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David Busch’s Canon® EOS 5D Mark II: Guide to Digital SLR Photography

Book Description

"David Busch's Canon EOS 5D Mark II Guide to Digital SLR Photography" is perfect for those new to digital photography or those who just want to make sure they get the most out of their Canon EOS 5D Mark II. The book is a complete guide to this digital SLR camera, including how to utilize the amazing 21 megapixels of resolution, enhanced high-ISO performance, and many other features unique to the 5D Mark II. After the introductory chapters designed to create familiarity with the camera, the book delves into various shooting situations and recommendations on how to get the best possible shots with full-color photos to illustrate each. Readers will discover a wealth of tips and information not found in the user's manual, so new users and pros alike will find "David Busch's Canon EOS 5D Mark II Guide to Digital SLR Photography" an indispensable tool for achieving the best possible photographs.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
    1. Dedication
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. About the Author
  4. Preface
  5. Introduction
    1. Why the Canon EOS 5D Mark II Needs Special Coverage
    2. Who Am I?
  6. I. Getting Started with Your Canon EOS 5D Mark II
    1. 1. Canon EOS 5D Mark II: Thinking Outside of the Box
      1. First Things First
      2. Initial Set-up
        1. Battery Included
          1. Power Options
          2. Charging the Battery
        2. Final Steps
          1. Mounting the Lens
          2. Adjusting Diopter Correction
          3. Inserting a Compact Flash Card
          4. Formatting a Memory Card
          5. How Many Shots Left? Guess!
      3. Activating Your EOS 5D Mark II
        1. Setting the Time and Date
    2. 2. Canon EOS 5D Mark II Quick Start
      1. Selecting a Shooting Mode
      2. Choosing a Metering Mode
      3. Choosing a Focus Mode
      4. Selecting a Focus Point
      5. Other Settings
        1. Adjusting White Balance and ISO
        2. Using the Self-Timer
      6. Taking a Picture
      7. Reviewing the Images You’ve Taken
        1. Cruising through Index Views
      8. Transferring Photos to Your Computer
    3. 3. Canon EOS 5D Mark II Roadmap
      1. Canon EOS 5D Mark II: Front View
      2. The Canon EOS 5D Mark II’s Business End
        1. Right Side Controls
      3. Going Topside
      4. LCD Panel Readouts
      5. Lens Components
      6. Looking Inside the Viewfinder
      7. Underneath Your EOS 5D Mark II
  7. II. Beyond the Basics
    1. 4. Understanding Exposure
      1. Getting a Handle on Exposure
      2. How the EOS 5D Mark II Calculates Exposure
      3. Choosing a Metering Method
      4. Choosing an Exposure Method
        1. Full Auto
        2. Creative Auto
        3. Aperture-Priority
        4. Shutter-Priority
        5. Program Mode
        6. Making EV Changes
          1. Fast and Klutzy EV Changes
          2. Slower, Easier EV Changes
        7. Manual Exposure
      5. Adjusting Exposure with ISO Settings
      6. Exposure Bracketing
        1. Fine-Tuning Exposure Bracketing
        2. Bracketing and Merge to HDR
      7. Dealing with Noise
      8. Fixing Exposures with Histograms
    2. 5. Mastering the Mysteries of Autofocus
      1. How Focus Works
        1. Phase Detection
        2. Cross-Type Focus Point
        3. Contrast Detection
      2. Focus Modes
        1. Adding Circles of Confusion
        2. Making Sense of Sensors
        3. Autofocus Modes
          1. One-Shot AF
          2. AI Servo AF
          3. AI Focus AF
      3. Setting the AF Point
        1. Other AF Options
          1. Avoiding Endless Focus Hunting
          2. Show AF points/Grid in the Viewfinder
          3. Activate/Deactivate the Autofocus Assist Lamp
      4. Fine-Tuning the Focus of Your Lenses
      5. Lens Tune-Up
        1. Evaluate Current Focus
        2. Make Adjustments
    3. 6. Advanced Shooting, Live View, and Movies
      1. Working with Live View
        1. What You Can/Cannot Do with Live View
        2. Enabling Live View
      2. Screen Settings
        1. Activating Live View
        2. Focusing in Live View
          1. Live Mode
          2. Live (Face Detection) Mode
          3. Quick Mode
          4. Manual Mode
        3. Using Simulated Exposure
        4. Silent Shooting
      3. Shooting Movies
        1. Capturing Video/Sound
      4. Tips for Shooting Better Video
        1. Shooting Script/Storyboards
        2. Storytelling in Video
        3. Composition
        4. Lighting for Video
          1. Illumination
          2. Creative Lighting
        5. Recording Audio
        6. Tips for Better Audio
      5. Continuous Shooting
      6. More Exposure Options
      7. A Tiny Slice of Time
        1. Working with Short Exposures
      8. Long Exposures
        1. Three Ways to Take Long Exposures
        2. Working with Long Exposures
      9. Delayed Exposures
        1. Self-Timer
        2. Remote Control
        3. Time-Lapse/Interval Photography
      10. Focus Stacking
  8. III. Advanced Tools
    1. 7. Customizing with the Shooting and Playback Menus
      1. Anatomy of the EOS 5D Mark II’s Menus
      2. Shooting 1 & 2 Menu Options
        1. Quality Settings
          1. JPEG vs. RAW
        2. Beep
        3. Shoot Without a Compact Flash Card Installed
        4. Review Time
        5. Peripheral Illumination Correction
        6. Automatic Exposure Bracketing
        7. White Balance
        8. Custom White Balance
          1. Using an ExpoDisk
        9. White Balance Shift and Bracketing
        10. Color Space
        11. Picture Style
          1. Selecting Picture Styles
          2. Defining Picture Styles
          3. Adjusting Styles with the Picture Style Editor
          4. Get More Picture Styles
        12. Dust Delete Data
      3. Playback 1 & 2 Menu Options
        1. Protect
        2. Rotate
        3. Erase Images
        4. Print Order
        5. Transfer Order
        6. Highlight Alert
        7. Autofocus Points Display
        8. Histogram
        9. Slide Show
        10. Image Jump with Main Dial
    2. 8. Customizing with Set-up, Custom Functions, and My Menus
      1. Set-up 1, 2, and 3 Menu Options
        1. Auto Power Off
        2. Auto Rotate
        3. Format
        4. File Numbering
        5. Select Folder
        6. LCD Brightness
        7. Date/Time
        8. Language
        9. Video System
        10. Sensor Cleaning
        11. Live View/Movie Function Settings
        12. Battery Info
          1. Registering Your Battery Packs
        13. INFO. Button
        14. External Speedlite Control
        15. Camera User Setting
        16. Clear All Camera Settings
        17. Firmware Version
      2. Custom Functions I/II/III/IV
        1. Custom Function I (C.Fn I): Exposure
          1. C.Fn I-01: Size of Exposure Adjustments
          2. C.Fn I-02: Size of ISO Sensitivity Adjustments
          3. C.Fn I-03: Whether ISO 50, 12,800, and 25,600 Are Available or Disabled
          4. C.Fn I-04: Whether Bracketing Is Cancelled Automatically
          5. C.Fn I-05: Order in Which Bracketing Changes Are Applied
          6. C.Fn 1-06: Overriding Your Preference in Aperture-Priority or Shutter-Priority Modes
          7. C.Fn I-07: Flash Synchronization Speed when Using Aperture-Priority
        2. Custom Function II (C.Fn II): Image
          1. C.Fn II-01: Reducing Noise Effects at Shutter Speeds of One Second or Longer
          2. C.Fn II-02: Eliminating Noise Caused by Higher ISO Sensitivities
          3. C.Fn II-03: Improving Detail in Highlights
          4. C.Fn II-04: Improving Contrast
        3. Custom Function III (C.Fn III): Autofocus/Drive
          1. C.Fn III-01: How the Autofocus System Behaves when Autofocus Fails
          2. C.Fn III-02: Function of the AF Stop Button on Certain Canon Image-Stabilized Lenses
          3. C.Fn III-03: Controller Used to Select Autofocus Points Manually
          4. C.Fn III-04: Whether the Autofocus Points Are Highlighted in the Viewfinder
          5. C.Fn III-05: Activation of the Autofocus Assist Lamp
          6. C.Fn III-06: Whether It Is Possible to Lock Up the Viewing Mirror Prior to an Exposure
          7. C.Fn III-07: Enable/Disable Assist AF points
          8. C.Fn III-08: Fine-tuning Your Autofocus Lenses
        4. Custom Function IV (C.Fn IV): Operation/Other
          1. C.Fn IV-01: What Happens when You Partially Depress the Shutter Release/Press the AF-ON Button
          2. C.Fn IV-02: Swapping the Functions of the AF-ON and AE Lock Buttons
          3. C.Fn IV-03: Using the SET Button as a Function Key
          4. C.Fn IV-04: Reverse Dial Direction when Using Shutter-Priority or Aperture-Priority
          5. C.Fn IV-05: Which Focusing Screen Is Installed
          6. C.Fn IV-06: Activating Data Verification Feature
        5. Clear All Custom Func (C. Fn) Settings
      3. My Menu
    3. 9. Working with Lenses
      1. Forget the Crop Factor!
      2. Your First Lens
        1. Buy Now, Expand Later
      3. What Lenses Can You Use?
        1. EF vs. EF-S
      4. Ingredients of Canon’s Alphanumeric Soup
      5. Your Second (and Third…) Lens
        1. What Lenses Can Do for You
        2. Zoom or Prime?
      6. Categories of Lenses
      7. Using Wide-Angle and Wide-Zoom Lenses
        1. Avoiding Potential Wide-Angle Problems
      8. Using Telephoto and Tele-Zoom Lenses
        1. Avoiding Telephoto Lens Problems
        2. Telephotos and Bokeh
      9. Add-ons and Special Features
        1. Lens Hoods
        2. Telephoto Extenders
        3. Macro Focusing
        4. Image Stabilization
    4. 10. Working with Light
      1. Continuous Illumination versus Electronic Flash
      2. Continuous Lighting Basics
        1. Daylight
        2. Incandescent/Tungsten Light
        3. Fluorescent Light/Other Light Sources
        4. Adjusting White Balance
      3. Electronic Flash Basics
        1. How Electronic Flash Works
          1. Ghost Images
          2. Avoiding Sync Speed Problems
        2. Determining Exposure
          1. Guide Numbers
      4. Getting Started with Electronic Flash
        1. Flash Range
        2. Using FE Lock and Flash Exposure Compensation
      5. More on Flash Control Settings
        1. When to Disable Flash Firing
        2. Using Flash Mode
          1. E-TTL II
          2. Manual Flash
          3. MULTI Flash
          4. High-Speed Sync
      6. Other External Flash Settings
        1. Clear External Flash Custom Function Setting
      7. Canon’s External Electronic Flash
        1. Speedlite 580EX II
        2. Speedlite 430EX II
        3. Speedlite 270EX
        4. Ringlights
      8. More Advanced Lighting Techniques
        1. Diffusing and Softening the Light
        2. Using Multiple Light Sources
          1. Basic Flash Set-ups
          2. Studio Flash
          3. Connecting Multiple Units to Your Canon EOS 5D Mark II
        3. Other Lighting Accessories
          1. Soft Boxes
          2. Light Stands
          3. Backgrounds
          4. Snoots and Barn Doors
    5. 11. Using the Canon EOS 5D Mark II for Wireless Flash
      1. Elements of Wireless Flash
      2. Getting Started
      3. Selecting Wireless Functions
        1. Choosing a Channel
        2. Working with Groups
        3. Group Configurations
        4. Flash Ratios
      4. Using Wireless Flash Creatively
      5. Single-Flash Unit Ideas
        1. Single Flash Unit and Sunlight
        2. Single Flash Unit with a Reflector
        3. Side Lighting for Effect
        4. Shooting Through Blinds
        5. Adding a Gel for a Special Effect
        6. Raising Your Flash up High Via Monopod or Light Stand
      6. Two-Light Set-ups
        1. “Old” Hollywood Glamour Lighting Revisited
        2. Macro Lighting
        3. Lighting Family Get-togethers
        4. Outdoor Lighting for Cleaner Images
      7. Three-Light Set-ups
        1. Studio Portraiture with Off-Camera Wireless Shoe Mount Flash Units
  9. IV. Enhancing Your Experience
    1. 12. Downloading, Editing, and Printing Your Images
      1. Printing
        1. Direct Printing from the Camera
        2. Direct Print Order Format (DPOF) Printing
      2. Transferring Your Photos
        1. Direct-Direct Transfer/Indirect-Direct Transfer
          1. Direct-Direct Transfer
          2. Indirect-Direct Transfer
        2. Using a Card Reader and Software
        3. Dragging and Dropping
      3. Using the Supplied Software
        1. EOS Utility
        2. Digital Photo Professional
        3. Picture Style Editor
        4. ZoomBrowser/ImageBrowser
        5. PhotoStitch
      4. Editing Your Photos
        1. Image Editors
        2. RAW Utilities
          1. Digital Photo Professional
          2. IrfanView
          3. Phase One Capture One Pro (C1 Pro)
          4. Bibble Pro
          5. BreezeBrowser
        3. Adobe Photoshop
    2. 13. Canon EOS 5D Mark II: Troubleshooting and Prevention
      1. Power Sources
      2. Updating Your Firmware
        1. Official Firmware
        2. Upgrading Your Firmware
          1. Using Direct Camera USB Link to Copy the Software
      3. Protecting Your LCD
      4. Troubleshooting Memory Cards
        1. All Your Eggs in One Basket?
        2. What Can Go Wrong?
        3. What Can You Do?
      5. Cleaning Your Sensor
        1. Dust the FAQs, Ma’am
        2. Identifying and Dealing with Dust
        3. Avoiding Dust
        4. Sensor Cleaning
          1. Placing the Shutter in the Locked and Fully Upright Position for Landing
          2. Air Cleaning
          3. Brush Cleaning
          4. Liquid Cleaning
          5. Tape Cleaning
  10. Glossary