The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi/450D Companion
Learning How to Take Pictures You Love With the Camera You Have
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: September 2008
Pages: 288

Through a series of easy-to-follow lessons, The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi/D450 Companion gives you a complete class on digital photography, tailored specifically for people who use this camera. This is not a typical camera guide: rather than just showing you what all the buttons do, this unique book teaches you how to use various Digital Rebel features to make great photographs.

With The Canon Digital Rebel XSi Companion in your camera bag, you have the perfect field reference for taking stunning pictures of any occasion or place, any time. You get valuable creative tips and technical advice for capturing professional-looking images of people, landscapes, action shots, close-ups, night shots, and more.

  • Get to know the Digital Rebel XSi and how it works
  • Take creative control and go beyond automatic settings
  • Learn the basic rules of composition
  • Know when to let the camera work for you
  • Photograph fast-moving objects, and learn to capture decisive moments
  • Discover ways to use a flash indoors and outdoors
  • Learn the advantages of 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 companion guide teaches you how to take high-quality digital photos using the camera model you own. Professional photographer Ben Long includes plenty of full-color examples to show you what's possible once you graduate from snapshots and focus on the pictures you've always wanted to take.

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    4.0

    Bonus Chapter

    By Patricia Jordan

    from Nashville TN

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    • Concise
    • Easy to understand
    • Helpful examples
    • Well-written

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      Comments about oreilly The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi/450D Companion:

      The bonus chapter was helpful (and it is totally free). See the small blue links under the button for Google preview on the lefthand side of the page to find it. I think the book is extremely helpful for those who, like me, have a bit of a grasp of digital photography and need to know when to use what feature on the camera.

       
      4.0

      More than just supplemental

      By Viking86

      from Albuquerque, NM

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        Comments about oreilly The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi/450D Companion:

        As a recent member of a senior center photo group, I became interested in using more than my point-and-shoot. The Canon EOS Dogital Rebel got a good review in Consumer Reports. After looking at the Canon manual, thorough but not easy, I ran across Long's book, bought it, and have been happy with it. The illustrations are excellent.
        Echoing another rviewer's comment, where is "Workflow: Managing Your Post-Production?"

         
        5.0

        Much Better Than Your Manual

        By Jeremy Hall

        from Pleasant Grove, UT

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          Comments about oreilly The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi/450D Companion:

          Though I love Canon products and have owned many, they unfortunately are like most every manufacturer in failing to provide a quality instructional manual. Manuals are great with giving you the bare details on every feature of the camera, but the fall well short in providing actual instruction to the new user of making use of the real capabilities they now have available.

          With entry level dSLR cameras really starting to become approachable and accepted by a broad market, we are seeing a crowd buying these cameras that really has no idea where to start. Unfortunately that means most end up sticking the camera in Auto mode and never leaving it.

          This Companion does an excellent job not only explaining the camera features, but taking it even further into the how and why you would put those features to use. Camera illustrations, menu shots and photo examples all work together with the well written information to be a valuable education to the new camera user. The mid-sized form factor of the book is also perfect to stick in a camera bag to take along while you get out and explore with your camera.

          I highly recommend anyone who has purchased a dSLR for the first time work their way through a companion book like this for some excellent self-run, hands on education. This is a far better start to getting the most out of a camera than any beginner class or workshop.

           
          5.0

          This book fills in the holes.

          By Bob Baker

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          Comments about oreilly The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi/450D Companion:

          I read 2 other books befor I found this blug.

          I read the review and know I had to haveit.

          So I went and pickup a copy. I found the book easy to

          read and understand. I like that it started at

          the AUTo mode. After reading the first few pages

          your out the door with Sxi in hand. It filled in some holes for me.

           
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          Good book, but can't locate workflow chapter it mentions online

          By telltheworld

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          Comments about oreilly The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi/450D Companion:

          This appears to be a good book on the XSI, and on photography in general. I was directed to the O'Reilly web site to see a bonus chapter on digital workflow. I see info on the book, including ways to purchase other versions of it, but cannot locate the extra content mentioned. Does anyone know where it is located? Thanks :-)

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