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Introduction 1

A Quick Look at What's Ahead 2

Part I: Fast Track to Super Snaps 2

Part II: Taking Creative Control 2

Part III: Working with Picture Files 3

Part IV: The Part of Tens 3

Icons and Other Stuff to Note 4

About the Software Shown in This Book 5

Practice, Be Patient, and Have Fun! 5

Part I: Fast Track to Super Snaps 7

Chapter 1: Getting the Lay of the Land 9

Getting Comfortable with Your Lens 10

Attaching a lens 10

Removing a lens 12

Using an IS (image stabilizer) lens 13

Focusing and zooming the lens 14

Adjusting the Viewfinder Focus 15

Working with Memory Cards 16

Exploring External Camera Controls 18

Topside controls 18

Back-of-the-body controls 20

Front-left buttons 23

Ordering from Camera Menus 24

Monitoring Critical Camera Settings 26

Decoding Viewfinder Data 28

Reviewing Basic Setup Options 30

Setup Menu 1 30

Setup Menu 2 32

Setup Menu 3 34

Three more customization options 35

Chapter 2: Taking Great Pictures, Automatically 37

Getting Good Point-and-Shoot Results 38

Using Flash in Automatic Exposure Modes 42

Exploring Your Automatic Options 44

Full Auto mode 44

Automatic scene modes (a.k.a. Image Zone modes) 46

Changing the Drive Mode 53

Chapter 3: Controlling Picture Quality 55

Diagnosing Quality Problems 56

Decoding the Quality Options 58

Considering Resolution: Large, Medium, or Small? 60

Pixels and print quality 61

Pixels and screen display size 62

Pixels and file size 63

Resolution recommendations 63

Understanding File Type (JPEG or Raw) 66

JPEG: The imaging (and Web) standard 66

Raw (CR2): The purist's choice 68

My take: Choose Fine or Raw 70

Chapter 4: Monitor Matters: Picture Playback and

Live View Shooting 73

Disabling and Adjusting Instant Review 74

Viewing Images in Playback Mode 74

Jumping through images 76

Viewing multiple images at a time 77

Rotating vertical pictures 78

Zooming in for a closer view 80

Viewing Picture Data 81

Basic information modes 81

Shooting Information display 83

Understanding Histogram display mode 86

Deleting Photos 89

Erasing single images 89

Erasing all images on your memory card 90

Erasing selected images 90

Protecting Photos 92

Using Your Monitor as a Viewfinder 94

Enabling Live View 96

Taking a shot in Live View mode 97

Customizing the Live View display 100

Part U: Taking Creative Control 105

Chapter 5: Getting Creative with Exposure and Lighting 107

Kicking Your Camera into Advanced Gear 108

Introducing the Exposure Trio: Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO 109

Understanding exposure-setting side effects 111

Doing the exposure balancing act 116

Monitoring Exposure Settings 118

Choosing an Exposure Metering Mode 122

Setting ISO, f-stop, and Shutter Speed 124

Controlling ISO 124

Adjusting aperture and shutter speed 125

Overriding Autoexposure Results with Exposure Compensation 128

Disabling Auto Lighting Optimization 132

Locking Autoexposure Settings 132

Bracketing Exposures Automatically 134

Using Flash in Advanced Exposure Modes 137

Understanding your camera's approach to flash 138

Adjusting flash power with flash exposure compensation 141

Locking the flash exposure 143

Exploring more flash options 145

Using an external flash unit 147

Chapter 6: Manipulating Focus and Color 149

Reviewing Focus Basics 150

Adjusting Autofocus Performance 151

Selecting an autofocus point 152

Changing the AF (autofocus) mode 154

Autofocusing in Live View Mode 155

Enabling Live View autofocusing 156

Live View autofocus option 1: Quick mode 157

Live View autofocus option 2: Live mode 159

Manipulating Depth of Field 160

Using A-DEP mode 166

Checking depth of field 167

Controlling Color 168

Correcting colors with white balance 168

Changing the white balance setting 171

Creating a custom white balance setting 172

Fine-tuning White Balance settings 174

Bracketing shots with white balance 177

Choosing a Color Space: sRGB vs. Adobe RGB 179

Exploring Picture Styles 181

Assessing the Picture Styles 182

Setting the Picture Style 184

Customizing Picture Styles 186

Creating your own Picture Style 188

Chapter 7: Putting It All Together 191

Recapping Basic Picture Settings 192

Setting Up for Specific Scenes 195

Shooting still portraits 195

Capturing action 200

Capturing scenic vistas 204

Capturing dynamic close-ups 206

Coping with Special Situations 208

Part HI: Working with Picture Files 211

Chapter 8: Downloading, Organizing, and Archiving Your Photos . . .213

Sending Pictures to the Computer 214

Connecting camera and computer 215

Starting the transfer process 217

Downloading images with Canon tools 219

Using ZoomBrowser EX/ImageBrowser 226

Getting acquainted with the program 227

Viewing photos in full-screen mode 229

Organizing your photos 232

Exploring Other Software Options 234

Processing Raw (CR2) Files 237

Chapter 9: Printing and Sharing Your Photos 243

Avoiding Printing Problems 244

Check the pixel count before you print 244

Allow for different print proportions 246

Get print and monitor colors in sync 247

Printing Online or In-Store 250

Printing from ZoomBrowser EX/ImageBrowser 251

Preparing Pictures for E-Mail 256

Creating Web-friendly copies of Raw and TIFF photos 258

E-mailing photos from the browser 261

Creating an In-Camera Slide Show 265

Viewing Your Photos on a Television 265

Part IV: The Part of Tens 267

Chapter 10: Ten Fast Photo-Editing Tricks 269

Removing Red-Eye 270

Cropping Your Photo 274

Adjusting Color Saturation 278

Tweaking Color Balance 280

Adjusting Exposure 282

Three-point exposure control with the Level Adjustment filter 282

Gaining more control with the Tone Curve Adjustment filter 285

Sharpening Focus (Sort Of) 288

Shifting to AutoPilot 292

Adding Text 293

Saving Your Edited Files 294

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