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David Busch’s Canon® EOS Rebel® XS/1000D: Guide to Digital SLR Photography

Book Description

Welcome to the Canon EOS Rebel XS/1000D, the most advanced entry-level digital SLR camera Canon has ever offered. David Busch's Canon EOS Rebel XS/1000D Guide to Digital SLR Photography will show you how to make the most of your camera's robust feature set, including 10 megapixel resolution, blazing fast automatic focus, and the real-time preview system Live View, to take outstanding photos. You'll learn how, when, and, most importantly, why to use all the cool features and functions of your camera to take eye-popping photographs. Introductory chapters will help you get comfortable with the basics of your camera before you dive right into exploring creative ways to apply the Canon EOS Rebel XS/1000D's exposure modes, focus controls, and electronic flash options. This book is chock full of hands-on tips for choosing lenses, flash units, and software products to use with your new camera. Beautiful, fullcolor images illustrate where the essential buttons and dials are, so you'll quickly learn how to use your Canon EOS Rebel XS/1000D, and use it well.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
    1. Dedication
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. About the Author
  4. Preface
  5. Introduction
    1. What’s Different about the Rebel XS—and This Book?
      1. Quick Snap Guide to Digital SLR Photography
      2. David Busch’s Quick Snap Guide to Using Digital SLR Lenses
      3. David Busch’s Quick Snap Guide to Lighting
      4. Mastering Digital SLR Photography, Second Edition
      5. Digital SLR Pro Secrets
    2. Why the Canon EOS Rebel XS Needs Special Coverage
    3. Who Am I?
  6. 1. Setting Up Your Canon EOS Rebel XS
    1. Contents of the Table
    2. Initial Setup
      1. Battery Included
        1. Power Options
        2. Charging the Battery
      2. Final Steps
        1. Mounting the Lens
        2. Adjusting Diopter Correction
        3. Inserting a Memory Card
        4. Turn on the Power
    3. Selecting a Shooting Mode
    4. Choosing a Metering Mode
    5. Choosing a Focus Mode
    6. Selecting a Focus Point
    7. Other Settings
      1. Adjusting White Balance and ISO
      2. Using the Self-Timer
    8. Reviewing the Images You’ve Taken
    9. Transferring Photos to Your Computer
  7. 2. Canon EOS Rebel XS/1000D Roadmap
    1. Front View
    2. The Canon EOS Rebel XS’s Business End
    3. Going Topside
    4. Underneath Your Rebel XS
    5. Lens Components
    6. LCD Panel Readouts
    7. Looking Inside the Viewfinder
  8. 3. Setting Up Your Canon EOS Rebel XS
    1. Anatomy of the Rebel XS’s Menus
    2. Shooting Menu 1 & 2 Options
      1. Quality Settings
        1. JPEG vs. RAW
      2. Red-Eye Reduction
      3. Beep
      4. Shoot without a Memory Card Installed
      5. Review Time Out
      6. Automatic Exposure Bracketing
      7. Flash Exposure Compensation
      8. Custom White Balance
      9. White Balance Shift and Bracketing
        1. White Balance Bracketing
      10. Color Space
      11. Picture Style
        1. Defining Picture Styles
      12. Dust Delete Data
    3. Playback Menu Options
      1. Protect
      2. Rotate
      3. Erase Images
      4. Print Order
      5. Transfer Order
      6. Histogram
      7. Auto Play
    4. Set-Up Menu 1, 2, and 3 Options
      1. Auto Power Off
      2. File Numbering
      3. Auto Rotate
      4. Format
      5. LCD Auto Off
      6. Screen Color
      7. LCD Brightness
      8. Date/Time
      9. Language
      10. Video System
      11. Sensor Cleaning
      12. Live View Function Settings
      13. Flash Control
        1. Flash Firing
        2. Built-in Flash Function Setting
        3. External Flash Function Setting
        4. External Flash Custom Function Setting
        5. Clear External Flash Custom Function Setting
      14. Custom Functions I, II, III, IV
        1. C.Fn.I-01: Size of Exposure Adjustments
          1. Exposure level increments
        2. C.Fn.I-02: Flash Synchronization Speed when Using Aperture Priority
          1. Flash sync. Speed in Av mode
        3. C.Fn.II-03: Reducing Noise Effects at Shutter Speeds of One Second or Longer
          1. Long exposure noise reduction
        4. C.Fn.II-04: Eliminating Noise Caused by Higher ISO Sensitivities
          1. High ISO speed noise reduct’n
        5. C.Fn.II-05: Fixing Dark, Low Contrast Images
          1. Auto lighting optimizer
        6. C.Fn.III-06: Activation of the Autofocus Assist Lamp
          1. AF-assist beam firing
        7. C.Fn.III-07: AF During Live View Shooting
          1. AF during Live View shooting
        8. C.Fn.III-08: Whether It Is Possible to Lock Up the Viewing Mirror Prior to an Exposure
          1. Mirror lockup
        9. C.Fn.IV-09: What Happens When You Partially Depress the Shutter Release/Press the AE Lock Button
          1. Shutter button/AE Lock button (*)
        10. C.Fn.IV-10: Using the Set Button as a Function Key
          1. SET button when shooting
        11. C.Fn.IV-11: LCD Display When Power On
          1. LCD display when power on
        12. C.Fn.IV-12: Activating Data Verification Feature
          1. Add original decision data
      15. Clear All Camera Settings
      16. Firmware Version
    5. My Menu
  9. 4. Getting the Right Exposure
    1. Understanding Exposure
    2. How the Rebel XS Calculates Exposure
    3. Choosing a Metering Method
    4. Choosing a Creative Zone Exposure Method
      1. A-DEP
      2. Aperture Priority
      3. Shutter Priority
      4. Program Mode
      5. Manual Exposure
    5. Adjusting Exposure with ISO Settings
    6. Bracketing
    7. Dealing with Noise
    8. Fixing Exposures with Histograms
    9. Basic Zone Modes
  10. 5. Advanced Techniques for Your Canon EOS Rebel XS
    1. Beyond Good Exposure
    2. Short Exposures
      1. Working with Short Exposures
    3. Long Exposures
      1. Three Ways to Take Long Exposures
      2. Working with Long Exposures
    4. Delayed Exposures
      1. Self-Timer
      2. Remote Control
      3. Time-Lapse/Interval Photography
    5. Getting into Focus
      1. Improved Cross-Type Focus Point
      2. Focus Modes
    6. Focus Pocus
      1. Adding Circles of Confusion
      2. Making Sense of Sensors
      3. Your Autofocus Mode Options
        1. One Shot AF
        2. AI Servo AF
        3. AI Focus AF
      4. Setting AF Point
    7. Continuous Shooting
    8. Setting Image Parameters
      1. Customizing White Balance
      2. Image Parameters in Picture Styles
    9. Working with Live View
      1. What You Can/Cannot Do with Live View
      2. Enabling Live View
      3. Activating Live View
      4. Manual Focusing
      5. Using Autofocus with Live View
      6. Phase Detection vs. Contrast Detection
  11. 6. Working with Lenses
    1. But Don’t 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
  12. 7. Making Light Work for You
    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. Determining Exposure
        3. Guide Numbers
    4. Using the Built-In Flash
      1. Basic Zone Flash
      2. Creative Zone Flash
      3. Using FE Lock and Flash Exposure Compensation
    5. Using External Electronic Flash
      1. Speedlite 580EX II
      2. Speedlite 430EX II
      3. Speedlite 220EX
    6. More Advanced Lighting Techniques
      1. Diffusing and Softening the Light
      2. Using Multiple Light Sources
        1. Basic Flash Setups
        2. Studio Flash
        3. Connecting Multiple Units to Your Canon EOS Rebel XS
      3. Other Lighting Accessories
        1. Soft Boxes
        2. Light Stands
        3. Backgrounds
        4. Snoots and Barn Doors
  13. 8. Downloading and Editing Your Images
    1. What’s in the Box?
      1. Picture Style Editor
      2. EOS Utility
      3. ZoomBrowser/ImageBrowser
      4. PhotoStitch
      5. Digital Photo Professional
    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. Editing Your Photos
      1. Image Editors
        1. Adobe Photoshop/Photoshop Elements
        2. Corel Photo Paint
        3. Corel Paint Shop Pro
        4. Macromedia Fireworks
        5. Corel Painter
        6. Corel PhotoImpact
      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
  14. 9. Canon EOS Rebel XS: Troubleshooting and Prevention
    1. Update Your Firmware
      1. Upgrading Your Firmware
    2. Protect Your LCD
    3. Troubleshooting Memory Cards
      1. All Your Eggs in One Basket?
      2. What Can Go Wrong?
      3. What Can You Do?
    4. Clean 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
  15. Glossary