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Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi/400D Digital Field Guide [Paperback]

by Charlotte K. Lowrie
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)

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Book Description

February 12, 2007 0470110074 978-0470110072 1
This full-color book is designed to tap the exploding market in serious digital photography with over 250 pages of new and beautiful photos, essential photography how-to information and no-fail formulas for getting great digital pictures with the newly announced Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi/400D. It goes above and beyond competitive digital SLR books with step-by-step techniques that cover exposure, composition, and professional shooting tips on perspective, impact, and more. Charlotte K. Lowrie, author of two previous Digital Field Guides (see below), is an acclaimed photographer who was managing editor of editorial content for MSN Photos and now writes online instructional content for Canon.

Charlotte K. Lowrie (Woodinville, WA) is a freelance editorial and stock photographer and an award-winning writer. Her work has appeared in Popular Photography & Imaging and PHOTOgraphic magazines, and she is the author of the bestselling Canon EOS Digital Rebel Digital Field Guide as well as Adobe Camera Raw Studio Skills, the Canon EOS 30D Digital Field Guide, and Teach Yourself Visually Digital Photography, Second Edition, all from Wiley. Charlotte also teaches photography classes through

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From the Back Cover

Photography is now. Don't miss another magic moment

Miss the moment, and it's gone forever. That's why you bought a digital SLR—and why you need this full-color guide that covers not only using every feature of your XTi/400D, but also getting great shots in more than two dozen situations. You'll find step-by-step techniques that enhance exposure, composition, and perspective, plus professional advice for photographing children, pets, sporting events, concerts, street scenes, landscapes, even fireworks. Wherever you take pictures, take this book along.

  • Master your Digital Rebel XTi/400D's features so you get the best shot every time
  • Experiment with different settings, lighting, and lenses
  • Review the basics of good photographic technique
  • Get advice on effective ways to shoot indoors or out, take panoramic views, capture action, and create fine art photos
  • Learn to use Custom Functions to customize your camera's operation

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About the Author

Charlotte K. Lowrie is a freelance editorial and stock photographer and an award-winning writer. Her work has appeared in Popular Photography & Imaging and on the Canon Digital Learning Center. She is the author of the bestselling original Canon EOS Digital Rebel Digital Field Guide, the Canon EOS 30D Digital Field Guide, and Adobe Camera Raw Studio Skills, all from Wiley. Charlotte also teaches photography classes through You can see more of her photography at

Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (February 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470110074
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470110072
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #350,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charlotte Lowrie is a professional photographer and an award-winning writer based in the Seattle, WA area. Beginning her career as a newspaper writer and photographer, she later moved from newspapers to corporate writing, and then to magazines. She became the founding editor and photographer of two trade magazines based in Dallas, TX.

In the mid-80s, Charlotte moved to the Seattle area and spent the 16 years as an award-winning writer and editor, and as an editorial manager for a large software company. She wrote documentation for a variety of popular consumer software programs, as well as writing software manuals. She also contributed to the ongoing redesign of instructional models for various learning systems.

During her last four years with Microsoft, she was the editor, writer, and a photographer for the MSN Photos Web site (now discontinued).

Today, Charlotte divides her time among writing books and photography magazine articles, shooting stock images, shooting editorial assignments and weddings, and making portraits for various private clients. She also teaches three monthly photography courses at (

Charlotte shoots with a variety of Canon 35mm cameras and lenses.

Customer Reviews

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have Book for new Rebel XTi Owners June 10, 2007
Digital Rebel XTi/400D is the latest of the Digital Field Guide series that provides the reader an in-depth guide to maximizing the use of digital gadgets from cameras to iPods. The Canon Digital Rebel XTi/400D is the newest prosumer single lens reflex camera from Canon that debuted a little less than a year ago. I got mine in December 2006.

The first two chapters are specific to gaining a good understanding of the Rebel XTi/400D camera. The manual that came with my Digital Rebel is woeful: its small size makes it very user unfriendly. The Digital Field Guide series features attractive two-column, all-color design. I agree with the jacket that this is a book that you'll want to take along with you as you get familiarized with your new camera.

Chapter 1 explains how to set up and operate the Digital Rebel XTi and Chapter 2 covers using the camera. Interespersed throughout the book are colored icons indicating a Cross-Reference, Note, Tip, or Caution. These inserts provide concise advice for the newbie. The Digital Rebel XTi sports many features and I particularly appreciated layouts that showed the same photo using different styles or settings. For example there is a layout showing a home that was taken with the 6 different picture styles the camera has from Standard to Portrait to Monochrome. You can visually see the difference using each style. The quality of the photographic reproductions shows subtle differences.

Chapter 7, Techniques for Great Photos, is where this Digital Field Guide shines. Initially I thought that this was a generic section with minor tweaks and photos to adapt it to the Canon Digital Rebel XTi camera.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A generally good guide May 10, 2007
By Snoosh
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This book is a blend of specific info on the Canon Rebel XTi (about 40%)and general photography (about 60%). It is generally well written and clear, but does have some odd oversights (e.g., on one page it mentions JPEG photo files as being "lossy" without explaining the term, and most people have no clue, but then later on the same page explains non-lossy under a different type of file). Once in a while, the author inserts a little humor and vitality, usually via parenthetical remarks, which I enjoyed, more would be better. The book is useful for explaining how to use the XTi and its features, but it's more about general technique. For someone new to digital photography or digital SLRs, it would be very useful. I would recommend it to people who are moderately experienced amateurs. Pure beginners might find it handy but a little confusing, while advanced would find it interesting but a bit old hat and less helpful.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I've Learned So Much March 15, 2007
By Jody
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I'm new to the world of dSLRs, and when I got an XTi for Christmas, I went into a panic because there was so much I just didn't understand, right down to standard terminology. I was afraid I would use the camera in auto mode forever.

I bought this book a week ago, and I have learned *so much*. It is exactly what I was looking for...poking through other photography books they would make suggestions for the best settings for certain types of photography, but this book tells me EXACTLY how to do it using the XTi's buttons and menus. The day I found the page that explained settings for photographing snow and rain (i.e. do you want to see the drops stopped or blurred? Here's how to do both) I was in heaven. Great investment!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome companion to my new camera June 22, 2007
I bought the canon rebel xti as a way of "going to the next level" in my photography.I have always owned point and shoot cameras and wanted to have more control over what the camera and I was doing.The truth of the matter is; there is definetly a learning curve to getting real professional results.I bought different books,borrowed a dozen or so books from the library,they all had some good points and I gleamed some important knowledge from them but I have to admit the buck stopped when I purchased this book.The book not only explains the different functions on this particular camera in a way that is easy to understand but goes way beyond the owners manual.Because of her insight and suggestions,my photos are miles ahead of anything I have done before.If you own this camera you owe it to yourself to get this book. Charlotte Lowrie is an artist!(check out her web sight and links)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super informative guide!! May 12, 2007
I purchased this book just after buying the Rebel XTi. It has been extremely helpful. It provides a ton of information that you don't get from the manual. I highly recommend this guide to the beginner in digital SLR photography. This book should come with the camera!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars nice book, only misses under exposure issues June 18, 2007
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the book is good in terms of illustraion. the auother covered most, if not all, of the ways you can use the camera with. BUT what I missed in this book was how to deal with any frequent problems with using the camera, like the under exposure issue, esp. when using the flash. this topic was not discussed in the book, which why I wanted to buy the book for. Other then that, the book is well written and organized, and it gives so many examples and hints.
conclusion: recommended
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great companion guide May 29, 2007
By pk
I bought this and the magic lantern guide. Between the 2 I found this one easier to use and liked the fact that it had color pictures while the Magic Lantern guide was all black and white. Great reference guide for the camera
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Confusing
This book was very confusing to me but if I read enough of it I got the gist of the instructions. I am not very good at following books just thought I should have something to fall... Read more
Published 5 hours ago by Jan . Phelps
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful
This purchase has worked well for me. It has met or exceeded all of my expectations. If I had to purchase this item again, I would.
Published 1 month ago by Samuel R. Reynolds
5.0 out of 5 stars Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi/400D Digital Field Guide.
It is very well written, only too bad that the author doesn't have a field guide for the Nikon D7000. Read more
Published 2 months ago by bluejay
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for Referencing
Basic functions of the camera. There are other books that are more detailed but this is good if you aren't a shutterbug (yet)! Read more
Published 4 months ago by David
3.0 out of 5 stars a typical used book
It arrived in fair condition, instead of very good condition as described. Still usable, the reference book is good for beginners who use Canon digital rebel camera.
Published 7 months ago by Huimin Xu
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
this book is helping me learn how to use my new camera and being able to understand easier how it works and what it does. Great price and got to me with fast shipping.
Published 13 months ago by Pam Munger
5.0 out of 5 stars Digital Rebel XTi/400D
This is an easy to understand guide to using the camera. She's very thorough. I'm glad I discovered her and if I purchased another model, I would look for her field guide for it.
Published 24 months ago by Valerie
5.0 out of 5 stars XTi/400D Digital Field Guide is very helpful
This book arrived in the time promised and I love it. It has been very helpful in teaching me how to get the full benefit from my camera. Read more
Published on March 16, 2012 by Shirley Lacy
3.0 out of 5 stars Just ok
Didn't really go in depth like I wanted. I felt like it was all pretty basic. If you've never had any experience with a nice camera this might be ok. Read more
Published on February 19, 2012 by A. Shank
4.0 out of 5 stars Handy tool for a sophisticated camera
This book has lots of useful information. I pick it up pretty often and learn tidbits here and there about my camera. It really is a must have if your new to digital photography.
Published on December 22, 2011 by Kelly L. Roth
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