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David Busch's Canon EOS Rebel SL2/200D Guide to Digital SLR Photography

Book Description

David Busch's Canon EOS Rebel SL2/200D Guide to Digital SLR Photography is your complete all-in-one comprehensive resource and reference for the versatile Canon EOS Rebel SL2/200D. An ultra-compact 24-megapixel model aimed at budding photo enthusiasts seeking to improve their photographic skills, the SL2/200D is a budget-priced digital SLR with an impressive range of features. These include Wi-Fi/NFC/Bluetooth communications to link your camera to your iOS or Android smart device, a fully articulated touch screen, and high definition move-making capabilities. With this book in hand, the camera is remarkably easy to master, too. Even new users will quickly master the full range of semi-automatic modes, scene options, and creative filters that make this newest Rebel ready to explore the world of photography. With clear how-to steps and full-color illustrations, David Busch's Canon EOS Rebel SL2/200D 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 SL2/200D "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 SL2/200D 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 Thinking Outside of the Box
    1. First Things First
    2. Initial Setup
      1. Battery Included
      2. Final Steps
  11. Chapter 2 Quick Start
    1. Navigating the Rebel SL2
      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 Point 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
  12. Chapter 3 Your Rebel Roadmap
    1. Front View
    2. The Canon EOS Rebel SL2’s Business End
      1. Jumping Around
    3. Going Topside
    4. Underneath Your Rebel SL2
    5. Lens Components
    6. Shooting and Playback Information
    7. While You’re Shooting
      1. Image Playback Displays
  13. Chapter 4 Nailing the Right Exposure
    1. Getting a Handle on Exposure
    2. How the Rebel SL2 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
  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
  15. Chapter 6 Movies and Live View
    1. Working with Live View
      1. Enabling Live View
      2. Activating Live View
      3. Quick Control
    2. Focusing in Live View
      1. Selecting an AF Method
      2. Focus Operation
    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
  16. 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. Saving Images to Connect Station
      4. Remote Control with EOS Utility
      5. Printing from Wi-Fi Printer
      6. Uploading to a Web Service
  17. Chapter 8 Customizing with the Shooting and Playback Menus
    1. Anatomy of the Rebel SL2’s Menus
    2. Shooting Menu Options
      1. Image Quality
      2. Drive Mode
      3. Image Review
      4. Release Shutter without Card
      5. AF Operation
      6. Lens Electronic Manual Focus
      7. Exposure Compensation (Automatic Exposure Bracketing)
      8. Lens Aberration Correction
      9. Flash Control
      10. Red-Eye Reduction
      11. ISO Speed
      12. ISO Auto
      13. Metering Mode
      14. Auto Lighting Optimizer
      15. White Balance
      16. Custom White Balance
      17. White Balance Shift and Bracketing
      18. Color Space
      19. Picture Style
      20. Long Exposure Noise Reduction
      21. High ISO Speed Noise Reduction
      22. Dust Delete Data
      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
  18. 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. 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. GPS Device Settings
      13. Video System
      14. Touch Control
      15. Switch AF Point Select/AEL Lock Button
      16. Beep
      17. Battery Information
      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
  19. 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
  20. 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. External Flash Function Setting
      6. More on Flash Modes
      7. External Flash Custom Function Settings
      8. Clear External Flash Custom Function Settings
    6. Using External Electronic Flash
      1. Speedlite 90EX
      2. Speedlite 270EX II
      3. Speedlite 320EX
      4. Speedlite 430EX III-RT
      5. Speedlite 600EX-RT/600EX II-RT
      6. Speedlite 580EX II
  21. Chapter 12 Working with Wireless Flash
    1. Elements of Wireless Flash
      1. Why Use Wireless Flash?
      2. Key Wireless Concepts
      3. Which Flashes Can Be Operated Wirelessly?
    2. Getting Started
    3. 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
    4. More Wireless Options and Capabilities
      1. Wireless Flash Only
      2. Working with Groups
      3. Ratio Control
      4. Choosing a Channel