Using tethered or wireless connection

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One of the most useful ways to use Live View shooting is for studio work, particularly when you're shooting still-life subjects such as products, food, stock shots, and so on.

You can set up with the 40D connected to a computer using the USB cable supplied with the camera. The extra-long cord allows a decent range of movement, particularly if the computer is on a wheeled or swivel table. You can also shoot with the optional wireless file transmitter, such as the Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E3/WFT-E3A. For this section, we'll use the supplied USB cable.

Before you begin, ensure that you have installed the EOS Digital Solution Disk on the computer to which you are connecting the camera. To shoot in Live View with the 40D tethered to the computer, follow these steps:

1. Turn off the camera, and attach the USB cord to the Digital terminal located under the terminal covers on the side of the camera. Be sure that the icon on the cable connector faces the front side of the camera.

2. Connect the other end of the USB cable to a USB terminal on the computer.

3. Turn on the power switch on the camera. The computer installs the device driver software and identifies the camera. If you're using Windows Vista, the AutoPlay dialog box appears. Click Downloads images from EOS camera using EOS Utility. The EOS Utility - EOS 40D dialog box appears. If a camera model selection screen appears, select the EOS 40D.

4. Click Camera settings/Remote shooting in the EOS Utility window. The EOS 40D control panel appears. You can use the panel to control exposure settings, set the white balance, set the Picture Style, and set White-Balance Shift in this panel. To set exposure, doubleclick the aperture, ISO, and so on, and use the controls to adjust the settings.

Tip Now is a good time to click Preferences and set the options you want such as choosing the destination folder in which to save captured images, and whether to save the images both on the computer and on the CF card.

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Click the Remote Live View Shooting button at the bottom right of the Remote Shooting control panel. The Remote Live View window appears. In this window, you can set the white point by clicking a white area or neutral gray area in the scene, use the controls to set the focus, preview the depth of field by clicking the On button, and switch between the Brightness and RGB histograms as well as monitor the histogram as the camera moves or as lighting changes.

When the exposure and composition is set, you can magnify the view, and then focus using the AF-ON button on the camera or manually using the lens focusing ring, depending on your setting for C.Fn III-6.

Press the Shutter button completely to take the picture. The

Digital Photo Professional main window opens with the image selected.

5.2 The Remote Live View Shooting button, which is not labeled in the control panel but does have rollover text to identify it.

5.3 The Remote Live View window. The controls are self-explanatory and easy to use by clicking or double-clicking the option that you want to change.

8. When you finish, turn off the camera and disconnect the USB cable from the camera.

Hp If you want to focus remotely from the computer in Live View, be sure to check out Breeze Systems DSLR Remote Pro V. 1.5 that offers remote-controlled autofocus for Windows systems. This program offers additional features including up to 15

bracketed shots using either aperture or shutter speed, the ability to capture time-lapse sequences, fade back for overlays and alignment for DSLR stop-action animations or panoramic stitching, append IPTC data, and more. For more information, visit the Breeze Systems Web site at RemotePro/index.htm.

5.4 You can change exposure using the control panel, as shown here, and you can set the Picture Style, click within the real-time view to balance the color and then apply it to the picture, and much more.

5.5 The final image taken in Live View shooting. Exposure: ISO 100, f/7.1, 1/2 sec., using an EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens.

Getting the Most from the Canon EOS 40D


In This Part

Chapter 6

Selecting and Using Lenses

Chapter 7

Working with Light

Chapter 8

Using Flash

Chapter 9

In the Field with the EOS 40D

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