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The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS/1000D Companion Paperback – November 17, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0596154523 ISBN-10: 0596154526 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (November 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596154526
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596154523
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,663,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 CreativePro.com, 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 www.completedigitalphotography.com.

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It's easy to read and understand and is very informative.
josiegirl
I would and will recommend this book to anyone interested in learning photography with the XS!
Kndllyn
I still reference it when I have forgotten what settings I need.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 26, 2009
Format: Paperback
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 By C. P. Loy on April 29, 2009
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mary Helms on April 18, 2009
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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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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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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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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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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 CreativePro.com. 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 www.completedigitalphotography.com.

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