INTRODUCTION 1 A Quick Look at What's Ahead 2 Icons and Other Stuff to Note 3 eCheat Sheet 3 Practice, Be Patient, and Have Fun! 4 PART 1: 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 29 Ordering from Camera Menus 30 Navigating the Custom Functions Menu 32 Monitoring Critical Camera Settings 34 The Info button: Choosing what the screen shows 35 Checking the Camera Settings display 36 Viewing the Shooting Settings display 37 Decoding viewfinder data 38 Reading the LCD panel 40 Changing Settings via the Quick Control Screen 41 Getting Help from Your Camera 43 Reviewing Basic Setup Options 43 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 57 Using flash in the fully automatic modes 58 Enabling flash in advanced exposure modes 60 Using Red-Eye Reduction flash 60 Controlling Picture Quality 61 Diagnosing quality problems 62 Decoding the Image Quality options 64 Considering Resolution: Large, Medium, or Small? 66 Understanding File Type (JPEG or Raw) 69 JPEG: The imaging (and web) standard 69 Raw (CR2): The purist's choice 71 Our take: Choose Fine or Raw 73 Setting the Photo Aspect Ratio 73 CHAPTER 3: Taking Great Pictures, Automatically 75 As Easy As It Gets: Auto and Flash Off 76 Taking Advantage of Scene (SCN) Modes 79 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 107 Continuous autofocusing in Movie mode 107 Choosing an AF (autofocus) mode 109 Manual focusing 114 Zooming in for a focus check 115 Exploring Other Live View Options 116 Adjusting other Live View picture settings 116 Using the touch shutter 122 Recording Your First Movie 123 Customizing Movie Recording Settings 126 Shooting Menu 4 (Movie) 128 Shooting Menu 5 (Movie) 129 Using Movie Digital Zoom 134 Playing Movies 136 PART 2: WORKING WITH PICTURE FILES 139 CHAPTER 5: Picture Playback 141 Disabling and Adjusting Image Review 141 Exploring Playback Mode 142 Switching to Index (thumbnails) view 143 Using the Quick Control screen during playback 145 Jumping through images 146 Rotating pictures 149 Zooming in for a closer view 150 Viewing Picture Data 151 Basic Information display data 152 Shooting Information display mode 153 Understanding histograms 157 Enabling a few display extras 159 Deleting Photos 159 Erasing single images 159 Erasing all images on the memory card 160 Erasing selected images 160 Protecting Photos 162 Protecting (or unprotecting) a single photo 162 Protecting multiple photos 163 Rating Photos 165 Viewing Your Photos on a Television 167 CHAPTER 6: Downloading, Printing, and Sharing Your Photos 169 Installing the Canon Software 170 Sending Pictures to the Computer 171 Connecting camera and computer via USB 172 Connecting to the computer via Wi-Fi 173 Downloading from the camera 176 Downloading from a card reader 178 Processing Raw (CR2) Files 178 Processing Raw images in the camera 179 Converting Raw images in Digital Photo Professional 182 Planning for Perfect Prints 185 Preparing Pictures for Online Sharing 186 PART 3: TAKING CREATIVE CONTROL 189 CHAPTER 7: Getting Creative with Exposure 191 Kicking Your Camera into High Gear 192 Introducing Exposure Basics: Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO 193 Understanding exposure-setting side effects 195 Doing the exposure balancing act 199 Monitoring Exposure Settings 200 Choosing an Exposure Metering Mode 203 Setting ISO, f-stop, and Shutter Speed 206 Controlling ISO 206 Adjusting aperture and shutter speed 209 Sorting through Your Camera's Exposure-Correction Tools 212 Overriding autoexposure results with Exposure Compensation 212 Improving high-contrast shots 216 Experimenting with Auto Lighting Optimizer 221 Correcting vignetting with Peripheral Illumination Correction 223 Dampening noise 225 Locking Autoexposure Settings 227 Bracketing Exposures Automatically 229 Setting up for automatic bracketing 230 Shooting a bracketed series 232 Using Flash in Advanced Exposure Modes 233 Understanding your camera's approach to flash 234 Using flash outdoors 237 Adjusting flash power with Flash Exposure Compensation 238 Locking the flash exposure 240 Exploring more flash options 242 CHAPTER 8: Manipulating Focus and Color 245 Reviewing Focus Basics 246 Introducing the AF-ON button 247 Adjusting Autofocus Performance 248 AF Area mode: One focus point or many? 249 Changing the AF (autofocus) operation mode 252 Choosing the right autofocus combo 254 Manipulating Depth of Field 254 Controlling Color 259 Correcting colors with white balance 259 Changing the White Balance setting 261 Creating a custom White Balance setting 263 Fine-tuning White Balance settings 265 Bracketing shots with white balance 269 Taking a Quick Look at Picture Styles 273 CHAPTER 9: Putting It All Together 279 Recapping Basic Picture Settings 279 Setting Up for Specific Scenes 282 Shooting still portraits 282 Capturing action 287 Capturing scenic vistas 291 Capturing dynamic close-ups 293 PART 4: THE PART OF TENS 297 CHAPTER 10: Ten Features to Explore on a Rainy Day 299 Enabling Mirror Lockup Shooting 300 Adding Cleaning Instructions to Images 300 Tagging Files with Your Copyright Claim 301 Exploring Wi-Fi Functions 302 Experimenting with Creative Filters 304 Shooting in Multiple Exposure Mode 307 Investigating Two More Printing Options 308 Presenting a Slide Show 309 Editing Movies 309 Creating Video Snapshots and Time Lapse Movies 310 CHAPTER 11: Ten More Ways to Customize Your Camera 313 Creating Your Own Exposure Modes 314 Creating Your Very Own Camera Menu 315 Creating Custom Folders 318 Changing the Color Space from sRGB to Adobe RGB 318 Changing the Direction of the Dials 319 Changing All the Furniture Around 319 Disabling the AF-Assist Beam 321 Controlling the Lens Focus Drive 322 Making the Flashing Red AF Points Go Away 323 Considering a Few Other Autofocusing Tweaks 323 INDEX 327
Julie Adair King is a veteran digital photography educator. Her best selling books include Digital Photography For Dummies and thirty titles on Canon and Nikon cameras. Robert Correll is a digital media expert who authored Digital SLR Photography All-in-One For Dummies.