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The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS/1000D Companion [Kindle Edition]

Ben Long
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Book Description

Through several easy-to-follow lessons, this handy book offers a complete class on digital photography, tailored specifically for people who use the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS/1000D. This is not your typical camera guide: rather than just show you what all the buttons do, this book teaches you how to use various Digital Rebel XS/1000D features to make great photographs -- including professional-looking images of people, landscapes, action shots, close-ups, night shots, and more.

The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS/1000D Companion is the perfect reference for your camera bag. Written by professional photographer Ben Long, it's packed with creative tips and technical advice to help you capture stunning pictures anywhere, anytime. With this book, you'll learn how to:

  • Take creative control and go beyond automatic settings
  • Learn the basic rules of composition
  • Capture decisive moments, including fast-moving objects
  • Discover ways to use a flash indoors and outdoors
  • Learn about 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 one teaches you how to take high-quality digital photos using the exact camera model you own. Plenty of full-color examples show you what's possible once you graduate from snapshots and focus on the pictures you really want to take.

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About the Author

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

Product Details

  • File Size: 5321 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (November 3, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0026OR3N0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Starting Point August 26, 2009
The Canon EOS Rebel cameras are basically entry-level DSLR cameras. If this is your situation and you recently purchased a Rebel XS--known as the 1000D outside of the U.S.--you may want to get this book. This book is a beginner book that is specific to your camera. It's a good book with which to start.

There are twelve chapters to this moderate sized book. The reader is given some very helpful screen shots of camera menus, as well as the displays that one will see through the viewfinder (i.e., the eyepiece) and on the LCD viewer screen. There are full-color images showing the camera with easy to understand text and lines pointing to exactly what to press or turn to set various things on the camera.

Getting to It
In the first few chapters, the author Ben Long teaches the reader about the camera in general: Chapter 1 shows the reader exactly what to do to get started taking pictures. It includes pictures of the switches on the camera and the lens and screen shots of the menus. The second chapter provides a well illustrated tour of the camera. Knowing where everything is on your camera will make you more comfortable using it. There's also information on the care and cleaning of the camera.

The third chapter covers how to view images and manipulate images within the camera. Many of these things you may figure out on your own, though. In the next chapter the author discusses how to copy images to a computer. This includes using the Canon utility program on Microsoft Windows and Macintosh computers, providing screen shots for both.

Photography Basics
The author turns his attention to teaching the reader about photography in general in Chapter 5 by discussing the basics components of exposure: ISO (i.e.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
It is a pretty good book. However it was not written from the scratch. It is very much "find/replace" XSi with XS from the previous XSi edition. The book failed to differential XSi and XS and used XSi features on XS. For example, XSi has 9 focus points and XS has 7 focus points. The book repeatedly using 9 focus points. Don't take me wrong. It is a good book as long as you have done enough research and understand the differences between XSi and XS.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Help April 18, 2009
I got a Digital SLR for Christmas and signed up for classes at the local community college. This was the best book by far of any one else in the class. Very well written. Very easy to understand. I still reference it when I have forgotten what settings I need. I also ordered another book and it is not nearly as good. Nice examples of the pictures you may want to try to capture.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the best companion guide to canon's instruction manual November 2, 2010
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i bought this canon eos rebel xs (complete kit) which came of course with an instruction manual. since this is my first digital SLR, reading the manual was an ordeal since i am used to the traditional manually-operated-analog SLR.
i have since read the instruction manual for over 5 times now and i am still gradually getting the hang of it. it's a good thing that this book "canon eos digital rebel xs/1000D Companion Book" came along written by Ben Long. the book explains a lot of things that the instruction manual did not cover, of course, the manual did not explain why you are pushing certain buttons. but this companion book explains the "WHY's" of certain functions and gives a ton of tips not covered by the instruction manual. the instruction manual is so tiny and so hard to read. get this book and see what i mean. but i suggest you read first the instruction manual before you read this companion book. the book is well written and user friendly. i have scanned the other books pertaining to this camera but this particular edition by ben long is by far the best.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well-written and extremely helpful August 6, 2010
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I bought this book right after I got my Canon Xs. In the couple of days since I have gotten almost half-way through. It's very easy reading. The 5-1/2"x8-1/2" format is very handy and the photos are crystal clear. The author's explanation is smooth and proceeds in a logical manner. There's a chapter on the general terminology surrounding f-stops, shutter speeds, focal-lengths, etc. at just the right spot, just before he gets into the manual settings available on the camera.

It does have some editing errors, in the form of missing sub-heads, missing bolding, buttons mentioned pages before you learn where they are, etc. But really none of this is a problem, and the spelling and ordinary editing work has been done well.

I'm very pleased with this book and would recommend it to any new Canon Xs owner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You Think You Know Your Camera? October 6, 2014
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I don't remember when I was more pleased with a book from Amazon. Of course, when the book is among a series titled to precisely describe the reader's camera, one might rightfully expected descriptions and illustrations accordingly. But I was pleased to find precise detail, even references to the page number of the instruction booklet that accompanied my camera! I learned helpful information from Ben Long's book explained in easily readable style, information that could not have made it into the instruction booklet. I have consulted the book repeatedly to refresh my understanding of Long's excellent descriptions and instructions. The buyer of this book will not be disappointed, but better yet, will be elated with the reservoir of information available at his fingertips.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book, Good Info
I recommend this book to anyone who owns a Canon Rebel and is a beginner. I'm half way through the book, and I have learned a tremendous amount about the my camera as well as... Read more
Published 15 months ago by J.M. Workman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, easy to understand, learned a lot
What an awesome book! I've had my camera for two years now, I've picked up the manual a dozen times only to get frustrated and pack it away again. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Kndllyn
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice and easy
This book was purchased as a companion to my introduction to the world of digital SLR photography. I needed it! Read more
Published 22 months ago by Stormin'
5.0 out of 5 stars Great source of reference info - a keeper.
I have had a Rebel XS for awhile but had not learned to really adjust the camera and understand the settings and options. Read more
Published on December 1, 2012 by JMac
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
I absolutely love this book and highly recommend it to anyone with a Digital Rebel XS. It's easy to read and understand and is very informative. Read more
Published on November 13, 2011 by josiegirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
Excellent, excellent. Easy to understand. Because of this book I use all my camera's features and understand the camera much betterf.
Published on May 14, 2011 by MK
4.0 out of 5 stars Digtal Rebel Copanion book for Canon EOS
This one I did not think I was going to get delivered, to tell you the truth I forgot about it all together. So I guess you can say I recived a supprise.. Read more
Published on January 17, 2011 by alice.critcher
4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful guide
Excellent beginners guide. What I like about this book is that it assumes nothing and goes into quite a bit of detail on each camera feature.
Definitely recommend.
Published on February 18, 2010 by David Pugmire
5.0 out of 5 stars Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS/1000D Companion
An excellent guide for new owners of this camera. Very specific instructions and ideas on how to use it, and a thoroughly good investment. Read more
Published on February 2, 2010 by Julia Barton
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More About the Author

Ben Long is a San Francisco-based photographer and writer. The author of over a dozen books on digital photography and digital video, he has been a longtime contributor or contributing editor to many magazines including MacWeek, MacUser, Macworld UK, and others. He currently writes for Photoshop Elements magazine, is a Senior Contributor at Macworld Magazine and, and a senior editor at His photography clients have included 20th Century Fox, Blue Note Records, Global Business Network, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, the Pickle Family Circus, and Grammy-nominated jazz musicians Don Byron and Dafnis Prieto. He has taught and lectured on photography around the world. A sometime dabbler in computer programming, he has written a Mac-based image editing utility that is used by the British Museum, the White House, and others. You can learn more about what he's up to at

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