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Canon EOS 7D Mark II: From Snapshots to Great Shots

Book Description

Now that you’ve bought the amazing Canon EOS 7D Mark II, you need a book that goes beyond a tour of the camera’s features to show you exactly how to use the camera to take great pictures. With Canon EOS 7D Mark II: From Snapshots to Great Shots, you get the perfect blend of photography instruction and camera reference that will take your images to the next level! Beautifully illustrated with large, vibrant photos, this book teaches you how to take control of your photography to get the image you want every time you pick up the camera.

Follow along with your friendly and knowledgeable guide, photographer and author Jeff Revell, and you will:

  • Learn the top ten things you need to know about shooting with the 7D Mark II

  • Use the 7D Mark II’s advanced camera settings to gain full control over the look and feel of your images

  • Master the photographic basics of composition, focus, depth of field, and much more

  • Learn all the best tricks and techniques for getting great action shots, landscapes, and portraits

  • Find out how to get great photos in low light

  • Learn the basics behind shooting video with your 7D Mark II and start making movies of your own

  • Fully grasp all the concepts and techniques as you go, with assignments at the end of every chapter

  • And once you’ve got the shot, show it off! Join the book’s Flickr group, share your photos, and discuss how you use your 7D Mark II to get great shots at flickr.com/group/7dmarkii_fromsnapshotstogreatshots.

    Table of Contents

    1. Title Page
    2. Copyright Page
    3. Dedication
    4. Acknowledgments
    5. Contents
    6. Introduction
    7. 1. The 7D Mark II Top Ten List
      1. Ten Tips to Make Your Shooting More Productive Right Out of the Box
      2. Poring Over the Camera
      3. Poring Over the Camera
      4. 1. Charge Your Battery
      5. 2. Turn Off the Release Shutter Without Card Setting
      6. 3. Set Your JPEG Image Quality
      7. 4. Turn Off the Auto ISO Setting
      8. 5. Set Your Focus Point and Mode
      9. 6. Set the Correct White Balance
      10. 7. Adjust the Viewfinder Diopter
      11. 8. Review Your Shots
      12. 9. Turn On the Highlight Alert
      13. 10. Hold Your Camera for Proper Shooting
      14. Chapter 1 Assignments
    8. 2. First Things First
      1. A Few Things to Know and Do Before You Begin Taking Pictures
      2. Poring Over the Picture
      3. Choosing the Right Memory Card
      4. Formatting Your Memory Card
      5. Updating the 7D Mark II’s Firmware
      6. Cleaning the Sensor
      7. Using the Right Format: RAW vs. JPEG
      8. Lenses and Focal Lengths
      9. What Is Exposure?
      10. Motion and Depth of Field
      11. Chapter 2 Assignments
    9. 3. Camera Shooting Modes
      1. Taking Your Photography to the Next Level
      2. Poring Over the Picture
      3. Scene Intelligent Auto Mode
      4. P: Program Mode
      5. Tv: Shutter Priority Mode
      6. Av: Aperture Priority Mode
      7. M: Manual Mode
      8. How I Shoot: A Closer Look at the Camera Settings I Use
      9. Chapter 3 Assignments
    10. 4. Moving Target
      1. The Tricks to Shooting Sports and More
      2. Poring Over the Picture
      3. Stop Right There!
      4. Using Shutter Priority (Tv) Mode to Stop Motion
      5. Using Aperture Priority (Av) Mode to Isolate Your Subject
      6. Keep Them in Focus with AI Servo and Auto AF Focus Point Selection
      7. Stop and Go with AI Focus AF
      8. Making a Case for Autofocus
      9. Manual Focus for Anticipated Action
      10. Keeping Up with the Continuous Shooting Mode
      11. A Sense of Motion
      12. Chapter 4 Assignments
    11. 5. Landscape Photography
      1. Tips, Tools, and Techniques to Get the Most Out of Your Landscape Photography
      2. Poring Over the Picture
      3. Sharp and in Focus: Using Tripods
      4. Selecting the Proper ISO
      5. Using Noise Reduction
      6. Selecting a White Balance
      7. Using the Landscape Picture Style
      8. Taming Bright Skies with Exposure Compensation
      9. Shooting Beautiful Black-and-White Landscapes
      10. The Golden Light
      11. Where to Focus
      12. Easier Focusing
      13. Making Water Fluid
      14. Directing the Viewer: A Word About Composition
      15. Chapter 5 Assignments
    12. 6. Say Cheese!
      1. Settings and Features to Make Great Portraits
      2. Poring Over the Picture
      3. Using Aperture Priority Mode
      4. Metering Modes for Portraits
      5. Using the AE Lock Feature
      6. Focusing: The Eyes Have It
      7. Classic Black-and-White Portraits
      8. The Portrait Picture Style for Better Skin Tones
      9. Detect Faces with Live View
      10. Use Fill Flash for Reducing Shadows
      11. People on the Move
      12. Tips for Shooting Better Portraits
      13. Chapter 6 Assignments
    13. 7. Mood Lighting
      1. Shooting When the Lights Get Low
      2. Poring Over the Picture
      3. Raising the ISO: The Simple Solution
      4. Using Very High ISOs
      5. Using Multi Shot Noise Reduction
      6. Stabilizing the Situation
      7. Focusing in Low Light
      8. Shooting Long Exposures
      9. Using the Built-In Flash
      10. Compensating for the Flash Exposure
      11. Reducing Red-Eye
      12. Using an External Speedlite
      13. Flash and Glass
      14. Chapter 7 Assignments
    14. 8. Creative Compositions
      1. Improve Your Pictures with Sound Compositional Elements
      2. Poring Over the Picture
      3. Depth of Field
      4. Angles
      5. Point of View
      6. Patterns
      7. Color
      8. Contrast
      9. Leading Lines
      10. Splitting the Frame
      11. Chapter 8 Assignments
    15. 9. Lights, Camera, Action!
      1. Making Movies with the Canon 7D
      2. It’s All About the Lenses
      3. Giving a Different Look to Your Videos
      4. Tips for Better Video
      5. Watching and Editing Your Video
      6. Chapter 9 Assignments
    16. 10. Advanced Techniques
      1. Impress Your Family and Friends
      2. Poring Over the Picture
      3. Advanced Techniques to Explore
      4. Auto Lighting Optimizer
      5. Friday Night Flicker
      6. Customizing Your Camera Layout
      7. Customizing Your White Balance
      8. Chapter 10 Assignments
    17. 11. Pimp My Ride
      1. Upgrades and Accessories to Expand Your Camera’s Creative Potential
      2. Poring Over the Picture
      3. Filters
      4. Tripods
      5. Cable Release
      6. Macro Photography Accessories
      7. Hot-Shoe Flashes
      8. Getting a Grip
      9. Diffusers
      10. Camera Bags
      11. Bits and Pieces
      12. Conclusion
    18. Index