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Canon® EOS 60D: Digital Field Guide by Charlotte K. Lowrie

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Chapter 2: Choosing Camera Options and Reviewing Images

The first step when you get a new camera is to set it up to your liking. That sounds easy enough, and you may have already set up your 60D. However, some options are particularly important — especially those that affect the image size and quality because they affect how large you can print your images. So even if you’ve set these options, be sure to review the image quality sections in this chapter. In addition, this chapter discusses a new 60D feature that enables you to edit and convert RAW images and save the edited image in JPEG format in the camera so that you can print the JPEG image from the media card. This chapter also details how to resize JPEG images in the camera, set the image aspect ratio, set up file numbering and folders, add your copyright to images, and use options that make it easier for you to keep track of, review, and protect images from accidental erasure.

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Careful camera setup helps ensure the best image quality, and you don’t have to spend time tweaking settings when you’re ready to begin shooting. For this shot, I chose RAW capture with my copyright embedded into the image file. Exposure: ISO 400, f/3.2, 1/640 second.

Choosing Image Format and Quality

One of the most important setup choices is choosing the image quality level. Only a few years ago, people routinely chose lower image resolution ...

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