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Canon 50D: From Snapshots to Great Shots 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0321613110
ISBN-10: 0321613112
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Now that you've bought the amazing Canon 50D, you need a book that goes beyond a tour of the camera's features to show you exactly how to use the 50D to take great pictures. With "Canon 50D: From Snapshots to Great Shots," you get the perfect blend of photography instruction and camera reference that will take your images to the next level! Beautifully illustrated with large, vibrant photos, this book teaches you how to take control of your photography to get the image you want every time you pick up the camera.
Follow along with your friendly and knowledgeable guide, photographer and author Jeff Revell, and you will:
- Learn the top ten things you need to know about shooting with the 50D
- Use the 50D's automatic modes to get better shots right away
- Move on to the Creative zone, where you have full control over the look and feel of your images
- Master the photographic basics of composition, focus, depth of field, and much more
- Learn all the best tricks and techniques for getting great action shots, landscapes, and portraits
- Find out how to get great shots in low light
- Fully grasp all the concepts and techniques as you go, with assignments at the end of every chapter
With "Canon 50D: From Snapshots to Great Shots," you'll learn not only what makes a great shot work--you'll learn how to get that shot using your 50D.
And once you've got the shot, show it off! Join the book's Flickr group, share your photos, and discuss how you use your 50D to get great shots at flickr.com/groups/canon_50dfromsnapshotstogreatshots.

About the Author

Jeff Revell has been shooting professionally for more than 25 years, and has a wide range of expertise in everything from landscape to travel to urban photography. Widely known as the photographer behind the popular Photowalk Pro blog (revellphotography.com/blog), Jeff shares inspirational images, hosts lively discussions, and creates tutorials on digital photography techniques. In addition, he leads training classes and hands-on workshops on digital imaging technology around the globe.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321613112
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321613110
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.5 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #982,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is more of a photography 101 book than a manual to extend knowledge of the Canon 50D. In fact, I would judge that the 50D specific information in this book represents only about 10% of content. If you are new to photography and have purchase the 50D as your first DSLR, then this book might make sense. However, if you already know the basics of photography, this is not likely to provide much in terms of new information.
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This is a great book. It is definitely not a rehash of the owner's manual. It is, instead, a good guide to digital photography using the 50D's settings. There are practical illustrations and actual, realistic pictures, with details, to show what the text means.
The size of this guide book is ideal.
If you own an EOS 50D camera, or are thinking about getting one, then get this book.
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I've been using my 50D for a few months now, and an XTi previously. I figured I knew about everything this camera could do...I was wrong. Although very basic is some areas, this book doesn't treat you like a total newby. It not only tells you how to use a control, it shows you why with great shots and easy to understand instructions. I'm not finished with this yet, but when I am, I'm sure that I will be a much better photographer, that gets full use of my equipment. It's a great time to start volume #2 Jeff.
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I looked at many books before I decided to buy this one and I'm glad that I bought it. Teaches you everything you need to know to make great photos learned a lot from this book! A+++ Great for the starters and the more experienced. Makes everything simple and easy to understand.
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I ended up buying 3 different books pertaining to the 50D.The first one I purchased was the "Magic Lantern Guides Canon EOS 50D Multimedia Workshop" The instructional DVD video was excellent, however the book itself was way too basic & generic as was the "Taking Great Digital Photos" DVD (which I expected of this DVD). So unfortunately, I felt I still needed a book with more info to it & bought this book by Charlotte K. Lowrie "Canon EOOS 50D Digital Field Guide. It's a great book with lots of info but I found it very difficult to read & follow, I think it's her writing style. Seeing a pattern here? This one to soft, this one to hard, still looking for just right. So I bought Jeff Revell's book "Canon 50D From Snapshots to Great Shots", which I like a lot. I still need to augment it a little with Lowrie/s book but between these two it seems to do the job. I didn't want to spend all this money on the camera & lenses & not be able to use it to it's fullest potential hence purchasing 3 books.
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As others have noted, this is not simply a re-hash of the manual that comes with the 50D--in fact, the author refers back to the manual for some technical details, like a comparison of the modes in the Basic and Creative "zones." He calls these "Manual Callouts."

The manual that comes with the camera is complete, but there is a lot of detail in there--it's a complex camera. The manual tends to overwhelm you with explanations of everything a particular feature does. "Canon 50D" discuses, in clear language, what's important for each type of photo, what you get from the camera's Basic Zones (portrait, sports, etc.) for that type photo and what the Mr Revell (a professional photographer) thinks you can and ought to do in the Creative zone for such photos. He provides examples in each case and, here's where it becomes a course, each chapter includes homework ("Assignments") that guide you through use of the information he's provided. Actually adjusting the camera for different types of photos was very helpful for me. The book is replete with Mr. Revell's own photos, each with explanatory notes that relate to a point in the text.

For example, while the Canon manual walks you through the entire system of menus in one section, Revell discusses, for example, landscape photography and at that time tells you which menus are pertinent to that type of photo. Sort of like the history teacher who explained why there was a War of the Roses, as opposed to the one who just gave you dates and names.

I've taken photographs for decades and own a Canon EOS film SLR, but the DSLR is like a film camera on steroids and this book helped me to a better understanding.
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Unlike most of the other "how to use" books about the Canon 50D digital SLR, this one by Jeff Revell does not follow the standard format that most do of simply providing a more detailed explanation of the camera operating controls and functions. I found this book far more useful and informative in that it blends explanation of camera features and functions with actual photography instruction. It goes the extra step I was looking for by covering optimizing use of the great and feature-rich Canon 50D digital SLR to produce outstanding and creative photographic results. I also like the more casual, friendly, and personal writing style of the author. This is a very useful "how to" book at a very good price that will actually teach 50D owners how to use their wonderful camera to create outstanding pictures.
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Its really great start for Canon EOS 50D. I just purchased the camera knowing its good nothing more, with time and based on my readings from this book I started to realize how great pictures could be taken from this camera .. the menu of the camera tells you the "whats" for different features that comes with the camera, but the book tells you the "Hows" and "Whys". really great book to build your corner stone for novice.
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