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David Busch’s Canon® EOS 50D Guide to Digital SLR Photography

Book Description

Welcome to the Canon EOS 50D, Canon's newest fullfeatured- yet compact and affordable-digital SLR camera. David Busch's Canon EOS 50D Guide to Digital SLR Photography shows you how to make the most of your camera's robust feature set, including 15 megapixel resolution, blazing fast automatic focus, and the Live View real-time preview system 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 50D'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, full-color images illustrate where the essential buttons and dials are, so you'll quickly learn how to use your Canon EOS 50D, and use it well.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
    1. Dedication
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. About the Author
  4. Preface
  5. Introduction
    1. Why the Canon EOS 50D Needs Special Coverage
    2. Who Am I?
  6. 1. Setting Up Your Canon EOS 50D
    1. First Things First
    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 Compact Flash Card
        4. Formatting a Memory Card
        5. How Many Shots Left? Guess!
      3. Activating Your EOS 50D
      4. Setting the Time and Date
    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. Using the Built-in Flash
    9. Taking a Picture
    10. Reviewing the Images You’ve Taken
      1. Cruising through Index Views
    11. Transferring Photos to Your Computer
  7. 2. Canon EOS 50D Roadmap
    1. Canon EOS 50D: Front View
    2. The Canon EOS 50D’s Business End
    3. Going Topside
    4. LCD Panel Readouts
    5. Lens Components
    6. Looking Inside the Viewfinder
    7. Underneath Your EOS 50D
  8. 3. Customizing with the Shooting and Playback Menus
    1. Anatomy of the EOS 50D’s Menus
    2. Shooting 1 & 2 Menu Options
      1. Quality Settings
        1. JPEG vs. RAW
      2. Red-Eye Reduction
      3. Beep
      4. Shoot Without a Compact Flash Card Installed
      5. Review Time
      6. Peripheral Illumination Correction
      7. Automatic Exposure Bracketing
      8. White Balance
      9. Custom White Balance
      10. White Balance Shift and Bracketing
      11. Color Space
      12. Picture Style
        1. Selecting Picture Styles
        2. Defining Picture Styles
        3. Adjusting Styles with the Picture Style Editor
        4. Get More Picture Styles
      13. 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
  9. 4. 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: Auto
      11. Live View Function Settings
      12. INFO. Button
      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. Camera User Setting
        1. Registering the Camera User Settings C1 and C2
      15. Clear Settings
      16. 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
          1. Exposure level increments
        2. C.Fn I-02: Size of ISO Sensitivity Adjustments
          1. ISO speed setting increments
        3. C.Fn I-03: Whether ISO 6400 Is Available or Disabled
          1. ISO expansion
        4. C.Fn I-04: Whether Bracketing Is Cancelled Automatically
          1. Bracketing auto cancel
        5. C.Fn I-05: Order in Which Bracketing Changes Are Applied
          1. Bracketing sequence
        6. C.Fn I-06: Overriding Your Preference in Aperture Priority or Shutter Priority Modes
          1. Safety shift
        7. C.Fn I-07: Flash Synchronization Speed when Using Aperture Priority
          1. Flash sync
      2. Custom Function II (C.Fn II): Image
        1. C.Fn II-01: Reducing Noise Effects at Shutter Speeds of One Second or Longer
          1. Long exposure noise reduction
        2. C.Fn II-02: Eliminating Noise Caused by Higher ISO Sensitivities
          1. High ISO speed noise reduction
        3. C.Fn II-03: Improving Detail in Highlights
          1. Highlight Tone priority
        4. C.Fn II-04: Improving Contrast
          1. Auto Lighting Optimizer
      3. Custom Function III (C.Fn III): Autofocus/Drive
        1. C.Fn III-01: How the Autofocus System Behaves when Autofocus Fails
          1. Lens drive when AF impossible
        2. C.Fn III-02: Function of the AF Stop Button on Certain Canon Image-Stabilized Lenses
          1. Lens AF stop button function
        3. C.Fn III-03: Controller Used to Select Autofocus Points Manually
          1. AF point selection method
        4. C.Fn III-04: Whether the Autofocus Points Are Highlighted in the Viewfinder
          1. Superimposed display
        5. C.Fn III-05: Activation of the Autofocus Assist Lamp
          1. AF-assist beam firing
        6. C.Fn III-06: Whether It Is Possible to Lock Up the Viewing Mirror Prior to an Exposure
          1. Mirror lockup
        7. C.Fn III-07: Fine-tuning Your Autofocus Lenses
          1. AF microadjustment
      4. Custom Function IV (C.Fn IV): Operation/Others
        1. C.Fn IV-01: What Happens When You Partially Depress the Shutter Release/Press the AF-ON Button
          1. Shutter button/AF-ON button
        2. C.Fn IV-02: Swapping the functions of the AF-ON and AE Lock Buttons
          1. AF-ON/AE lock button switch
        3. C.Fn IV-03: Using the Set Button as a Function Key
          1. SET button when shooting
        4. C.Fn IV-04: Reverse Dial Direction when Using Shutter Priority or Aperture Priority
          1. Dial direction during Tv/Av
        5. C.Fn IV-05: Which Focusing Screen Is Installed
          1. Focusing screen
        6. C.Fn IV-06: Activating Data Verification Feature
          1. Add original decision data
        7. C.Fn IV-07: Assign a Menu to the Function Button
          1. Assign FUNC. button
      5. Clear All Custom Func (C.Fn) Settings
    3. My Menu
  10. 5. Fine-Tuning Exposure
    1. Getting a Handle on Exposure
    2. How the EOS 50D Calculates Exposure
    3. Choosing a Metering Method
    4. Choosing a Creative Zone Exposure Method
      1. Creative Auto
      2. A-DEP
      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. Selecting an Autofocus/Exposure Zone Manually
    6. Adjusting Exposure with ISO Settings
    7. Bracketing
      1. Fine-Tuning Exposure Bracketing
      2. Bracketing and Merge to HDR
    8. Dealing with Noise
    9. Fixing Exposures with Histograms
    10. Basic Zone Modes
  11. 6. Advanced Shooting with Your Canon EOS 50D
    1. How Focus Works
    2. Getting into Focus
      1. Improved Cross-Type Focus Points
      2. Focus Modes
      3. Adding Circles of Confusion
      4. Making Sense of Sensors
      5. Your Autofocus Mode Options
        1. One Shot AF
        2. AI Servo AF
        3. AI Focus AF
      6. Setting AF Point
    3. Working with Live View
      1. What You Can/Cannot Do with Live View
      2. Enabling Live View
      3. Activating Live View
      4. Focusing in Live View
        1. Quick Mode
        2. Live Mode
        3. Live (Face Detection) Mode
        4. Manual Mode
      5. Using Simulated Exposure
      6. Silent Shooting
    4. Continuous Shooting
    5. More Exposure Options
    6. A Tiny Slice of Time
      1. Working with Short Exposures
    7. Long Exposures
      1. Three Ways to Take Long Exposures
      2. Working with Long Exposures
    8. Delayed Exposures
      1. Self-Timer
      2. Remote Control
      3. Time-Lapse/Interval Photography
    9. Customizing White Balance
  12. 7. 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
  13. 8. 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. Using the Built-In Flash
      1. Basic Zone Flash
      2. Creative Zone Flash
      3. Flash Range
      4. Red-Eye Reduction and Autofocus Assist
      5. Using FE Lock and Flash Exposure Compensation
    5. Using External Electronic Flash
      1. Speedlite 580EX II
      2. Speedlite 430EX II
      3. Speedlite 220EX
      4. Ringlights
    6. 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
    7. 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 50D
      3. Other Lighting Accessories
        1. Soft Boxes
        2. Light Stands
        3. Backgrounds
        4. Snoots and Barn Doors
  14. 9. Downloading and Editing Your Images
    1. What’s in the Box?
      1. EOS Utility
      2. Digital Photo Professional
      3. Picture Style Editor
      4. ZoomBrowser/ImageBrowser
      5. PhotoStitch
    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. Corel Painter
        5. 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
  15. 10. Canon EOS 50D: Troubleshooting and Prevention
    1. Updating Your Firmware
      1. Official Firmware
      2. Upgrading Your Firmware
        1. Using Direct Camera USB Link to Copy the Software
    2. Protecting Your LCD
    3. Troubleshooting Memory Cards
      1. All Your Eggs in One Basket?
      2. What Can Go Wrong?
      3. What Can You Do?
    4. Replacing Your Clock Battery
    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
  16. Glossary