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David Busch's Canon EOS Rebel T7i/800D Guide to Digital SLR Photography

Book Description

David Busch's Canon EOS Rebel T7i/800D Guide to Digital SLR Photography is your complete all-in-one comprehensive resource and reference for the Canon EOS Rebel T7i/800D, the first Canon camera to offer in-body five-axis image stabilization for video capture. Aimed at photo enthusiasts seeking to improve their photographic skills, the T7i/800D is an affordable digital SLR with an impressive range of features, including including Wi-Fi communications to link your camera to your iOS or Android smart device. With this book in hand, the camera is remarkably easy to master, too. Equipped with a 24-megapixel sensor, full HD movie-making, an accurate autofocus system, and a full range of semi-automatic modes, scene options, and creative filters, this newest Rebel has everything you need to explore the world of photography. With clear how-to steps and full-color illustrations, David Busch's Canon EOS Rebel T7i/800D Guide to Digital SLR Photography covers all the camera's capabilities in depth, from taking your first photos through advanced details of setup, exposure, lenses, lighting, and more. Also included is a handy Canon Rebel T7i/800D "roadmap," an easy-to-use visual guide to the camera's features and controls. With best-selling author and mentor David Busch as your guide, you'll be in full creative control, whether you're shooting on the job, as an advanced hobbyist, or are just out for fun. Start building your knowledge and confidence, while bringing your vision to light with the Canon EOS Rebel T7i/800D today.

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. Introduction
  3. Chapter 1 Thinking Outside of the Box
    1. First Things First
    2. Initial Setup
      1. Battery Included
      2. Final Steps
  4. Chapter 2 Quick Start
    1. Navigating the Rebel T7i
      1. Guided Shooting Mode
      2. Guided Menus
      3. Using the Physical Controls
      4. Mastering the Touch Screen
    2. Enabling Conventional Menus and Modes
      1. Accessing Display Level Settings
    3. Initial Settings
      1. Setting Date and Time
      2. Formatting a Memory Card
    4. Selecting a Shooting Mode
      1. Basic Zone Modes
      2. Special Scene Modes
      3. Creative Filters
      4. Creative Zone Modes
    5. Choosing a Metering Mode
    6. Choosing a Focus Mode
    7. Selecting an AF Area Selection Mode
    8. Other Settings
      1. Adjusting White Balance and ISO
      2. Using the Self-Timer
      3. 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
    12. Shooting Tips
  5. Chapter 3 Your Rebel Roadmap
    1. Front View
    2. The Canon EOS Rebel T7i’s Business End
      1. Jumping Around
    3. Going Topside
    4. Underneath Your Rebel T7i
    5. Lens Components
    6. Shooting and Playback Information
    7. While You’re Shooting
      1. Image Playback Displays
  6. Chapter 4 Nailing the Right Exposure
    1. Getting a Handle on Exposure
    2. How the Rebel T7i Calculates Exposure
      1. Correctly Exposed
      2. Overexposed
      3. Underexposed
    3. Choosing a Metering Method
    4. Choosing an Exposure Method
      1. Basic Zone Exposure Methods
      2. Aperture-Priority
      3. Shutter-Priority
      4. Program Mode
      5. Manual Exposure
    5. Adjusting Exposure with ISO Settings
      1. Dealing with Visual Noise
    6. Making EV Changes
      1. Fast EV Changes
      2. Slower EV Changes
    7. Bracketing
    8. Working with HDR
      1. HDR Backlight Control
    9. Bracketing and Merge to HDR
    10. Fixing Exposures with Histograms
      1. Tonal Range
      2. Histograms and Contrast
      3. Understanding Histograms
    11. Basic Zone Modes
      1. Making Changes in Basic Zone Modes
  7. Chapter 5 Mastering the Mysteries of Autofocus
    1. How Focus Works
      1. Contrast Detection
      2. Phase Detection
      3. Dual Pixel CMOS AF
      4. Cross-Type Focus Point
    2. Focus Modes
      1. Adding Circles of Confusion
    3. Your Autofocus Mode Options
      1. One-Shot AF
      2. AI Servo AF
      3. AI Focus AF
      4. Manual Focus
    4. Selecting an AF Area Selection Mode
    5. AF with Color Tracking
      1. Other Important AF Parameters
    6. Back-Button Focus
      1. Activating Back-Button Focus
  8. Chapter 6 Movies and Live View
    1. Working with Live View
      1. Live View Essentials
      2. Enabling Live View
      3. Activating Live View
      4. Quick Control
    2. Focusing in Live View
      1. Selecting an AF Method
      2. Focus Operation
      3. Servo AF
    3. Using the Touch Shutter
    4. Shooting Movies
      1. Resolution and Frame Rates
      2. Movie Settings
      3. Capturing Video/Sound
    5. Special Movie Modes
      1. Video Snapshots
      2. Shooting HDR Movies
      3. Shooting Movies with Creative Filters
      4. Time-Lapse Movies
      5. Playback and Editing
    6. Tips for Shooting Better Movies
      1. Lens Craft
      2. Keeping Things Stable and on the Level
      3. Shooting Script
      4. Storyboards
      5. Storytelling in Video
      6. Composition
      7. Lighting for Video
      8. Audio
  9. Chapter 7 Advanced Shooting
    1. Continuous Shooting
    2. More Exposure Options
    3. A Tiny Slice of Time
      1. Working with Short Exposures
    4. Long Exposures
      1. Three Ways to Take Long Exposures
      2. Working with Long Exposures
    5. Delayed Exposures
      1. Self-Timer
    6. Using Wi-Fi/NFC and Bluetooth
      1. General Wi-Fi Guidelines
      2. Connecting to Your Camera
    7. Using Your Connection
      1. Transferring Images Between Cameras
      2. Communicating with your Smart Device
      3. Save Images to Connect Station
      4. Remote Control with EOS Utility
      5. Printing from a Wi-Fi Printer
      6. Uploading to a Web Service
  10. Chapter 8 Customizing with the Shooting and Playback Menus
    1. Anatomy of the Rebel T7i’s Menus
    2. Shooting Menu Options
      1. Image Quality
      2. Image Review
      3. Release Shutter without Card
      4. Lens Aberration Correction
      5. Electronic Manual Focus
      6. Exposure Compensation/Automatic Exposure Bracketing
      7. Flash Control
      8. Red-Eye Reduction
      9. ISO Speed
      10. ISO Auto
      11. Auto Lighting Optimizer
      12. Metering Mode
      13. Color Space
      14. Picture Style
      15. White Balance
      16. Custom White Balance
      17. White Balance Shift and Bracketing
      18. Long Exposure Noise Reduction
      19. High ISO Speed Noise Reduction
      20. Dust Delete Data
      21. Anti-Flicker Shooting
      22. Aspect Ratio
      23. Live View Shooting
    3. Playback Menu Options
      1. Protect Images
      2. Rotate Images
      3. Erase Images
      4. Print Order
      5. Photobook Set-up
      6. Creative Filters
      7. Cropping
      8. Resize
      9. Rating
      10. Slide Show
      11. Set Image Search Conditions
      12. Image Jump with Main Dial
      13. AF Point Display
      14. Histogram Display
      15. Ctrl over HDMI
  11. Chapter 9 Customizing with the Set-up Menu, Display Level Menu, and My Menu
    1. Set-up Menu Options
      1. Select Folder
      2. File Numbering
      3. Auto Rotate
      4. Format Card
      5. Wireless Communication Settings
      6. Eye-Fi Settings
      7. Auto Power Off
      8. LCD Brightness
      9. LCD Off/On Button
      10. Date/Time/Zone
      11. Language
      12. Viewfinder Display
      13. GPS Device Settings
      14. Video System
      15. Touch Control
      16. Beep
      17. Battery Info.
      18. Sensor Cleaning
      19. Custom Functions
      20. Clear Settings
      21. Copyright Information
      22. Manual/Software URL
      23. Certification Logo Display
      24. Firmware Version
    2. Display Level
    3. My Menu
  12. Chapter 10 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. Chapter 11 Working with Light
    1. Continuous Illumination versus Electronic Flash
    2. Continuous Lighting Basics
      1. Living with Color Temperature
      2. Daylight
      3. Incandescent/Tungsten Light
      4. Fluorescent Light/Other Light Sources
      5. Adjusting White Balance
    3. Electronic Flash Basics
      1. Fire When Ready!
      2. How Electronic Flash Works
      3. Determining Exposure
    4. Getting Started with 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. More on Flash Control Settings
      1. Flash Firing
      2. E-TTL II Metering
      3. Flash Sync Speed in AV mode
      4. Built-in Flash Settings
      5. Using Flash Mode
      6. External Flash Function Settings
      7. External Flash Custom Function Settings
      8. Clear External Flash Custom Function Setting
    6. Using External Electronic Flash
      1. Speedlite 600EX-RT/600EX II-RT
      2. Speedlite 580EX II
      3. Speedlite 430EX III-RT
      4. Speedlite 320EX
      5. Speedlite 270EX II
      6. Close-Up Lites
  14. Chapter 12 Working with Wireless Flash
    1. Wireless Evolution
    2. Elements of Wireless Flash
      1. Flash Combinations
      2. Controlling Flash Units
      3. Why Use Wireless Flash?
      4. Key Wireless Concepts
      5. Which Flashes Can Be Operated Wirelessly?
    3. Getting Started
      1. Easy Wireless Flash Shooting
      2. Custom Wireless Flash Shooting
    4. Setting Up an External Master Flash or Controller
      1. Using a Speedlite or Transmitter as the Master in Optical Mode
      2. Using the ST-E2 Transmitter as Master
      3. Using the Speedlite 600EX-RT/600EX II-RT as Radio Master
      4. Using the Speedlite 430EX III-RT as Radio Master
      5. Using the ST-E3-RT as Radio Master
      6. Setting Up a Slave Flash
    5. More Wireless Options and Capabilities
      1. Internal/External Flash Ratio Setting
      2. Wireless Flash Only
      3. Using Wireless and Built-in Flash
    6. Working with Groups
      1. Ratio Control
      2. Choosing a Channel
    7. Flash Release Function
  15. Chapter 13 Troubleshooting and Prevention
    1. Updating Your Firmware
      1. Official Firmware
      2. Upgrading Your Firmware
    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. Cleaning Your Sensor
      1. Dust the FAQs, Ma’am
      2. Identifying and Dealing with Dust
      3. Avoiding Dust
      4. Sensor Cleaning