27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on March 27, 2011
I have this book, and find it very useful. The Canon owner's manual tells you how to set the controls and settings on the camera, but a good third-party book like this one, also tells you WHY to use certain settings and WHICH ones to choose according to your situation. This explanation of the REASONS for things is what sets these books apart from the more basic owner's manuals.
I have now also bought David Busch's book for this camera. His books are the epitome of what third-party camera books should be.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on September 14, 2012
I first bought David D. Busch's Canon Guide to DSLR. I started reading it and felt like I wasn't able to grasp what he was saying. I'm completely new to photography and needed someone to explain the basics first; ISO, exposure, etc. David's book used these terms without first explaining them. I found myself going back to the glossary (thank God he had one) to look up the meaning of words. If you aren't completely new to photography, this book might be good, it seem very in depth.
So I went on Amazon and bought this dummies book. I have never read a book by these writers so I didn't know what to expect. I was very pleased. The book reads like a textbook - which I want when I'm trying to learn something new! As soon as they use a photography related word, they explain it briefly, and tell you where you can find more information about it in the book (if you wanted to skip to that topic). The only thing I wish it had (which several text books these days do) is the terms called out in the sidebar with a definition - incase you need to remember what a term means again quickly. The book does remind you throughout the way what things are, which is nice.
I would highly recommend this book!
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2011
This book helps those of us who are not camera-intellectuals but who like to use our cameras to capacity. The reference guide for the camera was just OK - this guide helped explain terms and uses in layman's terms, not necessarily those of a photographer. I appreciate being able to refer to it when I'm trying to answer a specific question.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 19, 2012
I enjoyed this book - thorough, well written, easily understandable, good value. When I first received I read the entire book then went back multiple times to review the items and information I was most interested in. A wealth of information not only on the Canon 60D, but creating excellent photographs. With the help of this manual/book, I captured some truely amazing (really amazing) images in Belize and Hawaii recently.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2012
After reading through the book it has a lot of helpful info for tips who picked up a 60D as their first DSLR. This is a great read to get you up and running beyond fully automatic mode. You technically get get a lot of this from the manual (which I did) but the practical advise makes it much easier to figure out what to use when which leads me to my next point.
I would suggest finding a class at your local camera shop, this made a big difference especially going back and rereading the parts of the book I struggled with since some things are easier to see than read.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 29, 2012
DSLR Photography is technical, and very often hard to understand. This easy to understand manual could teach even your stubborn grandma how to work a Canon EOS 60D. Definitely recommend for the beginner!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 21, 2011
I was hesitant to buy this book because I was quite disappointed with the 9 in 1 Photography for dummies, which I do not recommend by the way. Buy Ben Long's "Complete Digital Photography" which was a million times better if you are in the market for a book concerning general photography. Anyway, in this case the dummies book did not disappoint. The book was very well organized and I was quickly able to start using my camera with some ease. I refer back to this book frequently as there is quite a lot to remember and that will only be solved with time and practice and this book as a good reference point.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 13, 2012
You cannot help but love the "for Dummies" series of books! And this one makes learning to use my EOS 60D a breeze! Far better than trying to decipher the owners manual which is clearly designed for a professional to try and understand. I am still in the first chapter and it already proves to be an excellent resource to make understanding my camera easier.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 20, 2014
I've been shooting SLR since 1976, and DSLR since I bought the original XTi/400D in 2007. But I've gotten way more serious about photography in the last few years, and finally decided that an upgrade to the 60D was in order. Although I'd spent a fair amount of time learning the basics of exposure with the XTi, there were things I wanted to do photographically that I either couldn't do with the old XTi, or had to do differently with the 60D. So, I bought the Dummies book. An excellent move on my part, as it turned out.
The book is divided into 11 chapters. A few of them I skipped over, since they covered information I was already familiar with or subjects that really didn't apply to what I'm interested in (file types, automatic settings, movies, playback, etc.). But the remaining chapters were worth the price of admission all by themselves:
Chapter 1: Covers all the controls and settings. There are a lot of things on the 60D that I didn't have on the XTi, and this chapter was invaluable in clearly laying out what all the buttons, dials, menus, and screens are all about. Everything is thoroughly and clearly explained.
Chapter 7: Covers exposure and lighting. For me, this was a fantastic introduction to and explanation of exposure compensation and bracketing, which I knew I needed to learn about, but was sorely ignorant of. Great explanation of how to bracket automatically, and bracket beyond the automatic capabilities of the 60D. A stand-out chapter.
Chapter 8: Covers focus and color. Although I was pretty comfortable with the concept and manipulation of depth of field, this chapter gave me some good additional information that will be helpful down the road. Good explanations of and tips on white balance adjustments and color space. Anyone shooting, viewing, and/or printing should be aware of the sRGB vs. Adobe RGB dichotomy and the implications of each.
Chapters 10 and 11: Cover miscellaneous features and special circumstances. Information on making customized settings and menus, mirror lockup, and autofocus options is helpful and interesting.
My issues with the book are few. I think a little more forethought would have reduced the frequency with which you are referred to figures that are on different pages. I found it inconvenient the number of times I had to flip pages forward or backward to look at a figure referred to in the text. I also found several editing errors, and there may be more in the chapters/sections I breezed over. Examples: On p. 35 it says that the Quick Control Dial is "labelled in Figure 1-11". It isn't. Although I was pretty sure I knew what the Quick Control Dial was, I had to do some digging to verify it. On p. 217, there is an explanation of evaluative vs. partial metering, comparing 2 pictures of the same car dashboard. In the text, it says "Switching to partial metering properly exposed the statue". That one had me looking real close for a statue on the dashboard until I realized it was a typo. And finally, on p. 270, in an explanation of crop factor, it refers to "the red outline" in the associated figure. There's a black one, but no red one. Yeah, these are nit-picky - and I wouldn't deduct anything from my 5-star rating for them - but I can see where they could throw a reader new to DSLR.
Overall, my impression is that the book contains information that would be helpful to anyone moving up to the 60D from a simpler DSLR, and certainly for anyone whose 60D is their first DSLR. Especially if you're interested in getting away from the point-and-shoot approach, as I am, this book goes a long way. It covers pretty much everything mechanical about the camera, and offers a lot of creative advice as well.
Well worth the money.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 22, 2011
excellent book,it's so complete,you should purchase this book after you read the camera manual,it will guide you thru all the features that the manual has plus
a few other things that you don't get in the camera manual in an easy to understand way I highly recommend it!