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Canon® PowerShot® Digital Field Guide

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With this book and your Canon PowerShot, taking pictures becomes a lot more fun! The Quick Tour gets you familiar with all the settings and menus on your G, S, TX, A, or SD-series camera, so you can start shooting. Then spend some time exploring tips for getting super shots in dozens of situations, using manual settings for greater control, and telling a story with your photos. Finally, learn the best ways to download, edit, and print your pictures.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. About the Author
  3. Credits
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. Introduction
    1. Who is this Book for?
    2. Making this Book Work for You
  6. Quick Tour
    1. Getting Your Camera Ready
      1. Setting the time and date
      2. Formatting the memory card
    2. Selecting a Shooting Mode
    3. Selecting a Scene Mode
    4. Taking the Picture
    5. Reviewing Images
    6. Deleting Images
    7. Output
      1. From camera to computer
      2. Using a card reader
      3. Directly from the camera
  7. I. Using Your Canon PowerShot Camera
    1. 1. Exploring the PowerShot Cameras
      1. 1.1. About the Technology
      2. 1.2. 4-Way Controller
      3. 1.3. Standard Features
      4. 1.4. A Series
        1. 1.4.1. A430 and A460
        2. 1.4.2. A530 and A540
        3. 1.4.3. A550
        4. 1.4.4. A560
        5. 1.4.5. A570 IS
        6. 1.4.6. A630 and A640
        7. 1.4.7. A700 and A710 IS
      5. 1.5. SD Series
        1. 1.5.1. SD40
        2. 1.5.2. SD430
        3. 1.5.3. SD600 and SD630
        4. 1.5.4. SD700 IS
        5. 1.5.5. SD750 and SD1000
        6. 1.5.6. SD800 IS
        7. 1.5.7. SD850 IS
        8. 1.5.8. SD900
      6. 1.6. G7
      7. 1.7. S5 IS
      8. 1.8. TX1
    2. 2. Navigating Your PowerShot Camera
      1. 2.1. Main Menu Categories
      2. 2.2. Record Menu
        1. 2.2.1. AiAF
        2. 2.2.2. AF Frame
        3. 2.2.3. Flash Sync
        4. 2.2.4. Slow Synchro
        5. 2.2.5. Flash Adjust
        6. 2.2.6. Red-Eye
        7. 2.2.7. Safety FE
        8. 2.2.8. Safety Shift
        9. 2.2.9. Light Metering/Metering Mode
        10. 2.2.10. Spot AE Point
        11. 2.2.11. MF-Point Zoom
        12. 2.2.12. Safety MF
        13. 2.2.13. Self-Timer
        14. 2.2.14. Auto ISO Shift
        15. 2.2.15. AF Mode
        16. 2.2.16. AF-assist Beam
        17. 2.2.17. Digital Zoom
        18. 2.2.18. Review
        19. 2.2.19. Save Original
        20. 2.2.20. Reverse Display
        21. 2.2.21. Auto Category
        22. 2.2.22. Grid Lines
        23. 2.2.23. Display Overlay
        24. 2.2.24. IS mode
        25. 2.2.25. Converter
        26. 2.2.26. Custom display settings
        27. 2.2.27. Date Stamp
        28. 2.2.28. Vertical Shutter
        29. 2.2.29. Long Shutter
        30. 2.2.30. Set Print/Share button
        31. 2.2.31. Set Shortcut button
        32. 2.2.32. Stitch Assist
        33. 2.2.33. Save Settings
      3. 2.3. Setup Menu
        1. 2.3.1. Mute
        2. 2.3.2. Volume
        3. 2.3.3. Audio
        4. 2.3.4. Info Display
        5. 2.3.5. Touch Icons
        6. 2.3.6. Start-up Image
        7. 2.3.7. LCD Brightness
        8. 2.3.8. Power Saving
        9. 2.3.9. Time Zone
        10. 2.3.10. Date/Time
        11. 2.3.11. Clock Display
        12. 2.3.12. Format
        13. 2.3.13. File Numbering
        14. 2.3.14. Create Folder
        15. 2.3.15. Auto Rotate
        16. 2.3.16. Distance Units
        17. 2.3.17. Lens Retract
        18. 2.3.18. Language
        19. 2.3.19. Video System
        20. 2.3.20. Print Method
        21. 2.3.21. Reset All
      4. 2.4. Play Menu
        1. 2.4.1. Transition
        2. 2.4.2. AutoPlay
        3. 2.4.3. Slide Show
        4. 2.4.4. My Category
        5. 2.4.5. Red-Eye Correction
        6. 2.4.6. My Colors
        7. 2.4.7. Sound Memo
        8. 2.4.8. Sound Recorder
        9. 2.4.9. Erase
        10. 2.4.10. Protect
        11. 2.4.11. Rotate
        12. 2.4.12. Erase All
        13. 2.4.13. Transfer Order
        14. 2.4.14. Set Play Button
        15. 2.4.15. Set Movie Button
      5. 2.5. Print Menu
      6. 2.6. My Camera Menu
    3. 3. Getting the Most Out of Your PowerShot Camera
      1. 3.1. Auto Exposure Lock
      2. 3.2. Flash Exposure Lock
      3. 3.3. Auto Focus Lock
      4. 3.4. Function Menu
      5. 3.5. Shooting Modes
        1. 3.5.1. Auto mode
        2. 3.5.2. Manual mode
          1. 3.5.2.1. Exposure Compensation
          2. 3.5.2.2. Auto Exposure Bracketing
          3. 3.5.2.3. Long Shutter mode
          4. 3.5.2.4. +/− (Flash)/Flash Output
          5. 3.5.2.5. ISO speed
          6. 3.5.2.6. White balance
          7. 3.5.2.7. Drive mode
          8. 3.5.2.8. My Colors
          9. 3.5.2.9. Metering mode
          10. 3.5.2.10. Compression
          11. 3.5.2.11. Recording Pixels
          12. 3.5.2.12. Focus-BKT
          13. 3.5.2.13. ND Filter
          14. 3.5.2.14. Movie Mode Function Menu
          15. 3.5.2.15. Stitch Assist
        3. 3.5.3. Preset modes
        4. 3.5.4. Creative Zone
          1. 3.5.4.1. P
          2. 3.5.4.2. Tv
          3. 3.5.4.3. Av
          4. 3.5.4.4. M
        5. 3.5.5. Histogram
      6. 3.6. Memory cards
  8. II. Creating Great Images with Your Canon PowerShot
    1. 4. The Fundamentals of Photography
      1. 4.1. Keep It Simple
        1. 4.1.1. Telling the story
        2. 4.1.2. Filling the frame
      2. 4.2. Composition Basics
        1. 4.2.1. The rules
        2. 4.2.2. Breaking the rules
      3. 4.3. Make It Sharp
      4. 4.4. Understanding Light
        1. 4.4.1. Color
        2. 4.4.2. Quality
        3. 4.4.3. Direction
      5. 4.5. Understanding Exposure
        1. 4.5.1. Controlling exposure
          1. 4.5.1.1. Controlling light in the lens: Aperture
          2. 4.5.1.2. Controlling light in the shutter: Shutter speed
          3. 4.5.1.3. Controlling light in the image sensor: ISO
        2. 4.5.2. The exposure equation
        3. 4.5.3. When to shoot
    2. 5. Accessories
      1. 5.1. Tripods
      2. 5.2. Lighting
      3. 5.3. Lenses
      4. 5.4. Underwater Gear
      5. 5.5. Batteries, Chargers, and AC Adaptors
        1. 5.5.1. Chargers
        2. 5.5.2. AC adaptors
      6. 5.6. Cases
      7. 5.7. Camera Care
    3. 6. Capturing Great Images
      1. 6.1. Abstract Photography
        1. 6.1.1. Inspiration
        2. 6.1.2. Abstract photography practice
        3. 6.1.3. Abstract photography tips
      2. 6.2. Action and Sports Photography
        1. 6.2.1. Inspiration
        2. 6.2.2. Action and sports photography practice
        3. 6.2.3. Action and sports photography tips
      3. 6.3. Animal and Wildlife Photography
        1. 6.3.1. Inspiration
        2. 6.3.2. Animal and wildlife photography practice
        3. 6.3.3. Animal and wildlife photography tips
      4. 6.4. Architectural Photography
        1. 6.4.1. Inspiration
        2. 6.4.2. Architectural photography practice
        3. 6.4.3. Architectural photography tips
      5. 6.5. Child Photography
        1. 6.5.1. Inspiration
        2. 6.5.2. Child photography practice
        3. 6.5.3. Child photography tips
      6. 6.6. Fireworks Photography
        1. 6.6.1. Inspiration
        2. 6.6.2. Fireworks photography practice
        3. 6.6.3. Fireworks photography tips
      7. 6.7. Flower Photography
        1. 6.7.1. Inspiration
        2. 6.7.2. Flower photography practice
        3. 6.7.3. Flower photography tips
      8. 6.8. Landscape and Nature Photography
        1. 6.8.1. Inspiration
        2. 6.8.2. Landscape and nature photography practice
        3. 6.8.3. Landscape and nature photography tips
      9. 6.9. Macro Photography
        1. 6.9.1. Inspiration
        2. 6.9.2. Macro photography practice
        3. 6.9.3. Macro photography tips
      10. 6.10. Motion Photography
        1. 6.10.1. Inspiration
        2. 6.10.2. Motion photography practice
        3. 6.10.3. Motion photography tips
      11. 6.11. Night Photography
        1. 6.11.1. Inspiration
        2. 6.11.2. Night photography practice
        3. 6.11.3. Night photography tips
      12. 6.12. Panoramic Photography
        1. 6.12.1. Inspiration
        2. 6.12.2. Panoramic photography practice
        3. 6.12.3. Panoramic photography tips
      13. 6.13. People Photography
        1. 6.13.1. Groups
        2. 6.13.2. Individuals
        3. 6.13.3. Inspiration
        4. 6.13.4. People photography practice
        5. 6.13.5. People photography tips
      14. 6.14. Pet Photography
        1. 6.14.1. Inspiration
        2. 6.14.2. Pet photography practice
        3. 6.14.3. Pet photography tips
      15. 6.15. Product and Auction Photography
        1. 6.15.1. Inspiration
        2. 6.15.2. Product and auction photography practice
        3. 6.15.3. Product and auction photography tips
      16. 6.16. Street Photography
        1. 6.16.1. Inspiration
        2. 6.16.2. Street photography practice
        3. 6.16.3. Street photography tips
      17. 6.17. Sunset and Sunrise Photography
        1. 6.17.1. Inspiration
        2. 6.17.2. Sunset and sunrise photography practice
        3. 6.17.3. Sunset and sunrise photography tips
      18. 6.18. Travel Photography
        1. 6.18.1. Inspiration
        2. 6.18.2. Travel photography practice
        3. 6.18.3. Travel photography tips
      19. 6.19. Winter Photography
        1. 6.19.1. Inspiration
        2. 6.19.2. Winter photography practice
        3. 6.19.3. Winter photography tips
    4. 7. Downloading, Editing, and Outputting
      1. 7.1. Downloading
        1. 7.1.1. Downloading from the camera
        2. 7.1.2. Downloading from a card reader
      2. 7.2. In-Camera Editing
        1. 7.2.1. Deleting
        2. 7.2.2. Protecting images
        3. 7.2.3. Batch erase using protection
        4. 7.2.4. Rotating images
        5. 7.2.5. Adding audio comments
        6. 7.2.6. Adjusting color
      3. 7.3. Image Editing via Software
        1. 7.3.1. Image management
          1. 7.3.1.1. Rate
          2. 7.3.1.2. Filter
          3. 7.3.1.3. Keywords
        2. 7.3.2. Image adjustment
        3. 7.3.3. Resizing images for e-mail
      4. 7.4. Printing
        1. 7.4.1. Printing from the camera
        2. 7.4.2. Printing from the computer
      5. 7.5. Television Slide Shows
    5. 8. Using the Video Feature
      1. 8.1. Setting Up to Record
        1. 8.1.1. Resolution
        2. 8.1.2. Frame rate
        3. 8.1.3. White balance
        4. 8.1.4. Exposure
        5. 8.1.5. Focus
        6. 8.1.6. Recording the video
      2. 8.2. Knowing the Limitations
        1. 8.2.1. Frame rate versus resolution
        2. 8.2.2. Recording length
        3. 8.2.3. Storage
        4. 8.2.4. Sound
      3. 8.3. When the Shooting Stops
        1. 8.3.1. In-camera editing
        2. 8.3.2. Editing on the computer
      4. 8.4. Video Tips
  9. III. Appendixes
    1. A. Online Resources
      1. A.1. Updating
        1. A.1.1. Firmware updates
        2. A.1.2. Software updates
      2. A.2. Learning More
        1. A.2.1. PowerShot
          1. A.2.1.1. Canon USA
          2. A.2.1.2. Canon Canada
          3. A.2.1.3. Canon Japan
        2. A.2.2. Photography publications
          1. A.2.2.1. PCPhoto
          2. A.2.2.2. Outdoor Photographer
          3. A.2.2.3. Popular Photography & Imaging
          4. A.2.2.4. Shutterbug
        3. A.2.3. Photographic equipment reviews
          1. A.2.3.1. Imaging Resource
          2. A.2.3.2. Digital Camera Resource Page
          3. A.2.3.3. Photography Review
          4. A.2.3.4. Digital Photography Review
      3. A.3. Photo Sharing
        1. A.3.1.
          1. A.3.1.1. Snapfish
          2. A.3.1.2. Shutterfly
          3. A.3.1.3. Phanfare
          4. A.3.1.4. Flickr
          5. A.3.1.5. Kodak Easyshare Gallery
  10. Glossary