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Canon EOS 70D for Dummies


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Introduction 1 A Quick Look at What?s Ahead 1 Icons and Other Stuff to Note 2 eCheat Sheet 3 Practice, Be Patient, and Have Fun! 3 Part I: Fast Track to Super Snaps 5 Chapter 1: Getting the Lay of the Land 7 Looking at Lenses 7 Choosing a lens 8 Attaching and removing a lens 11 Zooming in and out 12 Using an IS (image stabilizer) lens 13 Getting acquainted with focusing 14 Adjusting the Viewfinder 15 Adjusting the Monitor Position 16 Using the Touchscreen 17 Working with Memory Cards 20 Exploring External Camera Features 22 Topside controls 22 Back-of-the-body controls 24 Front odds and ends 27 Connection ports 28 Ordering from Camera Menus 30 Navigating the Custom Functions Menu 32 Monitoring Critical Camera Settings 34 The Info button: Choosing what the screen shows 34 Checking the Camera Settings display 35 Viewing the Shooting Settings display 36 Decoding viewfinder data 38 Reading the LCD panel 40 Changing Settings via the Quick Control Screen 40 Getting Help from Your Camera 42 Reviewing Basic Setup Options 42 Cruising the Setup menus 43 Setting up the Lock switch 49 Taking two final setup steps 50 Chapter 2: Choosing Basic Picture Settings 51 Choosing an Exposure Mode 52 Changing the Drive Mode 54 Getting Familiar with the Built-in Flash 56 Using flash in the fully automatic modes 57 Enabling flash in advanced exposure modes 59 Using Red-Eye Reduction flash 60 Controlling Picture Quality 60 Diagnosing quality problems 61 Decoding the Image Quality options 63 Considering Resolution: Large, Medium, or Small? 65 Understanding File Type (JPEG or Raw) 68 JPEG: The imaging (and web) standard 68 Raw (CR2): The purist?s choice 70 My take: Choose Fine or Raw 72 Chapter 3: Taking Great Pictures, Automatically 73 As Easy As It Gets: Auto and Flash Off 74 Taking Advantage of Scene (SCN) Modes 77 Modifying scene mode results 88 Gaining More Control with Creative Auto 94 Chapter 4: Exploring Live View Shooting and Movie Making 99 Getting Started 100 Reviewing Live View and Movie mode cautions 102 Customizing the display 103 Focusing in Live View and Movie Modes 106 Disabling continuous autofocusing 106 Choosing an AF (autofocus) mode 109 Manual focusing 118 Zooming in for a focus check 118 Exploring Other Live View Options 119 Setting the photo aspect ratio 120 Adjusting other Live View picture settings 120 Using the touch shutter 127 Recording Your First Movie 128 Customizing Movie Recording Settings 131 Movie Menu 1 133 Movie Menu 2 134 Using Movie Digital Zoom 139 Snapping a Photo During Recording 140 Playing Movies 141 Part II: Working with Picture Files 145 Chapter 5: Picture Playback 147 Disabling and Adjusting Image Review 147 Exploring Playback Mode 148 Switching to Index (thumbnails) view 149 Using the Quick Control screen during playback 150 Jumping through images 151 Rotating pictures 154 Zooming in for a closer view 156 Viewing Picture Data 157 Basic Information display data 159 Shooting Information display mode 160 Understanding Histogram display mode 162 Enabling a few display extras 165 Deleting Photos 166 Erasing single images 166 Erasing all images on the memory card 167 Erasing selected images 167 Protecting Photos 169 Protecting (or unprotecting) a single photo 169 Protecting multiple photos 170 Rating Photos 172 Viewing Your Photos on a Television 174 Chapter 6: Downloading, Printing, and Sharing Your Photos 177 Installing the Canon Software 178 Sending Pictures to the Computer 180 Connecting camera and computer via USB 180 Connecting to the computer via Wi-Fi 181 Downloading from the camera 185 Downloading from a card reader 187 Processing Raw (CR2) Files 189 Processing Raw images in the camera 189 Converting Raw images in Digital Photo Professional 192 Planning for Perfect Prints 196 Check the pixel count before you print 196 Allow for different print proportions 198 Calibrate your monitor 200 Preparing Pictures for Online Sharing 201 Part III: Taking Creative Control 205 Chapter 7: Getting Creative with Exposure 207 Kicking Your Camera into High Gear 207 Introducing Exposure Basics: Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO 209 Understanding exposure-setting side effects 211 Doing the exposure balancing act 215 Monitoring Exposure Settings 216 Choosing an Exposure Metering Mode 219 Setting ISO, f-stop, and Shutter Speed 222 Controlling ISO 222 Adjusting aperture and shutter speed 225 Sorting through Your Camera?s Exposure-Correction Tools 227 Overriding autoexposure results with Exposure Compensation 227 Improving high-contrast shots 231 Experimenting with Auto Lighting Optimizer 236 Correcting vignetting with Peripheral Illumination Correction 239 Dampening noise 242 Locking Autoexposure Settings 244 Bracketing Exposures Automatically 246 Setting up for automatic bracketing 247 Shooting a bracketed series 250 Using Flash in Advanced Exposure Modes 250 Understanding your camera?s approach to flash 251 Using flash outdoors 255 Exposure Compensation 256 Locking the flash exposure 259 Exploring more flash options 260 Chapter 8: Manipulating Focus and Color 265 Reviewing Focus Basics 265 Introducing the AF-ON button 267 Adjusting Autofocus Performance 268 AF Area mode: One focus point or many? 269 Changing the AF (autofocus) mode 271 Choosing the right autofocus combo 273 Manipulating Depth of Field 274 Controlling Color 279 Correcting colors with white balance 279 Changing the White Balance setting 281 Creating a custom White Balance setting 283 Fine-tuning White Balance settings 285 Bracketing shots with white balance 288 Taking a Quick Look at Picture Styles 293 Chapter 9: Putting It All Together 299 Recapping Basic Picture Settings 299 Setting Up for Specific Scenes 302 Shooting still portraits 302 Capturing action 307 Capturing scenic vistas 311 Capturing dynamic close-ups 314 Part IV: The Part of Tens 317 Chapter 10: Ten Features to Explore on a Rainy Day 319 Enabling Mirror Lockup Shooting 320 Adding Cleaning Instructions to Images 320 Tagging Files with Your Copyright Claim 321 Exploring Wi-Fi Functions 322 Experimenting with Creative Filters 324 Shooting in Multiple Exposure Mode 328 Investigating Two More Printing Options 329 Presenting a Slide Show 329 Editing Movies 330 Creating Video Snapshots 331 Chapter 11: Ten More Ways to Customize Your Camera 333 Creating Your Own Exposure Mode 333 Creating Your Very Own Camera Menu 335 Creating Custom Folders 337 Changing the Color Space from sRGB to Adobe RGB 338 Changing the Direction of the Dials 339 Changing All the Furniture Around 339 Disabling the AF-Assist Beam 341 Controlling the Lens Focus Drive 342 Making the Flashing Red AF Points Go Away 343 Considering a Few Other Autofocusing Tweaks 343 Appendix: Glossary of Digital Photography Terms 347 Index 359

About the Author

Julie Adair King has been covering digital cameras and photography for over a decade. Along with the perennially popular Digital Photography For Dummies, she has written For Dummies guides on a wide variety of Canon and Nikon dSLR cameras. She also teaches at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre.

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