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Canon EOS Rebel T5/1200D For Dummies

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Capturing greatness with the Canon EOS Rebel T5/1200D is just a click away

Congratulations on your new Canon! Not sure where to begin? No worries! Canon EOS Rebel T5/1200D For Dummies makes it easy to cut through the intimidation of working with your DSLR camera to get great shots—without breaking a sweat.

With this hands-on, friendly guide, you'll discover how to get a feel for your camera, shoot in auto mode, shift to manual settings to take full control of your photos, adjust lighting, focus, and color, manage playback options, learn basic troubleshooting, and much more. Truly stunning and impressive pictures are at your fingertips!

  • Shows you how find and set camera controls to adjust exposure, lighting, focus, and color

  • Explains how to load images to a computer for organizing, editing, and sharing

  • Provides tips on how to control your camera to get the shot you want

  • Makes learning fast, easy, and fun with full-color photos

  • If you're a new camera owner looking to get great shots that your phone simply can't capture, Canon EOS Rebel T5/1200D For Dummies makes it easier.

    Table of Contents

      1. Introduction
        1. About This Book
        2. Foolish Assumptions
        3. Icons Used in This Book
        4. Beyond the Book
        5. Where to Go from Here
      2. Part I: Fast Track to Super Snaps
        1. Chapter 1: Getting Up and Running
          1. Preparing the Camera for Initial Use
          2. Exploring External Camera Features
            1. Topside controls
            2. Back-of-the-body controls
            3. Front-left features
          3. Ordering from Camera Menus
          4. Using the Monitor as Viewfinder: Live View Shooting
          5. Monitoring Critical Picture Settings
          6. Changing Settings via the Quick Control Screen
          7. Familiarizing Yourself with the Lens
          8. Working with Memory Cards
          9. Reviewing Basic Setup Options
            1. Setup Menu 1
            2. Setup Menu 2
            3. Setup Menu 3
        2. Chapter 2: Choosing Basic Picture Settings
          1. Choosing an Exposure Mode
          2. Changing the Drive Mode
          3. Setting Resolution and File Type (the Image Quality Setting)
            1. Adjusting the Image Quality setting
            2. Considering resolution: Large, Medium, or Small?
            3. Understanding file type (JPEG or Raw)
          4. Adding Flash
            1. Enabling and disabling flash
            2. Using Red-Eye Reduction flash
            3. Exploring advanced flash features (P, Tv, Av, and M modes)
        3. Chapter 3: Taking Great Pictures, Automatically
          1. Shooting in Auto and Flash Off Modes
            1. Viewfinder photography in Auto and Flash Off modes
            2. Live View photography in Auto and Flash Off modes
          2. Taking Advantage of Scene (Image Zone) Modes
            1. Choosing a scene mode
            2. Modifying scene mode results
          3. Gaining More Control with Creative Auto
      3. Part II: Taking Creative Control
        1. Chapter 4: Taking Charge of Exposure
          1. Introducing the Exposure Trio: Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO
            1. Aperture affects depth of field
            2. Shutter speed affects motion blur
            3. ISO affects image noise
            4. Doing the exposure balancing act
          2. Stepping Up to Advanced Exposure Modes (P, TV, Av, and M)
          3. Monitoring Exposure Settings
          4. Choosing an Exposure Metering Mode
          5. Setting ISO, f-stop, and Shutter Speed
            1. Controlling ISO
            2. Adjusting aperture and shutter speed
          6. Sorting through Your Camera’s Exposure-Correction Tools
            1. Overriding autoexposure results with Exposure Compensation
            2. Improving high-contrast shots with Highlight Tone Priority
            3. Experimenting with Auto Lighting Optimizer
            4. Correcting lens vignetting with Peripheral Illumination Correction
          7. Locking Autoexposure Settings
          8. Bracketing Exposures Automatically
            1. Turning auto bracketing on and off
            2. Shooting a bracketed series
        2. Chapter 5: Controlling Focus and Depth of Field
          1. Setting the Lens Focus Mode
          2. Exploring Viewfinder Focusing Options
            1. Adjusting autofocus performance
            2. AF Point Selection: One focus point or many?
            3. Changing the AF (autofocus) mode
            4. Choosing the right autofocus combo
          3. Focusing During Live View and Movie Shooting
            1. Choosing an AF (autofocus) mode
            2. Manual focusing in Live View and Movie modes
            3. Zooming in for a focus check
          4. Manipulating Depth of Field
        3. Chapter 6: Mastering Color Controls
          1. Understanding the White Balance Setting
            1. Checking and changing the White Balance setting
            2. Creating a custom White Balance setting
            3. Using White Balance Correction to fine-tune settings
            4. Bracketing shots with White Balance
          2. Taking a Quick Look at Picture Styles
        4. Chapter 7: Putting It All Together
          1. Recapping Basic Picture Settings
          2. Shooting Still Portraits
          3. Capturing Action
          4. Capturing Scenic Vistas
          5. Capturing Dynamic Close-Ups
          6. Coping with Special Situations
        5. Chapter 8: Shooting and Viewing Movies
          1. Recording Your First Movie Using the Default Settings
          2. Customizing Movie Recording Settings
            1. Movie Menu 1
            2. Movie Menu 2
            3. Movie Menu 3
          3. Playing Movies
      4. Part III: After the Shot
        1. Chapter 9: Picture Playback
          1. Disabling and Adjusting Image Review
          2. Viewing Pictures in Playback Mode
            1. Viewing multiple images at a time
            2. Using the Quick Control screen during playback
            3. Jumping through images
            4. Rotating pictures
            5. Zooming in for a closer view
          3. Viewing Picture Data
            1. Basic Information display data
            2. Basic Information plus Image Quality/Playback Number display mode
            3. Shooting Information display mode
            4. Understanding Histogram display mode
        2. Chapter 10: Working with Picture and Movie Files
          1. Deleting Files
          2. Protecting Photos and Movies
          3. Rating Photos and Movies
          4. Installing the Canon Software
          5. Sending Pictures to the Computer
            1. Downloading via USB
            2. Downloading from a card reader
          6. Converting Raw Images in Digital Photo Professional
          7. Preparing Pictures for Online Sharing
      5. Part IV: The Part of Tens
        1. Chapter 11: Ten More Ways to Customize Your Camera
          1. Changing the Function of the Set Button
          2. Customizing the AE Lock and Shutter Button
          3. Disabling the AF-Assist Beam
          4. Silencing the Camera
          5. Preventing Shutter Release without a Memory Card
          6. Reducing the Number of Exposure Stops
          7. Creating Your Own Camera Menu
          8. Creating Custom Folders
          9. Turning Off the Shooting Settings Screen
          10. Changing the Color Space from sRGB to Adobe RGB
        2. Chapter 12: Ten Features to Explore on a Rainy Day
          1. Adding Cleaning Instructions to Images
          2. Tagging Files with Your Copyright Claim
          3. Exploring Two Special Printing Options
          4. Adding Special Effects to Your Photos
          5. Tagging Pictures for a Photo Book
          6. Presenting a Slide Show
          7. Creating Video Snapshots
          8. Trimming Movies
          9. Viewing Your Photos and Movies on an HDTV
          10. Getting Free Help and Creative Ideas
      6. About the Authors
      7. Cheat Sheet
      8. More Dummies Products