Chapter 1. Exploring the Canon EOS 30D

In This Chapter

  • Camera and lens controls

  • Programmed modes

  • Metering modes

  • Exposure compensation

  • Auto exposure bracketing

  • AE lock

  • Bulb exposure

  • Evaluating exposure

  • Autofocus Modes

  • Understanding AF point selection

  • Viewing and image playback

  • Erasing images

  • Protecting images

  • Using the built-in flash

  • Setting custom functions

Whether you're a wedding photographer, a photojournalist, or an advanced photography aficionado, the Canon EOS 30D is a versatile tool with excellent image resolution and quality, a range of usable and expandable ISO settings so that you can rely on getting great images in low light at higher ISO settings. And at 5 frames per second (fps), you can capture everything from a bride and groom's quick exit to a limousine to the action of a breaking news story.

Weighing in at 24.7 ounces sans lens, the EOS 30D is easy to pack and easy to use. With instant on and instant wake-up from the battery-saving sleep mode via the shutter button and other camera buttons, there is no delay between seeing the image and capturing it.

In this chapter, you get an overview of exposure controls on the 30D, metering and autofocus modes, as well as customizing camera operations to suit your shooting preferences using Custom Functions.

Camera and Lens Controls

Any professional photographer knows that the most important first step in photography is learning the camera so thoroughly that he or she can operate it in the dark or blindfolded. Only then can camera adjustments be ...

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