Quick Tour

Many photographers, both amateur and professional, relish that special joy of bringing new camera equipment home, opening the boxes, and taking the gear out for a test drive to see what it can do, whether it's a camera, lens, or special accessory.

As a professional photographer, that excitement has not diminished in the least, but I do take a bit of time now to check out all the buttons, menus, and external camera controls before making photographs with the new gear. I want to learn to see as the camera sees.

Quick Tour

The PowerShot G11 is speedy enough to capture these long-distance runners at a recent track meet. Taken in Aperture Priority at ISO 800, f/11, 1/800 second with a 21.7mm lens setting.

Getting Up and Running Quickly

This Quick Tour assumes you have read the PowerShot G11 manual and gets you up to speed by providing brief explanations of some of the controls and settings you need to use to make your first photographs with your new equipment.

At the end of this Quick Tour, you should feel comfortable making images with your new G11. By then, you should be ready to move on to the subsequent chapters, where you learn more detailed explanations of the camera's controls, dials, and buttons; some rules for basic photo compositions; and advice on how to get the most out of your camera in different types of shooting situations and scenes.

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