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David Busch’s Canon® Eos 60D: Guide to Digital SLR Photography

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The Canon EOS 60D replaces the previous 50D model and is targeted at advanced photo hobbyists looking for sophisticated features. Smaller than its predecessor and with 18 megapixel resolution and an articulated color LCD, the 60D is an upscale, affordable, advanced dSLR for those who want faster continuous shooting frame rates and an advanced exposure metering system. DAVID BUSCH'S CANON EOS 60D GUIDE TO DIGITAL SLR PHOTOGRAPHY shows you how, when, and why to use all the cool features, controls, and functions of the 60D to take great photographs of anything. Introductory chapters will help you get comfortable with the basics of your camera before you dive right into exploring creative ways to apply 60D file formats, resolution, aperture/priority exposure, and automatic exposure features. Beautiful, full-color images illustrate where the essential buttons and dials are, so you'll quickly learn how to use your 60D, and use it like a pro!

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
    1. Dedication
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. About the Author
  4. Preface
  5. Introduction
    1. Why the Canon EOS 60D Needs Special Coverage
    2. Who Am I?
  6. I. Getting Started with Your Canon EOS 60D
    1. 1. Canon EOS 60D: Thinking Outside of the Box
      1. First Things First
      2. Initial Set-up
        1. Battery Included
          1. Power Options
          2. Charging the Battery
        2. Final Steps
          1. Mounting the Lens
          2. Adjusting Diopter Correction
          3. Inserting a Memory Card
          4. Formatting a Memory Card
          5. How Many Shots Left? Guess!
      3. Activating Your EOS 60D
        1. Setting the Time and Date
    2. 2. Canon EOS 60D Quick Start
      1. Selecting a Shooting Mode
      2. Choosing a Metering Mode
      3. Choosing a Focus Mode
      4. Selecting a Focus Point
      5. Other Settings
        1. Adjusting the ISO Sensitivity
        2. Using the Self-Timer
      6. Using the Built-in Flash
      7. Taking a Picture
      8. Reviewing the Images You’ve Taken
        1. Cruising through Index Views
      9. Transferring Photos to Your Computer
    3. 3. Canon EOS 60D Roadmap
      1. Canon EOS 60D: Front View
      2. The Canon EOS 60D’s Business End
        1. Using the Quick Control Screen
      3. Going Topside
      4. LCD Panel Readouts
      5. Lens Components
      6. Looking Inside the Viewfinder
      7. Underneath Your EOS 60D
  7. II. Beyond the Basics
    1. 4. Understanding Exposure
      1. Getting a Handle on Exposure
      2. How the EOS 60D Calculates Exposure
        1. Correctly Exposed
        2. Overexposed
        3. Underexposed
      3. Choosing a Metering Method
      4. Choosing an Exposure Method
        1. Basic Zone Exposure Methods
        2. Aperture-Priority
        3. Shutter-Priority
        4. Program Mode
        5. Making EV Changes
        6. Manual Exposure
      5. Adjusting Exposure with ISO Settings
      6. Exposure Bracketing
        1. Fine-Tuning Exposure Bracketing
        2. Bracketing and Merge to HDR
      7. Dealing with Noise
      8. Fixing Exposures with Histograms
      9. Basic Zone Modes
        1. That Quick Control Screen Again
          1. Full Auto/Full Auto (No Flash)
          2. Creative Auto Mode
          3. Other Basic Zone Modes
    2. 5. Mastering the Mysteries of Autofocus
      1. How Focus Works
        1. Phase Detection
        2. Cross-Type Focus Points
        3. Contrast Detection
      2. Focus Modes
        1. Adding Circles of Confusion
        2. Making Sense of Sensors
        3. Autofocus Modes
          1. One-Shot AF
          2. AI Servo AF
          3. AI Focus AF
      3. Setting the AF Point
    3. 6. Live View and Movies
      1. Working with Live View
        1. Live View Essentials
        2. Enabling Live View
        3. Activating Live View
        4. Focusing in Live View
          1. Live Mode
          2. Live (Face Detection) Mode
          3. Quick Mode
          4. Manual Mode
        5. Using Simulated Exposure
        6. Silent Shooting
      2. Shooting Movies
        1. Movie Settings
        2. Capturing Video/Sound
      3. Tips for Shooting Better Movies
        1. Make a Shooting Script
        2. Use Storyboards
        3. Storytelling in Video
        4. Lighting for Video
          1. Illumination
        5. Creative Lighting
          1. Lighting Styles
        6. Tips for Better Audio
    4. 7. Advanced Shooting
      1. Continuous Shooting
      2. More Exposure Options
      3. A Tiny Slice of Time
        1. Working with Short Exposures
      4. Long Exposures
        1. Three Ways to Take Long Exposures
        2. Working with Long Exposures
      5. Delayed Exposures
        1. Self-Timer
        2. Time-Lapse/Interval Photography
      6. WiFi and Geotagging
        1. Focus Stacking
  8. III. Advanced Tools
    1. 8. Customizing with the Shooting and Playback Menus
      1. Anatomy of the EOS 60D’s Menus
      2. Shooting 1, 2, 3, & 4 Menu Options
        1. Quality Settings
          1. JPEG vs. RAW
        2. Beep
        3. Release Shutter Without Card
        4. Image Review
        5. Peripheral Illumination Correction
        6. Red-Eye Reduction
        7. Flash Control
          1. Flash Firing
          2. Built-in Flash Function Setting
          3. External Flash Function Setting
          4. External Flash Custom Function Setting
          5. Clear External Flash Custom Function Setting
        8. Exposure Compensation/ Automatic Exposure Bracketing
        9. Auto Lighting Optimizer
        10. Picture Style
          1. Selecting Picture Styles
          2. Defining Picture Styles
          3. Adjusting Styles with the Picture Style Editor
          4. Uploading a Picture Style to the Camera
          5. Changing a Picture Style’s Settings from the EOS Utility
          6. Getting More Picture Styles
        11. White Balance
        12. Custom White Balance
        13. White Balance Shift and Bracketing
        14. Color Space
        15. Dust Delete Data
        16. ISO Auto
        17. Live View Shooting Settings
        18. AF Mode
        19. Grid Display
        20. Aspect Ratio
        21. Exposure Simulation
        22. Silent Shooting
        23. Metering Timer
      3. Playback 1 & 2 Menu Options
        1. Protect Images
        2. Rotate
        3. Erase Images
        4. Print Order
        5. Creative Filters
        6. Resize
        7. RAW Image Processing
        8. Highlight Alert
        9. Autofocus Points Display
        10. Histogram
        11. Slide Show
        12. Image Jump with Main Dial
        13. Rating
        14. Ctrl over HDMI
    2. 9. Customizing with the Set-up Menu, Custom Functions, and My Menu
      1. Set-up 1, 2, and 3 Menu Options
        1. Auto Power Off
        2. Auto Rotate
        3. Format
        4. File Numbering
        5. Select Folder
        6. LCD Brightness
        7. Date/Time
        8. Language
        9. Video System
        10. Sensor Cleaning
        11. Lock
        12. Battery Info.
          1. Registering Your Battery Packs
        13. INFO. Button
        14. Camera User Setting
        15. Copyright Settings
          1. Entering Text
        16. Clear All Camera Settings
        17. Firmware Version
      2. Custom Functions I/II/III/IV
        1. Custom Function I (C.Fn I): Exposure
          1. C.Fn I-01: Size of Exposure Adjustments
          2. C.Fn I-02: Size of ISO Sensitivity Adjustments
          3. C.Fn I-03: Whether ISO 12800 Is Available or Disabled
          4. C.Fn I-04: Whether Bracketing Is Cancelled Automatically
          5. C.Fn I-05: Order in Which Bracketing Changes Are Applied
          6. C.Fn I-06: Overriding Your Preference in Aperture-Priority or Shutter-Priority Modes
          7. C.Fn I-07: Flash Synchronization Speed when Using Aperture-Priority
        2. Custom Function II (C.Fn II): Image
          1. C.Fn II-01: Reducing Noise Effects at Shutter Speeds of One Second or Longer
          2. C.Fn II-02: Eliminating Noise Caused by Higher ISO Sensitivities
          3. C.Fn II-03: Improving Detail in Highlights
        3. Custom Function III (C.Fn III): Autofocus/Drive
          1. C.Fn III-01: How the Autofocus System Behaves when Autofocus Fails
          2. C.Fn III-02: Control Used to Select an Autofocus Point
          3. C.Fn III-03: Whether the Autofocus Points Are Highlighted in the Viewfinder
          4. C.Fn III-04: Activation of the Autofocus Assist Lamp
          5. C.Fn III-05: Whether It Is Possible to Lock Up the Viewing Mirror Prior to an Exposure
        4. Custom Function IV (C.Fn IV): Operation/Others
          1. C.Fn IV-01: What Happens when You Partially Depress the Shutter Release/Press the AF-ON Button/Press the AE Lock Button
          2. C.Fn IV-02: Using the SET Button as a Function Key
          3. C.Fn IV-03: Reverse Dial Direction when Using Shutter-Priority or Aperture-Priority
          4. C.Fn IV-04: Which Focusing Screen Is Installed
          5. C.Fn IV-05: Activating Data Verification Feature
        5. Clear All Custom Func (C.Fn) Settings
      3. My Menu
    3. 10. Working with Lenses
      1. But Don’t Forget the Crop Factor
      2. Your First Lens
        1. Buy Now, Expand Later
      3. What Lenses Can You Use?
        1. EF vs. EF-S
      4. Ingredients of Canon’s Alphanumeric Soup
      5. Your Second (and Third...) Lens
        1. What Lenses Can Do for You
        2. Zoom or Prime?
      6. Categories of Lenses
      7. Using Wide-Angle and Wide-Zoom Lenses
        1. Avoiding Potential Wide-Angle Problems
      8. Using Telephoto and Tele-Zoom Lenses
        1. Avoiding Telephoto Lens Problems
        2. Telephotos and Bokeh
      9. Add-ons and Special Features
        1. Lens Hoods
        2. Telephoto Extenders
        3. Macro Focusing
        4. Image Stabilization
    4. 11. Working with Light
      1. Continuous Illumination versus Electronic Flash
      2. Continuous Lighting Basics
        1. Daylight
        2. Incandescent/Tungsten Light
        3. Fluorescent Light/Other Light Sources
        4. Adjusting White Balance
      3. Electronic Flash Basics
        1. How Electronic Flash Works
          1. Ghost Images
          2. Avoiding Sync Speed Problems
        2. Determining Exposure
          1. Guide Numbers
      4. Getting Started with the Built-In Flash
        1. Basic Zone Flash
        2. Creative Zone Flash
        3. Flash Range
        4. Red-Eye Reduction and Autofocus Assist
        5. Using FE Lock and Flash Exposure Compensation
      5. More on Flash Control Settings
        1. Flash Firing
        2. Built-in Flash Function Setting
        3. Using Flash Mode
          1. E-TTL II
          2. Manual Flash
        4. External Flash Function Setting
          1. Learning about MULTI Flash
          2. High-Speed Sync
        5. External Flash Custom Function Setting
        6. Clear External Flash Custom Function Setting
      6. Using External Electronic Flash
        1. Speedlite 580EX II
        2. Speedlite 430EX II
        3. Speedlite 320EX
        4. Speedlite 270EX II
        5. Ringlights
      7. More Advanced Lighting Techniques
        1. Diffusing and Softening the Light
        2. Using Multiple Light Sources
          1. Basic Flash Set-ups
          2. Studio Flash
          3. Connecting Multiple Units to Your Canon EOS 60D
        3. Other Lighting Accessories
          1. Soft Boxes
          2. Light Stands
          3. Backgrounds
          4. Snoots and Barn Doors
    5. 12. Using the 60D’s Wireless Flash Controller
      1. Elements of Wireless Flash
        1. Which Flashes Can Be Operated Wirelessly?
      2. Getting Started
      3. Selecting Wireless Functions
        1. Internal/External Flash Ratio Setting
        2. Wireless Flash Only
        3. Using Wireless and Built-in Flash
      4. Working with Groups
        1. Choosing a Channel
      5. Flash Release Function
      6. Using Wireless Flash Creatively
      7. Single-Flash Unit Ideas
        1. Single Flash Unit and Sunlight
        2. Single Flash Unit with a Reflector
        3. Side Lighting for Effect
        4. Shooting Through Blinds
        5. Adding a Gel for a Special Effect
        6. Raising Your Flash up High Via Monopod or Light Stand
      8. Two-Light Setups
        1. “Old” Hollywood Glamour Lighting Revisited
        2. Macro Lighting
        3. Lighting Family Get-togethers
        4. Outdoor Lighting for Cleaner Images
    6. 13. Downloading, Editing, and Printing Your Images
      1. Printing
        1. Direct Printing from the Camera
        2. Direct Print Order Format (DPOF) Printing
      2. Using the Supplied Software
        1. EOS Utility
        2. Digital Photo Professional
        3. Picture Style Editor
        4. ZoomBrowser/ImageBrowser
        5. PhotoStitch
      3. Transferring Your Photos
        1. Using a Card Reader and Software
        2. Dragging and Dropping
      4. Editing Your Photos
        1. Image Editors
          1. Adobe Photoshop/Photoshop Elements.
          2. Corel Photo Paint.
          3. Corel Paint Shop Pro.
          4. Corel Painter.
          5. Corel PhotoImpact.
        2. RAW Utilities
          1. Digital Photo Professional
          2. IrfanView
          3. Phase One Capture One Pro (C1 Pro)
          4. Bibble Pro
          5. BreezeBrowser
        3. Adobe Photoshop
    7. 14. Canon EOS 60D: Troubleshooting and Prevention
      1. Updating Your Firmware
        1. Official Firmware
        2. Upgrading Your Firmware
          1. Using Direct Camera USB Link to Copy the Software
      2. Protecting Your LCD
      3. Troubleshooting Memory Cards
        1. All Your Eggs in One Basket?
        2. What Can Go Wrong?
        3. What Can You Do?
      4. Cleaning Your Sensor
        1. Dust the FAQs, Ma’am
        2. Identifying and Dealing with Dust
        3. Avoiding Dust
        4. Sensor Cleaning
          1. Placing the Shutter in the Locked and Fully Upright Position for Landing
          2. Air Cleaning
          3. Brush Cleaning
          4. Liquid Cleaning
          5. Tape Cleaning
  9. Glossary