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Canon Lenses: From Snapshots to Great Shots

Book Description

Lenses are a considerable investment for any photographer and require understanding their features and a making plan for purchase. You might buy several camera bodies, but quality lenses should last a lifetime!

You need a book that goes beyond the camera manuals to teach you how to select and use Canon lenses to take great shots. This guide by pro photographer Jerod Foster will help you conquer the fundamentals and capture stunning pictures.

Foster starts with the basics of using different lenses in the Canon lineup–from kit, to wide angle, to telephoto, to zoom, and more, to understand what they do and how their features affect your images. He discusses factors such as depth of field, perspective, and compression and which types of lenses are right for your style of shooting. Whether it’s portraits, landscapes, or street photography, you will have a better understanding of your equipment and understand your choices for investing in lenses.

Beautifully illustrated with large, compelling photos, this book teaches you how to take control of your photography to get the image you want every time you pick up the camera.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Dedication
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. Contents
  6. Introduction
    1. What’s Covered in This Book?
    2. Not a Technical Manual
    3. Have Fun and Experiment
  7. 1. The Canon Lenses
    1. Top seven considerations
    2. Poring Over the Lens
    3. Poring Over the Lens
    4. 1. Fast vs. Slow Lenses
    5. 2. Full-Frame vs. Crop Sensors
    6. 3. Autofocus vs. Manual Focus
    7. 4. Prime vs. Zoom
    8. 5. Minimum Sustaining Shutter Speed
    9. 6. The Lens Trinity
    10. 7. Investment
    11. Conclusion
    12. Chapter 1 Assignments
  8. 2. Depth of Field and Perspective
    1. Using the visual controls of the lens
    2. Poring Over the Picture
    3. Plane of Critical Focus and Aperture
    4. Perspective
    5. Chapter 2 Assignments
  9. 3. Ultra-Wides and Wides
    1. Expansive opportunities
    2. Poring Over the Picture
    3. How Wide Can You Go?
    4. Keep an Eye on the Glass
    5. Ultra-Wides for Every Day
    6. Composing With Wide-Angles
    7. The Wide-Angle Portrait
    8. Chapter 3 Assignments
  10. 4. Standard Zooms and Primes
    1. Image-making with the most popular lenses
    2. Poring Over the Picture
    3. The Go-To Lenses
    4. Composing With Standard Zooms and Primes
    5. 50mm: Normal Perspective
    6. 85mm: Standard Portrait Lens
    7. The All-Around Lens
    8. Chapter 4 Assignments
  11. 5. Telephotos
    1. The big glass
    2. Poring Over the Picture
    3. Go Big or Go Home
    4. Composing With Telephotos
    5. Practice, Practice, Practice
    6. Chapter 5 Assignments
  12. 6. Specialty Lenses
    1. Macros and tilt-shifts
    2. Poring Over the Picture
    3. Macro Lenses
    4. Tilt-Shift Lenses
    5. Chapter 6 Assignments
  13. 7. Accessorizing
    1. Lens add-ons that work
    2. Poring Over the Picture
    3. Teleconverters (Extenders)
    4. Extension Tubes
    5. Filters
    6. Lens Covers
    7. Chapter 7 Assignments
  14. 8. Best Practices
    1. Lens care and tips for making better pictures
    2. Poring Over the Picture
    3. Maintenance and Good Habits
    4. Shooting Equipment and Techniques
    5. Chapter 8 Assignments
  15. 9. Postprocessing
    1. Minimizing lens flaws
    2. Poring Over the Picture
    3. Lens Distortion
    4. Chromatic Aberration
    5. The Vignette
    6. Chapter 9 Assignments
  16. Index