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Canon® EOS Rebel XSi/450D Guide to Digital SLR Photography by David D. Busch

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Getting into Focus

Learning to use the Canon EOS Rebel XSi’s autofocus system is easy, but you do need to fully understand how the system works to get the most benefit from it. Once you’re comfortable with autofocus, you’ll know when it’s appropriate to use the manual focus option, too. The important thing to remember is that focus isn’t absolute. For example, some things that look in sharp focus at a given viewing size and distance might not be in focus at a larger size and/or closer distance. In addition, the goal of optimum focus isn’t always to make things look sharp. Not all of an image will be or should be sharp. Controlling exactly what is sharp and what is not is part of your creative palette. Use of depth-of-field characteristics to ...

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