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Canon® EOS Digital Rebel XTi/400D Guide to Digital SLR Photography

Book Description

As the new owner of a Digital Rebel XTi/400D you are serious about photography and want to take professional-looking photographs. You also want to quickly and easily discover how, when, and why to use the most important features of your cutting-edge camera. "Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi/400D Guide to Digital SLR Photography" provides you with a concise guide to the essential functions and features of the Digital Rebel XTi/400D, teaching you how to select the best autofocus mode, shutter speed, f/stop, or flash capability to take perfect pictures of any kind under any conditions. Brimming with full-color images and examples, this book will help photographers of any level enhance their digital photography skills and techniques. Go in-depth with your Digital Rebel XTi/400D as you learn: -Basic controls and menu settings -How to choose and use lenses -Working with flash and lighting -Advanced shooting techniques You will also learn how to edit and enhance your photographs, as well as troubleshooting tips to maintain the condition of your Digital Rebel XTi/400D and its accessories.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
    1. Dedication
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. About the Author
  4. Preface
  5. Introduction
    1. Why the Canon Digital Rebel XTi Needs Special Coverage
    2. Who Am I?
    3. Chapter Outline
  6. Shooting Your First Digital Rebel XTi Picture
    1. Getting Ready to Shoot
    2. Selecting a Shooting Mode
    3. Choosing a Metering Mode
    4. Choosing a Focus Mode
    5. Selecting a Focus Point
    6. Other Settings
      1. Adjusting White Balance and ISO
      2. Using the Self-Timer
    7. Reviewing the Images You’ve Taken
    8. Transferring Photos to Your Computer
  7. Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi Roadmap
    1. The Canon Digital Rebel XTi’s Public Face
    2. The Canon Digital Rebel XTi’s Business End
    3. Going Topside
    4. LCD Panel Readouts
    5. Lens Components
    6. Looking Inside the Viewfinder
    7. Underneath Your Digital Rebel XTi
  8. Setting Up Your Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi
    1. Anatomy of the Digital Rebel XTi’s Menus
    2. Shooting Menu 1/2 Options
      1. Quality Settings
      2. Red-Eye Reduction
      3. Beep
      4. Shoot without Card
      5. Automatic Exposure Bracketing
      6. Flash Exposure Compensation
      7. White Balance Shift and Bracketing
      8. Custom White Balance
      9. Color Space
      10. Picture Style
      11. Dust Delete Data
    3. Playback Menu Options
      1. Protect
      2. Rotate
      3. Print Order
      4. Transfer Order
      5. Auto Play
      6. Review Time
      7. Histogram
    4. Set-Up Menu Options
      1. Auto Power Off
      2. Auto Rotate
      3. LCD Brightness
      4. LCD Auto Off
      5. Date/Time
      6. File Numbering
      7. Format
      8. Language
      9. Video System
      10. Custom Functions
      11. Clear Settings
      12. Sensor Cleaning: Auto
      13. Sensor Cleaning: Manual
      14. Firmware Version
  9. Getting the Right Exposure
    1. Getting a Handle on Exposure
    2. How the Digital Rebel XTi Calculates Exposure
    3. Choosing a Metering Method
    4. Choosing a Creative Zone Exposure Method
      1. A-DEP
      2. Aperture Priority
      3. Shutter Priority
      4. Program Mode
      5. Manual Exposure
    5. Selecting an Autofocus/Exposure Zone Manually
    6. Adjusting Exposure with ISO Settings
    7. Bracketing
    8. Dealing with Noise
    9. Fixing Exposures with Histograms
    10. Basic Zone Modes
  10. Advanced Shooting with Your Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi
    1. More Exposure Options
    2. Very Short Exposures
      1. Working with Short Exposures
    3. Long Exposures
      1. Three Ways to Take Long Exposures
      2. Working with Long Exposures
    4. Delayed Exposures
      1. Self-Timer
    5. Getting into Focus
    6. Focus Pocus
      1. Adding Circles of Confusion
      2. Making Sense of Sensors
      3. Your Autofocus Mode Options
      4. Setting AF Point
    7. Continuous Shooting
    8. Setting Image Parameters
      1. Customizing White Balance
      2. Picture Style Parameters
  11. Working with Lenses
    1. But First, a Word from Our Sensor
    2. Your First Lens
      1. Buy Now, Expand Later
    3. What Lenses Can You Use?
      1. EF vs. EF-S
    4. Ingredients of Canon’s Alphanumeric Soup
    5. Your Second (and Third…) Lens
      1. What Lenses Can Do for You
      2. Zoom or Prime?
    6. Categories of Lenses
    7. Using Wide-Angle and Wide-Zoom Lenses
      1. Avoiding Potential Wide-Angle Problems
    8. Using Telephoto and Tele-Zoom Lenses
      1. Avoiding Telephoto Lens Problems
      2. Telephotos and Bokeh
    9. Add-ons and Special Features
      1. Lens Hoods
      2. Telephoto Extenders
      3. Macro Focusing
      4. Image Stabilization
  12. Working with Light
    1. Continuous Illumination versus Electronic Flash
    2. Continuous Lighting Basics
      1. Daylight
      2. Incandescent/Tungsten Light
      3. Fluorescent Light/Other Light Sources
      4. Adjusting White Balance
    3. Electronic Flash Basics
      1. How Electronic Flash Works
    4. Using the Built-In Flash
      1. Basic Zone Flash
      2. Creative Zone Flash
      3. Using FE Lock and Flash Exposure Compensation
    5. Using External Electronic Flash
      1. Speedlite 580EX
      2. Speedlite 430EX
      3. Speedlite 220EX
    6. More Advanced Lighting Techniques
      1. Fill Flash
      2. Diffusing and Softening the Light
      3. Using Multiple Light Sources
      4. Other Lighting Accessories
        1. Soft Boxes
        2. Light Stands
        3. Backgrounds
        4. Snoots and Barn Doors
  13. Downloading and Editing Your Images
    1. What’s in the Box?
      1. EOS Utility
      2. ZoomBrowser/ImageBrowser
      3. Raw Image Task
      4. PhotoStitch
      5. Digital Photo Professional
    2. Transferring Your Photos
      1. Direct Transfer
      2. Using a Card Reader and Software
      3. Dragging and Dropping
    3. Editing Your Photos
      1. Image Editors
      2. RAW Utilities
        1. EOS Utility/Digital Photo Professional
        2. IrfanView
        3. Phase One Capture One Pro (C1 Pro)
        4. Bibble Pro
        5. BreezeBrowser
      3. Photoshop CS3
  14. Canon Digital Rebel XTi: Troubleshooting and Prevention
    1. Update Your Firmware
      1. Official Firmware
      2. Upgrading Your Firmware
    2. Protect Your LCD
    3. Troubleshooting Memory Cards
      1. All Your Eggs in One Basket?
      2. What Can Go Wrong?
      3. What Can You Do?
    4. Replacing Your Clock Battery
    5. Clean Your Sensor
      1. Dust the FAQs, Ma’am
      2. Identifying and Dealing with Dust
      3. Avoiding Dust
      4. Sensor Cleaning
  15. Glossary