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David Busch's Canon EOS R Guide to Digital Photography

Book Description

David Busch's Canon EOS R Guide to Digital Photography is your all-in-one comprehensive resource and reference for the exciting new Canon EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera. It sports a high-resolution 30 MP sensor embedded with 5,655 Dual-Pixel phase detection AF points for lightning-fast, precise autofocus. The EOS R’s 3.69 million dot electronic viewfinder provides a bright, clear view. Three available mount adapters make it easy to supplement your R-mount lenses with a broad selection of legacy Canon EF and EF-S optics. The EOS R has Wi-Fi/ NFC connectivity to allow linking the camera to a computer and iOS or Android smart devices, high-definition movie-making capabilities, and a versatile swiveling 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 R.

Filled with detailed how-to steps and full-color illustrations, David Busch's Canon EOS R Guide to Digital Photography covers all this upscale 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 EOS R "roadmap" chapter, 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 R 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 the Box
    1. First Things First
    2. Initial Setup
      1. Power Options
      2. Final Steps
    3. Setting the Time and Date
    4. Selecting a Shooting Mode
    5. Choosing a Metering Mode
    6. Choosing a Focus Mode
    7. Selecting AF Method
    8. Other Settings
      1. Adjusting White Balance and ISO
      2. Using Drive Modes and Self-Timer/Remote
    9. Taking a Picture
    10. Reviewing the Images You’ve Taken
      1. Cruising through Index Views
    11. Transferring Photos to Your Computer
    12. Mastering the Quick Control Menus
      1. Quick Control: Shooting
      2. Quick Control: Playback
  11. Chapter 2 Canon EOS R Roadmap
    1. Front View
    2. The Canon EOS R’s Business End
      1. Right Side Controls
    3. Mastering the Touch Screen
      1. Flexible View
      2. Touch Operation
    4. Going Topside
    5. Underneath Your EOS R
  12. Chapter 3 Recommended Settings
    1. Changing Default Settings
      1. Resetting the Canon EOS R
    2. Recommended Default Changes
  13. Chapter 4 Nailing the Right Exposure
    1. Getting a Handle on Exposure
      1. Correctly Exposed
      2. Overexposed
      3. Underexposed
    2. Choosing a Metering Mode
    3. Choosing a Shooting Mode
      1. Scene Intelligent Auto Mode
      2. Aperture-Priority Mode
      3. Shutter-Priority Mode
      4. Program AE Mode
      5. Flexible-Priority Mode
      6. Manual Exposure Mode
    4. Adjusting Exposure with ISO Settings
      1. Dealing with Visual Noise
    5. Making EV Changes
    6. Bracketing Parameters
      1. Number of Exposures
      2. Bracketing Sequence
      3. Bracketing Auto Cancel
      4. Increment Between Exposures
    7. Creating a Bracketed Set
    8. Working with HDR
      1. Using HDR Mode
    9. Bracketing and Merge to HDR
    10. Fixing Exposures with Histograms
      1. Tonal Range
      2. Histogram Basics
      3. Understanding Histograms
  14. Chapter 5 Mastering the Mysteries of Focus
    1. Auto or Manual Focus?
    2. How Focus Works
      1. Contrast Detection
      2. Phase Detection
      3. Dual Pixel CMOS AF
      4. Dual Pixel RAW Focus Adjustments
      5. Circles of Confusion and Focus
    3. Working with the AF System
      1. AF Operation
    4. Area Selection Mode
      1. Face+Tracking AF
      2. 1-Point AF
      3. Expand AF Area
      4. Expand AF Area: Around
      5. Zone AF
      6. Large Zone AF (Vertical)/(Horizontal)
    5. Fine-Tuning Your Autofocus
    6. 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. Time Lapse Photography
    6. Introducing Wi-Fi
      1. General Bluetooth/Wi-Fi Guidelines
    7. Connecting to a Smartphone via Wi-Fi
      1. Connecting to a Bluetooth-compatible Smartphone
      2. Remote Control with EOS Utility
    8. Geotagging
  16. Chapter 7 Choosing Your Lens Arsenal
    1. Your First Lenses
      1. Canon RF-Mount Lenses
    2. Using Adapted Lenses
      1. Canon RF-Mount Adapters
    3. Legacy Options
    4. Ingredients of Canon’s Alphanumeric Soup
    5. More Interesting Optics
      1. The Magic Three
      2. More Winners
  17. Chapter 8 Mastering Light
    1. Light That’s Available
    2. Continuous Lighting Basics
      1. Living with Color Temperature
      2. Daylight
      3. Incandescent/Tungsten/Halogen Light
      4. Fluorescent Light/Other Light Sources
      5. Fluorescent Light/LEDs
      6. Other Lighting Accessories
  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. Slow Synchro
      4. Safety FE
      5. Flash Function Settings
      6. Flash C.Fn Settings
      7. 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 EL-100
      6. Speedlite 270EX II
      7. 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
      2. Remote Release Function/Linked Shooting
  20. Chapter 11 Customizing with the Shooting Menu
    1. Anatomy of the EOS R’s Menus
    2. Shooting Menu Options
      1. Image Quality
      2. Dual Pixel RAW
      3. Cropping/Aspect Ratio
      4. Image Review
      5. Release Shutter without Card
      6. Lens Aberration Correction
      7. External Speedlite Control
      8. Exposure Compensation/Automatic Exposure Bracketing
      9. ISO Speed Settings
      10. Auto Lighting Optimizer
      11. Highlight Tone Priority
      12. Metering Timer
      13. Exposure Simulation
      14. White Balance
      15. Custom White Balance
      16. White Balance Shift/Bracketing
      17. Color Space
      18. Picture Style
      19. Long Exposure Noise Reduction
      20. High ISO Speed Noise Reduction
      21. Dust Delete Data
      22. Touch Shutter
      23. Multiple Exposure
      24. HDR Mode
      25. Bulb Timer
      26. Anti-Flicker Shooting
      27. Silent Shutter
      28. Silent LV Shooting
      29. High-Speed Display
  21. Chapter 12 Customizing with the Autofocus Menu
    1. AF Menu Options
      1. AF Operation
      2. AF Method
      3. AF Frame Size
      4. Eye Detection AF
      5. Continuous AF
      6. Touch & Drag AF Settings
      7. MF Peaking Settings
      8. Focus Guide
      9. Tracking Sensitivity
      10. Acceleration/Deceleration Tracking
      11. AF Point Auto Switching
      12. Lens Electronic MF
      13. AF-Assist Beam Firing
      14. One-Shot AF Release-priority
      15. Lens Drive when AF Impossible
      16. Limit AF Methods
      17. Orientation Linked AF Point
      18. Initial Servo AF Point for Face+Tracking
  22. Chapter 13 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. Image Transfer
      7. RAW Image Processing
      8. Cropping
      9. Resize
      10. Rating
      11. Slide Show
      12. Set Image Search Conditions
      13. Image Jump with Main Dial
      14. Playback Information Display
      15. Highlight Alert
      16. AF Point Disp
      17. Playback Grid
      18. Movie Play Count
      19. View from Last Seen
      20. Magnification (apx)
    2. Set-up Menu Options
      1. Select Folder
      2. File Numbering
      3. File Name
      4. Auto Rotate
      5. Format Card
      6. Eco Mode
      7. Power Saving
      8. Display Brightness
      9. Display Color Tone
      10. Date/Time/Zone
      11. Language
      12. Video System
      13. Touch Control
      14. Beep
      15. Battery Information
      16. Sensor Cleaning
      17. HDMI Resolution
      18. HDMI HDR Output
      19. Shooting Information Display
      20. Display Performance
      21. Viewfinder Display Format
      22. Display Settings
      23. Shutter Button Function
      24. Help Text Size
      25. Wireless Communications Settings
      26. GPS Device Settings
      27. Multi-Function Lock
      28. Custom Shooting Mode (C1–C3)
      29. Clear All Camera Settings
      30. Copyright Information
      31. Manual/Software URL
      32. Certification Logo Display
      33. Firmware Version
  23. Chapter 14 The Custom Functions and My Menus
    1. Custom Function 1 (C.Fn 1): 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. Same Exposure for New Aperture
    2. Custom Function 2 (C.Fn 2): Exposure
      1. Set Shutter Speed Range
      2. Set Aperture Range
      3. AE Lock Metering Mode After Focus
    3. Custom Function 3 (C.Fn 3): Operation
      1. Dial Direction During Tv/Av
      2. Control Ring Rotation
      3. Focus Ring Rotation
      4. RF Lens MF Focus Ring Sensitivity
    4. Custom Function 4 (C.Fn 4): Operation
      1. Customize Buttons
      2. Customize Dials
      3. Customize M-Fn Bar
      4. Clear Customized Settings
    5. Custom Function 5 (C.Fn 5): Others
      1. Add Cropping Information
      2. Default Erase Option
      3. Release Shutter without Lens
      4. Retract Lens on Power Off
      5. Add IPTC Information
    6. Custom Function 6 (C.Fn 6): Clear
      1. Clear All Custom Func. (C.Fn)
    7. My Menu
  24. Chapter 15 Capturing Video
    1. Movie Shooting Menus
      1. Movie Shooting 1 Menu
      2. Movie Shooting 2 Menu
      3. Movie Shooting 3 Menu
      4. Movie Shooting 4 Menu
    2. Movie Autofocus Menus
      1. Movie Servo AF
      2. Movie Servo AF Tracking Sensitivity
      3. Movie Servo AF Speed
    3. Compression, Resolution, and Frame Rates
      1. Compression
      2. Resolution
      3. Frame Rate
    4. High Frame Rate Video
    5. HDR Movies
    6. Exposure Options
      1. More on Shutter Speeds
    7. Playback and Editing
  25. Chapter 16 Tips for Shooting Better Video
    1. Using an External Recorder/Monitor
      1. Lens Craft
      2. Keep Things Stable and on the Level
      3. Shooting Script
      4. Storyboards
      5. Storytelling in Video
      6. Composition
      7. Lighting for Video
      8. Audio
      9. Stills from Movies
  26. Chapter 17 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