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Canon® PowerShot® Digital Field Guide by Michael Guncheon

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Quick Tour

In This Quick Tour

  • Getting your camera ready

  • Selecting a shooting mode

  • Selecting a Scene mode

  • Taking the picture

  • Image review

  • Deleting images

  • Output

It is exciting to unpack a new camera, fire it up, and see what it can do. And, a little patience in the beginning can provide a good foundation for capturing great photographs in the future.

This Quick Tour helps get you going by providing brief explanations of some of the controls and settings you need to use as you take your first photographs (and assumes you have read your camera manual). By the end of the Quick Tour you should be taking pictures with your PowerShot. Then, you can move into the later chapters where you find more detailed explanations of camera controls, rules for basic photo composition, and guides on how to capture different types of scenes.

Getting Your Camera Ready

Because this field guide covers a wide range of PowerShot models, it is important to point out some controls and indicators that are common throughout the series. On some models a given function is controlled by a single button while on other models several functions are grouped onto one control.

  • Power button. The power button is located on the top of most models. If it is near the shutter release button, it is slightly recessed so you don't accidentally turn off the camera instead of taking the picture.

  • Shutter release button. On some models the shutter release button is surrounded by the zoom control.

  • Indicators. If your camera has a viewfinder, you ...

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