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Canon EOS 40D Guide to Digital Photography by David D. Busch

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Basic Zone Modes

Your Canon EOS 40D includes seven Basic Zone shooting modes that can automatically make all the basic settings needed for certain types of shooting situations, such as portraits, landscapes, close-ups, sports, night portraits, and “no-flash zone” pictures. They are especially useful when you suddenly encounter a picturetaking opportunity and don’t have time to decide exactly which Creative Zone mode you want to use. Instead, you can spin the Mode Dial to the appropriate Basic Zone mode and fire away, knowing that, at least, you have a fighting chance of getting a good or usable photo.

Basic Zone modes are also helpful when you’re just learning to use your 40D. Once you’ve learned how to operate your camera, you’ll probably prefer ...

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