Card Readers

Although you can tether your camera to your computer and download using Canon's software (explained elsewhere), many people prefer to use a card reader. Most efficient card readers are either USB-2 or Firewire devices and are inexpensive. If you also work with a camera that uses the CF card format, memory stick, or some other format, there are readers on the market that are equipped to read all cards. They are also inexpensive. Bear in mind when downloading that a high-speed card reader will...

Menus

The Digital Rebel's three menu categories are distinguished by color. Shooting menus, indicated in red, tell the camera how it should interpret what it sees to create the correct file. The blue Playback menu offers options that tell the camera how you want to see what you've shot, whereas the yellow Setup menus allow deep customization of the camera's operations. Menu choices are limited for Basic Zone operation and expand to their full potential for all Creative Zone applications. This text...

Natural And Ambient

Working with natural light means working with what the sun provides, good or bad. Although the photographer can add some measure of flash to fill in shadows (see Flash), this portion of the book deals with images made only with light that's available from the sun. There are many ways to work with natural light, indoors or outside. Indeed, some photographers work with natural light exclusively. They're comfortable with it, understand it, and have built a career around the look. It's not always...

My Menu

You can register up to six menus and Custom Functions for features you use frequently. For example, I frequently access Custom White Balance, switch from Adobe RGB to the sRGB Color Space, and use C.Fn 9, Shutter AE Lock Button to vary from front button to back button focus. I can access any of these functions without scrolling through individual menus, so this is a real time-saver for me. To register your favorites, select Register and scroll through the menu items until you find your...

Picture Style

Color Space Here's where you select either AdobeRGB (1998) or the sRGB color space. As previously discussed, the final reproduction method for your images will determine which color space you should use. Picture Style Canon has developed a number of fantastic algorithms that add emphasis to various aspects of your images by changing how the camera sees color and further manipulating sharpness, contrast, saturation, and color tone. Standard, my favorite, gives me vivid, saturated colors. I like...

Making Pictures

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Your Digital Rebel offers two options for creative photography, easily accessed via the Mode Dial. The first, the Basic Zone, distinguishes the various functions by icons and can be used as is to create great images the very first time you use the camera. Using any of the Basic Zones means the camera will make decisions for you. For first-time users, the Basic Zone is a great place to start. None of the Basic Zone modes allow changes in white balance, exposure compensation, or exposure beyond...

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Macro photography Closeup mode overview, 36 with EF-S 60 mm f2.8 Macro USM, 191-192 with 50 mm F2.5 Compact Macro lens, 179 with MP-E 65 mm f2.8 Macro Photo lens, 180 with 100 mm F2.8 Macro, 179-180 Macro Twin Lite, as accessory flash, 231-234 Magnify button and image viewing, 75-76 multiple image viewing, 76 Main Dial auto focus, 53 and exposure compensation, 47-48 Jump menu, 77 Manual mode, 43 Maintenance, camera, 111 Main window, DPP, 122-123 Manual Focus Point Selection (MFPS), 63-64 Manual...

Date Time

Set Date Time . 29. 2008 10 53 26 mm dd yy (05 29 2008) OK Cancel not always practical. If you must clean the machine yourself, follow these instructions. Please note that the sensor is extremely delicate. Do not touch it with anything and do not blow canned air across its surface. Should the canned air's propellant spray onto the surface of the sensor (it dries immediately), well, you probably will be sending the camera in for service. 1. Select Sensor Cleaning from the menu. 2. Select Clean...

Cards Readers and Batteries

The Digic III processor in the Rebel XS 1000D supports both Secure Digital (SD) and Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) memory card formats. Memory cards are priced based on their Data Transfer Speed (DTS). Cards with a Class 2 rating are guaranteed to sustain a DTS of 2 megabytes second, whereas Class 4 and Class 6 cards sustain rates of 4 and 6 megabytes second, respectively. The DTS numbers for the Digic III are not available from Canon. Suffice it to say that it's very fast. I made a simple...

White Balance

The Rebel has a selection of seven white balance presets plus a Custom White Balance (CWB) that you can measure yourself. Daylight uses Canon's default color temperature of 5200 K Shade works at 7000 K Cloudy at 6000 K Tungsten Incandescent at 3200 K White Fluorescent is set to 4000 K (although there are huge color temperature variations in fluorescent lights) Flash at 6000 K. The Cloudy preset splits the difference between Daylight and Shade. Flash uses the same color temperature as Cloudy....

Set Up Menu

Auto Power Off Use this feature to determine how long the camera will stay active before going to sleep. Setting the control to Off tells the camera to be ready indefinitely and will deplete the battery more rapidly and you'll have to manually turn the camera off , but choosing a short time span of 30 seconds or 1 or 2 minutes will, I'm sure, prove to be frustrating for you. If you choose Off, the display will automatically turn itself off after 30 minutes. File Numbering Your Rebel has three...

Macro Twin Lite

Canon makes two special accessory flashes, the Macro Twin Lite and the Ring Lite. Each is mounted on the lens and meant to be a close-to-the-lens source. Although they are similar to the popup flashes of the Rebel, in that they are next to or around the lens, the Twin Lite is a two-light source that can be controlled, whereas the Ring Lite is a bi-tubed, split circle of light around the lens. Both have applications for anyone who wishes to expand his or her visual vocabulary. Should you be one...

Pets And Wildlife

Animals are fun to shoot, and I don't mean that in a bad way. Animals, each with its own personality, make marvelous subjects for your camera, even if you have to actively seek them out. House pets A favorite subject, always, just for grins. Get in close. My wife and I were invited to visit friends in Costa Rica, and, naturally, I took a camera. After dinner, while enjoying an adult beverage, we heard noises that sounded amphibian but were much louder than what we'd ever heard around the...

The Software

Canon includes, with all EOS cameras, a copy of the EOS Digital Solution disk. On it you'll find programs for both Macintosh and PC computers designed to make your digital lives significantly easier. These are rather deep programs, however, and have been engineered with subtleties that are simply impossible to completely investigate in this guide because of page restrictions. I would suggest you use the following as a knowledge base, quick-start information to customize your workflow as your...

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C.Fn 4 High ISO Speed Noise Reduction The camera will look at the image as it's created and attempt to determine if undetected noise noise the camera does not automatically compensate for is present. If it is, the Rebel will automatically apply noise reduction. C.Fn 5 Auto Lighting Optimizer This new function looks at your exposures and determines if they are too dark or lacking in contrast if they are, it corrects them as best it can. Depending on the actual shooting conditions, some...

Ring Lite

Canon's Ring Light, MR-14EX, like the Canon Twin Lite, is built to fit onto the 58 mm front of the 100 mm macro, but you can buy step-down or step-up rings so that the flashes can be mounted on lenses with filter diameters other than 58 mm. Because it can act like a continuous flashtube around the lens, it can produce a beautiful, virtually shadow-free light onto any subject. However, the strobe tube is not a single piece, but rather two semicircular tubes that can be proportioned against each...

Batteries

The XS 1000D takes advantage of ongoing power supply research and uses the new LP-E5 Li-ion battery pack. About the same weight as previous batteries, this new item will give you approximately 20 more exposures per charge than its predecessor while still maintaining a rapid recharge time. This Rebel no longer requires a separate date time battery. Instead, a tiny and inaccessible rechargeable battery inside the body draws a small amount of power from the LP-E5 to sustain itself. Bear in mind...

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Acting much like a view camera, Tilt Shift lenses correct image distortion and control depth of field by moving the axis of the lens. Canon makes three focal lengths of T S lenses 24 mm, 45 mm, and 90 mm, and although all are manual focus, each will do the same job it's the applications that are different. The 24 mm, for example, is extremely useful for architectural photographers, as the keystoning effect one typically sees when rooms or buildings are photographed can be controlled, with...

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