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David Busch's Canon EOS 6D Mark II Guide to Digital SLR Photography

Book Description

David Busch's Canon EOS 6D Mark II Guide to Digital SLR Photography is your all-in-one comprehensive resource and reference for the long-awaited Canon EOS 6D Mark II camera, the company’s most affordable full-frame camera. This upgraded 26.2 megapixel model features an enhanced autofocus system with 45 as many focus points as its predecessor. The Dual Pixel CMOS hybrid autofocus brings lightning-fast phase detect AF to live view and high-definition movie modes, too. The 6D Mark II has Wi-Fi/NFC connectivity to allow linking the camera to a computer and iOS or Android smart devices, and a fully articulated touch screen LCD. With this book in hand, you can quickly apply all these advanced features to your digital photography, while boosting your creativity to take great photographs with your Canon EOS 6D Mark II. Filled with detailed how-to steps and full-color illustrations, David Busch's Canon EOS 6D Mark II Guide to Digital SLR Photography covers all this upscale full-frame camera's features in depth, from taking your first photos through advanced details of setup, exposure, lens selection, lighting, and more, and relates each feature to specific photographic techniques and situations. Also included is the handy 6D Mark II "roadmap," an easy-to-use visual guide to the camera's features and controls. Learn when to use each option and, more importantly, when not to use them, by following the author’s recommended settings for every menu entry. With best-selling photographer and mentor David Busch as your guide, you'll quickly have full creative mastery of your camera’s capabilities, whether you're shooting on the job, as an advanced enthusiast, or are just out for fun. Start building your knowledge and confidence, while bringing your vision to light with the Canon EOS 6D Mark II today.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Dedication
  5. Acknowledgments
  6. About the Author
  7. Contents
  8. Preface
  9. Introduction
  10. Chapter 1 Canon EOS 6D Mark II Quick Start
    1. First Things First
    2. Initial Setup
      1. Power Options
      2. Final Steps
    3. Setting the Time and Date
    4. Selecting a Shooting Mode
      1. Semi-Auto/Manual Modes
      2. Basic Zone Modes
      3. Special Scene Modes
    5. Choosing a Metering Mode
    6. Choosing a Focus Mode
    7. Selecting a Focus Point
    8. Using the Self-Timer
    9. Taking a Picture
    10. Reviewing the Images You’ve Taken
      1. Cruising through Index Views
    11. Transferring Photos to Your Computer
  11. Chapter 2 Canon EOS 6D Mark II Roadmap
    1. Front View
    2. The Canon EOS 6D Mark II’s Business End
      1. Using the Electronic Level
    3. Going Topside
    4. LCD Panel Readouts
    5. Lens Components
    6. Looking Inside the Viewfinder
    7. Underneath Your EOS 6D Mark II
    8. Mastering the Touch Screen
  12. Chapter 3 Recommended Settings
    1. Changing Default Settings
      1. Resetting the Canon 6D Mark II
    2. Recommended Default Changes
  13. Chapter 4 Nailing the Right Exposure
    1. Getting a Handle on Exposure
    2. How the 6D Mark II Calculates Exposure
      1. Correctly Exposed
      2. Overexposed
      3. Underexposed
    3. Choosing a Metering Method
    4. Choosing an Exposure Method
      1. Aperture-Priority
      2. Shutter-Priority
      3. Program AE Mode
      4. Scene Intelligent Auto
      5. Manual Exposure
    5. Adjusting Exposure with ISO Settings
      1. Dealing with Visual Noise
    6. Making EV Changes
    7. Bracketing Parameters
      1. Bracketing Auto Cancel
      2. Bracketing Sequence
      3. Number of Exposures
      4. Increment Between Exposures
    8. Creating a Bracketed Set
    9. Working with HDR
      1. Using HDR Mode
    10. Bracketing and Merge to HDR
    11. Fixing Exposures with Histograms
      1. Tonal Range
      2. Histograms and Contrast
      3. Understanding Histograms
    12. Basic Zone Modes
      1. Making Changes in Basic Zone Modes
  14. 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
      1. AF with Color Tracking
    5. Autofocus Custom Functions
      1. C.Fn II-1: Tracking Sensitivity
      2. C.Fn II-2: Accelerate/Decelerate Tracking
      3. C.Fn II-3: AF Point Auto Switching
      4. C.Fn II-4: AI Servo 1st Image Priority
      5. C.Fn II-5: AI Servo 2nd Image Priority
      6. C.Fn II-6: AF-Assist Beam Firing
      7. C.Fn II-7: Lens Drive when AF Impossible
      8. C.Fn II-8: Select AF Area Selection Mode
      9. C.Fn II-9: AF Area Selection Method
      10. C.Fn II-10: Orientation Linked AF Point
      11. C.Fn II-11: Initial AF Point, Auto Selection, AI Servo AF
      12. C.Fn II-12: Auto AF Point Selection
      13. C.Fn II-13: AF Point Selection Movement
      14. C.Fn II-14: AF Point Display During Focus
      15. C.Fn II-15: VF Display Illumination
      16. C.Fn II-16: AF Microadjustment
    6. Fine-Tuning the Autofocus of Your Lenses
      1. Lens Tune-Up
    7. Back-Button Focus
      1. Activating Back-Button Focus
  15. Chapter 6 Advanced Techniques, Wi-Fi, and GPS
    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
      2. Interval/Time Lapse Photography
    6. Introducing Wi-Fi
      1. General Wi-Fi Guidelines
    7. Using Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC
      1. Enabling Wi-Fi
      2. Connecting to a Camera with Wi-Fi
      3. Connecting to Connect Station with Wi-Fi/NFC
      4. Using the EOS Utility with Wi-Fi
      5. Connecting to a Printer with Wi-Fi
      6. Connecting to Web Services
      7. Connecting to a Wi-Fi Access Point
      8. Connecting to Your Smartphone or Tablet
    8. Geotagging
  16. Chapter 7 Choosing Your Lens Arsenal
    1. Buy Now, Expand Later
    2. What Lenses Can You Use?
      1. EF vs. EF-S
    3. Ingredients of Canon’s Alphanumeric Soup
    4. More Interesting Optics
      1. The Magic Three
      2. More Winners
  17. Chapter 8 Making Light Work for You
    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
  18. Chapter 9 Electronic Flash Basics
    1. How Electronic Flash Works
      1. Ghost Images
      2. Avoiding Sync Speed Problems
    2. Determining Exposure
      1. Guide Numbers
    3. Getting Started with Electronic Flash
      1. Flash Exposure Compensation and FE Lock
      2. Flash Range
    4. External Speedlite Control
      1. Flash Firing
      2. E-TTL II Meter.
      3. Flash Sync Speed in Av Mode
      4. Flash Function Settings
      5. Flash C.Fn Settings
      6. Clear Settings
    5. Using Flash Settings
      1. When to Disable Flash Firing
      2. More on Flash Modes
    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
  19. Chapter 10 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. Setting Up a Master Flash or Controller
      1. Using a Speedlite as an Optical Master
      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
    4. Setting Up a Slave Flash
    5. Choosing a Channel
    6. Working with Groups
      1. Ratio Control
  20. Chapter 11 Customizing with the Shooting Menu
    1. Anatomy of the 6D Mark II’s Menus
    2. Shooting Menu Options
      1. Image Quality
      2. Image Review
      3. Release Shutter without Card
      4. Lens Aberration Correction
      5. Lens Electronic Manual Focus
      6. External Speedlite Control
      7. Exposure Compensation/Automatic Exposure Bracketing
      8. ISO Speed Settings
      9. Auto Lighting Optimizer
      10. White Balance
      11. Custom White Balance
      12. White Balance Shift/Bracketing
      13. Color Space
      14. Picture Style
      15. Long Exposure Noise Reduction
      16. High ISO Speed Noise Reduction
      17. Highlight Tone Priority
      18. Dust Delete Data
      19. Multiple Exposure
      20. HDR Mode
      21. Interval Timer
      22. Bulb Timer
      23. Anti-Flicker Shooting
      24. Mirror Lockup
      25. Aspect Ratio
      26. Live View Shooting
  21. Chapter 12 Customizing with the Playback and Set-up Menus
    1. Playback Menu Options
      1. Protect Images
      2. Rotate Image
      3. Erase Images
      4. Print Order
      5. Photobook Set-up
      6. RAW Image Processing
      7. Cropping
      8. Resize
      9. Rating
      10. Slide Show
      11. Set Image Search Conditions
      12. Image Jump with Main Dial
      13. Highlight Alert
      14. AF Point Disp.
      15. Playback Grid
      16. Histogram Disp.
      17. Magnification (apx)
      18. Ctrl over HDMI
    2. Set-up Menu Options
      1. Select Folder
      2. File Numbering
      3. Auto Rotate
      4. Format Card
      5. Eye-Fi Settings
      6. Wireless Communication Settings
      7. Auto Power Off
      8. LCD Brightness
      9. LCD Off/On Button
      10. Date/Time/Zone
      11. Language
      12. Viewfinder Display
      13. GPS Settings
      14. Video System
      15. Mode Guide
      16. Feature Guide
      17. Help Text Size
      18. Touch Control
      19. Beep
      20. Battery Info.
      21. Sensor Cleaning
      22. INFO. Button Display Options
      23. Multi Function Lock
      24. Custom Shooting Mode (C1, C2)
      25. Clear All Camera Settings
      26. Copyright Information
      27. Manual/Software URL
      28. Certification Logo Display
      29. Firmware
  22. Chapter 13 The Custom Functions and My Menus
    1. Custom Function 1 (C.Fn I): Exposure
      1. Exposure Level Increments
      2. ISO Speed Setting Increments
      3. Bracketing Auto Cancel
      4. Bracketing Sequence
      5. Number of Bracketed Shots
      6. Safety Shift
      7. Exposure Comp. Auto Cancel
      8. Exposure Metering Mode, AE Locked After Focus
    2. Custom Function 3 (C.Fn III): Operation/Others
      1. Warnings in Viewfinder
      2. Dial Direction During Tv/Av
      3. Retract Lens on Power Off
      4. Custom Controls
      5. Clear All Custom Func. (C.Fn)
    3. My Menu
  23. Chapter 14 Using Live View
    1. Shooting Menu Options
      1. AF Method
      2. Touch Shutter
      3. Metering Timer
      4. Grid Display
      5. Exposure Simulation
      6. Silent LV Shooting
    2. Shooting in Live View
      1. Changing the Live View Display
      2. Quick Control
    3. Focusing in Live View
      1. Selecting an AF Method
      2. Focus Operation
    4. Using the Touch Shutter
    5. Shooting Movies
    6. Movie Shooting Menus
      1. Movie Shooting 1
      2. Movie Shooting 2
      3. Movie Shooting 3
      4. Movie Shooting 4
      5. Movie Shooting 5
      6. Exposure Options
      7. Formats, Compression, Resolution, and Frame Rates
      8. Quick Control
      9. Video Snapshots
      10. Shooting HDR Movies
      11. Playback and Editing
  24. Chapter 15 Tips for Shooting Better Movies
    1. Plan Ahead
      1. Depth-of-Field and Video
      2. Zooming and Video
      3. Keeping Things Stable and on the Level
      4. Shooting Script
      5. Storyboards
      6. Storytelling in Video
      7. Composition
      8. Lighting for Video
      9. Audio