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CANON DSLR: The Ultimate Photographer's Guide by Christopher Grey

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Basic Zone

For certain prosumer cameras, like the 30D, Canon offers two options for creative controls. Dubbed the Basic Zone and the Creative Zone, they are meant to be utilized by photographers of varying skill levels to produce great photographs. The Basic Zone, for example, uses icons to indicate automated imaging modes while the Creative Zone requires a deeper knowledge of how things work in a camera.

None of the Basic Zone modes allow changes in white balance, exposure compensation, or exposure beyond what the camera’s internal light meter says is correct. Instead, each mode is preset to what a photographer would typically choose for a specific ...

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