Explains all the camera's controls and settings and how to make effective use of them

  • Walks you through shooting HD video with the exclusive video feature

  • Offers professional tips and suggestions for getting the best shots in a wide selection of settings and environments

  • Illustrated with more than 200 full-color professional photographs

  • Discusses how to use the EOS system of lenses and Speedlites

  • Convenient size fits in your camera bag for ready reference wherever you take pictures

Canon EOS Rebel T1i/500D Digital Field Guide is an indispensable accompaniment to your Rebel T1i dSLR.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. About the Author
  3. Credits
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. Introduction
  6. Quick Tour
    1. Choosing a Shooting Mode
      1. Automatic/Basic Zone shooting modes
      2. Creative Zone shooting modes
    2. Setting the Date and Time
    3. Setting the Image Recording Quality
    4. Setting the ISO
    5. Setting the White Balance
    6. Setting the Autofocus Mode and Autofocus Point
  7. I. Exploring the EOS Rebel T1i/500D
    1. 1. Navigating and Setting Up the EOS Rebel T1i/500D
      1. 1.1. Roadmap to the Rebel T1i/500D
        1. 1.1.1. Front camera controls
        2. 1.1.2. Top camera controls
        3. 1.1.3. Rear camera controls
        4. 1.1.4. Side camera controls
        5. 1.1.5. Lens controls
        6. 1.1.6. The LCD
        7. 1.1.7. Viewfinder display
      2. 1.2. Setting Up the Rebel T1i/500D
      3. 1.3. About Media Cards
      4. 1.4. Choosing the File Format and Quality
        1. 1.4.1. JPEG format
        2. 1.4.2. RAW format
        3. 1.4.3. RAW + JPEG
      5. 1.5. Changing File Numbering
        1. 1.5.1. Continuous file numbering
        2. 1.5.2. Auto reset
        3. 1.5.3. Manual reset
      6. 1.6. General Setup Options
      7. 1.7. Viewing and Playing Back Images
        1. 1.7.1. Single-image playback
        2. 1.7.2. Index display
        3. 1.7.3. Slide show
        4. 1.7.4. Image jump
        5. 1.7.5. Using the Display (DISP.) button
      8. 1.8. Erasing and Protecting Images
        1. 1.8.1. Erasing images
        2. 1.8.2. Protecting images
        3. 1.8.3. Add copyright information
      9. 1.9. Using the EOS Integrated Cleaning System
        1. 1.9.1. Automatic sensor cleaning
        2. 1.9.2. Obtaining Dust Delete Data
        3. 1.9.3. Applying Dust Delete Data
    2. 2. Using the EOS Rebel T1i/500D
      1. 2.1. Choosing a Shooting Mode
        1. 2.1.1. How shooting modes relate to exposure
        2. 2.1.2. Basic Zone shooting modes
          1. 2.1.2.1. Creative Auto mode
          2. 2.1.2.2. Full Auto mode
          3. 2.1.2.3. Portrait mode
          4. 2.1.2.4. Landscape mode
          5. 2.1.2.5. Close-up mode
          6. 2.1.2.6. Sports mode
          7. 2.1.2.7. Night Portrait mode
          8. 2.1.2.8. Flash-off mode
          9. 2.1.2.9. Movie mode
        3. 2.1.3. Creative Zone shooting modes
          1. 2.1.3.1. P mode
          2. 2.1.3.2. Tv mode
          3. 2.1.3.3. Av mode
          4. 2.1.3.4. M mode
          5. 2.1.3.5. A-DEP mode
      2. 2.2. Setting the ISO Sensitivity
        1. 2.2.1. About ISO settings
        2. 2.2.2. Expanded ISO settings
      3. 2.3. Metering Light to Determine Exposure Settings
        1. 2.3.1. How the Rebel T1i/500D meters light
        2. 2.3.2. Four metering modes
          1. 2.3.2.1. Evaluative metering mode
          2. 2.3.2.2. Partial metering mode
          3. 2.3.2.3. Spot metering mode
          4. 2.3.2.4. Center-weighted Average metering mode
      4. 2.4. Evaluating and Modifying Exposure
        1. 2.4.1. Evaluating exposure
          1. 2.4.1.1. Brightness histogram
          2. 2.4.1.2. RGB histogram
        2. 2.4.2. Auto Lighting Optimizer
        3. 2.4.3. Highlight Tone Priority
        4. 2.4.4. Exposure Compensation
        5. 2.4.5. Auto Exposure Bracketing
        6. 2.4.6. Auto Exposure Lock
      5. 2.5. Getting Tack-Sharp Focus
        1. 2.5.1. Choosing an autofocus mode
        2. 2.5.2. Selecting a single autofocus point
      6. 2.6. Selecting a Drive Mode
        1. 2.6.1. Single-shot mode
        2. 2.6.2. Continuous mode
        3. 2.6.3. Self-timer modes
    3. 3. Getting Great Color
      1. 3.1. Working with Light
        1. 3.1.1. Understanding color temperature
        2. 3.1.2. The colors of light
          1. 3.1.2.1. Sunrise
          2. 3.1.2.2. Midday
          3. 3.1.2.3. Sunset
          4. 3.1.2.4. Diffused light
          5. 3.1.2.5. Electronic flash
          6. 3.1.2.6. Tungsten light
          7. 3.1.2.7. Fluorescent and other light
        3. 3.1.3. Metering light
      2. 3.2. Choosing White Balance Options
        1. 3.2.1. Using white balance options
        2. 3.2.2. Set a custom white balance
        3. 3.2.3. Use White Balance Auto Bracketing
        4. 3.2.4. Set White Balance Correction
      3. 3.3. Choosing and Customizing a Picture Style
      4. 3.4. Registering a User Defined Picture Style
      5. 3.5. Using the Picture Style Editor
      6. 3.6. About Color Spaces
        1. 3.6.1. Comparing color spaces
        2. 3.6.2. Choosing a color space
    4. 4. Using Live View
      1. 4.1. About Live View
      2. 4.2. Live View Features and Functions
        1. 4.2.1. Live View focusing options
        2. 4.2.2. Live View function settings
        3. 4.2.3. Using a flash with Live View
      3. 4.3. Setting Up for Live View
      4. 4.4. Shooting in Live View
        1. 4.4.1. Shooting and focusing in Live View
        2. 4.4.2. Using Live View with tethered shooting
    5. 5. Using Movie Mode
      1. 5.1. About Video
        1. 5.1.1. Video standards
        2. 5.1.2. Video on the Rebel T1i/500D
      2. 5.2. Recording and Playing Back Videos
        1. 5.2.1. Recording videos
        2. 5.2.2. Video recording tips
        3. 5.2.3. Playing back videos
      3. 5.3. Editing Movies
    6. 6. Customizing the EOS Rebel T1i/500D
      1. 6.1. Setting Custom Functions
        1. 6.1.1. Custom Function groupings
        2. 6.1.2. Custom Functions specifics
          1. 6.1.2.1. C.Fn I: Exposure
            1. 6.1.2.1.1. C.Fn-1: Exposure-level increments
            2. 6.1.2.1.2. C.Fn-2: ISO Expansion
            3. 6.1.2.1.3. C.Fn-3: Flash sync. speed in Av (Aperture-priority AE) mode
          2. 6.1.2.2. C.Fn II: Image
            1. 6.1.2.2.1. C.Fn-4: Long-exposure noise reduction
            2. 6.1.2.2.2. C.Fn-5: High ISO speed noise reduction
            3. 6.1.2.2.3. C.Fn-6: Highlight tone priority
            4. 6.1.2.2.4. C.Fn-7: Auto Lighting Optimizer
          3. 6.1.2.3. C.Fn III: Autofocus/Drive
            1. 6.1.2.3.1. C.Fn-8: AF-assist beam firing
            2. 6.1.2.3.2. C.Fn-9: Mirror Lockup
          4. 6.1.2.4. C.Fn IV: Operation/Others
            1. 6.1.2.4.1. C.Fn-10: Shutter button/AE Lock button
            2. 6.1.2.4.2. C.Fn-11: Assign SET button
            3. 6.1.2.4.3. C.Fn-12: LCD display when power ON
            4. 6.1.2.4.4. C.Fn-13: Add original decision data
        3. 6.1.3. Setting Custom Functions
      2. 6.2. Customizing My Menu
      3. 6.3. Other Customization Options
        1. 6.3.1. Displaying the Quick Control screen
        2. 6.3.2. Changing the shooting settings screen color
  8. II. Doing More with the EOS Rebel T1i/500D
    1. 7. Using Flash
      1. 7.1. Exploring Flash Technology
        1. 7.1.1. Using the onboard flash
        2. 7.1.2. Using the flash's autofocus-assist beam without firing the flash
        3. 7.1.3. Red-eye reduction
      2. 7.2. Modifying Flash Exposure
        1. 7.2.1. Flash Exposure Lock
        2. 7.2.2. Flash Exposure Compensation
        3. 7.2.3. Using flash control options
      3. 7.3. Using Accessory Speedlites
        1. 7.3.1. Using multiple Speedlites
        2. 7.3.2. Exploring flash techniques
          1. 7.3.2.1. Bounce flash
          2. 7.3.2.2. Adding catchlights to the eyes
          3. 7.3.2.3. Balancing lighting extremes
    2. 8. Exploring Canon Lenses and Accessories
      1. 8.1. Understanding the Focal Length Multiplication Factor
      2. 8.2. Buying Lenses for the Long Term
      3. 8.3. Lens Choices
      4. 8.4. Zoom Versus Prime Lenses
        1. 8.4.1. About zoom lenses
          1. 8.4.1.1. Zoom lens advantages
          2. 8.4.1.2. Zoom lens disadvantages
        2. 8.4.2. About prime lenses
          1. 8.4.2.1. Prime lens advantages
          2. 8.4.2.2. Prime lens disadvantages
      5. 8.5. Working with Different Types of Lenses
        1. 8.5.1. Working with wide-angle lenses
        2. 8.5.2. Using telephoto lenses
        3. 8.5.3. Using normal lenses
        4. 8.5.4. Using macro lenses
        5. 8.5.5. Using tilt-and-shift lenses
        6. 8.5.6. Using image-stabilized lenses
      6. 8.6. Fine-Tuning Lens Performance
      7. 8.7. Exploring Lens Accessories
        1. 8.7.1. Lens extenders
        2. 8.7.2. Extension tubes and close-up lenses
      8. 8.8. Learning Lens Lingo
    3. 9. The Elements of Exposure and Composition
      1. 9.1. The Four Elements of Exposure
        1. 9.1.1. Light
        2. 9.1.2. Sensitivity: The role of ISO
        3. 9.1.3. Intensity: The role of aperture
          1. 9.1.3.1. Wide aperture
          2. 9.1.3.2. Narrow aperture
          3. 9.1.3.3. Choosing an aperture
          4. 9.1.3.4. What is depth of field?
            1. 9.1.3.4.1. Shallow depth of field
            2. 9.1.3.4.2. Extensive depth of field
        4. 9.1.4. Time: The role of shutter speed
      2. 9.2. Equivalent Exposures
      3. 9.3. Putting It All Together
      4. 9.4. Approaches to Composition
        1. 9.4.1. Subdividing the photographic frame
        2. 9.4.2. Balance and symmetry
        3. 9.4.3. Tone and color
        4. 9.4.4. Lines and direction
        5. 9.4.5. Fill the frame
        6. 9.4.6. Check the background
        7. 9.4.7. Frame the subject
        8. 9.4.8. Control the focus and depth of field
        9. 9.4.9. Defining space and perspective
    4. 10. In the Field with the EOS Rebel T1i/500D
      1. 10.1. Action and Sports Photography
        1. 10.1.1. Inspiration
        2. 10.1.2. Taking action and sports photographs
        3. 10.1.3. Action and sports photography tips
      2. 10.2. Macro Photography
        1. 10.2.1. Inspiration
        2. 10.2.2. Taking macro photographs
        3. 10.2.3. Macro photography tips
      3. 10.3. Nature and Landscape Photography
        1. 10.3.1. Inspiration
        2. 10.3.2. Taking nature and landscape photographs
        3. 10.3.3. Nature and landscape photography tips
      4. 10.4. Night and Low-Light Photography
        1. 10.4.1. Inspiration
        2. 10.4.2. Taking night and low-light photographs
        3. 10.4.3. Night and low-light photography tips
      5. 10.5. Portrait Photography
        1. 10.5.1. Lens choices
        2. 10.5.2. Backgrounds
        3. 10.5.3. Lighting
        4. 10.5.4. Posing
        5. 10.5.5. Rapport and direction
        6. 10.5.6. Inspiration
        7. 10.5.7. Taking portrait photographs
        8. 10.5.8. Portrait photography tips
  9. III. Appendixes
    1. A. Downloading Images and Updating Firmware
      1. A.1. Downloading with a USB Cable
      2. A.2. Downloading with a Card Reader
      3. A.3. Updating the T1i/500D Firmware
    2. B. Exploring RAW Capture
      1. B.1. Learning about RAW Capture
      2. B.2. Sample RAW Image Conversion
  10. Glossary