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

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Chapter 3: Getting Great Exposures and Focus

With the EOS 60D, you are perfectly poised to take great quick-grab shots by letting the camera set the exposure and focus automatically, to take slightly more control using Creative Auto mode, or to take full creative control using the semiautomatic and manual modes. If you’re just learning about photography, the 60D has everything you need now and as you gain experience.

In this chapter, you learn about the 60D’s shooting modes and how to get tack-sharp focus. You also learn techniques to modify exposures when you encounter challenging scenes and subjects. In addition, this chapter details how to select a drive mode that determines the number of photos you can get while shooting. All these controls are tools for realizing your creative vision with the 60D.

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Keep a practiced eye out for the stunning pictures that surround you in everyday life. Exposure: ISO 200, f/8, 1/250 second with –1/3-stop of Exposure Compensation.

Working with Exposure

As you begin using the 60D, remember to set this goal for yourself: Get it right in the camera. It is too easy to see a problem with an image and think: “I’ll fix it in Photoshop.” But getting the best-possible exposure in the camera should be your first objective. Certainly you can polish many photos during editing, but seasoned photographers know that no amount of Photoshop editing can rival ...

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