Chapter 1. Setting Up the EOS Rebel T2i/550D

If you have any experience in photography, then you may already know that the better you know your camera, the greater the chance that you'll be able to react quickly and confidently to photographic opportunities without missing a shot. If you're new to digital SLR cameras, then the T2i/550 may seem intimidating, but, as you'll see, the camera is both easy and fun to master. This chapter is designed to help you learn the EOS Rebel T2i/550 so you know what control to use and when to use it.

In addition, this chapter helps you set up the Rebel to best suit your shooting preferences and to get the best image quality. You'll also learn different ways to review images and protect them from accidental deletion.

Setting Up the EOS Rebel T2i/550D

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Roadmap to the Rebel T2i/550D

If you've been using the Rebel T2i/550D, then you already know that the most frequently used camera controls are located within finger's reach for quick adjustments as you're shooting. Less frequently used functions are accessible from the camera menus. The following sections will familiarize you with the T2i/550D controls and their names — names that are used throughout the book. You can refer back to these figures as you read the book to locate the controls you need.

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