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

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Working with Short Exposures

You can have a lot of fun exploring the kinds of pictures you can take using very brief exposure times, whether you decide to take advantage of the actionstopping capabilities of your built-in or external electronic flash or work with the Canon EOS Rebel XSi’s faster shutter speeds. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Take revealing images. Fast shutter speeds can help you reveal the real subject behind the façade, by freezing constant motion to capture an enlightening moment in time. Legendary fashion/portrait photographer Philippe Halsman used leaping photos of famous people, such as the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Richard Nixon, and Salvador Dali to illuminate their real selves. Halsman said, “When you ask ...

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