Through several easy-to-follow lessons, this handy book offers a complete class on digital photography, tailored specifically for people who use the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS/1000D. This is not your typical camera guide: rather than just show you what all the buttons do, this book teaches you how to use various Digital Rebel XS/1000D features to make great photographs -- including professional-looking images of people, landscapes, action shots, close-ups, night shots, and more.
The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS/1000D Companion is the perfect reference for your camera bag. Written by professional photographer Ben Long, it's packed with creative tips and technical advice to help you capture stunning pictures anywhere, anytime. With this book, you'll learn how to:
Take creative control and go beyond automatic settings
Learn the basic rules of composition
Capture decisive moments, including fast-moving objects
Discover ways to use a flash indoors and outdoors
Learn about different lenses, and the best time to use them
Understand the options for shooting RAW, and whether it's right for you
There are plenty of photography books, but only this one teaches you how to take high-quality digital photos using the exact camera model you own. Plenty of full-color examples show you what's possible once you graduate from snapshots and focus on the pictures you really want to take.
Chapter 1 Getting to Know the Rebel XS
Resetting the Camera's Defaults
Snapshot Shooting in Full Auto Mode
The Viewfinder Status Display
The LCD Status Display
Viewing Your Images
Using Scene Modes
Chapter 2 Anatomy of the Rebel XS
What Is an SLR Anyway?
Cleaning and Maintenance
The Rebel XS Menu System
Holding the Camera
More Full Auto Practice
Chapter 3 Playing Back Images
Chapter 4 Image Transfer
Transferring from Your Camera
Installing the Canon Software
Transferring Images to a Windows Computer
Transferring Images to a Macintosh Computer
Transferring Images Manually Using Windows or the Mac
Using the Camera to Select Images for Transfer
Organizing Your Images
After You've Transferred Your Images
Chapter 5 Photography 101
Over- and Underexposure
Why There Are Two Ways to Control Light
Thinking Again About Full Auto Mode
Chapter 6 Program Mode
Switching to Program Mode
Getting Creative with Program Shift
Handheld Shooting and Shutter Speed
Changing the ISO
Drive Mode and the Self-Timer
Choosing an Image Size and Format
Summing Up Program Mode
Chapter 7 Advanced Exposure
The Light Meter Revisited
Using Exposure Compensation to Over- or Underexpose
Ben Long is a freelance writer, photographer, and videographer based in San Francisco. A long-time computer journalist, he has written hundreds of features, reviews, and how-to's for magazines such as Macworld, MacWeek, Macworld UK, MacUser, Computer Graphics World, Maximum PC, and eMediaWeekly. He is currently a Senior Editor for CreativePro.com, where he writes a regular digital photography column. His most recent books include Apple's Pro Training guide for Aperture, Real World Aperture, Getting Started with Camera Raw, and Complete Digital Photography, 3rd edition.
As a photographer and videographer, his clients have included Blue Note Records, 20th Century Fox, the Pickle Circus, Global Business Network, Head Start, the Oklahoma Arts Institute, and the National Endowment for the Arts. You can learn more about him and his work at www.completedigitalphotography.com.
Comments about oreilly The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS/1000D Companion:
I am not one that enjoys reading and it is difficult for me to fully comprehend something the first time I read it. That being said I enjoyed this book, it was easy to read, had lots of examples and frequently referred back to previous chapter to help build and retain knowledge.
The book starts very basic and works its way slowly so you can really get comfortable with your camera. The book has tons of examples, not only for the options and settings on your camera but also the different (correct) ways to shoot a photo (i.e.: exposure, lighting, and depth of field). The book is not just a manual for your camera but provides excellent insight into photography; my favorite was the section on learning to see again, it had a great metaphor.
There were a few topics that needed improvement. The section on depth of field fell short; it felt me wanting much more. Also after the section on adjusting predefined picture styles I am still left wondering when? How? and Why? The section on bracketing was not well written even though you get the concept. I also wish that there would be a chapter on the accessories for the camera.
Overall I would suggest this book to someone. It is not a camera manual but it goes way beyond that.