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Taking Great Pictures, Automatically

In This Chapter

arrow Shooting your first pictures

arrow Setting focus and exposure automatically

arrow Getting better results by using the automatic scene modes

arrow Understanding the Ambience and Lighting/Scene Type features

arrow Gaining more control with Creative Auto mode

Are you old enough to remember the Certs television commercials from the 1960s and 1970s? “It’s a candy mint!” declared one actor. “It’s a breath mint!” argued another. Then a narrator declared the debate a tie and spoke the famous catchphrase: “It’s two, two, two mints in one!”

Well, that pretty much describes the 70D. On one hand, it provides a range of powerful controls, offering just about every feature a serious photographer could want. On the other, it also offers fully automated exposure modes that enable people with no experience to capture beautiful images. “It’s a sophisticated photographic ...

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