Canon EOS 60D Digital Field Guide

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9780470648629: Canon EOS 60D Digital Field Guide

No-fail formulas for getting great digital photos from your Canon 60D

The Canon EOS 60D offers a newly designed, hi-res 18.0 megapixel sensor and full high-definition movie recording capability. This full-color guide gets you completely caught up with all the bells and whistles that accompany this new dSLR. The handy trim size allows you to take it with you wherever you go so you can frequently refer to the top-notch tips, tricks, and techniques for getting unique and memorable photos and handling problematic shooting situations. Practical examples take you beyond the basics of the functions of each button and lavish photos exemplify the professional-level photographs that you can achieve.

  • Shares step-by-step techniques that cover exposure, composition, and shooting tips for the Canon EOS 60D
  • Includes a grey and color checker card to help you capture perfect color in any environment
  • Features full-color photos, how-to information, and no-fail formulas, all aimed at helping you get great digital photos with the 60D
  • Covers all the camera's modes, dials, menus, and functions including the HD movie mode
  • Delves into the more advanced features of the 60D

More instruction, more guidance, and more explanation than the owner?s manual! The Canon EOS 60D Digital Field Guide is an essential accompaniment to the 60D.

Featured Tips for Canon EOS 60D Cameras from the Author

The Canon EOS 60D packs a lot of power in a small package, and it can be a challenge to learn all the features of the camera. To help you get started, here are a few tips for using the 60D.

· Two things that can help you with your image workflow are adding your copyright information in the camera, and using the 60D's star rating system. Both of these things carry over from the camera to the computer when you upload images. So be sure to add your copyright using the setup 3 menu. Just select copyright information and then add your name and copyright information. And you can rate images using the playback 2 menu. The ratings you apply are then available to jump to images in the camera, and they are available on the computer when you use an editing program that uses the XMP standard such as Canon's Digital Photo Professional software included with the camera.

· You may already know that digital noise degrades the overall quality of your images. With the 60D's auto ISO option, the ISO can go very high in low light, and that will inevitably increase the incidence of digital noise. I recommend that you set a limit on the highest ISO sensitivity setting that's used with auto ISO. I set the limit at ISO 800 on my 60D. There will be some noise at ISO 800, but it is manageable using a good noise reduction program during image editing or RAW image conversion. A side benefit using low ISO sensitivity settings is that more images will fit on the SD card because digital noise is detected as "detail" that cannot be compressed when storing images on the media card.

· If you're shooting movies, use the general rule of thumb of using a shutter speed that is twice the frame rate. This means that if you're shooting at 25 frames per second (fps), then the shutter speed should be 1/50th sec.

· Take advantage of the C shooting mode by setting it up for movie shooting. You can set the correction resolution, frame rate, and the shutter speed so that by simply setting the mode dial to "C," you're ready to begin shooting movies at your favorite settings.

· If you're not getting the full 58-image JPEG burst that the 60D can deliver in continuous shooting drive mode, check the custom functions. Using custom functions such as II-1, long exposure noise reduction, and II-2, high ISO speed noise reduction will slow down the maximum burst rate to deliver fewer than the 58-image rate.

· If you want better and more consistent color for movies, then set a custom white balance or use one of the preset white balance options instead of using Auto White Balance. If you change the ISO or aperture (f-stop) while shooting the movie, the white balance can change as well with auto white balance. It doesn't shift with a custom or preset white balance option. This also makes editing your movie easier.

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Great photos. More fun.

Here's how to get both from your 60D

You have a powerful and versatile camera in the Canon EOS 60D. This book shows you how to take full advantage of its cutting-edge technology, explore its multimedia capabilities, add uniquely creative elements to your photos, and set up your camera to use every feature. But that's not all. You'll also discover more about lighting and lenses, advanced photographic techniques, and how to apply what you've learned when shooting events, nature, and portraits. The fun begins now.

  • Get acquainted with all the controls and learn to use each of the automatic and manual shooting modes

  • Explore exposure and work with the different metering modes

  • Discover how to work with color for various creative effects

  • Learn to build a lens system, work with flash, shoot in Live View, and capture great video with your 60D

Inside – your free gray and color checker card to help you achieve accurate white balance and color

About the Author:

Charlotte K. Lowrie is a professional photographer whose experience ranges from editorial photography andphotojournalism to wedding and nature photography. Her images have appeared in national publications, andshe has authored more than a dozen books. See more of her work at wordsandphotos.org.

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