Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi/450D Companion

ISBN-10: 0596520867

ISBN-13: 9780596520861

Edition: 2008 (Revised)

Authors: Ben Long

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Through a series of easy-to-follow lessons, The Canon Digital Rebel XSi Companion gives you a complete class on digital photography, tailored specifically for people who use this camera. This is not a typical camera guide: rather than just showing you what all the buttons do, this unique book teaches you how to use various Digital Rebel features to make great photographs. With The Canon Digital Rebel XSi Companion in your camera bag, you have the perfect field reference for taking stunning pictures of any occasion or place, any time. You get valuable creative tips and technical advice for capturing professional-looking images of people, landscapes, action shots, close-ups, night shots, and more. Get to know the Digital Rebel XSi and how it works Take creative control and go beyond automatic settings Learn the basic rules of composition Know when to let the camera work for you Photograph fast-moving objects, and learn to capture decisive moments Discover ways to use a flash indoors and outdoors Learn the advantages of different lenses, and the best time to use them Understand the options for shooting RAW, and whether it's right for you There are plenty of photography books, but only this companion guide teaches you how to take high-quality digital photos using the camera model you own. Professional photographer Ben Long includes plenty of full-color examples to show you what's possible once you graduate from snapshots and focus on the pictures you've always wanted to take.
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List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/22/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Ben Long is a freelance writer, photographer, and videographer based in San Francisco. A long-time computer journalist, he has written hundreds of features, reviews, and how-to's for magazines such as Macworld, MacWeek, Macworld UK, MacUser, Computer Graphics World, Maximum PC, and eMediaWeekly. He is currently a Senior Editor for, where he writes a regular digital photography column. His most recent books include Apple's Pro Training guide for Aperture, Real World Aperture, Getting Started with Camera Raw, and Complete Digital Photography, 3rd edition. As a photographer and videographer, his clients have included Blue Note Records, 20th Century Fox, the Pickle Circus, Global Business Network, Head Start, the Oklahoma Arts Institute, and the National Endowment for the Arts. You can learn more about him and his work at

Getting to Know the Rebel XSi: Shooting Snapshots Using Full Auto Mode
Resetting the Camera's Defaults
Snapshot Shooting in Full Auto Mode
Framing Your Shot
Autofocus, or "How to Press the Shutter Button"
Take the Shot
The Viewfinder Status Display
The LCD Status Display
Viewing Your Images
Using Scene Modes
Watch that Headroom: Fill the Frame
Don't Be Afraid to Get in Close
Lead Your Subject
Remember That Your Knees Can Bend
Watch the Background
Watch Out for Backlighting
Understand Flash Range
Cover Your Shot, or "One Shot Is Rarely Enough"
Anatomy of the Rebel XSi: Learning to Hold and Control Your Camera
What Is an SLR Anyway?
Cleaning and Maintenance
The XSi Battery
The Media Card
Body Parts
Camera Top
Camera Front
Camera Sides
Camera Back
Camera Bottom
The Rebel XSi Menu System
Holding the Camera
The Grip
Feet, Elbows, and Neck
The Lens
Understanding Focal Length
Types of Lenses
Lens Controls
Lens Care
Sensor Cleaning
More Full Auto Practice
Work with Fixed Focal Length
Playing Back Images: Reviewing and Analyzing Images on Your Rebel XSi
Image Review
Image Playback
Navigating Images with the Main Dial
Playback Zoom
Exiting Playback
Viewing Image Thumbnails
Viewing Image Info
Image Rotation
Manual Image Rotation
Slideshows in the Field
Erasing Images
Deleting an Image During Image Review
Deleting an Image During Image Playback
Deleting All of the Images on the Card
Protecting Images
Image Transfer: Copying Images to Your Computer
Media Cards
One Big Card? Or Lots of Small Ones?
Card Management
Transferring from Your Camera
Installing the Canon Software
Transferring Images to a Windows Computer
Using Adobe Photoshop Elements for Windows
Using Adobe Photoshop
Transferring Images to a Macintosh Computer
Configuring Your Mac for Image Transfer
Transferring Images Using Canon ImageBrowser
Transferring Images Manually Using Windows or the Mac
Using the Camera to Select Images for Transfer
Organizing Your Images
After You've Transferred Your Images
Photography 101: The Fundamental Theory of Exposure
Over- and Underexposure
Exposure Mechanisms
ISO: The Third Exposure Parameter
Shutter Speed
Why There Are Two Ways to Control Light
How Shutter Speed Choice Affects Your Image
How Aperture Choice Affects Your Image
Shutter Speed/Aperture Balance
Fractional Stops
Thinking Again About Full Auto Mode
Summing Up
Program Mode: Taking Control and Understanding More about Exposure
Switching to Program Mode
Focusing Revisited
Understanding Focus Points
Focus Modes
Al Servo
Al Focus
What To Do When Autofocus Doesn't
Manual Focus
Getting Creative with Program Shift
Handheld Shooting and Shutter Speed
Image Stabilization
Changing ISO
Setting ISO
A Real-World ISO Change
White Balance
Custom White Balance
White Balance Shift
White Balance Bracketing
Drive Mode and the Self-timer
Using the Self-Timer
Choosing an Image Size and Format
Summing Up Program Mode
Some Things to Try
Advanced Exposure: Learning More about the XSi Light Meter and Exposure Controls
The Light Meter Revisited
Metering Modes
What Your Light Meter Actually Meters
Exposing So That Black Looks Black
Using Exposure Compensation to Over- or Underexpose
Exposure Compensation and Program Shift
Controlling Color Tone with Exposure Compensation
Using The Histogram
Recognizing Over- and Underexposure in the Histogram
Recognizing Contrast in the Histogram
The Three-Channel Histogram
Using Priority Modes to Control Exposure
Aperture Priority
Shutter Priority
Manual Mode
Exposure Bracketing
Auto Bracketing
Scene Modes Revisited
Picture Styles
Selecting a Picture Style
Adjusting Predefined Picture Styles
Creating a Better Exposure with Fill Flash
A Word About Dynamic Range
Finding and Composing a Photo: Exploring the Art of Photography
Learning to See Again
Seeing Exercises
How to Make a Photo
Recognizing a Potential Photo
Working Your Subject
Choosing a Camera Position and Focal Length
Composing Your Shot
Art and Craft
Specialty Shooting: Using Special Features for Shooting in Specific Conditions
Live View
Enabling Live View
Activating Live View
Focusing in Live View
What You Don't See in Live View
Shooting Panoramas
Choosing a Focal Length for Panoramas
Panoramic Exposure
Shooting Panoramic Frames
Stitching a Panorama
Low-Light Shooting
When to Use Flash in Low Light
Shooting in Low Light at High ISO
Low-Light Techniques
Shooting Sports or Stage Performances
Low-Light White Balance
Flash Shooting: Using a Flash and Other Tools for Better Control of the Lighting in Your Scene
Controlling Existing Light
Using the XSi's On-Camera Flash
Flash Exposure
Red-Eye Reduction
Using an External Flash
Bouncing a Flash
Raw Shooting: Using Raw Format to Gain More Control and Better Image Quality
What Is Raw?
Why Use Raw?
Changing White Balance
Highlight Recovery
More Editing Latitude
A True Digital Negative
Easy Batch Processing
Raw Hassles (the Disadvantages)
Shooting Raw with the Rebel XSi
Picture Styles, White Balance, and Raw
Processing Your Raw Files
Customizing the XSi: Configuring Custom Settings and Adding Lenses and Accesories
My Menu
Building My Menu
Organizing My Menu
Make My Menu the Default
Changing Screen Color
Custom Functions
Choosing a Lens
Some Lens Suggestions
Evaluating a Lens
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